Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.)

Architecture centers on the art and science of designing buildings; the structure and construction of buildings and spaces intended for human activities.

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree at AUD is an accredited five-year program, taught by a faculty whose combination of academic qualifications and experience clearly delivers on the promise of producing highly skilled, employable and world-class architectural graduates. The program is complemented with extensive Accreditation & Associations that position it on the global landscape. Beyond rigorous on-hand experience, students have access to the Career Development Information as a dedicated resource to facilitate their professional careers and pursuits.

The Mission of the Bachelor of Architecture program is to prepare highly qualified graduates for employment in the building industry, who are ready to embrace the digital environment. Students will be critical thinkers and life-long learners educated in the fundamental skills and knowledge of architecture, while being able to creatively integrate history and theory, as well as digital, artistic, socio-cultural, technological, environmental, legal, and financial dimensions. Furthermore, the program will promote professional ethical values and cultural diversity.

Program Details

The Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree is a five-year program consisting of 166 hours of required credit. The course aims to prepare highly qualified graduates for professional employment in the field of architecture by equipping them with the fundamental skills, knowledge and business acumen required to succeed in a fast moving industry.


  • Prepare critical thinkers, who analyze, design, and communicate effectively.
  • Prepare students who integrate the human, physical, economic, and environmental dimensions of architectural design using the latest technology.
  • Prepare graduates who are technically, ethically, and legally prepared to embrace the profession of architecture.

Upon completion of the B.Arch., students will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in oral, written, graphical, and digital media.
  • Analyze, research and use theoretical precedent and digital technology to inform architectural design.
  • Produce design that acknowledges and integrates the human, sociocultural, and economic aspects at the local, regional, and global levels.
  • Produce design that integrates the physical context, including environmental issues.
  • Produce design that integrates accessibility, life safety, structural systems, and building envelope systems and assemblies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of administrative, financial, legal and ethical aspects pertaining to architectural practice.

All B.Arch. students must follow the specified Degree Requirements with more than 35 modules ranging from the theory of architecture to sustainable urbanism. Our e-brochure highlights the course details. Read the latest Studio Culture Policy


NAAB Accredited

The Bachelor of Architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) of the United States.

NAAB is the only organization authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture in the United States.

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with US regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

The American University in Dubai offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program: BArch (166 undergraduate credits)

Next accreditation visit: Fall 2029

Any additional document related to NAAB is available upon request, please contact:
Jocelyn Soriano
Administrative Assistant – Architecture, CRID
Phone: +971-4-399-9000 ext. 245


  • The Department of Architecture maintains several well-equipped and advanced computer labs and lounges.
  • Hardware is updated or upgraded on an annual basis and can accommodate all architecturally-led software including 2D graphics, 3D modeling and rendering, 4D animations and walkthroughs.
  • A dedicated IT services team is on hand to help keep all resources running smoothly, as well as troubleshooting personal laptops.
  • In-house scanners, printers and large format plotting are all available.
  • A dedicated model and furniture making workshop is located on campus.
  • A design center serves to engage faculty and students in research and outreach to the architecture community at large.


Admissions requirements to Undergraduate Programs and specific requirements for the Bachelor of Architecture; admissions-decisions procedures, including policies and processes for evaluation of transcripts and portfolios and decisions regarding remediation and advanced standing are available on AUD Undergraduate Admissions page.


Dean of the School of Architecture, Art, and Design and Professor of Architecture
Nabyl Chenaf
Chair of the Department of Architecture and Professor of Architecture
Anna Cornaro
Director of the Center for Research, Innovation and Design (CRID) and Professor of Architecture
Georges Kachaamy
Professor of Architecture
Alex Albani
Associate Professor of Architecture
Abdellatif Qamhaieh
Associate Professor of Architecture
José A. Carrillo
Associate Professor of Architecture
Abubakr Hussein Merghani Abdalla
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Hadeel El Naggar
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Maryam Shafiei
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Mattia Gambardella


Administrative Assistant, School of Architecture, Art and Design
Leila Darwiche
Administrative Assistant – Architecture, CRID
Jocelyn Soriano
Workshop and Lab Technician - School of Architecture, Art, and Design
Joel Oliveros
Senior IT Support Specialist
Fakruddin Ali Ahmed
Senior Academic IT Services Specialist
Nikhil Rao
Sally Al Jaderi, Bachelor of Architecture

Architecture at AUD was my first choice for its great reputation among other universities in the UAE

Omar Abou Nader, Bachelor of Architecture

I am grateful to have made the choice to join the architecture program at AUD. Foremost, I have made lifetime friends thanks to the studio culture applied in the Department.

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