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Architecture

Mission

To graduate professionals in the field of architecture and equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills, focusing on sustainable design while preserving the cultural and aesthetic values of Saudi Arabia.

Why choose Architecture Department at Dar Al-Hekma University?

Dar Al-Hekma University is a premier institution of higher education for women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a model of teaching and learning. The cources at the Architecture Department are designed to deliver cutting-edge industry knowledge via hands-on learning experiences.

The curriculum was developed by the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD), one of the best reputable American Universities.

The Highly qualified and devoted faculty instill the knowhow of life-long learning in students and strongly focus on critical thinking and elective communication to prepares students for diverse roles in society.

Students have the chance of applying the knowledge they acquire through internship programs which prepare them for the local, regional and international markets and their challenges.

ProgramTOEFL Score (University Level)Required Certificate PercentageQudurat Test ScoreOther Admission Requirements
Bachelor of Architecture 510A minimum High-School Percentage of 85%65%Pass Math Test

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PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

KNOWLEDGE

  • Identify and classify human cultures and their physical and natural dimensions.
  • Recognize the role of cultural, religious, economic, environmental and global contexts in architectural design and practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the technical aspects of building practices, systems and materials, their role in the implementation of design and their impact on the environment.

COGITIVE SKILLS

  • Effectively apply their knowledge to preserve both built and natural environments with a broad understanding of cultural and contextual issues.
  • Demonstrate and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Apply research-based knowledge to tackle design problems.
  • Collect and examine data and compare and contrast multiple situations and / or various propositions.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS & RESPONSIBILITY

  • Engage in civic activities of communities and develop the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation that are both individually life-enriching and socially beneficial to the community.
  • Articulate cultural and socio-economic differences and efficiently adapt to changing global conditions.
  • Work independently, as well as work effectively as members of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Recognize the value of and be able to engage in lifelong learning in order to be capable of updating their knowledge while working as professional architects.

COMMUNICATION, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND NUMERICAL SKILLS

  • Demonstrate and apply good communicative, written, and oral skills.
  • Envision creative solutions and visualize alternatives using a variety of traditional graphic and digital mediums.

PSYCHOMOTOR SKILLS

  • This domain is Not Applicable (N/A) for this program curriculum.

Rationale: Psychomotor skills, such as movement, coordination, manipulation, dexterity, grace, strength, and speed are necessary for performance in most professions. While psychomotor skills certainly apply to drawing and model-building, requirements for these tasks at the level of an undergraduate architecture degree are more than a demonstration of eye-hand coordination and craft. Drawing and model-making are considered communication and design-thinking skills, and therefore, included as part of the Communication Skills domain.


​​​Year One (1)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

COMM 1301Communication
Skills I
3COMM 1302Communication
Skills II
3
ICTC 1301Information and
Communication Technology
3EMOI 1201Emotional
Intelligence
2
ARTS xxxxArts and Design
Elective
2MATH 2302Geometry3
MATH 1302Math for
Architecture
3PHYS 1301Introductory
Physics
3
FDSA 1304Freehand
Drawing
3FDSA 1306Technical
Drawing
3
FDSA 1305Architectural Design
Fundamentals I
3FDSA 1307Architectural Design
Fundamentals II
3
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Two (2)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BBBF 1101Basic Body and
Brain Fitness
1ISLS xxxxIslamic Studies3
ARAB xxxxArabic Studies3ARCH 2307Research Methods3
ARCH 2301History of World
Architecture I
3ARCH 2308History of Islamic
World Architecture
3
ARCH 2305Materials and Methods of
Building Construction I
3ARCH 2309Materials and Methods of
Building Construction II
3
ARCH 2306Digital Design for
Architecture
3ARCH 2502Studio II: Small Scale
Buildings and Sustainability
5
ARCH 2401Studio I: Form and Order
in Cultural Context
4
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Three (3)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring Semester – Summer

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

ARAB xxxxArabic Studies3LOGC 1201Logic and Problem
Solving
2ARCH 3308Internship3
ARCH 3305History of World
Architecture II
3ENTR 3301Entrepreneurship
and Design
Thinking
3
ARCH 3306Structural Analysis3ARCH 3303Structural Design3
ARCH 3307Computer Modeling
and Rendering
3ARCH 3304Building Systems
and Environmental
Controls
3
ARCH 3501Studio III: Contextua
l Cultural and Environmental
Design
5ARCH 3502Studio IV: Civic
Design
5
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 16 Total Credit Hours 3
Year Four (4)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

XXXX xxxxRequired General
Ed Electives
(HUMN, NASC,SBSC)
3XXXX xxxxRequired General
Ed Electives
(HUMN, NASC,SBSC)
3
ISLS xxxxIslamic Studies3XXXX xxxxFree Elective3
ARCH 4303Theories of Contemporar
y Architecture
3ARCH 4301Theory and Practic
e of Urban Form
and Housing
3
ARCH 4302Building Information
Modeling and Documentation
3ARCH 4502Studio VI: Comprehensive
Design
5
ARCH 4501Studio V: Mixed-Use
Design
5XXXX xxxxProgram/School Elective
Course
3
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Five(5)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

ISLS xxxxIslamic Studies2XXXX xxxxFree Elective3
ARCH 5201Capstone Research2ARCH 5202Professional Practice2
ARCH 5501Studio VII: Urban Design5ARCH 5502Studio VIII: Capstone Project5
XXXX xxxxProgram/School Elective Course3
Total Credit Hours 12 Total Credit Hours 10

Students will be prepared for entry-level positions in Architecture in many career paths some of which are the following:

  • Architecture
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Conservation
  • Construction Management
  • Interior Design
  • Urban Design
  • Project Management
  • Building Inspector
  • Researcher
  • CAD Manager
  • Cartographer
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Surveyor
  • Teacher / Professor

Dr. Ahmad Hamed Baik

Visiting Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Mr. Abdulaziz Khaled Al Barrak

Visiting Lecturer

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Dr. Ayse Yucel

Acting Chair - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Dr. Azza Mohamed Abdel Salam Eleish

Acting Chair - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Dr. Jaffer Adam Ayub Khan

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Ms. Lara AlKhouli

Lecturer

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Ms. Noha Khalid Radwan

Visiting Lecturer

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Ms. Roaa Hussain Badawood

Visiting Lecturer

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Ms. Rasha Zaki Farsi

Visiting Lecturer

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Dr. Shifana Fatima Kaafil Rehuman

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Ms. Sema Ghazi Refae

Lecturer

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Ms. Shatha Abu Al Faraj

Lecturer

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Ms. Suman Mansur Faruqui

Visiting Lecturer

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Dr. Tamsen Song Anderson

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Key Facts

Program Name

Architecture


Academic Degree

Bachelor


Credit Hours

160


Program Length

5 Years


Mode of study

Full time

Dr. Azza Mohamed Abdel Salam Eleish

Acting Chair, Architecture Department


Doctor of Architecture, University of Michigan, USA 1994

Master of Urban Planning, University of Michigan, USA 1984

Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, July 1973

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