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Bachelor of Architecture

 

​Program Overview

​​The Architecture Department at Dar Al-Hekma University was founded in 2011. With the Fashion Department, it joined the Visual Communications and the Interior Design departments in the Hekma School of Design and Architecture. Its Bachelor of Architecture program was developed in collaboration with the University of Colorado, Denver. It, consequently, had an impactful entrance in the architectural education scene in Jeddah, where it has been widely recognized. In 2018, the department launched its Master of Architecture Program. In 2021-2022, the department engaged in its five-year review of its programs which led to a switch to certain specializations in the Master of Architecture; namely, bioclimatic architecture and ecological buildings. In the last decade, the department graduated 323 student. In the last decade, the department graduated 323 students. Besides, the university's undergraduate scholarships program hopes to make studying architecture more accessible for those with limited financial resources so that all students can have the opportunity to develop their skills in this important field.


Program ​Mission​​

The Architecture Department aims at “Graduating creative professionals equipped with the necessary design, research and leadership skills in order to contribute to the catering and production of more sustainable built environments.”​

Program Goals

  • Provide a rigorous intellectual atmosphere, which fosters inquiry through illustrating advanced design abilities and the competencies needed in the field of architecture.
  • Maintain and raise the quality of teaching in the program through building on quality assurance assessments and accrediting the program by an international accrediting body specialized in architecture programs.
  • Develop a solid students' support system that would raise their performance and achievements.
  • Ensure that  faculty and students are involved in quality scientific research activities related to the different domains covered in the program.
  • Support faculty's professional development in both fields of architecture and educational techniques.
  • Develop partnerships with local and international academic, public, private, and associative institutions to encourage exchanges and joint projects and support the transition to the workplace.

Why Choose ​​​the Bachelor of Architecture Program at Dar Al-Hekma University?

  • The program leads to a career  in which every project is a journey of discovery and an intellectual challenge. Architecture is the right fit for curious, open-minded and creative persons who are passionate about finding solutions for a better way for humanity to inhabit this world. 
  • Students go through professional training  which qualifies them to the title of architect and  make them eligible to join the Saudi Council of Engineers.
  • The program has a solid curriculum aligned with international standards, with a strong emphasis on architectural design studio culture.
  • An internationally diverse faculty, graduating from top universities in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East teach at the program which  provides students with an exposure to a rich variety of architectural cultures.  
  • The program has an engaging extracurricular educational and social environment that provides support to students and widens their horizons through participating in student clubs, international trips, talks and conferences, complementary workshops and vertical studios.  ​

​​​​Admission Requirements​

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​​​​​ Programs​
​​T​OEFL Score​​
Required ​Certificate Percentage​​
Qudurat Test Score​​​
​Othe Admission Requirement
Bachelor of Architect​​ure
​500
​85%
​65%
​Pass Math Test​
( ​for litrerary track only​)

For further details about admissions, click here

​​​​​Learning Outcomes​​​


Knowledge

  • Discuss main and emergent theories and concepts related to the architectural field, its history, and its diverse design approaches. ​
  • Recognize a broad range of traditional, modern, and advanced building science’s technologies, systems, processes and materials, and their impact on architectural design and historic and present social, economic, and environmental conditions. ​
  • Identify the challenges and opportunities of increased globalization, climate change, and digital revolution in architectural and urban theory and practice. ​

Skills ​

  • In line with contemporary architectural theory’s advances and recognized good methodological practices, collect, categorize, examine, compare, and critique relevant historic, social, economic, environmental, and spatial data to make sense of contexts and address architectural design problems. ​
  • ​Design human-centered, climate-sensitive, sustainable, and resilient architectural solutions to contemporary complex urban, social, cultural, and environmental challenges. ​
  • Effectively implement appropriate building science technical solutions to enhance the sustainability of architectural buildings and urban contexts. ​
  • Use diverse textual, audiovisual, drafting, and digital mediums, develop and implement communication strategies that would clearly, and comprehensively in a professional way, present proposed architectural solutions and engage stakeholders and communities.
  • ​Apply the main conceptual and methodological approaches used for research within the architectural field in order to provide a comprehensive analysis on social, ​​environmental, and contextual features and to inform design thinking.​

Value​s​

  • Demonstrate integrity, commitment to socially and environmentally responsible ethics, and recognized best ethical professional practices in the field of architecture. ​
  • Demonstrate a capacity to work autonomously or within a collaborative or interdisciplinary environment to critically evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions and reach sound judgement. ​
  • Engage, as a responsible architect, in civic activities that are life-enriching and socially beneficial to the ​Community.

Plan of study ​



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

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

COMM 1301​
Communication
Skills I
3COMM 1302Communication
Skills II
3
ARTS XXXX​
Art & Design Elective​
2
EMOI 1201Emotional
Intelligence
2
PHYS 1301​
Introductory Physics​
3​
BBBF 1101​
Basic Body and Brain Fitness​
1​
MATH 1302Math for Architects​
3BARC 1351​
Technical Drawing​
3
BARC 1500​
Architectural Design I - Fundamentals​
5​
BARC 1321​
History and Theory of Architecture I3

BARC 1501
Architectural Design Studio 2 - Spaces​5​
Total Credit Hours 16​ Total Credit Hours 17

Year Two (2)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

ARAB XXXX​
Arabic Studies​
3​
ISLS XXXX​
Islamic Studies3
BARC 2322​
History and Theory of Architecture II​
3XXXX XXXX​
General Education Elective​
3
BARC 2341​
Materials and Methods of Building Construction I​
3BARC 2342​
Materials and Methods of Building Construction II​
3
BARC 2352​
Computer Aided Design I (Architectural Drafting)​
3BARC 2343​
Environmental Design I (Lighting, Acoustics, Ventilation)​
3
BARC 2502​
Architectural Design Studio 3 : Styles​
5​
BARC 2503​
Architectural Design Studio 4 : Environmental​
5
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 Studies3ICTC 1301​
Information & Communication Technology Concept​
3​
BARC 3332​
Summer Internship 1​
BARC 3324​Theories of Contemporary Architecture​
3BARC 3325​
Theory and Practice of Urban Form​
3
BARC 3345​
Structural Analysis3BARC 3326​
Conservation of Historic Buildings ​
3
BARC 3353​
Computer Aided Design II (Modelling and Rendering)​
3BARC 3331​
Professional Practice and Ethics​
2​
BARC 3504​
Studio III: Contextua
Architectural Design Studio 5 : Cultural​
5BARC 3505​
Architectural Design Studio 6 : Urban 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

ITAI1201​
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence​
2​
ARCE XXXX​
Arch Program Elective 2​
3
BARC XXXX​
Arch Program Elective 1​
3BARC 4333​
Construction Management​
3
BARC 4346​
Structures for Architects II​​​
3BARC 4354​
Computer Aided Design III (Advance Computational Modelling)​
3
BARC 4344​
Environmental Design II (MEP, Safety) ​​
3​​
BARC 4507​
Architectural Design Studio 8 : Theoretical Theme​
5
BARC 4506
Architectural Design Studio 7: Technical​​

3
Total Credit Hours 16​ Total Credit Hours 14​​
Summer - Semester 

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

BARC4334​
Summer Internship 2​
​​​​​3
Year Five(5)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

ISLS xxxxIslamic Studies3​
ISLS XXXX​
Islamic Studies​
2​
ENTR 3301​
Entrepreneurship & Design Thinking​
3​
XXXX XXXX​
General Education Elective​
2
BARC XXXX​
Arch Program Elective 3​
3​
BARC 5509​
Architectural Design Studio 10 : Graduation Project 2​​
5
BARC 5508 ​
Architectural Design Studio 9 : Graduation Project 1​
5​
Total Credit Hours 14​ Total Credit Hours 10

Career Prospects​​​​​​


The program equips students with the necessary skills that qualify them for a variety of career paths/jobs in the market including, but not limited to:​

  • ​Join the Saudi Council of Engineers, enter the job market and work either as an employee in public institutions and private companies, or as an independent consultant and entrepreneur, in the capacity of a professional architectural designer, a real-estate developer, a project manager, an auditor, but possibly also as an interior or graphic designer, an event organizer, a photographer, an artist, and a journalist specialized in the architectural field.​
  • Seek a specialized professional master's degree and work in one of the sub-fields of sustainable buildings science, urban planning, urban design, landscape architecture, construction management, real-estate development and management, conservation of heritage buildings, industrial design, scenography, digital fabrication, lighting design, and acoustical design.​
  • Seek a research-oriented master's degree in the fields of theory and history of architecture, and urban studies in order to become a researcher and possibly later on continue doctoral studies and work as university professor.​

Abdulmohsen Mohammed Adas

Visiting Faculty

Hekma School of Engineering, Computing and Design

Dr. Mohammed Mansour Gomaa

Chair - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Engineering, Computing and Design

Dr. Nader Yehia Azab

Director - Associate Professor

Hekma School of Engineering, Computing and Design

Ms. Rasha Zaki Farsi

Visiting Lecturer

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Dr. Shifana Fatima Kaafil Rehuman

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Engineering, Computing and Design

Ms. Sema Ghazi Refae

Lecturer

Hekma School of Engineering, Computing and Design

Ms. Shatha Abu Al Faraj

Lecturer

Hekma School of Engineering, Computing and Design

Ms. Suman Mansur Faruqui

Visiting Lecturer

Hekma School of Design and Architecture

Dr. Tamsen Song Anderson

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Engineering, Computing and Design

Key Facts

Program Name

Architecture


Academic Degree

Bachelor


Credit Hours

160


Program Length

5 Years


Mode of study

Full time

Dr. Mohamed Mansour Gomaa

Chair, Architecture Department; Director, Master of Architecture Program


PhD, Design, Construction & Planning, The University of Florida, USA, 2017

MSc, Civil Engineering, The University of Florida, USA, 2017

MSc, Urban Management & Development, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2011

BEng, South Valley University, Egypt, 2007

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