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The mission of the Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) program is to train students to develop critical thinking through deep analysis of architectural history and theory, to increase awareness of environmental, urban, social, and cultural issues, and most importantly, to design, based on a process of research, analysis, and conceptual thinking that lead to innovative architectural applications.

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Program Educational Objectives

The B. Arch. program offered by the Department of Architecture at the Ramez G. Chagoury, Faculty of Architecture, Arts & Design (FAAD), aims at:

  1. 1.Providing the learner with the proper exposure to enhance reflective approach to design and foster students’ critical thinking;
  2. 2.Developing the intellectual and theoretical backgrounds of the students through the study of ancient, modern and contemporary history, and theories of architecture;
  3. 3.Increasing student’s awareness with respect to environmental and social issues. This concern mainly focuses on the interrelated influence between the human being, society, and architecture;
  4. 4.Contributing in building-up an architectural epistemology; and
  5. 5.Preparing the learner for professional practice and post-graduate studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, B. Arch. graduates will*:

  1. 1.Develop design communication skills A1 – P.E.O. 1
  2. 2.Be inquisitive and broadly informed A3 – P.E.O. 1, P.E.O. 2
  3. 3.Practice critical thinking in design research A2, A4, A5 – P.E.O. 1, P.E.O. 2
  4. 4.Relate cultural and historical knowledge to architectural design A6, A7, A8 – P.E.O. 2
  5. 5.Design according to Lebanese building rules and regulations B1, B2, B3 – P.E.O. 4
  6. 6.Identify appropriate structural systems in reaction to static and dynamic forces B5
  7. 7.Convey technical information appropriately B4 – P.E.O. 3, P.E.O. 4
  8. 8.Demonstrate understanding of building service system B6, B9 – P.E.O. 3, P.E.O. 4
  9. 9.Recognize building materials and assemblies B7, B8 – P.E.O. 4
  10. 10.Estimate financial implications on building construction B10 – P.E.O. 3, P.E.O. 4
  11. 11.Integrate environmental, financial & social concerns to conduct sustainable design approaches C2 – P.E.O. 3
  12. 12.Conduct comprehensive design approaches including technological, and structural systems & assemblies C1, C3 – P.E.O. 1
  13. 13.Implement design solutions related to safety regulations and standards C2 – P.E.O. 4
  14. 14.Apply skills and acquired knowledge in professional practice D2, D3 – P.E.O. 5
  15. 15.Manage design projects including various stakeholders D1 – P.E.O. 5
  16. 16.Appraise professionally and ethically the requirements of clients, the public and other stakeholders D4, D5 – P.E.O. 5
  17. 17.Lead in supporting communities on projects to meet social needs in a collaborative manner D1 – P.E.O. 5


*A to D refer to the Student Performance criteria under the four realms as designated by the NAAB.


Admission Requirements

In addition to the University admission requirements, prospective candidates must complete all remedial courses, Math and/or English, if any, during their first year at NDU. Students who fail to meet the above requirements will not be allowed to proceed to the degree courses in Architecture and other majors of the Ramez G. Chagoury, Faculty of Architecture, Arts & Design.


Graduation Requirements

To obtain the degree of bachelor of architecture, a student must complete a total of 172 credits with an overall GPA of at least 2.0/4.0 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3/4.0 in the Core and Major requirements.
In addition, all Core and major courses  must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of “C-”.  
In addition, all Architectural Design courses (ARP 222, 232, 311, 322, 433, 444, 555, 556, 590, 592 and 594) must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of “C+”.


Prior to enrolling into the ARP 590-Senior Study courses, student will have to fulfill the following requirements:

A minimum of 21 credits of their LAC courses must be completed prior to taking ARP 590.


Prerequisites: ARP 446, ARP 552, ARP 454, ARP 556, ARP 438, ARP 562, and 21 credits of LAC courses.
Students must have a minimum of 2.3 GPA in their cumulative major courses.

Courses CSC 201, MAT 201 and MAT 202 are not allowed for Architecture students.


ENG 310 is obligatory for Architecture students.


These 172 credits are divided into:


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Overall GPA
Core & Major
Cumulative GPA
Total 172 Credits

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