Academics | Faculties | RAMEZ G. CHAGOURY FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, ARTS & DESIGN | Department of Architecture | Master of Architecture in Urban Design / Sustainable Architecture | NDU

Architecture and urban design, both in their formal and spatial aspects, are seen as fundamentally configurational in that the way the parts are put together to form the whole is more important than any of the parts taken in isolation.” (Bill Hillier)

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Program Description

There is an increasing demand for addressing the built environment we live in and related natural environmental issues at various levels of complexity. These issues often manifest themselves in our daily lives in cities, on streets and at home. Solutions to such issues are addressed at the urban and building scales to respond to contextual, social, economic, cultural and environmental specificities and needs.


Graduates of the M. Arch in Urban Design will demonstrate:

    1. 1.Knowledge of geographic information system and its spatial applications;
    2. 2.Knowledge of the urban planning system and regulations in Lebanon;
    3. 3.Knowledge of urban transportation strategies;
    4. 4.Ability to apply key concepts and principles of urban design;
    5. 5.Ability to explore the relation between the built and the natural environment;
    6. 6.Ability to propose urban interventions through public spaces and other approaches and contribute to urban regeneration.


Graduates of the M. Arch in Sustainable Architecture will demonstrate:
    1. 1.Knowledge of the impact of the built environment on the natural environment, with a special focus in the MENA region;
    2. 2.Knowledge of the key concepts and principles of sustainability;
    3. 3.Knowledge of the elements of indoor and outdoor comfort;
    4. 4.Ability to investigate contextual socio-cultural, and environmental constraints;
    5. 5.Ability to perform simulations to predict buildings’ behavior with respect to different environmental parameters;
    6. 6.Ability to propose sustainable energy efficient design solutions in response to socio-cultural, and environmental constraints.



Following the Bachelor in Architecture program, the department offers the Masters in Architecture program in Urban Design and the Masters in Architecture program in Sustainable Architecture.

The two programs share core courses, which establish a common platform for the graduate students, and a necessary understanding of key aspects, and each has a concentration area. The urban design concentration area addresses contemporary urban issues related to environment, the public realm, urban transportation along with the development and regeneration of critical urban areas. The sustainable architecture concentration area introduces students to simulation training pertaining to architects, case study application along with passive energy design.

Within each concentration area, students can select among several courses, which could help them focus towards their master’s thesis. The paths of both concentration areas end with the master’s thesis research. The thesis would allow participants to apply the knowledgebase acquired throughout the program.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University’s admission requirements for graduate students (refer to:, the candidate must submit a letter of intent (in which the candidate’s background, reasons for selecting this program, future utilization of this degree and other expectations are clearly stated), and schedule an interview with the Department Graduate Committee (DGC).

Candidates could be granted course substitution on a case-by-case basis. A full-time student must take a minimum of nine (9) credits per semester.

The program targets fresh graduates, and professionals with undergraduate degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Civil Engineering. Graduates and professionals from other degrees will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Graduation Requirements

Students seeking the degree of Masters in Architecture (M. Arch.) must meet the University’s graduation requirements and complete the 30 credits with a minimum cumulative average of at least 3.0/4.0.


Suggested Program

Fall Semester (15cr.)
MAP 610 Research Methodology
3 cr.
MAR 620 Discourses on Architectural Thought
3 cr.
ARP 5--
Major Elective
3 cr.
Concentration Area 1
3 cr.
Concentration Area 2 3 cr.
MAP 624 Research Proposal 0 cr.
Spring Semester (15cr.)
MAD 636 Special Topics
3 cr.
MAR 690 Thesis 6 cr.
ARP 5--
Major Elective
3 cr.
Concentration Area 1/2
3 cr.


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