Bachelor of Architecture | NDU

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The mission of the Bachelor of Architecture 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.



The Department of Architecture at the Ramez G. Chagoury Faculty of Architecture, Arts, and Design is officially eligible for candidacy for NAAB accreditation. The Department has submitted its Architecture Program Report for Initial Candidacy to the NAAB committee, and a campus visit is scheduled for Fall 2023.

Program Educational Objectives

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

  1. 1.Providing the learner with the proper exposure to foster reflective approach to design and enhance 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 to the architectural epistemology.
  5. 5.Preparing the learner for professional practice and post-graduate studies.


Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, graduates will:

  • Develop design communication skills.
  • Be inquisitive and broadly informed.
  • Practice critical thinking in design research.
  • Relate cultural and historical knowledge to architectural design. 
  • Design according to Lebanese building rules and regulations.
  • Identify appropriate structural systems in reaction to static and dynamic forces. 
  • Convey technical information appropriately. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of building service system.
  • Recognize building materials and assemblies.
  • Estimate financial implications on building construction.
  • Integrate environmental, financial and social concerns to conduct sustainable design approaches.
  • Conduct comprehensive design approaches including technological, and structural systems and assemblies.
  • Implement design solutions related to safety regulations and standards.
  • Apply skills and acquired knowledge in professional practice.
  • Manage design projects including various stakeholders.
  • Appraise professionally and ethically the requirements of clients, the public and other stakeholders.
  • Lead in supporting communities on projects to meet social needs in a collaborative manner.


Admission Requirements

In addition to the University admission requirements, prospective candidates must complete all remedial courses, Math, Physics and/or English, if any, during their first year at Notre Dame University-Louaize. 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 and Design. All first-year applicants must complete the Admission Requirements.



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.
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 courses. 
  • Prerequisites: ARP 454, ARP 556, ARP 438, ARP 562.
  • ARP 329 is obligatory for Architecture students.



Liberal Arts Curriculum (27cr.)

Core Requirements (3cr.)

Free Electives (6cr.)

Students interested in becoming entrepreneurs and growing their business ideas are advised to take the following course as a free elective: ENT 302 Entrepreneurship: Launching New Ventures. Students interested in pursuing an MBA are advised to take two of the following courses as free electives: MGT 630, MRK 620, PRM 625, PRM 635 or PRM 645. Note that these courses will be counted towards obtaining the MBA degree.

Suggested Program

Fall Semester Year I (15-18cr.)
FAP 211 Drawing I 3 cr.
ARP 222 Principles of Architectural Design 3 cr.
ARP 226 Technical Drawing I 3 cr.
ARP 223 Descriptive Geometry 3 cr.

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
3 cr.
Spring Semester Year I (15-18cr.)
ARP 221 Architectural Sketching and Rendering 3 cr.
ARP 232 Methodology of Architectural Design 3 cr.
ARP 313 History of Architecture I 3 cr.
ARP 301 Technical Drawing II 3 cr.
ARP 317 Building Technology I 3 cr.

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
3 cr.
Summer Session Year I (2-9cr.)

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
6 cr.
Fall Semester Year II (15cr.)
ARP 311 Architectural Design I 6 cr.
ARP 225 Statics of Architecture 3 cr.
ARP 324 History of Architecture II 3 cr.
ARP 224
Applied Architecture Design I
3 cr.
Spring Semester Year II (18cr.)
ARP 322 Architectural Design II 6 cr.
ARP 435 History of Architecture III 3 cr.
ARP 316 Strength of Materials
3 cr.
ARP 328 Building Technology II
3 cr.

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
3 cr.
Summer Session Year II (6cr.)

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
3 cr.

Free Elective 3 cr.
Fall Semester Year III (18cr.)
ARP 433 Architectural Design III 6 cr.
ARP 327 Structural Analysis 3 cr.
ARP 325 Applied Architectural Design II 3 cr.
ARP 446 History of Architecture IV 3 cr.
ARP 551 Construction Detailing Studio I
3 cr.
Spring Semester Year III (18cr.)
ARP 444 Architectural Design IV 6 cr.
ARP 424 Bio-climatic Architecture 3 cr.
ARP 438 Reinforced Concrete Design 3 cr.
ARP 552 Construction Detailing Studio II 3 cr.

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
3 cr.
Summer Session Year III (9cr.)

Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC)
6 cr.

Free Elective 3 cr.
Fall Semester Year IV (15cr.)
ARP 555 Architectural Design V 6 cr.
ARP 561 Urbanism I 3 cr.
ARP 563 Building Rulesand Regulations 3 cr.
ARP 568 Social Architecture 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year IV (15cr.)
ARP 556 Architectural Design VI 6 cr.
ARP 569 Project Planning and Management
3 cr.
ARP 454 Surveying and Field Surveying 3 cr.
ARP 562 Urbanism II 3 cr.
Summer Session Year IV (5cr.)
ARP 590 Senior Study 2 cr.
ARP 426 Internship
1 cr.
ARP 58- Major Elective I 2 cr.
Fall Semester Year V (7cr.)
ARP 592 Senior Studio I 4 cr.
ARP 5-- Major Elective II 3 cr.
Spring Semester Year V (7cr.)
ARP 594 Senior Studio II 4 cr.
ARP 5-- Major Elective III 3 cr.


Total 172 Credits
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