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  • About the Program

    The program is designed to provide its graduates with a wide range of new skills that would enhance their design and analytical abilities and knowledge of Sustainable Design, thus making them an asset to their organizations. The program will enable its graduates to develop an understanding of latest environmental design issues and to gain research skills that are essential for effective sustainable architecture. Curriculum prepares students for doctoral programs, and provides architectural designers/researchers with the qualitative and quantitative knowledge, methods, and tools that are appropriate for regional, desert environments in order to implement sustainable designs in professional practice. The Master of Science in Sustainable Architecture Program (MSSA) is a 30 credit-hour program that includes 24-27 hours of course work and 3 credit hours for the Capstone Project or 6 Credit hours for the Thesis option.

  • Admission Requirements

    1. A Bachelor’s Degree recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education in: Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Urban Planning, Built Environment, and Landscape Architecture.
    2. Applicants may be required to complete some program pre-core courses to be determined by the Director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Architecture Program on a case-by-case basis depending on the curriculum of his/her bachelor’s degree. These pre-core courses are as follows:

    Pre-core Courses

    Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours
    ARC 360 Urban Planning or equivalent - 3
    ARC 470 Urban Design or equivalent - 3
    ARC 540 Sustainable Design or equivalent - 3
  • Curriculum

    Project Option Thesis Option
    Program Component Courses Credit Hours Courses Credit Hours
    Program Core 9 27 8 24
    Capstone/ Thesis 1 3 1 6
    Total 10 30 9 30

     

    Core Courses 30 Credit Hours
    Course Code Course Title Prerequisite(s) Credit Hours
    ARC 600 Approaches to Sustainable Design - 3
    ARC 605 Sustainable Urban Spaces and Landscape Design - 3
    ARC 610 Building Skins and Façade Design - 3
    ARC 615 Environmental Planning - 3
    ARC 620 Efficient Building Systems - 3
    ARC 625 Sustainable Indoor Spaces - 3
    ARC 630 Passive Design Strategies  ARC 610 3
    ARC 635 Professional Responsibility in Sustainable Environmental Design - 3
    ARC 640 Architectural Research Methods - 3
    ARC 690 Capstone Project Completion of 27 Cr. Hours 3
    ARC 691 Thesis (divided into ARC691A 3 Cr and ARC691B 3Cr) Completion of 24 Cr. Hours 6

    Note: For those selecting the Thesis option, they may do so by taking a 6-credit thesis in lieu of (ARC690 and ARC640).

  • Study Plan

    Study Plan

    The following is a 4-semester model study plan after completing the pre-core courses, if needed.

    Semester 1  Total Credit Hours : 9
    Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    ARC 600 Approaches to Sustainable Design 3 -
    ARC 610 Building Skins and Façade Design 3 -
    ARC 620 Efficient Building Systems 3 -

     

    Semester 2  Total Credit Hours : 9
    Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    ARC 605 Sustainable Urban Spaces and Landscape Design 3 -
    ARC 615 Environmental Planning 3 -
    ARC 625 Sustainable Indoor Spaces 3 -

     

    Semester 3  Total Credit Hours : 6
    Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    ARC 630 Passive Design Strategies 3 ARC 610

    ARC640 or

    ARC691A
    Architectural Research Methods (ARC691A_Thesis 3Cr) 3 -

     

    Semester 4 
    Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    ARC 635 Professional Responsibility in Sustainable Environmental Design 3 -
    ARC 690 /ARC 691B Capstone Project or (ARC691B_Thesis 3Cr) 3 Completion of 24 Cr. hours

Events

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Forum: Sustainability in the UAE Apr 30, 2017 to Apr 30, 2017
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Autism Apr 27, 2017 to Apr 27, 2017
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Think Science Fair 2017 Apr 18, 2017 to Apr 20, 2017

Reach Us

Abu Dhabi Campus

P.O Box 59911, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Al Ain Campus

P.O Box 1790, Al Ain, UAE

Toll Free Number:

800-ADYOU (800-23968)

International Students:

+971 2 5015555 (Call Center)

Email: admissions@adu.ac.ae