Architecture is the art and science concerned with accommodating human activity within interior and exterior environments. It is concerned with the implementation of activities that shape the well-being of human settlements functionally as well as aesthetically. Architecture includes all types of buildings such as residential buildings, commercial, administrative, hospitality, entertainment, shopping malls, restaurants, theaters, airports and others. Working closely with engineers, construction managers, urban planners, interior designers and landscape architects, architects must identify all physical, physiological, psychological, and economical needs of different user groups using the building, prepare a program for the project to meet these needs, develop conceptual designs, conduct design development, prepare working drawings and contractual documents, and supervise the erection of buildings. This program offers courses in these topics which are an integral part of an undergraduate curriculum for an architect.
Both private companies and public agencies seek architects for a variety of professional positions. Many work for engineering and architecture consulting firms or construction companies as designers and project managers. Graduates are equally prepared to pursue M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in allied fields of architecture and design.
The Department offers currently two undergraduate degrees: a 5 year Bachelor of Architecture (the 1st cohort was admitted in Fall 2009) and a 4 year B.Sc in Interior Design (the 1st cohort was admitted in Fall 2007). The Department has 200 students in Architecture, and 113 students in Interior Design (as of September 2013). In Spring 2011, the first cohort of 24 Interior Design students graduated and the first cohort of Architecture students are expected to graduate in Spring 2014. The degree was designed to be recognized as a professional degree in most regions of the world including North America, Europe and all Arab countries. This will help our graduates become registered licensed architects in other countries, and prepare them to pursue M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in fields of architecture and design.
The vision of the Department of Architecture and Design at Abu Dhabi University is to be recognized nationally and regionally as one of the leading programs in education and research in Architecture and Interior Design. We aim to provide our students with a diversified learning experience from a wide range of expertise and knowledge this is achieved through a broad faculty base of academics from diverse backgrounds and different nationalities. Both Abu Dhabi University and the Department of Architecture and Design aim for a promising future for our graduates to become among the best designers in the region.
The mission of the Architecture Program is to graduate architects equipped with knowledge and skills to be competitive in the job market. The degree was designed to be recognized as a professional degree in most regions of the world including North America, Europe and all Arab countries. This will help put graduates on the track to become registered licensed architects if they move to other countries. The English title 'Architect' translates to 'Architectural Engineer' in Arabic in many locations in the Arab world.
The Architecture program comes to meet the demand for graduates in architecture which is escalating and will be sustained for many years. Growth in the construction industry in the region is driven by the need to develop the property sector. There has been a rapid increase in population, shortages of commercial and residential space, and the impact of mega projects already underway. This coincides with the acute shortage of designers who are qualified to design and supervise the construction of these projects.