The Department of Architecture is home to a vibrant community of aspiring architecture and interior design students studying within the dynamic context of the UAE. Our distinguished faculty of accomplished architects, designers and scholars from around the world contribute to making the department a center for academic excellence in the heart of the Middle East. With a commitment to nurturing talent, fostering critical thinking and pushing the boundaries of design, the department provides a stimulating and rigorous learning environment in each of our two degree programs.
The department has established a reputation as a leader in design education in the region, with AUS ranking number one in the UAE and among the top 200 universities globally for architecture and the built environment. Our architecture and interior design programs stand out for their integration of hands-on learning, enabling students to understand the foundations of design with the opportunity to explore through the act of making. Design-build studio projects and a host of elective courses focused on fabrication and craft allow architecture and interior design students to understand how materials are shaped and assembled into built form. Open studio spaces, state-of-the-art workshops, and cutting-edge technology form an ecosystem for experimentation and innovation.
Our design curricula are complemented by a liberal arts education. General education courses and electives offered by the four colleges across the university provide our architects and designers with important critical thinking skills. Several international study and travel opportunities form additional components of a comprehensive education that enable our students to broaden their interests and horizons beyond the design disciplines.
Students from AUS are sought after by the top firms in the region and are regularly admitted to top graduate programs around the globe. The Department of Architecture is dedicated to producing highly skilled and critically thoughtful design leaders who are well equipped to positively impact the built environment and successfully navigate the challenges of the 21st century.