American University of Sharjah

Department of Architecture

Department of Architecture
Our graduates are leaders in improving the built environment in the region and beyond.

Through our emphasis on cutting-edge technology, hands-on education and critical thinking skills, the Department of Architecture prepares students to contribute significantly to the professional world of architecture and interior design.

What do we offer?

The Department of Architecture has two degree programs: a five-year Bachelor of Architecture and four-year Bachelor of Interior Design. Our Bachelor of Architecture program is the first program of its kind outside North America to be granted accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) of the United States.

Both programs offer a design-oriented curriculum based on the most current information and practices. While most architecture and allied disciplines within the region occupy sub-departments of engineering schools, the architecture and interior design programs at AUS are housed within a College of Architecture, Art and Design that specializes in these fields.

What facilities do we have?

In addition to offering our students a strong theoretical base, we believe in the importance of learning through application and hands-on experience. Because of this belief, our department has made it a priority to equip classrooms and laboratories with the most current, advanced equipment available in the field. This includes:

  • open-plan design studios offering students their own dedicated desks and working areas
  • computer laboratories fully equipped with high-performance Mac desktop models and the latest in architectural and design software
  • multimedia labs equipped with Mac computers and an array of HD devices for multimedia production
  • digital fabrication labs equipped with laser cutters, 3D printers, routers, and foam cutting and casting machines
  • a woodshop with a large collection of woodworking machinery in multiple scales
  • a metal shop with a large collection of specialized machinery and tools
  • a clay lab equipped with a high-performance electric kiln and state-of-the-art rotating plates
  • a photography lab designed for both digital and film production

Who are the architecture and interior design students?

We attract a diverse, multilingual student body with unique cultural backgrounds and quality academic histories. Our students' academic work has been recognized in international competitions and is regularly published in journals as demonstration of their hard work and excellence.

Where do our graduates end up?

Since the first commencement cycle for the BArch degree program in Spring 2003, we have graduated over 250 architects and interior designers. Department alumni have been recognized in international competitions, employed at globally operating architectural firms and accepted into prestigious academic institutions in Europe and North America such as Harvard University, Columbia University, MIT, the Architectural Association (London) and many others.