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Architectural Engineering

The Architectural Department aims for the preparation of distinguished architects, who combine between the knowledge and skills of architecture with the knowledge of other engineering disciplines; in order to ensure coherence and integration necessary for the application of the profession; by maintaining its customs and traditions while working to consolidate the values ​​of the new civilization and upgrading it to keep up with the times.

The program also works on preparing architectural engineers with the ability to initiate, compete, think-freely, take responsibility and interact with the community issues.

Program Admission Requirements :
1. Successfully completing and obtaining a cumulative average of 70% or more in the following courses: MATH1411, MATH1321, PHYS141, PHYS131
2. Successfully completing and obtaining 70% or more in the following courses: ENAR1111 and ENAR 1211.
3. The overall average grade will be computed based on 50% for the courses listed in item 1, 30% for ENAR1111, and 20% for ENAR1211.
4. Department approval based on its capacity. In the case the number of applicants exceeds the enrolment capacity of the Department, only those with the highest overall competitive average grade will be admitted. The average grade will be calculated based on the grades of all course attempts.

  • The development of the concept of architecture and urbanism to the student, by defining it as a social phenomenon stemming from the society’s needs. In addition to the development of his ability to recognize the factors influencing them.
  • Understanding the movement of architecture in different historical eras, and use that in criticising and analysing the modern phenomena, and link them to the society needs.
  • Clarify the relationship between architecture and other engineering concepts.
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  • Development of students’ knowledge in urban architectural design, and ability to use models, visual perception of space, its components, and the phenomena that affects the design.
  • Educate the student with the main principles used to document architectural and urban monuments, in addition to collecting data and analysing it.
  • Provide students with the knowledge needed to understand the environment and the mutual relationship between its elements.
  • Develop the students’ capability to use the various tools in the field of expression and design.
  • Providing the student with skills that will help to choose the best construction methods, materials and systems.
  • Develop the technological capabilities of the students.
  • Clarify the relationship between architectural and engineering concepts.
  • Develop the student ability to produce scientific researches and studies on Palestinian society, and to communicate with it.
  • Strengthen the spirit of teamwork among students.
  • Enhance scientific research.

 

Upon successful competition of the program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the presentation tools, methods and techniques in the fields of architectural work.
  • Control objects and spaces and have visual perception over their components.
  • Develop architectural designs and solve the various issues that arise from it to meet the needs and desires of the local and global community, and understand its relationship to other engineering disciplines, including project management, environmental control and in construction techniques and methods.
  • Understand the movement of architecture in different historical eras, use that in criticising and analysing the modern phenomena, and link them to the society needs.
  • Deal with the cultural heritage in the field of architecture and urbanism, and solve the related issues regarding its consolidation and rehabilitation to keep up with time.
  • Establish the necessary principles of architectural design and formulate solutions for issues affecting it.
  • Learn and interact with the contemporary issues.
  • Work with the community, and have the profession values and morals.
  • Architectural design for all types of buildings and facilities (residential buildings, public, administrative and commercial, cultural, industrial, agricultural ... etc.).
  • Interior Design.
  • Industrial design (furniture, home and office accessories, tiles, sanitary fittings, lighting units ... etc.).
  • Open Spaces Design (public and private gardens, parks ... etc.).
  • Planning spaces of all aspects (planning cities and villages, local, national and regional planning ... etc.).
  • The development of shop drawings for various projects.
  • Graphic design.
  • Rehabilitation of historical buildings and urban complexes and developing them.
  • Urban Design (housing projects, tourist and recreational areas, the development of cities and villages centers, sports complexes ... etc.).
  • Visual arts.
Study Plan

The Academic plan consists of 164 credit hours distributed as follows:

Requirement type

Credit hours

University Courses

21-22

Engineering & Technology Courses

30

Core Courses

107

Elective  courses

5-6

Total

164

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Program Requirements (107 Credit Hours)

A. Compulsory Courses: 96 credit hours distributed as follows:

Course No.

Course Title

Prerequisite(s)

ENCE216

Construction Material Laboratory

ENAR1311

ENCE223

Mechanics 1

ENCE232

ENCE2351

Structural Systems

ENCE223

ENCE317

Surveying Lab for Architecture and Planning Engineering

ENAR327 or synchronous

ENCE327

Surveying for Architecture and Planning Engineering

ENAR1211 or ENME121

ENCE3361

Concrete Technology and Principles of Reinforced Concrete

ENCE3251

ENCE4341

Project Management and Professional Practice

ENAR3251, ENAR2111

ENME4301

Sanitary and Mechanical Engineering

ENAR3251

ENEE3307

lighting and acoustics

ENAR3251 or synchronous

ENPL3331

Principles of Planning 1

ENAR2381

ENPL3341

Principles of Planning 2

ENPL3331

ENPL436

Landscape Architecture 

ENAR3421, ENPL3341

ENAR1241

History of Architecture 1

Program Acceptance

ENAR1311

Principles of Architecture

Program Acceptance

ENAR2111

Professional Ethics

Program Acceptance

ENAR2131

Visual Communication 2

ENAR1111 

ENAR2211

Shade, Shadow and Perspective

ENAR1211

ENAR2311

Architectural Design 1

ENAR1311

ENAR2321

Architectural Design 2

ENAR2311

ENAR2351

History of Architecture 2

ENAR1241

ENAR2361

Building Construction 1

ENAR1211

ENAR2371

Building Construction 2

ENAR2361

ENAR2381

History of Architecture 3

ENAR2351

ENAR3241

Theories of Architecture 2

ENAR3331

ENAR3251

Building construction 3

ENAR2371

ENAR3301

Architecture in Palestine

ENAR2381/ for Architecture students

ENAR329/ for planning students 

ENAR3331

Theories of Architecture 1

ENAR2381

ENAR3411

Architectural Design 3

ENAR2321, ENAR2111

ENAR3421

Architectural Design 4

ENAR3411, ENCE2351

ENAR401

Practical Training

ENAR4421, ENCE3361

ENAR4211

Computer Presentation and Modeling

ENAR3201

ENAR4251

Environmental Architecture

ENAR3421

ENAR4391 

Interior Design 

ENAR3421

ENAR4411

Architectural Design 5

ENAR3421, ENPL3341

ENAR4421

Architectural Design 6

ENAR4411, ENCE3361

ENAR5111

Advanced Skills

Final Semester of Study

ENAR520

Introduction to Graduation Project

ENAR401, ENAR4421 and ENAR4101 or ENAR4121 or ENAR4141

ENAR530

Graduation Project

ENAR520, ENAR5411 or ENAR5421 or ENAR5411

 

 

B. Electives Courses: (11) credit hours of courses include the following:

1. 8 credit hours from one of the following tracks. Alternatively , for the general track students can select 8 credit hours from either of the Architectural Design or Building Restoration and Conservation or Interior Design

Credit Hours

Course Number

Prerequisite

Group 1:

Architectural Design

ENAR4121 | SEMINAR IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

ENAR4411

ENAR5311 | Contemporary Architecture

ENAR3241, ENAR4121

ENAR5411 | Advanced Architectural Design

ENAR4421

Group 2:

Building Restoration and Conservation

ENAR4141 | Seminar in Building Restoration and Conservation

ENAR4411

ENAR5331 | Theories of conservation and Restoration

ENAR3301, ENAR4141

ENAR5441 | Advanced Building Restoration and Conservation

ENAR3301, ENAR4421

 

Group 3:

Interior Design

ENAR4101 | Seminar in Interior Design

ENAR4411

ENAR5321 | Theories of Interior Design

ENAR4101, ENAR4391

ENAR5421 | Advanced Interior Design

ENAR4391, ENAR4421

2. 3 credit hours from the following Courses or from the above track courses:

ENAR5341 | Film and Architecture

Department Approval

ENAR5351 | Architecture Critiques and Analysis

Department Approval

ENAR5361 | Management and Conservation of Cultural Heritage

ENAR5331

ENAR5371 | Selected topics in Architecture

Department Approval

ENAR5381 | Behavior and Built Environment

Department Approval

ENAR5392 | History of Art

Department Approval


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