Program Description

It is a 5- year undergraduate program towards a B.Sc. in Architecture and Urban Design within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Nile University. The program is adopting a multidisciplinary approach that interrelates various specializations (Architecture and Urban Design, Structural and Construction Systems, Building Ecology, Human Behavior, Contemporary City) with a blended learning approach that emphasizes Practicum and real-life case studies to develop a well-integrated curriculum. The program also utilizes up-to-date technology to assist in integrating the spectrum of disciplines that form the foundation of architectural education, while bringing back people to the forefront of its consideration.

This program was developed through “IMPAQT”, a 3-year project co-funded by the European Commission; “Integrative Multidisciplinary People-centered Architectural Qualification & Training”. This project includes esteemed European Partners as well as Egyptian academic and non-academic partners:

EU partners EG partners
Ain Shams University – ASU Technische Universität Wien – TUW
Suez Canal University – SCU Universitat Politècnica De Catalunya – ETSAB
Alexandria University – AU Universität Kassel – KU
Housing and Building National Research Centre – HBRC University of Cagliari – UNICA
Engineering Consultants Group – ECG

Program Objectives

The program aims at bridging the gap for professional architects/urban designers between the theoretical foundation they acquired in their undergraduate study and the integrative multidisciplinary nature and role they are supposed to embrace in their work. The goal of the program is to breed architects capable of initiating a paradigm shift; to become more integrative, multidisciplinary, people-centered, and technologically agile, utilizing ICT enabling technology in a context-sensitive manner to address the challenges facing the building of human settlements that support and sustain the wellbeing, prosperity and fulfillment of human values.

What you will Learn

Students of the Architectural and Urban Design program would learn to:

  • Address urban issues, and integrate human aspects into design projects, taking into consideration cultural diversity, social differences and the impact of a built form on people’s daily life and community identity.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of public spaces; their dynamics, significance, and multi-dimensional impact drawing upon understanding the interaction between people and their built and natural environment.
  • Achieve desirable experience of place through integrating different scales of intervention (architecture, urban design, landscape, city planning, regional planning), and understanding the complexity of cities.
  • Assimilate different forms of knowledge from other disciplines into the knowledge base of architecture and urban design formulating them into integrative design criteria to inform and evaluate design solutions.
  • Design and evaluate building systems from an ecological approach with human experience in mind.
  • Conduct and utilize scientific research, apply explanatory and normative theory, in a highly conscious and deliberate design process of architecture and urban design.
  • Reflect and discern lessons learnt from practical experience in real professional environments; through internships, knowledge exchange workshops, and project-based, blended learning pedagogies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of ICT-based and digital design tools to enhance the documentation, analysis, production and presentation of architectural and urban design projects.

In short, graduating students will acquire essential knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • Create user-sensitive design from single building scale to part-of-a-city scale.
  • Address challenges facing contemporary cities and propose interventions
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Environment-Behavioral Studies
  • Conduct multidisciplinary empirical research triangulating quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Apply ecological approach to building systems
  • Design Appropriate, Affordable, and Adaptable Housing
  • Design Adaptive Re-use of buildings
  • Participate in urban upgrading and urban regeneration projects
  • Conduct and utilize participatory processes in design
  • Conduct Architecture Programming and Post Occupancy Evaluation
  • Conduct architectural and urban research and discern lessons learnt from practical experience.
  • Utilize multiple ICT-based and digital design tools needed in professional environments.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of ARUD are qualified to work as architects, urban designers, and researchers in the fields of sustainable architectural design, urban design, housing, neighbourhood design, design and planning of city extensions, upgrading of informal areas and slums, adaptive re-use of buildings, urban regeneration, historic conservation and rehabilitation of historic areas, densification of new cities. The graduate will also have skills that are scarce yet in demand in the employment market such as the skills to conduct architectural and urban research, building performance and public space simulations, architectural programming, participatory design, post-occupancy evaluation, use of VR tools, among other skills that are needed to address the challenges of the contemporary city.

Architectural and Urban Design graduates will have the chance to work as an:

  • Architect
  • Urban designer
  • Urban and architectural Researcher
  • Participatory design specialist
  • Architecture Brief / Program developer
  • Sustainable development team member
  • Historic Conservation team member
  • Informal area upgrading team member

Academic Structure & Curriculum

Total Number of Credit Hours for B. Sc. in Architecture and Urban Design is 160 cr. hrs. over 10 semesters

University General Educational Requirements  16 cr. hrs.

English & Communication Skills  6 cr. hrs.

  • Intensive English (if required)
  • English 001 (if required)
  • English 002 (if required)
  • Writing Skills
  • Communication & Presentation Skills

Basic Skills  6 cr. hrs.

  • Selected Topics in Social Sciences: Research methods
  • Introduction to Scientific & Critical Thinking
  • Introduction to Ethics

General Knowledge  4 cr. hrs.

  • Selected Topics in Humanities: Environmental Psychology
  • Selected Topics in World Culture & Diversity: Contemporary City

Engineering Requirements (ARUD-specific)  38 cr. hrs.

Basic Science 11 cr. hrs.

  • Computer & Information Skills
  • Descriptive Geometry
  • Probability & Statistics
  • Physics II

Building Science &Technology 12 cr. hrs.

  • Building Physics I
  • Building Physics II
  • Building Systems Integration
  • Building Performance Computing

Structure & Construction Management 15 cr. hrs.

  • Structure I
  • Structure II
  • Structure III
  • doc BOQ Tender Doc – Site Supervision/Project Management
  • Building Information Modeling

ARUD Program Requirements 106 cr. hrs.

Design Studio 44 cr. hrs.

  • Basis for Design – Drawing / Modelling
  • Design Studio I
  • Design Studio II
  • Design Studio III
  • Design Studio IV
  • Design Studio V
  • Design Studio VI
  • Project I
  • Project II

Design Process 9 cr. hrs.

  • Design Thinking
  • Advanced Design Process
  • Urban Planning process

People-centered Arch. & Urban Design 15 cr. hrs.

  • Environment Behavior Studies
  • Dwelling and Neighborhood Design
  • Building Types
  • People-centered Urban Design & Public Space
  • Spatial & Urban Dynamics

History & Theory 12 cr. hrs.

  • History of Arch and Urban Form I
  • History of Arch and Urban Form II
  • Theory of Arch and Urban Form I
  • Theory of Arch and Urban Form II

Construction 9 cr. hrs.

  • Construction I
  • Construction II
  • Construction III

Visual Representation 6 cr. hrs.

  • Visual I
  • Visual II

Electives  8 cr. hrs.

  • Elective I: Mapping Preferences
  • Elective II: Colour and Art
  • Elective III: Arch. Photography
  • Elective IV: Landscape Architecture and planning
  • Elective V: Informal Areas
  • Elective VI: Sustainable Development
  • Elective VII: Building Ecology
  • Elective VIII: Urban Planning II
  • Elective IX: Sustainable Heritage Conservation

Internship  3 cr. hrs.