About Architecture Department
The Architecture Department at Effat College began in the academic year 2005-2006 by the Ministry of Education (MoE). In the year, 2008-2009, Effat College acquired the University status and established three colleges: the College of Business (CoB) and the College of Humanities (CoH) with the Architecture program under the College of Engineering.
The overall response to the Architecture Department in the Saudi society was promising and it showed great potentials in sustaining its growth and maintaining reasonable attracting ability with about 30% increase every academic year.
In 2012, the Architecture program became the first female accredited program in the Kingdom. The program proved to provide strong applied and interdisciplinary education to produce creative, highly disciplined, and critical thinkers capable of leading the contemporary architectural environments of their communities with strong understanding of both local and international market needs. Therefore, the department expanded from 10 students in Fall 2006 to reach 890 students in Fall 2015.
The Architecture Department adopts contextual approach that ensures the sustainability of the indigenous culture rooted in the local identity while applying contemporary architectural theories and technologies. Faculty and students aspire to meet the demand by the nation’s continuous urban, industrial and economic growth under the auspices of Islamic culture through the integration of design, research and practice in the curriculum.
The Architecture Department is committed to academic excellence that is truly relevant to the needs of the country and the graduation of highly qualified female architects; who are creative, innovative, and expressive of self in context. Faculty and students of the Architecture Department are holistic thinkers, self aware and participants in serving their community through researching and developing the urban environment. They share learning experiences to develop an understanding of the sensitive client and user needs in a balanced meaningful architecture.