Architecture arises from the same origins as other universal manifestations of material culture. However, theartefacts designated as architecture possess a scale,permanence, and pervasive influence unique among human endeavours. These qualities give the discipline a cultural prominence that few other professions enjoy.The study of architecture is concerned with complex, interdisciplinary issues. Some matters are primarily individual and practical, such as the basic human need forshelter and the desire to contrive efficient, adequate forms for the patterns of daily life. Architecture also serves ahigher purpose. For example, often it is an expression of the living values of a culture. It gives form, order, and proportion to human activities. The practice of architecture today requires coordinated contributions from a variety of fields. Therefore, the study of architecture at Effat University investigates the principles and applications of history, theory, drawing, and structures. Additional courses in technology, art, thehumanities, engineering, the physical and social sciences, and management will help lay the foundation for the rest of students’ educational experience. Basic conceptual skills are emphasized early on, along with introducing the elements of architecture. Design studios at each level help students develop the skills and intellectual tools to solve problems. Students will be immersed in architectural design; eight design studios anda full-year Capstone Project are required, and it is the focal point of every semester. Studio exercises vary significantly during the five years. Students will learn to communicate ideas through models and graphics.
The Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree is intended for students who seek a professional career in architecture and the building industry. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for professional practice in Saudi Arabia and throughout the region and the world, according to the requirements of the Saudi Ministryof Education (MoE). In addition, it follows the quality standards set by the National Commission for AcademicAccreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) in Saudi Arabia, and the Students Performance Criteria (SPC), set by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB) in the United States of America, for a professional bachelor in architecture. The set of elective courses inarchitecture helps students to further develop their graduate studies in any of the related fields.
Architectural Department aspires to prepare professional architects and urban designers of tomorrow, who can contribute to national and international progress of architecture and related fields, share knowledge nationally and internationally through research and community service, develop the profession through practice and contribute to the vision of their country with respect to environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Architectural Department prepares professional leadership and future qualified architects and urban designers with excellent architectural education who can enrich the profession through research and practice, can contribute to national and international progress of architecture and share in building the future of their country by interweaving Core Values into an innovative and comprehensive architecture education.
Be recognized as a leading Architecture Department nationally and internationally in the education of creative, innovative architects, and future urban designers who are capable to effectively contribute to Saudi Vision2030.
Provide a professional transparent environment that ensures participation, innovation and ethical values.
Maintain the national accreditation for the architecture program and obtain international accreditation.
Offering a diverse and relevant curriculum led by an accomplished faculty, which induce students creativity and talent through innovation in teaching that can be in tune with evolving landscape of architecture education.
Attract and retain highly qualified, innovative and creative student by creating rich and participatory learning and social environment.
Update the learning resources to match international standards of excellence in terms of new technologies and resources to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
Provide state of the art facilities and equipment that match with the worldwide architectural education and ensures unique program delivery.
Sustain the financial status of the architecture department through future consultancy services and ongoing student recruitments.
Recruit highly qualified and motivated teachers and researchers that engage the department with the international academic network.
Create a vibrant, innovative and interactive research environment that aligns with the Saudi 2030 vision, by contributing new knowledge and applications.
Develop future partnerships with national and international communities that enrich the educational environment and create opportunities that seek to serve society and enrich Saudi culture.