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 Facilities

Facility NameType (Lab, Workshop, etc.)Location & AreaObjectives Teaching/ ResearchCourses TaughtMajor ApparatusMax. Stud. CapacitySoftware in use
Computer LabComputer Lab19/452 (36 sm)Teaching / ResearchARC CoursesComputer Lab.30
Auto CAD, 3Ds Max, Rhino, Grasshopper, 
Revit, Adobe Phoshop, Illustrator 
& Indesign, Twinmotion, Lumion, Sketchup,
Model ShopModel Shop19/119 (68 sm)Model makingStudio coursesFoam, cutter, etc.10Model making.


Architecture Department Facilities

The following tables illustrate different labs used and managed by the department.

I) Computer Lab

The lab is used in teach difference courses and used as open access Lab for ARC students. The computers are loaded with the most recent industry standard application software. The Lab is connected to the university wide network. The Lab has latest technology include large format plotters for hard copy production and a projection room fitted with a fixed computer projector and projection screen. The Lab is a focus of activity for ARC students as it supports both the teaching of design and other related courses.

Lab Title PC Lab
Location and area  Bldg. 19-room 452/4; Area 48 m2
Objectives Instructional and general-purpose laboratory.
Software available if applicable All software available on College Network such as  MS Office, 3D max, FormZ, AutoCAD, ADT, Autodesk Viz, adobe Photoshop, adobe premiere, Freehand, etc.
Major Apparatus & Equipment 24 PCs (P-IV, 256 RAM, 40 GB), one printer (HP LaserJet 4000), 2 plotters (HP Design jet 100 plotter, HP Design jet 1055), one A4 scanner, one video projector (InFocus) 
Safety Regulations  The lab is equipped with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit. same safety procedures as all labs

II) The Model Shop

The model shop facilitates the production of scaled models for students and faculties. The shop is equipped with foam cutting machines, different types of drill machines, routers and Jigsaws.  It has handy circular cutters, straight cutters, engraving machines and drills. Modeling materials available in the shop include wood, foam, colors, adhesives and various types of modelling papers. The shop can accommodate up to 10 persons at a given time; each working on a different model. A modeling technician oversees the shop and advises users on materials and appropriate techniques of model production and on safety issues. The shop has served as an invaluable resource center in the various exhibitions organized by the students at the department.

Lab Title  Model shop Lab
Location and area Bldg. 19-room 119 / Area 67 m2
Objectives General-purpose lab for making architectural models.
Software available if applicable NA
Major Apparatus & Equipment Cutting and sanding equipment, foam cutters, cutters, saw-knifes, etc
Safety Regulations  The lab is equipped with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit,  spray glasses, dust masks, etc. same safety procedures as all labs 

III) Design Studios

 Design is usually the core of academic programs in architecture and other environmental design disciplines. To support the teaching of design, the college has a number of architectural design studios grouped together in one location. The studios are designed as clusters within an open space, with each cluster serving a design class, and the open nature of the studio encouraging interaction among the different design classes. Within each design studio, every student is allocated a private workspace consisting of drawing table and lockers that are secure. The arrangement provides each student with privacy, while at the same time encouraging him to interact with his colleagues. Among the future plans for the studios is the extension of the college network to the individual drawing tables to enable students fully integrate information technology with their design activities. 

IV) Resource Center

The College has an in-building Resource Center shared among the different college departments. The Center has recent relevant basic books, and frequently used references in the built environment fields as well as students’ thesis work. Moreover, the Center is linked to other university library resources through computer terminals. The resource center also provides a quite environment for students to study and for faculty to meet and interact. Adjacent to the resource Center there is a large conference room for conducting seminars and workshops. 

V) Photocopy Center

The reproduction center services the copying needs of the college. The center is equipped with two high volume copiers; a Nashuatec 4561 copier and a Konica 331 copier. The center also has a large format copier capable of producing up to A2 and a Xerox reproduction machine capable of very large format reproductions. The center has Binding equipment, light table and cutters. Also attached to the reproduction center is also the material store of the college. This is where all the graphic materials and supplies of the college are kept and supplied to faculty and students. The store supports the design and other academic activities of the college.

 
VI) The Building Science Lab

The Building Science Laboratory is composed of four units. These are the Acoustics and Noise Control unit, the Building Illumination unit, the Thermal and Mechanical Systems unit, and Building Materials and Construction systems unit. The units are equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation for measuring variables that affect aspects of natural and built environments. These include illumination, acoustics, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality. The Building Science Laboratory is also equipped with facilities for designing scale-model structures, and it also contains a number of working models for illustrating the air-conditioning process and cycles. The laboratory is used for instructional as well as research purposes. Because of the low number of graduates from the basic-level program in the department and the strict admission requirements to the graduate program, the number of students admitted is low. However, with the recent positive enrollment trend in the undergraduate program and the planned introduction of a non-thesis option and more relevant and attractive topics and areas of research, the number of students in the Architectural Engineering graduate program is expected to increase substantially.