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 Vision and Mission

The Architecture Program in the College of Built Environment and Design at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) is accredited by the National Commission for Academic Accreditation & Assessment for the period May 2015 to April 2022 and agrees to uphold the NCAAA Standards for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Higher Education Programs. The NCAAA is an independent body responsible for the accreditation of postsecondary education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Program Vision
Graduating disciplined, creative, and critical architects well versed in the discipline's technical and professional knowledge and practices.

Program Mission
The Program is committed to:

  • Developing knowledge and increase awareness on social, cultural and environmental realms of Architecture for the ultimate benefit of the built environment and those who use it within an ethically responsible framework aligned with vision 2030 of the Kingdom.
  • Combining excellence in design, technology, entrepreneurship, arts, and social sciences to meet the current and future social, technological, and ecological challenges in Saudi Arabia and the region. 

Program Objectives
The Architecture department at KFUPM is deeply committed and ensures that every program's graduate meets the goals and learning objectives necessary to achieve the highest level of excellence in all their future endeavours. The program's graduates should develop creative solutions to architecture-related problems within a greater societal context by doing:

  1. Practice Architecture profession with confidence, global competitiveness, and superior work ethics and character.
  2. Apply professional knowledge, technical skills, and integrate design, technology, entrepreneurship, social sciences, and arts to produce efficient/ethical, creative, and sustainable architectural design solutions.
  3. Demonstrate high proficiency in creative and critical thinking, design thinking skills, communication, and solving complex design problemsBe able to pursue advanced study and research at the graduate level.
  4. Pursue independent and lifelong learning to meet evolving built environment and architectural challenges facing complex modern societies.
  5. Be able to pursue advanced study and research at the graduate level.

Program Goals

  1. Program Management and Quality Assurance: Create a supportive and productive work environment that maintains and ensures high-quality architectural education that is recognized and accredited nationally and internationally. 
  2. Teaching and Learning: Provide a high-quality teaching and learning environment that promotes creativity, critical thinking, and leadership.
  3. Students: Recruit and keep talented students and ensure a high level of satisfaction.
  4. Faculty Members: Attract and keep high-caliber faculty and scholars in the discipline's various areas and ensure continuous professional development.
  5. Learning Resources and Facilities: Develop and sustain high-quality learning resources, facilities, and equipment that support the program's teaching, learning, and research activities.
  6. Scientific Research: Create a supportive research environment that encourages faculty and students to be involved in impactful scholarly research activities.
  7. Community Relationships: Strengthen and sustain collaborative relationships with local communities through service learning.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
After finishing the Bachelor of Architecture degree (B. Arch) the graduates should be able to:

 

Knowledge and Understanding

K1

Recognize people's diversified needs, values, and the influence of place, context, time, and technology on the creation of the built environment. (Diversified needs).

K2

Recognize contemporary issues related to architecture and the practice of architecture. (Contemporary Issues).

K3

Recognize the need for lifelong learning and to be able to engage in it. (Lifelong learning).

 

Skills

S1

Research, analyze, and evaluate information relevant to constraints of the program, users, site, context, as well as the theoretical traditions of the architecture discipline. (Pre-design analysis).

S2

Use fundamental architectural design skills. (Fundamental design).

S3

Use an integrative design process that includes identifying design problem(s), setting evaluative criteria, and synthesizing, analyzing, and evaluating solutions. (Design process).

S4

Create building designs with well-integrated systems, including constructability. (Design product).

S5

Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively using oral, written, graphical, and visual forms. (Communication)

S6

Demonstrate the ability to use computer and information technology tools and relevant techniques and skills necessary for architectural practice. (Use IT)

 

Values

V1

Recognize societal, professional, and ethical responsibilities, including the architect's diverse roles and his relationships with clients, consultants, and other stakeholders in the design process. (Professional responsibility).

V2

Demonstrate an ability to collaborate and work in multi-disciplinary teams (Teamwork)