The British University in Dubai (BUID), the leading research-based university in the region, launched its new, accredited Master of Architecture (MArch) programme. Professor Bassam Abu-Hijleh, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and IT, and Dr Hanan Taleb, Associate Professor, introduced the programme at an online launch, and answered questions from participants regarding the programme’s requirements and learning outcomes.
In line with its mission to support the UAE’s vision of a knowledge-based economy and realising the importance of the architect’s role, especially with the growing complexity of architectural services in modern buildings and the significance of energy conservation and emissions control, BUiD decided to offer a Master of Architecture, which is considered a terminal degree in the profession.
The programme will develop architects who have a sound knowledge of architectural design principles and the ability to apply this knowledge to the complex building designs within the construction industry. This programme has been designed in accordance with the Royal Institute of British Architects Part 2 (RIBA 2).
Professor Abu-Hijleh commented, “The programme gives students the opportunity to learn the history and theory of architecture. They will learn about sustainable building materials, how to develop architectural design, how to address issues of urban design, and how to deliver the necessary designs within the constraints forced by climate, building regulations, cost, and social factors.”
The MArch programme is suitable for both junior and middle-level architects with revelant experience in architectural design. The programme is primarily directed towards architects who are looking to pursue more challenging and leading roles in their organisations combining advanced architectural design skills with cutting-edge research and practices.
There is a significant worldwide demand for architects who have up-to-date knowledge of architectural principles coupled with the drive to design a more sustainable built environment. A professional architect can design all of the systems that are necessary in a building for occupants to carry out their lives and businesses. This role is also increasingly linked to the provision of sustainable, energy efficient and healthy buildings within our society. Graduates can work in the public sector (eg municipalities and housing projects) as well as the private sector (eg design firms, consultants, contractors).
The new programme is an addition to BUID’s suite of Masters programmes in the areas of education, management, finance, law, sustainable design, energy, and IT.