Learning Outcomes

After completion of the programme a student will be able to:


— Recognise environmental problems, core concepts, social contexts and functions of building within a sustainable development framework.

— Demonstrate historical architectural theories and those related to the arts and technology as influences on architectural design, management and regulations.

— Articulate the knowledge of urban design, the relationship between people and buildings, and integrated solutions in relation to design, construction, and the environment.

— Comprehend the basic principles of selecting construction material finishes in terms of interior and exterior products, and selecting assemblies and components based on desired performance including life cycle assessment and building information modelling (BIM).


— Generate complex design proposals to deliver necessary designs to meet users’ needs within the constraints forced by climate, building regulations and cost/social factors.

— Demonstrate a schematic technique to acquire developing trends in the construction field in order to address physical problems, and those associated with materials and technologies.

— Examine the current fundamental principles in terms of relevant precedents to accomplish informed choices into advanced architectural and urban projects.

— Gain the ability to research and link updated findings in the published literature to inform the design process.

Aspects of competence

Autonomy and responsibility

— Identify diverse challenges, values, physical abilities, and behavioural, social and spatial contexts that characterise different individuals and cultures; and understand the responsibility of the architect to ensure sustainable buildings and urbanism.

— Develop and evaluate a design proposal that represents the conceptual, theoretical, critical and professional responsibility, through testing different technical and sustainable alternatives.

Role in context

— Differentiate variations in terms of geographic regions, diverse legislation and regulations, then identify appropriate design strategies and suitable tools for performance assessment.

— Determine technical and communication roles and contractual documentation and present such information clearly to project stakeholders.

— Research relevant sources and enhance projects with empirical findings drawn from architectural disciplines.  


— Gain the ability to present, speak confidently and write academically, and to use appropriate methods related to the various form of media to communicate with the general public and the architectural profession.

— Develop leadership skills on multiple levels and use opportunities to interact with professionals as a required component of their educational experience in terms of cultural and social conditions that inform the built environment.

— Work within a team to produce architectural practice that represents environmental issues, social and economic factors, construction materials, and building systems.

The British University in Dubai

Block 11, 1st and 2nd floor, Dubai International Academic City PO Box 345015, Dubai, UAE

Tel: +971 4 279 1400

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