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Program Specifications

BSc. Architecture Engineering / Program Overview

Ø  Background to the program and subject area
On behalf of all members of our department; Faculty, Staff, and Students, I would like to welcome you to the Department of Architecture website, in which the Royal Decree for the establishment of the Department in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology which was issued on 29th December 1974, being the ninth faculty in the University of Jordan. Teaching at the Architecture Department started in the academic year 1975/1976.
The study plan of the B.Sc. in architecture engineering is composed of 178 credit hours requiring five years of study for completion the degree. Practical training in the summer, not less than 8 weeks, is also required.
The first group to graduate in 1980 numbered 13 students. The number of graduates increased yearly to reach 142 by the end of the academic year 2013-2014.
Emphasis in the curriculum is given to Architectural Design, which is the major course in the study of architecture. Study of the local environment, users’ behavior, and associated technical as well as humanity subjects are also included. The final graduation projects of students are chosen from actual local schemes mainly from the National Development Plan of Jordan.
The department awards the degrees of B.Sc. and M.Sc.
I leave you with an open invitation to learn about our program, to contact us with your questions, and more than welcomed to drop by for a visit. Through our future students, we hope to continue our well established tradition in graduating the bright architects of the future.

Ø Vision statements of the program

The Department of Architecture Engineering is an internationally acclaimed learning community engaging in exemplary architectural education, rigorous research and scholarship, and strengthening links to the professional and university communities, and the broader community.
Ø Mission statements of the program

Our mission is to build the character and develop a multidimensional personality of future architects through structured education, to educate students for future architectural design practice through rigorous curricula, and to advance knowledge of the discipline to benefit the society locally, regionally, and internationally through scholarly research.
Ø Program Aims
 The Department of Architecture Engineering is:
Educating its students to become effective practitioner in the profession of architecture.
Enriching the understanding of architecture as a broad humanistic and scientific discipline through sound training and multidisciplinary education.
Creating community figures that are able to meet the demands of a changing profession with technical skills that are complemented by personal vision, ethical persuasiveness, and entrepreneurial drive.
Advancing scholarly knowledge through research and active collaboration with professional and academic communities.
Assisting the local community through mutual collaboration and addressing areas of communal interest.
Ø Objectives
Alongside, the main target of preparing our undergraduate students to address the issues of professional practice and the demands of the everyday architectural market, our Program focuses upon two broader schemas. The first schema is concerned with preparing our future architects to address the cultural, social, ecological, economic, and aesthetic conditions of contemporary architecture within the complexities of contemporary cities. While recognizing the influx of changes the discipline of architecture is going through in terms of theory, issues of architectural production and technological advances, sustainability and renewable energy, urbanity and city redevelopment are greatly affecting the architectural practice. Our Program is structured to prepare the students to creatively, critically, and effectively envision, design, and implement architectural and urban design projects that better address these issues.
The second schema is concerned with the increasingly complex rule of the digital in producing the physical. As the disciplines of design in general and architecture in particular progressively embrace the transient domain of virtual space through electronically mediated design, it is all the more important for architects not only to grasp the material and technological means by which designs are both imagined and realized but also to utilize these means as resources of critical thinking.