Department of Architecture
The Department of Architecture offers a comprehensive program that fosters creativity, innovation, informed problems-solving skills and cultivation of human needs as individuals and community. This is achieved in parallel to incorporating cultural and traditional considerations in the curriculum.
The program requires 4 years in addition to the foundation year: PYP. It includes a 7-month professional training as a CO-OP program to prepare our students for the professional practice inside and outside KSA. As our students develop autonomous lifelong learning competencies, they are supported to develop their personal and professional capabilities as well as their responsibility to improve their communities.
Our learning outcomes are accomplished by a group of highly qualified faculty members with a rich variety of academic backgrounds. Our graduates are prepared to serve as qualified professionals and leaders in the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Design, Graphic Presentation, Software Application as well as Model-Making. They are also prepared to pursue their graduate studies in Architecture or related fields.
The College of Engineering's Architecture program takes into account the needs of the local community for university-educated professional architects. The design and content of the Architecture curriculum were benchmarked with prominent universities. Additionally, the program has completed the NCAAA national accreditation process and is going for international accreditation. The program joined the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) in 2019 and is working to have the international accreditation under the umbrella of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) requirements. Starting from January 2020 arch students can enrich their study plan with an Interior Design minor.
The Architecture Program graduates have the necessary professional skills to embark on successful careers in the industry and/or pursue higher education in Architecture and related disciplines.
At the Architectural Engineering program at PSU, we estimate the diversity and academic excellence of all the members of our community. Faculty, staff and students are coming from more than ten different nationalities. The learning process is enriched by engaging with people of diverse cultures. The students are involved in several formative activities in and out of the classroom: field trips, lectures, workshops, community service, students clubs.
Today the dimension of any environmental issue — rapid urbanization; infrastructural systems; the disparity of resources; climatic conditions; material performance; etc — requires solutions that have to be local and global, pragmatic yet evocative. If we want a better present, we have to discover the moment where tradition turns into innovation. The program is fully committed to supporting the Saudi Vision 2030.
The Architectural Engineering program at PSU offers a solid preparation based on the combination of disciplines—architecture, urban planning, technology, history and theory, digital fabrication applied in our studio-based courses. Our students benefit from a seven-months internship and, in the majority of the case, they receive a job offer at the end of the training period.
We educate future citizens not only architects.
Dr. Fiorella Vanini