ARCH 130 Basic Design -1 3 (2 + 2 Studio)
The course comprises two parts; 2-dimensional basic design and basic design in color,
Introducing ten Principles of two-dimensional basic design, popularly used
by architects and planners. Training takes place in both studio and computer
lab. These principles are: repetition, grid, symmetry, hierarchy, radial, unity,
contrast, centralization, texture, and space.
Review of four principles of basic design in color,: color contrast, color
harmony, color compositions and the spatial effect of color.
ARCH 135 Basic Skills -1 4 (2 + 4 Studio)
The course is diversified in content, goal and teaching method, through conventional
and digital techniques. Exercises will vary in complexity from abstract planar shapes
to architectural forms: introducing principles of scale, ergonomics, and standard
dimensions in the urban environment. The course comprises three major parts:
Free-hand drawing (I): the importance of this type of drawing in
representation of the urban environment. This is in the form of studio and
field exercises with specific objectives (not less than two hours weekly).
Architectural drawing media (I): basic drawing skills: using drawing
instruments, training the student on precision, and tidiness, through guided
exercises which help the student to learn about the urban environment.
Projections: training on imagination skills and the ability to represent 3D
objects abstract and on two-dimensional plane and vise versa. Develop the
student's understanding of shapes and forms in scaled drawings.
ARCH 140 Basic Design -2 3 (2 + 2 Studio)
The course comprises two parts: 3-D basic design and model making as follows:
3D basic design: introducing such principles as levels and planes of different
heights, grids, prisms, cylinders, repetitions, multi-surface forms; triangular
planes, linear frames and plane frames.
Model making: how to prepare a model, including base, model forming and
finishing, using two and three-dimensional drawings.
ARCH 145 Basic Skills -2 4(2 + 4 Studio)
The course is diversified in content, goal and teaching methods, through conventional
and digital skills and techniques. Exercises in progress from abstract shapes to
architectural forms. The course comprises three main parts:
Free-hand drawing (II) : Complementing of the material taught in Arch 135
to develop the student's expressive and design abilities working from nature
and form urban forms (not less than two hours weekly).
Architectural drawing media (II): training on perspective drawing
techniques (types, variable and choosing angles of vision) and its use as a
Training on urban and architectural expression (shadow, photograph, of
urban form rendering in color) in order that the student can express design
ideas in an appropriate manner.
ARCH 148 History of Architecture 2 (2 + 0)
The influence of human and environmental factors on:
Ancient architecture, (Egyptian; Mesopotamia; Persian, Greek, Roman, and
Medieval architecture (Romanesque and Gothic).
The Industrial and Modern age.
ARCH 230 Architectural Design-1 5 (0 + 10 Studio)
The course concentrates on the formulation of the concept of architectural design and
the development of students expressive skills and the relation of form to function.
This is achieved through step-by-step study of design considerations and their
application on simple projects, as follows:
Three projects on small residences (Studio, Chalet and Villa).
Two short exercises.
Model making for the above projects.
Presentation of reports and drawings analyzing the architectural program for
ARCH 241 Man and the Built Environment 2 (2 + 0)
Introduction to human behavior and its relation to the environment. Study of basic
theories related to human behavior. Human needs and considerations related to the
cultural and social concepts. Practical application of some theories. Formulating
architectural/urban programs on the bases of behavioral programs prepared for a
sample urban environment.
ARCH 243 BuildingMaterials 2 (2 + 0)
A brief analysis of primary and secondary groups of building materials, their
properties, products and use and application in building construction. The materials
include: stone, ceramics, red bricks and blocks, gypsum cement and mortars,
concretes of different types, metals, glass, fiber-reinforced materials, bituminous
products, plastics, rubber, and water-proofing sealants. Study of simple constructions:
load-bearing walls, openings formation and roofs. The course includes practical
exercises and reports on fieldwork.
ARCH 330 Architectural Design-2 5 (0 + 10 Studio)
The course aims at relating the building to its surrounding natural and man-made
environment. This is achieved by a through investigation of the sites impact on the
evolving design, and the study of the various environmental elements on the
architectural form and its internal spaces. The course addresses the philosophy behind
the conceptual design ideas, as well as the development of the students' presentation
skills. The course proceeds through the following stages:
A study of projects of administrative or religious facilities.
At least two or three projects.
Two sketch designs on specific design problems.
Students are encouraged to use manual drafting and rendering techniques.
ARCH 331 Climate and Architecture 2 (2 + 0)
The course provides a review of the theoretical and practical aspects of the
relationship between climate and architecture, concentrating on the climatic elements
which affect, and interact with human activities and the building. The human body
and the ambient environment, thermal comfort requirements. Building interaction
with the surrounding environment and the means of protection from direct solar
radiation. The provision of natural ventilation. Thermal insulation requirements.
Climatic design and introduction to computer software in the field of climate and
architecture. The course is considered as an introduction to sustainable architecture
and mechanical installations courses.
ARCH 332 Statics and Strength of Materials 2 (1 + 2)
Statics: Vector analysis of forces and moments, equilibrium of coplanar force
systems, determination of centroids and moments of inertia and other elasticity
constants and laws of friction.
Strength of materials: Axial stress and strain, bending and shear stresses in beams,
stress strain relations and Hooke's law. Torsion, elasticity curves, and deflection of
ARCH 333 Building Construction-1 3 (2 + 2 Studio)
Introduction to various building systems and primary building elements.
Classification and description of building systems.
Detailed study of skeletal, framed structures, roofs, floors, space structures,
foundations and working joints.
Detailed study of vertical circulation elements: stairs and ramps.
Practical exercises in building construction and preparation of drawings and field
ARCH 335 Computer-Aided Architectural Design 3 (2 + 2 Studio)
Lectures and practical application on using computers in the preparation,
development, and analysis of design models and solving design problems.
Study of current and future trends of computer technologies and digital applications in
the field of design through the study of advantages, drawbacks and ethics of
computer-aided design. Concepts and techniques of digital design models (preparation
and representation of architectural projects):
Use of digital models in architectural projects
Rendering and presentation of digital models.
Analysis and evaluation of models.
ARCH 336 Theory of Architecture-1 2 (2 + 0)
The concept of theories of architecture, their types and relation to architectural design.
Function in buildings, human activities and their spatial requirements; building types.
Durability of buildings, building materials, methods of construction and their impact
on architectural thought. Aesthetics in architecture, elements and means of
architectural composition, terminology of architectural composition, and buildings
ARCH 340 Architectural Design-3 5 (0 + 10 Studio)
Study of projects related to public or private sector multifunctional and mixed use
facilities. Study of the impact of modern architectural movements on contemporary
local trends. Application of theory in developing a detailed program for a mixed use
project, interior and exterior design alternative proposals and analysis of concepts of
architectural design methodology. Undertaking one or two projects during the
semester. A minimum of two design quizzes to develop and test students ability to
formulate design solutions. Encourage students to use computer programs to arrive at
outstanding solutions and present them. Encourage students to continue using
conventional means of drawings and study models.
ARCH 341 Interior Design 2 (2 + 10)
Historical background of interior design, the ancient, classic, and contemporary styles.
Study of spatial arrangements, circulation patterns. Finishing materials for floors,
walls and roofs.. Selection of furniture and window treatment. Comprehensive design
for some selected spaces such as living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and offices.
ARCH 343 Building Construction-2 3 (2 + 2 Studio)
Secondary elements and components of buildings, their properties; the materials used
and assembly and fixing procedures. Types of surface finish, thermal insulation,
damp-proofing, and rainwater drainage. External facing and cladding with stone,
precast-concrete panels, and types of curtain walls. Types and properties of partitions,
ceilings, and types of floor finish. Openings, doors and windows, types, functional
requirements and assembly details.
ARCH 346 Theory of Architecture-2 2 (2 + 0)
Architectural thought in classical Renaissance, industrial revolution, and the first and
second halves of the twentieth century.
ARCH 348 History of Muslim Architecture 3 (3 + 0)
Introducing the student to terminology of Muslims. Architecture. The course covers
the following Islamic eras and geographical regions: the Honorable Prophet's era, the
Khalifs eras, the Umayyad, Abbasids, Ayyubids, Saljuqs eras; Persian, Ottoman, and
Indian sub-continent. Also covering contemporary trends in Muslim Architecture.
Study of some Sharia textual sources to understand the concepts of Muslims
ARCH 349 Sanitary Installations 2 (2 + 0)
Water supply, hot and cold water storage and installations. Sanitary appliances, design
of sanitary facilities and units layout. Drain pipes systems and installations details.
Rain and surface water drainage and underground foul drainage systems. Sewage
disposal systems in remote areas.
ARCH 450 Architectural Design-4 5 (0 + 10 Studio)
Study of building complex projects dealing with non-conventional cultural, social and
symbolic issues and attempting to link them to urban tissue (public facilities of
multifunctional nature). At least two projects and two design quizzes to be
undertaken. Analysis of precedent case-studies. Encourage students to use acquired
skills (sketches, preliminary drawings and study models). Use of CAD for final
presentation of projects.
ARCH 452 Housing 2 (2 + 0)
Introduction and definition of housing (historical background)Main aspects and
factors that influence housing. Alternative applications of urban housing. Evaluation
of housing projects. Local and international policies and strategies of housing.
Students will be introduced to the following:
The role of housing in promoting the urban environment.
Negative economic and social outcomes of housing problems and the factors
leading to them.
Rationalization of cost of housing projects while providing for the needs and
ARCH 453 Lighting and Acoustics 3 (3 + 0)
Study of the principles and requirements of visual and acoustic comfort. Basic
terminology and measuring units of lighting and acoustics. Methods of design of
lighting and acoustic systems (Lumen method, point by point method). Room
acoustics, sound insulation, and mechanical vibrations. Day lighting, Strategies in
ARCH 460 Architectural Design-5 5 (Studio 10 +0)
Comprehensive design of large scale building, considering the integration of the
various engineering systems. Design quizzes are used as means of incorporating
engineering systems, i.e. by defining the appropriate systems selected and their
application in the architectural design. Evaluation of student final design will be on
basis of the successful the integration of engineering systems in the architectural
ARCH 462 Facility Programming 2 (2 + 0)
Historical review of the development of facility programming and its importance.
Analysis of users' requirements, and methods of transforming such requirements into
detailed activity functional programs. Transformation of the functional and activity
programs into spatial programs and requirements, both quantitatively and qualitatively
within physical limitation and design constraints of the project. Socio-cultural,
economic, technological and environmental factors influencing the project are
ARCH 464 Contracts, Quantities, and Specifications 2 (1 + 2 Studio)
Introduction to the government procurement system as a factor in contracting. Study
and evaluation of contract documents drawings, bills of quantities, specifications and
format of contract. Study of types of contracts. Study of building specifications and
constituent clauses with emphasis on the Saudi specification set by the Ministry of
Public Works and Housing. Study of the different methods of quantities calculations
and design of bill of quantities tables. Computer applications relating quantities,
specifications and cost to architectural drawings.
ARCH 470 Architectural Design-6 5 (0 + 10 Studio)
Design of an urban project within an existing or proposed urban context with
emphasis on scale, masses, spaces, urban tissue and pattern, identity and urban
expression. Use of CAD technologies in the production and final presentation of the
ARCH 474 Architectural Professional Practice 2 (2+0)
Professional Practice in Saudi Arabia. Rules and procedure of acquiring license to set
up an practice. Rules and regulations of registration at related governmental
departments and municipalities to commence practice. Basic and additional
architectural services delivered to clients. Application of successful concepts in
management of good architectural professional practice.
ARCH 480 Graduation Project Program 3 (2+2 Studio)
Methodology adopted is based on theoretical research coupled with analysis of urban
and architectural aspects. Five overlapping steps are required for the implementation:
Selection of project and formation of preliminary concept.
Data collection to define building type and context in more details.
Determination of the functional, spatial requirements and sizes of the different
Determine critical issues affecting the design program.
Establish guidelines for design criteria.
ARCH 484 Project Management 2 (1+2 Studio)
Review of the development of project management through history. Stages of
management of architectural projects. Starting the project and the process of planning.
Elements of the organization and control of projects. Information systems and use of
ARCH 490 Graduation project 6 (0+12 Studio)
Definition of the design problem, (the project). Concept formation and alternative
design concepts. Preparation and development of the preliminary design.
Development of design incorporating the concepts of engineering systems used.
Preparation of the volumetric configurations of the masses and interior spaces of the
project. Writing a brief design report. Finalization and presentation to the final Jury
panel for evaluation.
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OPTION
ARCH 465 Application of Humanities in Architecture 3(3+0)
Study of different patterns of human behavior and needs. Review of some
architectural environments and their impact on human behavior. Review of some of
the theories explaining human behavioral patterns in the built environment. Field
ARCH 466 Form and Structure in Architecture 3 (3+0)
Review of the main structural systems of building and relationship to space and form
from prehistoric times till present. Emphasis on the development of architectural form
in the 20th and early 21st century. Development of structural form to fit architectural
expression. Adaptation of structure to building mass, interior space and context.
Integration of the structural systems with other THE engineering systems used in the
ARCH 475 Contemporary Theories of Architecture 3(3+0)
Introduction and review of the various theories of architecture, within the prevailing
frames of thought in the world. Introduction to the descriptive and predictive models
to fully understand the evolving theories of architecture and the mechanism of change
of the architectural orientations and their related theories. Theoretical studies of the
contemporary architecture of the world and Arab towns with special reference to
application on Saudi Towns.
ARCH 485 Vernacular Architecture 2(2 + 0)
Impact of the social, cultural, environmental and technological factors on vernacular
architecture in Saudi Arabia, with emphasis on regional variations within the
BUILDING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OPTION
ARCH 467 Working Drawings 3 (3+0)
Introduction to working drawings compared to other types of architectural drawings.
Use of coding, dimensioning, scale, referencing, symbols, graphics and titles.
Arrangement of set of drawings. Application exercise: full set of working drawing for
a simple building. Finishing and Openings schedules, details of components
assembly, integration of structural, electro-mechanical and sanitary systems are
ARCH 468 Structural Systems in Architecture 3 (3+0)
Introduction defining, structures and its impact on building form. Criteria for selecting
the appropriate structural system to fit architectural design. Simplified analysis of the
structural behavior of the following large span systems: cables, tents, arches, shells,
folded plates, 2D and 3D grid structures and tall buildings. Materials and methods of
ARCH 477 Computer-Aided Concrete Structure Design 3(3+0)
Continuation to CE 378. (Reinforced Concrete Structures 1). Analysis and design of
continuous beams. Analysis and design of eccentrically loaded columns. Analysis and
design of rectangular and combined footings using ACI Code. Computer application.
Project: Structural design of a building.
ARCH 487 Modern Construction Techniques 2 (2+0)
Introduction and analysis of the main techniques of construction systems.
Classification and review of contemporary methods of subtracting, adding and
forming used in manufacture of building components. Study of the major building
production trends with regard to the various production techniques such as: system
building, components and modular approach and unconventional cast-in situ
COURSES OFFERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF URBAN PLANNING
PL 232 Research Skills and Statistics 2 (2+0)
Concepts and principles of scientific research and its use in planning and design
studies. Introduction to the primary planning resources, such as means of sample
selection and questionnaire and interview design. Analysis and presentation of results
in tables and graphs, and steps of scientific report and urban research writing.
PL 235 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3 (2+2 Studio)
Students learn to use a diverse array of tools, such as CAD applications, photo editing,
word processing, and multimedia applications. Knowledge and practical skills to use
this diverse array of tools in order to aid the students in preparing and presenting their
work throughout their academic and professional careers.
PL 236 Principles of Urban Design 3 (3 + 0)
Review and study of the different stages of urban design process: program, site
analysis, generation of concepts and their sources, study of the descriptive design
methods and principles of aesthetics in urban design. Introduction to the systematic
stages of urban design process and related theories. Planning methodologies and
problem solving techniques, site analysis, urban programming development of urban
design concepts, engineering services systems and the final presentation of these
PL 240 First Project 5 (0 + 10 Studio)
The project aims to introduce the student to the basic principles of the planning
process. Student is trained to read maps and deduce relevant information,
documentation of field work surveys and other visual and climatic data. Methods and
basic techniques of data analyses, interpretation of results leading to appropriate
solutions. Field trips and site visits are undertaken to relevant sites.
PL 246 Site analysis and Landscape Design 3 (3 + 0)
Review of landscape theory and its basic five elements: physical, and social studies,
scientific and analytical methods dealing with the subject, available techniques and
adopted values. Emphasis on principles and techniques of prevailing concepts with
reference to the local environment and the balance between man and his ecological
context. Develop student cognition of the features of natural and man-made
environments. Site characteristics and analysis of factors influencing site identity.
Training on collection of data from primary sources.
PL 248 History of Urbanism 2 (2 + 0)
Study of the world experience on the development of social, physical and cultural
characteristics which led to the rise of cities and urban form. Reference to history
method for analyzing urban variables. Study of the physical, social, economic and
political factors influencing urban development. The growth of cities and human
settlements through history, with special reference to the urban history of Islamic
COURSES OFFERED BY THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
CE 265 Structural _Analysis 2 (1+ 2)
Analytical and graphical methods of structural analysis for statically determinate
beams, trusses, arches, tensile and frame structures. Analysis of axial forces, shear and
bending moments of simple structures. Introduction to statically indeterminate
CE 378 Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures 2 (1+ 2)
Introduction to the technologies used in concrete production, constituents, properties,
quality control, and behavior of structural elements under loading. Analysis and
design of simple and continuous beams according to ACI Code. Design of one-way
and two-way loaded slabs. Analysis and design of axially loaded short columns, and
square footing foundation.
ME 339 Mechanical Installations 2 (2 + 0)
Continuation to Arch 331 "Climate and Architecture", this course focuses on the
application aspects of mechanical installations. An introduction to air conditioning,
systems, mechanical cooling systems, unitary systems, window unit, split unit,
packaged self-contained units and central system. Air distribution systems,
psychometric charts. Evaporative coolers. Calculation of air conditioning load in
buildings. Vertical transportation systems in buildings: selection of elevators,
escalators. Introduction to fire protection systems in buildings.
COURSES OFFERED BY THE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
PHS 105 General Physics for Architecture students 3 (2+2)
Mechanics: Scalars and vectors, speed, velocity and acceleration, free fall motion in a
vertical plane, Newton's laws of motion. Properties of matter: Density, elasticity,
Young's modulus, shear and bulk modulli, Fluid pressure, and fluid flow. Wave
motion and sound: Waves, resonance, sound, interference of waves, sound intensity.
Light: Reflection, refraction, illumination, image formation, the lens equation,
magnification, the telescope, spherical mirrors. Heat: Temperature, thermal
expansion, Boyles' and Charles' laws, Ideal gas law, Internal energy and heat, specific
heat capacity, heat conduction, convection and radiation. Electricity: Couloumbs'
Law, electric field, potential difference, electric current, Ohm's law, determining wire
size, electric power, resistors in series and parallel, ammeters, voltmeters and
ohmmeters, A.C circuits.
MATH 103 General Mathematics-1 (3+0)
Inequalities, functions, limits and continuity. Differentiability, Differentiation
techniques. Trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential
functions. Applications of differentiation: curve tracing, rates of change, maxima and
minima. The course includes an additional one hour tutorial.
MATH 104 General Mathematics-2 (3+0)
Conic section. Polar coordinates. Anti-derivatives, indefinite integral. Definite
integral and its properties, simple methods of integration (substitution, by parts).
Applications of the definite integral, Integration of exponential, logarithmic and
hyperbolic functions. Integration techniques. First order differential equations.
Cramer's rule for solving systems of linear equations. Three dimensional coordinates,
quadric surfaces, partial differentiation. The course includes an additional one hour
COURSES OFFERED BY THE COLLEGE OF LINQUISTICS AND
ENGL 123 General English for Architecture Students-1 3(2+2)
This is a beginner level general English course designed to motivate and involve
students in effective learning. The course provides students with extensive, systematic
and well-integrated practice in the productive and receptive skills necessary for
successful communication in both oral and written forms of the language. The course
embodies a multi-syllabus approach and wide variety of presentation methodology.
Emphasis on systematic learning of grammar and vocabulary is balanced with
development of linguistic sub-skills. The course ensures coverage of common, useful
language related to topics of general interest with which students should be familiar.
Particular emphasis is placed on reading, with texts on factual topics, reflecting
authentic types and styles of writing. These texts allow students to develop sub-skills
such as reading for gist or for specific information, and present new vocabulary, in a
meaningful context. Upon completion of the course students should be reasonably
proficient in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
ENG 124 General English for Architecture Students-2 3(2+2)
This is a pre-intermediate level general English course that assumes the students have
successfully completed 123, an elementary English course. It builds on and
strengthens the language skills acquired in 123 and prepares students for the study of
scientific and technological subjects in English. The course promotes complete
motivation through interesting situations and challenging language activities. In this
course aspects of language use common to all scientific and technical disciplines are
presented. Students are provided with a framework within which they will rapidly
develop reading and listening comprehension skills, and the course provides a sound
basis for the following ESP course.
ENG 125 English for Architecture Students (ESP) 2(2+0)
English 125 is an ESP (English for Special Purposes) course for students of
Architecture. It provides a comprehensive review of the grammatical and lexical items
previously taught in English 123 and 124 while exposing students to more extensive
reading, writing and listening activities. The material used is designed to be
stimulating and challenging, and directly related to the academic needs of the
students. Their knowledge of technical English and writing is expanded through
various kinds of productive and receptive activities and revision exercises.
In addition to the chore text, a set of supplementary readings is included in the course.
They are technical and scientific in content, and relevant to the students' field of study
and professional life.
By the end of this course, the students will have extended their knowledge of the
vocabulary and terminology in the field of architecture, and the grammatical
structures used in technical and academic English. Students will be able to read and
comprehend a wide variety of technical texts, and analyze the system of language in
use in these texts. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions so as to
increase their ability to handle information found in real academic discourse and
follow lectures given in English.