This course introduces the architectural engineering professions, architectural engineering design process and building construction systems integration. The course presents related communication skills and digital tools. It provides students with basic design skills and formal visual principles through design exercises with emphasis on developing creativity and effective communication.
The course presents the basic skills and techniques required for analysis and design of structural elements as members in a complete building structural system. The course discusses the preliminary sizing of members, calculation of design loads, and structural member forces calculation. In addition, the course covers equilibrium, reactions, member forces, and deflections for trusses, frames, and various structural elements of building system. It introduces students to design process of structural systems in buildings.
This course provides an introduction to building construction processes, techniques and systems. The course addresses the basics of building structure systems and construction methods of roofs, floors and walls. Additionally, it covers construction methods and components of vertical circulation and openings. Emphasis is placed on the relevant building construction materials and processes of assembling and installation, utilizing building construction codes and standards within a scope of sustainability. .
This course aims at introducing students to concepts related to fundamental architectural principles like form, function, order, rhythm and harmony. Students explore in small-scale projects, the formation and manipulation of spaces in relationship to building site, circulation needs, as well as the relationship between the architectural and structural elements of design. The studio introduces computation, geometric techniques, digital drafting and visualization.
This course provides an integrated study of building construction methods, equipment and safety in construction site. Emphasis is placed on common building construction equipment and their acquisition decisions; managing building site logistics and construction operations; sub-structure and super-structure activities, construction waste management; and health and safety in construction. The course also provides an introduction to principles of sustainable building construction and site surveying.
This course aims at developing students' analytical skills and awareness of the building physical, social and cultural contexts. Students are introduced to the engineering design process, as well as assessment and application of alternative structural, mechanical and electrical systems. Studio activities include simulations of building environments, and advanced architectural presentation techniques.
This course covers fundamentals for circuit design analysis; alternatives for circuit design, resonance and quality factors, mathematical and physical models and analysis techniques required for building applications. Estimating electrical loads for lighting and equipment, specification and selection of equipment and electric fixtures, distribution and developing wiring diagrams.
This course aims at understanding the physical properties of sound and light and their impact on the design of building systems; introduction to illumination, Daylighting, lighting fixtures and lighting systems in buildings; building's design requirements of illumination; and Lighting calculation methods and measurement techniques. Acoustical design of building spaces and noise control; methods of treatment and selection of appropriate finishing materials to fulfill standard specifications of internal acoustical and lighting environments. Introduction of architectural acoustics calculations and measurement techniques.
This course aims at introducing the knowledge necessary for the introduction of Engineering Systems into Buildings from their theoretical working knowledge to their integration into buildings. Topics covered include selection of appropriate HVAC system in building and climatic context, Determination of cooling capacity for the building, Sizing of the air handling unit system and air supply ducts. Introduction of Fire safety systems. Water supply, drainage, and waste disposal. Integrates alternative cooling and energy systems integrated into buildings deemed important for sustainable built environment. The course introduces building codes and sustainability codes in regional context.
This course aims to develop student abilities to interpret architectural styles, visual representations of architectural works and to understand the theoretical, cultural and technical contexts of architectural production. The course reviews the impact of regional forms and traditions on early modern architecture and examines the architectural theories from its roots in early twentieth century modernism in America and Europe and on through its global expansion into various regions of the world, including the Arab world. The course reviews regional and local examples of the 20th and 21st century architecture to analyze and critique these formulations in terms of contextual reactions and people needs.
The course introduces the relationship of structural systems, building use and configuration and related serviceability issues. The course covers the design of concrete and steel building structural elements including beams, columns for shear, bending, and axial loadings. Structural design covers additional elements such as steel tension members, simple concrete slab systems, and truss sections.
This course deals with advanced building construction systems including sustainable materials, building construction technology, long span structures and building envelop. It covers modular coordination in building design and construction as well as the basic knowledge of various building engineering systems including plumbing, electrical, HVAC and fire protection, with integration of building engineering systems.
This course develops a comprehensive design process with focus on systems design and integration of a mixed-use building, issues of technology, ecology and energy. Exercises focus on the design of building systems and components, building structural design, building codes, design for safety in buildings, architectural expression, integration strategies and applications involving the mechanical, electrical, energy, and building management systems.
Introduction to environmental control systems in architecture. The human thermal comfort in the internal environment. Heat stresses and the behavior of building envelope. Ventilation and air movement requirements and patterns. Natural cooling techniques in buildings (passive and active) and their impact on human comfort. Approach to energy conservation. Observations and measurements equipment.
This course aims introducing students to principles of Construction Project Management and Organization. Topics includes: Strategic Management and Project Selection; Project Organization and Structures; Project Delivery Methods; Cost Estimating; Risk and Value Management. Students will also acquire knowledge in: Managing Project Teams; Information and Communication Management; Construction Sustainability; and BIM application in construction. Introduction to famous CM tools.
This course aims at providing students with the knowledge and skills required to plan, schedule, and control construction projects. Topics include: arrow and precedence networks; time calculations using critical path method (CPM), program evaluation and review technique (PERT); resource allocation and leveling; integration of risk and safety plan; advanced scheduling techniques, progress monitoring and earned value analysis; budget allocation and cash flow; project crashing and control; labor and equipment productivity and determination of activity duration. Applications and exercises using specialized planning, scheduling and BIM software.
This course aims at offering career exploration opportunities for students as well as opportunities to correlate their academic preparation to the reality of conducting professional practice, to interact effectively with others in practice, to develop professional skills and the ability to communicate effectively in the workplace, to deal with the challenges of engineering businesses environment and to gain true practical experience that is necessary for their future practice as architectural engineers after graduation. Such practical experience strengthen students competency in handling architectural design, building construction and construction management of real projects. Students training will further improve their ability to work in teams, to supervise buildings under construction, conduct field investigations and quantity surveying, to develop execution and shop drawings, to write appropriate specifications, contract documents and run cost analysis and estimation, and legal issues in construction. (This course is conducted over a full semester (before the last study year). No courses are allowed to be registered during the internship).
This course aims at introducing students to theory of building systems integration, and systems-based approach to the design process. Students are engaged in an integrated engineering design process of a small-scale project with a real-life design problem. Students use building simulation tools to analyze and propose for integrated performance of building systems. Through design projects, students explore emerging directions in engineering design, along with emerging directions and tools for engineering design.
Study of different construction methods of architectural spaces and the selection of suitable finishing materials related to function; evaluation of technical and aesthetic aspects of interior and exterior finishing materials; technical criteria for selection and evaluation of finishing materials; architectural working details and workshop drawings.
This course focuses on advanced levels of experimentation, analysis, synthesis and application of existing and emerging digital applications for simulating urban & building form and performance at an integrated level. Areas of emphasis include 3D modeling tools, modeling of urban, building, environmental, acoustical and visual performance, as well as energy consumption and production. Projects focus on resolving complex and integrated urban and engineering design solutions through digital simulations.
This course aims at introducing the principles and theories of preparing Specification and Bill of Quantities documents for construction projects involving building components such as site work, concrete, masonry, steel, glass, finishes, and carpentry. Bidding requirements, construction contracts, methods of specifying, substitutions, and warranties with emphasis on building codes as applied to construction projects. Use of relevant application software packages.
This course aims at offering an opportunity to study selected architectural topics of interest. Topics are related to one area of architecture education. Application varies depending on selected topics and conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.
Characteristics of hot climates and analysis of comfort conditions. Employing natural resources to improve harsh desert conditions. Studying the adverse impact on energy costs, greenhouse gas emissions, and environmental problems. Learning sustainable design and urbanism from vernacular architecture and settlements and new innovative constructions. Integrative design with performance analysis using simulation tools. Detailing design and technologies to shape the built environment: cool microclimates and greenery, advanced building skins, building materials, passive cooling and integration with energy efficient active systems.
This course aims at introducing housing and urban design theories. Topics include housing typologies, organizations and processes, housing management and development, characteristics of urban spaces, strategic management, public policy analysis, housing research and innovations in housing and urban spaces.
This course aims at introducing city planning theories and processes, including topics such as city forms, neighborhoods, urban systems; land use planning. Basic principles of infrastructure planning, operation and design of physical infrastructure system including roads, services, public transportation, public open spaces and facilities
This course aims at studying basic concepts and fundamentals of contraction bidding and contract documents. It introduces students to the deployment of FIDC conditions of contracts for construction. Topics covered include: project delivery methods and contract types; general and supplemental conditions; pre qualification of contractors; invitation to bid; construction contract agreement; subcontracts agreements, liquidated damages, time extensions, insurance, construction bonds, change orders; claims, disputes and arbitration.
This course develops a capstone design project related to the real needs of society. An engineering design process is initiated through research, and then developed though literature review, data gathering, analysis, initial design development, assessment of alternatives and project documentation. This course emphasizes research, analysis, identification of applicable codes and standards, conceptual design development, evaluation of alternative concepts, and the production of a preliminary technical report and visual presentation materials. The course provides overall preparation for the Graduation Project II course.
This course develops a final capstone design based on initial development previously prepared during the Graduation Project I course. Further project research is conducted, detailed engineering design solutions are prepared, design alternatives are evaluated in compliance with local and international building codes and standards, and performance verification is conducted. Submissions include a final technical report and supporting visual materials.
The course constructs on critical thinking to advance research design and methods approaches. It provides students’ guidance and recognition to identify a research problem, form a research question, and select a relevant method to test a particular hypothesis. It deals with qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods. In particular, students learn multiple research tools, analyzing evidence, drawing conclusions, and presenting results. The course also deals with academic skills such as research presentation, writing of literature review, research proposal, time management, and ethical issues in research.
Students present and debate advanced architectural research topics within the graduate program field under the facilitation and steering of a faculty. Guest speakers including faculty may be invited as appropriate to address current research issues pertaining to architectural engineering
This course focuses on the concepts and practices of sustainable urbanism associated with high performance buildings. The course examines the processes that shape the form and function of the built environment in its full complexity that collectively make up planning and design of contemporary cities, neighborhoods and settlements. The course provides students with experiential learning in the application of the current theories, models and methods used in science, engineering, architecture and urban planning to specific, real-world issues of sustainable urbanism globally and locally in the UAE region.
The course integrates all major high-performance building attributes including energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance, occupant wellbeing, and productivity, and emerging sustainable technologies. The course specifically addresses buildings sustainability issues existing in the UAE desert environment such as the excessive heat in the indoors/outdoors, the shortage of water and the excessive dust/air pollution. The course strengthens knowledge on sustainable sites and integrates passive and low energy strategies/renewable energy systems for conserving energy, water and other natural resources. The course emphasizes on mitigating potential negative impacts on the human health/comfort and the environment considering local and international sustainable building codes, standards and rating certification systems.
This course focuses on current and developing approaches to design management, with special focus on high performance built environment which optimizes life-cycle performance. The course considers: client engagement and control, briefing processes and approaches, and the organization of integrated multi-disciplinary design processes, tasks, and teams. While different levels of the built environment from buildings to cities are considered, the interface of design with policy and business, and with construction and operation is also explored.
Concepts and techniques, spatial aesthetics, social, cultural, technical and marketing issues, integration into existing urban system morphology of today?s urban development in the Gulf, common patterns and forms of urban development within the Gulf urban environments, investigation of magnets and forces that induce the interest in the development of urban spaces. Topics include: impact on suburb cities, urban master plans, spatial composition and infrastructures, real estate development, urban growth control and management, role of critical analysis, assessment, valuing through community participation feedback in creating appropriate development, case studies
This course introduces a systematic process for predicting, and evaluating the significant environmental consequences of a proposed action or undertaking in the built environment. It provides the students with an understanding of the guidelines for EIA; ecologically sustainable built environment; impact evaluation in terms of environmental criteria; procedures, techniques and future directions. Mitigation measures identified to avoid, minimize or remedy adverse impacts on the environment.
Variable content course addressing in depth analysis of selected topics pertaining to the architectural engineering graduate research with a specific theme indicated by course title listed in program semester course offering Schedule. Course can be taken only once.
This course provides the students with the knowledge and skills for the use of information management and technology tools and processes for the development of high-performance built environment. This includes information management and visualization tools and technologies for integrated multi-disciplinary work and teams across the whole life-cycle of the built environment. The course provides the students with hands-on experience of digital modelling and simulation tools to coordinate and manage digital information for an enhanced delivery of high performing buildings and urban infrastructure.
The course provides in-depth understanding of advanced topics on lighting issues and systems design and integration in high performance buildings. The covered topics include energy efficiency, visual quality and comfort, integration of lighting/daylighting, energy benefits and integration with other passive/active systems, innovative illumination concepts and design, advanced topics of photometry, colorimetry, measurement and control of light, daylight autonomy and analysis, climate-based daylight models, design skies, modeling and simulation techniques of daylight, advanced systems of fenestration design, skylights and atria daylight design, impact of daylight on building indoor lively quality.
The interrelationship between thermal and architectural design of buildings with respect to planning, design, operation and energy management. estimating building energy demands and predicting energy performance. Effect of climate on human comfort. Overall energy performance and climate-responsiveness as a design strategy for energy conservation, building envelope components' design for minimal energy consumption, Operation dynamics, and impact of building sub-systems integration on building's overall thermal efficiency. Energy operation, auditing and management, new directions in building energy conservation.
The course advances students’ knowledge and skills on current and emerging issues of water management, water efficiency and water and energy nexus in the built environment. The course covers water resources and challenges, water quality, water and health, integrated site and building water management, innovative water collection and regeneration, advanced water conservation practices and applications indoors and outdoors, water treatment and recycling systems and desert landscaping and irrigation. The course involves substantial literature research on developing topics through assignments.
Building science experimental exercises pertaining to testing, analyzing and assessing building materials and components, topics cover thermal, acoustical, and luminous characteristics of building materials and building interiors. Exercises on instrumentation, measurement and logging techniques for environmental data gathering inside labs and outside in the field. Typical exercises introduce students to the measurement of temperature, air flow and humidity as well as lighting flux, intensity, distribution, acoustical measurements, heat flux meters, flow meters, energy meters, infrared thermo-graphic camera.
Fenestration thermal, acoustical and optical properties, monolithic, laminated, insulating glazing, thermal resistance and U-factor, daylight utilization potential and visual performance, fenestration components and systems, single and multi-pane window systems, window frames, glass types, low-E, and tinted low-E glazing. Windows, glass doors, curtain wall, and skylights design. Performance analysis of transparent thermal envelope design, thermal and optical simulations of fenestration systems and effect of overhangs. Analysis of the annual energy usage and peak demand as a function of glazing type, size, and control strategy, measurements of the net heat flow through glazing, infrared thermograph, fenestration energy ratings, electrochromic, gas filled, vacuum glazing and fenestration recent advances.
Natural, mechanical and hybrid ventilation, climatic influences, uncontrolled air infiltration and exfiltration, building air tightness, airflow behavior around buildings, occupancy patterns and pollutant emission characteristics as determinants of ventilation requirements and demands, ventilation strategies, design, analysis and performance of ventilation systems for comfort and cooling, optimal ventilation utilization and air energy recovery for achieving energy-efficient building design, analytical methods, Ventilation Performance Indicators, Standards and Regulations and key selected topics in building ventilation, relevant to all building types computing tools.
Design of built form with emphasis on research based issues related to architectural design and planning. This includes theoretical issues, in urban planning, urban design, project management, building technology, and architectural issues such as meaning, principles of order; alternative means of enclosing architectural space; synthesis of space, light, structure, materials, and environmental control systems. Design as a form of inquiry integrating all knowledge gained by student inside and outside the design disciplines.
The course includes the stages of defining, articulating and applying multiple research methods customized to solve real world challenges in a selected topic of the Built Environment. It includes formulating a problem statement, selecting and reviewing relevant literature, designing an empirical study as well as performing it, including data collection analyzing the empirical data, make theoretical conclusions and finally write a thesis that contributes to knowledge in the identified field. Students are responsible for developing independently a satisfactory thesis proposal, which provides an in-depth examination of the research area.
An advanced introduction to qualitative research, focusing on the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative inquiry, the principles of qualitative research practice, and the use and effectiveness of specific research paradigms. Narrative, phenomenological, ethnographic and case study approaches will be discussed. Qualitative techniques including participant observation, field notation, reflective narrative, interview method and document/image analysis will be discussed. Relationships between broad qualitative approaches and specific techniques will be examined. Research design, data collection, analysis and representation, ethical issues and evaluation standards will be covered. The course will emphasize application of advanced qualitative methods to student research problems
The focus of this course is upon the ever-increasing professional and research interest in the sector which is the interrelationships between people and the built environment. It equips professionals with the skills, knowledge and networks needed to drive sustainable innovation for health and wellbeing in the design, retrofit and operation of buildings. During the course students will examine the built environment's impacts on health and wellbeing, within the context of sustainability; key design, engineering and health principles; use tools applicable in professional practice, including standards, benchmarking, modelling and monitoring methods; consider factors affecting for healthy and sustainable built environment.
Advanced Critical Thinking in the Built Environment introduces the students to the importance of criticality in design of built environment. Introducing design as a medium of critical inquiry, the course familiarizes the students with key critical design thinking theories of appearance, reality, form, function, place creativity and meaning. Appreciating the underlying principles and foundational skills of scholarly research, the students will learn the different critical design thinking practices based on contemporary movements, ideas and protagonists. This includes rational critical thinking practices using laboratory experimentation, human centered experimentation and logical argumentation reasoning - processes, methods, techniques and types of studies used. Extending the role of science for the society, the students develop capacities in understanding and challenging prevailing practices in architecture. By opening up questions of objectivity and judgment, the students are impelled to communicate their ideas using graphic or written means of expression.
The course introduces students to the theory and practice of building urban resilience. The course is in two parts: part one (theory) reviews the concepts, approaches and methodological understandings that underpin the resilience approach, as well as the application of resilience by different urban actors across the world. The course will critically examine the main features that help build resilient urban societies. Enabling cities to integrate individual and community capacities into broader urban resilience assessments. The second part of the course (practice) concerns undertaking a resilience assessment, using a case study. Students will work in teams using participatory assessment tools. The assessment involves identifying the main hazards, threats, vulnerabilities, capacities and actors (from government, civil society and emergency services), followed by the development of resilience action plans for presentation to key actors
The course examines housing policy and planning in urban societies around the world and especially in the Global South. The first part of the course is devoted to history and theory. We examine the historical emergence of the twin problems of slums and housing in Europe during its era of intense urbanization; the export of Western housing and anti-slum policies to the developing world; the furious debate over the nature of informal settlements in the Global South; and the fundamental concepts of land use and housing policy. In the second part of the course, we take up the practical application of housing policies in different national environments around the globe. Students will work in teams to evaluate specific housing programs in some defined cities to propose a planning strategy to improve particular sites
This course is oriented towards the practical solution of optimization problems arising when designing an energy system or component applicable to the built environment. The general methodologies are provided, useful for a wide range of problem scales, with a focus on multi-variable mono-objective and multi-objective problems. These may include Optimum energy use strategies for buildings / cities, hourly energy simulation methods, building envelope and HVAC system energy optimization by computer simulation techniques; life-cycle cost analysis of building energy systems; case studies in building and urban applications
This course focusses on smart solutions in the built environment, and on principles for successful implementation of these solutions with emphasis on design, operation and evaluation of these intelligent systems and the factors affecting integrated building design in relation to sustainable operation. The course will involve mechanism self-sensing, electrically switching and mechanical actuation for enhanced building response to climatic and operation demands. The students will learn the skills involved to evaluate performance and integration aspects of several intelligent systems applicable to the built environment and gain knowledge of advanced building simulation and integrated design tools.
This will require students to discuss and critique original and recent journal articles, describing a major scientific advancement in a research area, which will be chosen in consultation with the student’s supervisor. Students are required to make presentations, submit reports and participate in discussions.
To be designed to the specific interest of the exiting PhD students with emphasis on new frontiers in Architectural Engineering
Passing the comprehensive exam is required to enter into PhD candidacy. The exam evaluates the research ability of potential PhD candidates.
PhD student submits and defends a Research Proposal in front of a prospectus examination committee as stipulated in the COE prospectus examination guidelines.
Open to students who have successfully completed the comprehensive exam. PhD student conducts original research under the direction of a supervisory committee. Credits are determined in consultation with the dissertation supervisor. Prerequisite: Student must pass ARCH 810
Two part exam, open and close, to defend the results of PhD research work
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