American University of Beirut


AUB Architecture 50th Anniversary (1968-2018)

​​​​​​​​​​​​In 1963, a five-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) was instituted in accordance with the trend of architectural education in the United States and in Europe, replacing the Bachelor of Architectural Engineering. Assem Salam, Friedrich Ragette, Khosrof Yeramian, Samir Khairallah, George Contavelis, and then Dean Raymond Ghosn were the first key faculty of the program between 1968 to 1979. The generation they taught was among the first to start differentiating between the practice of ​engineering and the practice of architecture in Lebanon and the region.

In 2018, the Department of Architecture and Design (ArD) at the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA) is celebrating an important milestone of 50 graduating classes with a BArch—a total of 980 Architecture alumni. On this landmark occasion, ArD has been organizing a series of events, starting with MUPP-MUD City Debates 2018 entitled “Architecture-as-Urbanism: Agenda for the New Millennium” on 18-20 April, onto the End-of-Year Exhibition on 29 June, a Symposium & Exhibition on 5 October 2018.

The next event in this series is the Sustainable Design Week 2018 entitled “Crisis as Opportunity,” on 10-12 October. 
The celebrations will close with a gala dinner at AUB on 29 October.​


The symposium at the AUB OSB Maamari Auditorium is organized by Professor of Architecture and Urban Design Robert Saliba. It features two roundtables entitled “Architecture Itineraries” and “Parallel Itineraries” with presentations by different generations of AUB Architecture alumni. 

The exhibition on the AUB MSFEA Bechtel Terrace is curated by Mustapha Jundi (BArch ’00) and Abir Eltayeb (BArch ’06) and designed by Ghaith Abi Ghanem and Jad Melki (BArch ’12). Mohamad Nahle (BArch ’18) provided research and design support. The exhibition features two booklets that were produced for the occasion. 

The Yearbook (1968-2018), edited by Abir Eltayeb and Aram Yeretzian, narrates the history of alumni, faculty, social life, and events in the Architecture program for the past 50 years in a rich timeline format that is punctua​ted with 16 essays by former and current faculty members and alumni.

The Exhibition Catalog, edited by Abir Eltayeb and Mustapha Jundi, documents the collected projects for the exhibition from an interdisciplinary perspective. It features more than 240 projects by 131 alumni across an array of disciplines and media.

The branding of the Architecture 50th events, including the symposium & exhibition and the design and layout of the two booklets, is done by Kite Creative s.a.l. under the creative direction of Ahmad Gharbieh and Maya Saikali (ArD-AUB).

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