American University of Beirut

School of Architecture and Design
  • SoAD teaches design as a cultural practice that engages social, economic and political issues, and as a critical tool of inquiry that integrates process with product, and methodology with representation.

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The School of Architecture and Design (SoAD) is home to about 350 undergraduate and graduate students, and 60 full-time an​d part-time faculty members. SoAD offers two undergraduate degrees, one leading to the degree of Bachelor of Architecture and one leading to the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design; as well as two graduate degrees in Urban Planning and Policy, and in Urban Design​. It is led by a chairperson and three coordinators, one for each academic program.

    SoAD boasts multiple yearly events discussing architecture, design and urban planning, such as City Debates, The Sustainable Design Week, and The Areen Lectures. SoAD also actively engages with the community and the city thr​ou​gh its research (BePublic, Climate Design Lab, Di-Lab, ​Tech​Lab, Beirut Urban Lab​, etc.​) and through faculty, student, and alumni participation in workshops, lectures, debates, exhibitions, installations and  publications—producing a critical discourse on cultural production and the built environment. 

    SoAD alumni are distinguished leaders in the private sector, in international organizations, in NGOs and non-profit organizations, and in the academia.​​

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