The Department of Architecture and Design (ArD) is home to about 350 undergraduate and graduate students, and 60 full-time and part-time faculty members. ArD 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.
ArD boasts multiple yearly events discussing architecture, design and urban planning, such as City Debates, The Sustainable Design Week, and The Areen Lectures. ArD also actively engages with the community and the city through its research (BePublic, Climate Design Lab, Di-Lab, ArD TechLab, 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.
ArD alumni are distinguished leaders in the private sector, in international organizations, in NGOs and non-profit organizations, and in the academia.