Architectural Department

NAAB International Certification
National Architectural Accrediting Board, Program for International Certification 
The Hashemite University, Department of Architectural Engineering, has received the International Certification (ICert) designation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) for the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (172 credits) (B.Arch.) program. NAAB ICert was granted in 2021 for a term of six years.
The term “International Certification” identifies a program as comparable in educational outcomes in all significant aspects to a program accredited by the NAAB in the United States and indicates that it provides an educational experience meeting acceptable standards, even though a such program may differ in format or method of delivery. The designation is valid for six years, beginning 1 January of the year in which the final visit (Visit 3) took place. In order to maintain the designation, the program must be visited again in the sixth year of the designation. The Hashemite University’s next visit will be held in 2027.
Schools with programs identified as International Certification are not formally “accredited” as that term is used with reference to programs in the United States and may not refer to their programs as “accredited” by the NAAB. However, students who graduate from International Certification programs are able to apply for an individualized review of their credentials on an expedited basis for purposes of the Educational Evaluation Services for Architects program administered by the NAAB on behalf of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

The following documents are available in the Department of Architectural Engineering web page and also may be downloaded below:
•  2019 Conditions for NAAB International Certification (click here)
•  2019 Procedures for NAAB International Certification (click here)
•  Architecture Program Report for NAAB Visit Three (click here)
•  Visiting Team Report for NAAB Visit Three (click here)
•  B.Arch. NAAB International Certification Letter (click here)



History of Architectural Department

The architectural department was established in 2005. It started with the reception of students in the second semester of 2006, with an enrollment of 27 students and total teaching staff of 3. Currently, the department has 19 Faculty members, 5 Scholarship awardees to get Ph.D., 3 Lab supervisors, 2 Technician, Library supervisor, and students' enrollment increased to 300. The program was revised in 2009, due to the Faculty of Engineering re-organization and plan for local accreditation. It was also revised in 2009 and 2011 to satisfy the requirements set by the Higher Education Accreditation Commission at Jordan. In 2011, the program was accredited by the Higher Education Accreditation Commission at Jordan.  
 The Architectural department currently offers one full time study track leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in architectural Engineering. Therefore, there are no other options, tracks, or concentrations in the program.
 The Architectural Program is delivered through 10 full semesters (5 academic years). The program consists of a total of 172 credit hours and is delivered in class and design studio, during the day time, and on the campus of the Hashemite University (HU), Zarqa, Jordan. The classes and studios are offered 5 days a week (Sunday through Thursday) through traditional face-to-face lectures, design studios, and tutorials. Recently, the university started offering some of the university-requirement courses online.
 The academic year consists of two main semesters (14 weeks/semester excluding final exams) in addition to one optional 8-weeks summer semesters. Students conduct their practical training (Architectural Engineering Training) for 8 weeks usually at the end of the 4th academic year, but necessarily, during the summer break. There are currently no dual degrees or international partnerships associated with the architectural program.
 The department aims to provide a specialized program to prepare architects who are familiar with the various schools of architectural design, theories of architecture history, technology applications in design and construction methods, work and how to prepare the engineering plans and project management as the focus is on their definition of the architectural reality in Jordan through the introduction of projects related to the local community and regional as well as hosting local architects to arbitrate their projects in different years of study.
 The architectural department established to prepare qualified scientific and professional graduates who would be specialist in the field of architectural engineering and the built environment. This department, upon its formation, awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering. The program is designed to qualify professionals who are competent in the methods and techniques appropriate for architectural design, restoration, supervision, and project management. Besides taking courses on architectural design, students are trained on applications of the latest scientific approaches in different areas such as architectural rendering and communication, construction techniques, history and theory of architecture, urban design and planning, landscape architecture, physics of architecture, environmental control and cultural heritage protection and restoration. Graduates of this program will be qualified to hold positions in the architectural engineering field as architects, project managers and supervisors in both the public and private sectors.
 The architectural Engineering department of also grants a postgraduate degree, which is a Master's of Architectural Engineering. The philosophy of education in the architectural engineering department has been based on a number of principles, such as commitment to architectural and design values to create the appropriate environment for creativity and innovation. It has also concentrated on the development of design skills of students and the development of methods of communications with a special focus on technical sciences and professional training. This is achieved through teaching a range of courses on design, construction, theories of architecture and engineering science, and by implementing the local environmental, economic, and social characteristics in the curriculum.
 The Vision, Mission, Core Values, Program Education Objectives, and Student Outcomes for the architectural program are entirely consistent with the mission statements of both the Faculty of Engineering and the Hashemite University.

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