Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Department of Architecture

About Us

The Department of Architecture at NSU turns out creative professionals equipped to realize imagined spaces on the socio-economic and cultural landscape of Bangladesh sensitively, responsibly and with a critical reference to global phenomena. What sets the school apart is its dedication to the fundamentals of the creative process and its grounding in the socio-cultural milieu that gives depth and meaning to the discipline of architecture.

Whilst providing access to materials, advanced technology, a dedicated architectural library and workshop and the most highly qualified faculty to guide the studios and develop the philosophical core of the discipline, the school remains loyal to its motto of simplicity and practicality. Thus the carefully choreographed journey through experimentation and self-discovery inherent in architectural education is punctuated here with study tours, lectures and seminars with experienced practitioners, workshops and hands on experiences to connect the students to the ground realities.

The department currently offers a Bachelor of Architecture B.Arch degree that is a 5 year 170 credit program with concentrations in studio, theory, optional and elective courses. The program curriculum is approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Accredited by the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB). It maintains the educational standards and criteria of bodies such as the International Union of Architects (UIA), the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), National Architectural Accrediting Board, USA (NAAB), etc to ensure a well rounded education that is at par with international programs in architecture.

Graduates of the school have been accepted into Masters Programs at Columbia University, McGill University and DIA, Germany. Others are working at some of the most well reputed practices in Dhaka including Volume Zero, Architecton and Rafiq Azam Architects.

Our Vision

Vision of the Department of Architecture:

The vision of the Department of Architecture at North South University is to be the leader in the field of Architectural Education in the region.

The Department aspires to prepare master builders of the future based on three guiding principles: critical thinking developed through the awareness and knowledge of the arts and the sciences, creative approach by believing in the human capacity for innovation as a tool for the betterment of self and the society; and ethical responsibility to serve others.

Mission of the Department of Architecture:

The Mission of the Department is to nurture and develop in the students the latent creative talent through building awareness and knowledge of the arts and sciences of the built form; and the application of the knowledge in a problem solving approach to learning.

Its aim is to provide the students with education and experiences that are broadly based on the fundamentals of the profession and are delivered through hands-on learning.

Our Core Values & Belief

The Department believes in the following core values:

Design as Problem Solving Approach to Learning

That architecture is experiential in nature and must rely on problem solving approach to learning in design studios to seek ideas as they evolve in an interactive process of imagination.

Design as Exploration

In exploring creative thinking and working on them to sculpt imaginative solutions in a process that cultivates intellectual curiosity and life-long learning.

Design as Problem Solving

In achievements that seek solution to real life building and urban problems and celebrate the power of creativity and innovation in service of society. It believes in being grounded in realism to aspire towards the ideal.

Design as Aesthetics

In celebrating the power of creativity and architecture; and their ability to mould environments that move the mind, give pleasure and fulfill architects’ moral responsibility towards the society; 

Design as Culture of Continuity

In architectural design that is sensitive to culture, society, economy and physical context in a seamless continuum.

Chairman's Message
Careers In Architecture

Architects are leaders in the building industry. Fresh graduates typically establish themselves as independent practitioners. So far the largest numbers of architecture graduates are working independently with their own practice or under other senior architects. A number of graduates have entered in Government service as assistant architects in organizations such as the Government’s Department of Architecture, City Development Authorities, Municipalities and the various City Corporations. Multi-national companies who maintain their in-house design sections to build and maintain their various offices and sale outlets are also hiring architecture graduates. National and international consulting and construction firms are seeking the services of architects to prepare construction and presentation drawings and supervise their construction projects.

Government regulations require property developers to employ full time architects, which, currently is another sector where graduates are finding work. Besides direct architectural practice, a number of graduates are branching off to make a career in regional and infrastructure planning and development, urban and landscape design, facility and construction management, as contractors, property developers or in business and trade, and associating with international aid organizations and NGOs.

The growth of a large number of architecture schools in the country has created a need for qualified teachers. A number of our graduates are going abroad to obtain higher degrees and returning home to join teaching. Within the span of just nine years, our graduates have made significant achievements for themselves.



NSU Architecture Celebrates Bengali New Year 1420:

The students of the Department of Architecture under the banner of the NSU Canvas Club celebrated the Bengali New Year 1420 with their very own Mongol Jatra, a colorful rally of masks and banners to welcome the new year in the spirit of celebration and national pride. Like every year, the club hosted a pre-Boishakh three-day mask making workshop, Karigor, to encourage students to get involved in the preparations for the rally. All papier-mâché masks and sculptures displayed in the rally were handmade by the students of the university. The rally was followed by a daylong cultural program and a gala festival.

NSU Students are Going Places

Maneka Azalea Faizi, an architecture alumna has completed her Masters from the University of McGill, Canada recently and joined others like Tanita Islam (Columbia University), NabilShahidi (Columbia University), MehreenMahmood (Melbourne University) and Mehbuba Tune Uzra, MasumIqbal, BorhanUddin, Taufiq Ahmed and more (DIA, Germany) in the ranks of NSU Architecture alumni to have graduated from top ranking institutions in Europe, North America and Australia following their Bachelors from NSU.

The Departments' tradition of placing talented students for internships at challenging architectural practices at home and abroad encourages their involvement and interest in higher studies and job opportunities abroad. Currently NSU Architecture students are going to top Indian, Sri Lankan and Malaysian Architectural offices for their internship, in addition to working with renowned architects at home.

NSU Graduate Mehbuba Wins Prestigious 2012 DAAD Prize for International Students

The 2012 Anhalt University awardee of the DAAD Prize for International Students was NSU Department of Architecture graduate Mehbuba Tune Uzra, currently a 2nd year Dessau International Architecture (DIA) Master student at Anhalt University Dessau. The prize is awarded annually to international degree-seeking Master students at Anhalt University with outstanding academic achievements and a convincing track record in extra-curricular activities. Both holds more than true for Ms Tune Uzra.With a B. ARCH.from North South University, she is very much aware of the challenges life poses to international students in Germany and Dessau. Prof Johannes Kalvelage of Anhalt University’s DIA introduced the audience of international and German students as well as lecturers and staff to the prize and praised the committed work of students and awardees alike with very warm words.

NSU Architecture Alumni graduate from Top Universities abroad

"Architecture happened to me by luck. Till my A-Levels I had no idea that such subject existed. I started class in Economics but it was the head of the Architecture Department at that time who persuaded me to study Architecture. From then onwards, there was no turning back. With time, Architecture became a lifestyle rather than a subject. It became a passion rather than a mundane learning process. I graduated from NSU, practiced Architecture for a year and a half but the fervor to learn more about the subject never died. And this is how my quest for higher studies began. I got selected to do my Master of Architecture in one of world's top 17th University - the McGill University; also referred to as Canada's Harvard."

- Maneka Azalea Faizi

AbrarRahman goes to Team Architrave, Colombo, Sri Lanka for Internship

"Team Architrave is a homely but prominent architectural practice in the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka led by its principal Architect MadhuraPrematilleke. Team Architrave is the firm I spent the last three months trying to learn the tricks of the trade. What I think separates this firm from any other I have ever seen is the "Team" in front of its name. Every person working here is treated with the same amount of importance and every member acts as an integral part of a perfectly running machine. The office environment is a perfect mixture of fun and work. Any other can never replace the experience I got from this internship. My experience has changed my views about architecture and practicing architects if not anything else. I understood architects are responsible for more than just designing a building, that there are more to architecture practice than making good looking buildings. This realization came working at the office where every aspect, from a doorknob to the appliances to be used, for the design project is tended. As interns we had to make working drawings, council drawings, 3D visualizations, make and review bills, make project hand over papers and building user manuals for clients, site visits and snagging reports, etc. It was a life changing experience to say the least."

- AbrarRahman, fifth year student NSU Department of Architecture

M.M. MeshkathMollah, internship at SN Low & Associates, KL, Malaysia

"SN Low & Associates SdnBhd was established since 1987 with offices in Malaysia and associate offices in China, Dubai, India, Hong Kong and Vietnam. Their underlying philosophy is to create and deliver creative yet functional architectural designs and dynamics to add value to clients' expectations on project in today's ever changing challenging environment. I had an opportunity to join as a visiting architectural trainee in SN Low & Associates in late 2012. After working with their experienced professionals, I learned about the creative and functional space and with using them in a contemporary way in the sector of architecture and urban design. In this short time period, I was working in residential, commercial, institutional, housing, corporate office-cum-warehouse facilities, retail malls and mixed development projects. All these working experiences have inspired me a lot."

- Meshkath Hossain Mollah, fifth year student NSU Department of Architecture

NSU Architecture at the ARCASIA Student Jamboree, Bali

NSU Architecture students were active delegates at the ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council of Asia) Student Jamboree held in Denpasar, Bali Indonesia from 28th October to 2nd November 2012. Approximately 250 students from 14 Nations of Asia participated in the event and NSU students stood out in their performance in various events in the 5 day program, achieving 3rd prize in cultural performance and 1st and 2nd prizes in Bamboo bale construction. NSU students were members in two of the groups that were the fastest in assembling a bamboo kiosk to secure their leading positions in the competition.



Highly qualified faculty members who have a minimum of first class in all studies and at least a master's degree from reputed North American, European and equivalent institutions lead North South University Department of Architecture. Perhaps, we are the only university in the country to maintain this as a standard in faculty qualification. 

Our teachers promote a positive attitude among students in developing self-reliance. They encourage respect to time management, democratic decision-making and diverse ideas. Award winning and internationally reputed architects and media personalities, art critics, artists, sculptors, filmmakers, interior, fashion and textile designers and product designers are regularly invited to lecture at the school. Such interaction enriches the quality, knowledge and experience of the students.

Architecture is both a professional and a creative discipline, so we believe strongly in integrating practical knowledge with theory in the design studios. We regularly invite renowned architects and allied professionals to team up with core teachers to provide input in design studios. The total teaching family the students are exposed to in the five years of their study are core members, part-time teachers and guest speakers all of whom have one thing in common- the dedication and enthusiasm to go beyond the ordinary learning of architecture into an arena of critical academic exchange and enrichment.

Part Time Faculty


  1. Ar. Kamal Bhuiyan
  2. Ar. Mizanor Rahman
  3. Ar. N. R. Khan
  4. Ar. Abid Hasan Noor
  5. Ar. Ali Imam
  6. Professor Hamiduzzaman Khan, Fine Arts, DU
  7. Mr. Chandra Shekhar Shaha, Product Designer
  8. Mr. Golam Mostafa, Photography
  9. Dr. Md. Abdur Rashid, Professor, DUET
  10. Dr. Md. Elias, Professor, BUET
  11. Dr. Nazmul Islam, Associate Professor
  12. Dr. Mohammed Abdul Basith, Assistant Professor BUET
  13. Ar. Ruhul Amin, Assistant Professor, BUET
  14. Ar. Tarek Haider, Assistant Professor, BUET

Anowar Hossain

Department Secretary


To become an architect, students must earn an accredited, professional degree in Architecture, the B.Arch. At NSU, the undergraduate architecture education is comprised of a five-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) program.

The program prepares students for professional practice in architecture. Students are educated on the basic principles of architecture and the precedents that have influenced those principles. Established in 2005, the curriculum is approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and accredited by the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB). It is closely based on the North American educational system for Architects and aligned with the structure of the commonly accredited professional programs by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) of USA, the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CCAB-CCCA) of Canada and the educational requirements for licensing and certification by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) of USA. It satisfies fully the requirements for Architectural education guidelines set by the United Nation’s Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), the International Union of Architects (UIA) and the Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA). The curriculum is the third registered program recognized by the Supreme Education Council of Qatar, under Qatar’s Urban Planning and Development Authority (UPDA) - Engineering Committee.

It is a five-year (fifteen-semester) program of 170 credit hours. The first four-years of the degree program are faculty driven and stress on the education of the individual and serves as the foundation for advanced study in the discipline. The final year studio involves the design of a building in depth. The studio consists of a student-initiated final project, which has been identified, researched, and programmed mostly by the student with general parameters set by the faculty. Required and elective professional courses in practice, history and theory, architectural technologies, urbanism, energy studies and environmental systems complement the education of the architect in the studios.

To become a licensed architect in Bangladesh, the primary requirement is an accredited five-year B.Arch degree. The remaining requirements for licensure are a minimum period of two years of professional training under an architect and a passing score on the Oral Examination or Architectural Registration Examination administered by the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB). IAB full members are registered with the Rajdhani Unnayan Katripakhkha (RAJUK) or the various municipalities in the district towns, to practice as licensed architects. 


The courses in architecture are divided into six broad based areas:


General Education

21.0 Credits


Core Studio Courses



Core Lecture Courses



Optional Courses



Open Electives

6 to 9


Professional Electives

3 to 6


Minimum Credits for Degree



General Curriculum

University General Education (GEd) Courses (21 Credits)

 ENG 103

 Intermediate Composition (English)


 ENG 105

 Advanced Composition (English)


 BSC 101

 Basic Science Support I: Math and Physics (with no science 


 BSC 201

 Science - Basic Science Support II: Math and Physics


 CSC 2XX/ 
 ARC 123

 Computer - Graphics and Digital Presentation/Graphics III- 
 Digital Presentation



 Environment (any one) - Environmental Science/Environmental 
 Sociology/Ecology/ Economic Geography



 Humanities I and II (any two) - Bengal Culture and Heritage/
 World Civilization/ Cultural Anthropology/ Social Psychology/ 
 Introduction to Social Anthropology and Ethnology/ 
 Introduction to Sociology



Core Courses Studio Courses (77.5 Credits)          

 ARC 111

 Foundation Design Studio I- Artistic Development


 ARC 112

 Foundation Design Studio II- Form and Composition


 ARC 121

 Graphics I- Basic Drawing


 ARC 122

 Graphics II- Rendering


 ARC 200

 Art, Craft and Design- observation and documentation


 ARC 213

 Allied Design Studio- Dimension and Product


 ARC 214

 Architecture Design Studio I- Function and Analysis


 ARC 215

 Architecture Design Studio II- Simple Function


 ARC 264

 Environment and Building System IV- Design Integration


 ARC 273

 Construction III- Workshop


 ARC 316

 Professional Studies Studio I- Form and Function


 ARC 317

 Professional Studies Studio II- Complex Function


 ARC 318

 Professional Studies Studio III- Complex Function


 ARC 324

 Graphics IV- Working Details


 ARC 418

 Design and Allied Studies Studio I


 ARC 419

 Design and Allied Studies Studio II


 ARC 500

 Professional Internship (supervised training)


 ARC 510

 Advanced Studies Studio I


 ARC 519

 Advanced Studies Studio II- Thesis Project


 ARC 596

 Thesis Documentation- Research and Development



Core Lecture Courses (46 Credits)

 ARC 133

 Parameters in Design I- Aesthetic and Design


 ARC 334

 Parameters in Design II- Theory and Methods


 ARC 535

 Parameters in Design III- Pedagogy and Discourse


 ARC 437

 Professional Practice, Ethics and Society


 ARC 241

 Architectural Heritage I- World I


 ARC 242

 Architectural Heritage II- World II


 ARC 343

 Architectural Heritage III- India


 ARC 344

 Architectural Heritage IV- Bengal


 ARC 445

 Contemporary Design Precedents and Analyses


 ARC 251

 Introduction to Urban Design and Environment Planning


 ARC 261

 Environment and Building System I- Climate and Design


 ARC 262

 Environment and Building System II- Building Physics


 ARC 263

 Environment and Building System III- Building Services


 ARC 271

 Construction I- Materials


 ARC 272

 Construction II- Technology


 ARC 281

 Building Structures I- Basic Principles


 ARC 282

 Building Structures II


 ARC 283

 Building Structures III


 ARC 384

 Building Structures IV



Optional Courses (13.5 Credits)


 (ANY ONE)                                                          


 ARC 131

 Sources in Architecture I- Artistic Appreciation


 ARC 132

 Sources in Architecture II- Introduction to Visual Studies, Word 
 and Images





 ARC 293

 Design Related Media                       


 ARC 310

 Interior Design Studio                                                                                       


 ARC 411

 Landscape Design Studio





 ARC 453

 Human Settlements - Policy and Planning


 ARC 454

 Human Geography- Settlement and 


 ARC 456

 Rural Studies                       



 (ANY ONE)                          


 ARC 439

 Management and Business Administration in Architecture


 ARC 474

 Construction Documents and Management


 ARC 578

 Building Economics                         





 ARC 492

 Independent Study                             


 ARC 598

 Seminar on Art, Architecture, Society & Culture         



Professional Electives (6 to 9 Credits)

 ARC 346

 Architectural Heritage V- Contemporary South & South-East 


 ARC 347

 Architectural Heritage VI- Islamic


 ARC 348

 Built Heritage and Conservation


 ARC 358

 Residential Building Design


 ARC 359

 Non-residential Building Design


 ARC 365

 Design for the Tropics


 ARC 394

 Special Topic I (Technology, Environment or Science)


 ARC 410

 Landscape Design


 ARC 436

 Buildings, Land and Cultural Traditions: diversity and change


 ARC 438

 Environmental Psychology


 ARC 452

 Land Use, Infrastructure & Transport Planning


 ARC 455

 Advance Urban Design and Planning Applications


 ARC 457

 Urbanism & Local Context


 ARC 458

 Residential Building Design


 ARC 459

 Non Residential Design


 ARC 466

 Ecology & Design


 ARC 475

 Field Survey, Measured Drawing & Documentation


 ARC 485

 Advanced Architectural Structures I


 ARC 486

 Advanced Architectural Structures II


 ARC 495

 Special Topic II (Design, Theory or Settlement)


 ARC 576

 Building Automation & Hi-Tech Architecture


 ARC 577

 Building Systems Integration


 ARC 578

 Building Economics


 ARC 579

 Building Safety & Security


 ARC 597

 Methods of Inquiry on Architecture, City and Environment


Recommended Free Electives (3 to 6 Credits)

 ENV 418

 Conservation & Sustainable Development


 ENV 306

 Sustainable Rural Community Design


 ENV 307

 Urban Sustainability


 BPS 410

 Management of Technology & Innovation


 ENV 208

 Environmental Hazard & Disaster Management


 ENV 214

 Environmental Management


 ENV 316

 Geographic Information System


 ENV 373

 Environmental Impact Assessment & Monitoring


 ENV 403

 Global Environmental Issues & Politics


 ENV 404

 Environmental Issues in Bangladesh


 ENV 406

 Trade, Technology Transfer & Environment


 ENV 408

 Environmental Pollution Control


 ENV 409

 Environmental Policy, Planning & Politics


 ENV 431

 Culture, Religion & Environmental


 ENG 208

 An Introduction to Journalism


 ENG 315

 Electronic Journal Workshop


 ENG 317

 Business & Professional Speaking


 FIN 475

 Real-Estate Finance


 DEV 563

 Economic Development


 DEV 564

 Dynamics of Rural Development


 DEV 565

 Current Issues in Sustainable Development


 DEV 568

 Project Implementation & Management


 DEV 582

 Environmental Management


 ECO 249

 Socio-Economic Profiles of Bangladesh


 ECO 253

 Economic Development in Asia


 ECO 260

 Introduction to Environmental & Natural Resource Economics


 ECO 309

 Urban Economics


 ECO 350

 Development Economics


Course Description

ARC 111: Foundation Design Studio I- Artistic Development:      

Two-dimensional exercises in various media. Basic composition with different elements of forms, points, lines and shapes. Study of order, balance, proportion, solid-void relationship, symmetry, flexibility, rhythm and harmony through composition; relevance to art and architecture, music, etc. Exposure to color media, composition and techniques. Exercise in color and texture.  4.5 Credits, 9 Hours

ARC 112: Foundation Design Studio II- Form and Composition    

Articulation of form and space as fundamentals of composition. Elements of forms and spaces and their different aspects. Introduction to scale and proportion. Layering and sequence of space, solids and voids, transparency and opacity. Multi-layer analysis of compositions of different media and finding three-dimensional expression through application of basic ordering principles. Study and analysis of three-dimensional aspects of different forms and materials. Exercises in three-dimensional composition. 4.5 Credits, 9 Hours

ARC 121: Graphics I- Basic Drawing        

Graphical expression- sketch, drawing, rendering, layout, diagram, model and letters. Rough drawings of forms, shapes, objects, still image and human activity; freehand application of perspectives and renderings in various media. Drawing buildings and elements in outdoor. Explore the modes of expression and techniques of architectural presentation. Basic architectural presentation drawings using mechanical tools and instruments. Orthographic projections and axonometric drawing. 3 Credits, 6 Hours

ARC 122: Graphics II- Rendering              

Perspectives. Shade and shadow and reflections. Presentation drawing in black and white and color. Complex drawings. Presentation technique in various media. Rendering concepts and techniques including shade and shadow, watercolor, photomontage and others. Study and presentation of architects work. Introduction of computer. 3 Credits, 6 Hours

ARC 123: Graphics III- Digital Presentation         

Further use of computer in design, modeling, drafting and graphics. Basic computer graphics; understand and use graphic software in architectural and graphic presentation and design. 3D rendering. Design of poster, product display, logo, portfolio, etc. Introduction to architectural photography. Introduction to reproduction and printing work. 3 Credits, 6 Hours

ARC 131: Sources in Architecture I- Artistic Appreciation             

Combination of introductory studies of creative arts like painting, sculpture, music, film, photography, etc. The concept of art. Art as an expression of the material culture. Sculpture as a form of artistic and architectural expression. Visualizing three-dimensional form. Music and its form. Ordering principles of music. Film as a media to understand three-dimensional journey through spaces: orientation, lighting, setting, color, makeup.  3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 132: Sources in Architecture II- Introduction to Visual Studies, Word and Images

A comprehensive overview of the relationships of history, technology, and culture in terms of impacts on design, analysis, and synthesis. As a complement to ongoing design Studio investigations, concepts of “form-generation” with respect to human settlement with stress on cultural factors. Examination of the fundamental human purposes of architecture and the study of the principal measures by which people judge the architecture of useful objects, buildings, and cities. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 133:1 Parameters in Design I- Aesthetic and Design              

Design fundamentals, motivation, diversified purposes and methodologies. Discipline and nature as an inspiration. Analysis of design as a non-verbal language. Basic theories of architecture on use of point, line, plane, form, volume and space; source, generation and transformation of architectural elements, forms and spaces. Overview of theories and application of architectural proportion, scale and composition. Principles of spatial and formal organization. 1.5 Credits, 1.5 Hours

ARC 200: Craft and Design- Observation and Documentation

Visit site(s) of architectural or archaeological interest, historic building(s) or renowned architectural design(s). Preparation of report, including photographs, drawings, maps, etc. Depending on the research standing and situation in the Department, the time of engagement may be made flexible at the discretion of the Instructor/ specific Researcher. 1 Credit, 300 Hours

ARC 213: Allied Design Studio- Dimension and Product 

Exercises in ergonomics and elementary architectural spaces. Development of awareness and perception of fundamentals of architecture: scale, proportion and space. Creative problem-solving in two- and three-dimensional exercises. Study of various materials. Simple assignments to comprehend architectural elements, man-space relationship, activity-space relationship and form-space relationship as essential design generators. 4.5 Credits, 9 Hours

ARC 214: Architecture Design Studio I- Function and Analysis    

Fundamentals, functional vocabulary, principles, and concepts of architectural design; basic design and programming methods; sequencing of design analysis, scheming and decisions; development of basic skills, ideas, and techniques. Presentation and communication of design.  4.5 Credits, 9 Hours

ARC 215 Architecture Design Studio II- Simple Function               

Fundamental design principles and methods. Organic aspects of the design process emphasizing on conceptualization and generation of forms, interplay between form and space; experimentation with various types of spatial relationships. Ideation developed through analytical study. Investigating major design parameters- site, circulation pattern and function through small exercises. Development of design emphasizing the integration of user needs and behavioral factors. Study of Architects’ works. 4.5 Credit, 9 Hours

ARC 241: Architectural Heritage I- World I          

A comprehensive review of world architecture as a perpetual process of evolution through ages from Prehistory to Renaissance, primarily but not exclusively with reference to Western Civilization. Ideology, analysis, and criticism through reading and writing. Critical evolution of city planning and architecture from political, social and religious viewpoints with examples from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and India. Comparative study of European art and architecture from early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque, Medieval, Gothic and Renaissance periods with their context and background. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 242: Architectural Heritage II- World II      

Comparative study of world art and architecture from Baroque to Modern. Movements and isms: romantic classicism; iron and glass, rise of commercial architecture; art noveau, Bauhaus, modern masters. Introduction to selected projects, writings and issues up to modern world architecture considered from an historical perspective in the context of changing technologies and cultural formations; form and technology. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 251: Introduction to Urban Design and Environmental Planning     

Examines the evolution of town planning and urban design from prehistory to the present; cultural and technical advancements affecting the form of the urban environment. Meaning, scope and significance of planning. Origin and evolution of settlement and cities: the spatial structure of cities. Traditional planning theories and modern approach; Planning and public policies and regulations. Fundamentals of site design and master planning, organization of various outdoor spaces, site development, analysis and planning. Urban aesthetics, visual survey and design principles- unity, proportion, scale, balance, uniformity, contrast, grain, texture, frame and fabric. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 261: Environment and Building System I- Climate and Design          

External and internal environments; considerations of climate, site climate, human comfort criteria and ranges; solar control, day-lighting, ecology, energy and other issues affecting design. Climatic zones, characteristics and influence of climatic conditions on the natural and built environments. Behavior and performance of a building and its components as a climatic modifier to provide comfort and energy savings through architectural design. Architectural responses to different climatic conditions; building shape, orientation, materials, construction systems, details and design solutions. Thermal design criteria, principles of thermal design and natural ventilation. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 262: Environment and Building System II- Building Physics              

Study, design, evaluation and control techniques for luminous and sonic environments; the supporting building systems. Physical properties of light; basic theories of illumination. Lighting fixtures and electrical systems in buildings. Energy, economy, sustainability. Daylight in architecture, prediction tools and techniques, supplementary and artificial lighting. The concepts and problems of architectural acoustics, sound properties, fundamentals of sound perception, generation and propagation. Theories and design principles; acoustic design of rooms for speech, music and multi-purpose use. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 263: Environment and Building System III- Building Services           

Introduction to environmental services in architecture. Study of environmental forces, environmental impacts of the built environment, and related building environmental control, life safety and service systems, with concern for the human psycho, physical impacts of building form and system performance. Basic elements, organization and design of fire safety, sanitation and plumbing. Water requirements, sources, supply and distribution in buildings. Building sewage and sewer systems. Waste disposal and recycling. Fire hazards, fire fighting methods. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 264: Environment and Building System IV- Design Integration         

Integration of knowledge of ARC 263 into design exercises. Study of the variations of building subsystems and design implications; inter-system relationships and synergistic integration of building subsystems into the overall design; strategies for designing efficient and cost-effective buildings. 1 Credit, 2 Hours

ARC 271: Construction I- Materials          

Building science and technology with emphases on the anatomy of buildings, including the function, the physical makeup and the working principles of various building materials, their interrelationships and design implications. Local materials and construction system. Types of structures, construction methods and techniques. Foundation, floor, wall and roof systems.  3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 272: Construction II- Technology    

Building science and technology with emphasis on the process of project execution from design initiation to construction completion; comprehensive study of the building construction and systems, materials and methods, and their implications on sustainability and decision-making. Moisture and thermal protection, termite control, insulation, etc. Doors and windows.  3 Credits, 3 Hours

 ARC 273: Construction III- Workshop

Acquiring execution knowledge in a real project with variables affecting the outcome, including: devising methods and strategies for effective project execution; mediation of disputes and conflicts. On-going major construction projects to be used as Learning Laboratories. Lectures and demonstrations on soil test, foundation, brickwork, paint, carpentry and electrical appliances. 1 Credit, 2 Hours, Field              

ARC 281: Building Structures I: Basic Principles

Study of force systems; resultants and components; free body diagram; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies in 2 and 3 dimensions; frictions, trusses - method of joints and sections; center of gravity and centroids; moments of inertia; architectural applications. 2 Credit, 2 Hours


ARC 282: Building Structures II               

Study of stress, strain and deformation in members subjected to tension, compression, shear and temperature variation; stress-strain relationship, shear force and bending moment diagrams for statically determinate beams; flexural and shearing stress in beams, columns and frames; principal stresses, beam deflection: direct integration and moment area methods; column buckling; design of structural members; architectural applications. 2 Credits, 2 Hours

ARC 283: Building Structures III              

Introduction to concrete technology and materials: Constituents, batching manufacture, placing, finishing, quality control and testing; behavior of reinforced concrete construction; behaviour and design of structural elements, one-way slabs, beams, and girders; columns; ACI code requirements; and introduction to continuity in reinforced concrete structures. 2 Credits, 2 Hours

ARC 293: Design-Related-Media               

Importance of different instruments in architectural study and presentation. Use of computer and software for digital presentation; animation and walk-through. Multi-media applications. 3D Architecture and solid modeling. Properties and uses of various media, materials and processes as tools for analysis, documentation and presentation of the designed environment. Skills and techniques relating to photography, printmaking, ceramics and pottery will be explored. Dark room technique. 3 Credits, 6 Hours   

ARC 310: Interior Design Studio               

Interior spaces; relationship between humans and interior spaces, its impact on function, forms and psychology. Basic principles of interior design methods, standards, planning and spatial conception, materials and technical considerations. Aspects of layout, furnishing and circulation in interior spaces. Materials in terms of textures, colors, illumination and acoustics. Lightweight construction systems, interior and exterior finishing materials. Theories of color, light and color. 3 Credits, 6 Hours    

ARC 316: Professional Studies Studio I- Form and Function          

First design Studio for the core professional studies level of the curriculum. Exploratory investigation and analysis of the fundamental design principles, technical concepts and applications, and the measures of quality in architecture. Explore the nature of problems with which architecture is concerned and develop design methods for the structuring of concepts and forms that respond to identified need. 4.5 Credits, 9 Hours

ARC 317: Professional Studies Studio II- Complex Function          

Exploratory investigation and analysis of the interaction between architectural concepts and forces of nature and the human intentions to which they respond. Development of awareness and perception of fundamentals of architecture: scale, proportion and space. Critical study of form and spatial quality, and indoor-outdoor relationship. Program preparation, design development, evaluation and criticism. 6 Credits, 12 Hours

ARC 318: Professional Studies Studio III- Complex Function        

Review of design principles; experimentation with the vocabulary of architectural form, space and order; understanding function, structure and environment and their relationships. Understanding the phenomenology of elements of shelter; climatic, technological and environmental implications in designing space. Design exercises on complex briefs emphasizing innovative ideas that incorporate formal and functional expressions, environmental needs and structural solutions. 6 Credits, 12 Hours

ARC 324: Graphics IV-Working Details  

Technical installations, symbols and terminology. Use of different types of modules, modular coordination. Study of different construction aspects, architectural details and shop drawings. Preparation of complete working drawing for project execution, emphasis on architectural details, e.g. plan, elevation, section, blow-ups etc. Selection and fixing of suitable finishing materials related to functional, technical and aesthetic aspects of interior and exterior; schedules of openings and finishing materials. 3 Credits, 6 Hours

ARC 334: Parameters in Design II- Theory and Methods

Critical writings clarifying epistemological dimensions. Formation of theory; developing a critical awareness of architectural theories and the skill to apply theoretical knowledge in the comprehension, evaluation and criticism of architecture. Review of principles of architectural design; factors in programming architectural requirements; design development; evaluation and criticism. 1.5 Credits, 1.5 Hours

ARC 336: Architecture and Urbanism- Space, Culture and Urban Design

Architecture as determinant of urban spaces and urban form; perceptual, morphological, and typological characteristics of urban spaces as expressions of social values, ideals, and technological innovation. Theoretical models of technological, function, environmental, and social determinants of urban configurations related to their cultural and historic precedents. Perception and meaning of urban spaces- form, order and time space relationships.  3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 343: Architectural Heritage III- India           

Art and architecture of the Indian sub-continent in Vedic, Buddhist, Hindu, Pre-Mughal, Mughal and Colonial periods. Understanding the context and the links; heritage. Background and development of significant recent trends and ideas. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 344: Architectural Heritage IV- Bengal        

History of architecture in the region of Bengal. Spatial characteristics, proportion, use of materials, craftsmanship, construction techniques and other architectural features. Social, cultural, political and economic development and their influence on the built form. Documentation of vernacular structures, architectural elements and their context, materials and technique. Comparative analysis. Critical evaluation of the transformation and reflection. 2 Credits, 2 Hours        

ARC 346: Architectural Heritage V- Contemporary South and Southeast Asia       

The modern movement in architecture- internationalism and the search for identity in South and South-East Asia. The tradition of these regions; the influence of modernism and post-modernism. Works of major regional and contemporary architects, indigenous roots in architecture. Analysis of the factors contributing to the distinctive aspects of indigenous architecture of the region. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 347: Architectural Heritage VI- Islamic        

History of the art and architecture of the Islamic world; prominent architects and edifices. Historical overview of the development, character, architectural elements, materials and construction methods. Study of cultural, social and economic aspects of Islamic architecture. Research, field survey and documentation. 3 Credits, 3 Hours                              

ARC 348: Built Heritage and Conservation           

Definition and types of conservation: meaning, nature, scope and principles of preservation, restoration, area conservation, reconstruction, adaptation. Theory and practice of architectural conservation in international and local contexts; conservation charters. Issues of conservation; laws, practices, planning control, finance, regulation bodies, the role of government and public. Adaptive reuse and management aspects; revenue, tourism, finance, investment, awareness and promotion.    Problems of conservation and restoration; examination, analysis, and pathologies of historic buildings and materials. Methods of preservation, treatment and repair of cultural property. Conservation of masonry, concrete, and metals. Strategies of renovation, preservation, conservation and reuse; examples. Technological problems inherent in the indigenous architectural heritage. 3 Credits, 3 Hours              

ARC 365: Design for the Tropics               

Study of the relationship between architecture and the climatic characteristics of warm-humid and tropical regions. Investigate and understand the mechanism of wind and moisture movement, surface heating and insulation, penetration. Passive cooling. Wetness and decay control. Policy design and development implications of using solar energy in new and existing constructions for heating and cooling in different regions and climates. Climate regime; analysis of different approaches to human habitation in technologically simple and advanced societies; implications on the local environment. 3 Credits, 3 Hours              

ARC 384: Building Structures IV

Study of steel, properties and composition; commonly used shapes and sizes; calculation of forces in different elements of simple steel and timber truss; design of steel truss section, column and beam; introduction to plastic analysis and design; plastic hinge; Timber-properties and processing; use of timber as column and beam; and the joints and their design. Vierendeel truss, folded plates, membrane structures, arches, domes, geodesic dome, shells, space frames and suspension structures. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 394: Special Topic I (Technology, Environment or Science) 

Investigation of emerging issues and specific areas of research interest beyond what is covered in regular offering in one of the areas of architectural structure, construction, and environment; topics and focus may vary depending on the instructor. May be a series of arranged lectures. Individual or group investigation and study in engineering application related to design; research in economy and design in correlation with architectural, mechanical, and structural requirements; special issues such as energy conscious design, and human-environmental relations. Individual investigation of building types and systems, at the community and urban scale; collaboration with other disciplines. 1.5 Credits, 1.5 Hours              

ARC 410: Landscape Design Laboratory

Landscape design considered as work of art, manifestation of cultural ideologies and act of humans in nature; space design and definition. Analysis of landscape elements, perceptual and technical aspects of landscape elements and exterior spaces, gardens, public open spaces, parks, and urban development. Design and practice processes. 3 Credits, 3 Hours              

ARC 418: Design and Allied Studies Studio I       

Urban issues as a major design parameter to grow an awareness of site, location, climate, economy, technology, political and socio-cultural aspects and ecology associated with the use and the user. Study of nature and relationship of spaces with defining edges, in urban context, and realism imposed by functional, technical, economic and statutory requirements. Urban design, landscape, sociology, and economics. Urban renewal, regeneration, redevelopment, and conservation project. 6 Credits, 12 Hours

ARC 419: Design and Allied Studies Studio II      

Social, cultural, political and economic aspects as parameter for designing neighborhoods. Study of defined localities with edges, in an urban or rural community context, and realism imposed by function, technology, and statute. Design studies of housing types and planned communities, at a wider scale, and their impact on the immediate environment, and collaboration among the several disciplines involved in planning the human settlement: urban planning, sociology, and economics. 6 Credits, 12 Hours

ARC 436: Buildings, Land, and Cultural Traditions- Diversity and Change              

Introduction to ordinary landscape as a product of interaction between a physical base, technology, and cultural attitudes and values. Approach is both historical, from prehistory to science-fiction, and thematic, treating issues such as meaning, symbolism, power, gender, and ethnicity. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 437: Professional Practice, Ethics and Society           

Analysis of professional roles and practices; emergence of new modes of practice, including innovative facilities procurement methods. Role of the architect in the building enterprise, professional ethics, and the conduct of professional practice; legal aspects of architectural practice and building construction; the administration of construction contracts. Issues affecting current architectural theory and practice. The regulatory system. Management principles and practices for the range of architectural practice. Leadership. 2 Credits, 2 Hours

ARC 438: Environmental Psychology      

Relevance of psychology to architecture; biological basis of behavior, maturation and development. Motivation: nature of fulfillment and frustration. Emotion, development and personality. Congruent space; social influence on behavior. Personal space and territoriality; privacy. Crowding; comfort, conflict and adjustment. Research-oriented introduction to existing social and behavioral knowledge, methods, and tools for relating man to his physical and social environment, with implications for theories and a philosophy of architectural design. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 439: Management and Business Administration in Architecture      

Study of management and business administration topics relevant to the architecture profession. The application of: marketing, ethics, accounting, organizational behavior, quantitative analysis, finance, operations, economics, and strategic planning to the field of architecture. Introduction to business management, marketing, operational procedures, financial planning, and cost control. Addressing management and economic issues that influence and motivate commercial, industrial, institutional and individual clients. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 445: Contemporary Design- Precedents and Analyses           

Selected topics addressing the philosophy, theory, personality, and work of significant contemporary architects and urban designers. Examines the rise of post-modernism and afterwards; the development of the philosophy of significant contemporary architectural writers and architects in relation to their projects and executed work. Case studies. 2 Credits, 2 Hours

ARC 452: Land-Use, Infrastructure and Transport Planning         

Land Management: records, transfer, taxation. Urban and rural land policies. Urban land development techniques. Land subdivision. Land market. Land Information System. Planning of basic utility services in urban areas, and for low-income settlements. Standard, policy, delivery, management and maintenance. Community participation. Rural water supply and low-cost sanitation. Introduction to planning of transport provision at regional and urban levels. Urban transportation systems, approaches to transportation planning and network analysis, transportation systems design. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 453: Human Settlement- Policy and Planning           

Major housing issues of land, labor, materials, techniques and finance. Planning and design of multi ownership housing. Urban housing question in relation to informal sector housing. Effect of urbanization and migration on human settlement pattern and housing. Essence of dwelling as a basic architectural concept. An overview of traditional dwelling, housing development and existing situation in the country. Provision of finance and land. Mass housing with emphasis on social housing. Neighborhood design and stressors. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 454: Human Geography- Settlement and Development         

Third World and development; meaning and determinants of development. National Development, economic planning, social planning. Cultural meaning and differences. Demography, population debate. Urbanization. Migration. Colonization. Industrialization. Agriculture development, global market, commercial versus subsistence farming. Finance and investment, global debt. Dimension of poverty and disparities; Primary, secondary and tertiary sectors of economy, production and development. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 455: Advanced Urban Design and Planning Applications     

Urban design analysis, elements of design and development strategy. City planning according to artistic principles; urban morphology in terms of phases of development with emphasis on environmental, cultural and economic factors of growth. Responsive environment. Spatial and infrastructure elements of the city. Geographic Information System. Functional planning, comprehensive urban development process; system approach; advocacy and corporate planning. Incremental development, public-private collaboration, community incentives and control, project implementation strategy. Environmental Impact Assessment. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 456: Rural Studies

Theories and meaning of development; nature and scope of integrated rural development. Problems and issues in rural development: population, urbanization, migration, human resource. Development institutions; the process of planning, policies and strategies. Formulation of rural development projects, concepts, principles and techniques. Social, economic and physical characteristics of rural settlements. Traditional house form, vernacular architecture. Materials and construction system. Environmental impact. 3 Credits, 3 Hours              

ARC 457: Urbanism and Local Context

Evolution of cities; growth of cities in the developed and the developing world. Urban agglomeration; Population dynamics. Modernization and development; Revolutions. Becoming urbanite, making a living. Implications on economic development, built and natural environment. The global city; colonization; implications of economy, IT and media. Urban ways of life; Social organizations. Urbanism in Bangladesh; cities in history, evolution of Dhaka. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 458: Residential Building Design   

Principles and criteria of designing healthy, efficient and cost effective houses. Nature and characteristics of housing development; housing types based on structural systems and materials. Influence of the biophysical, socio-physical and technological environments. Influence of the Macro-Environment: exterior; Housing clusters; Heritage and style; Types and design. Organization of space; livability. Housing delivery; consumer consideration and acquisition. Building laws. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 459: Non-Residential Building Design

Development of institutional facilities. Environmental, socio-economic-cultural aspects of design. Grouping and organization of indoor and outdoor spaces. Design criteria; forms, modifiers and standards. Ergonomics, furniture and machinery layout. Approaches to health facilities planning, programming and design. Commercial building; structural system, space articulation. Services, maintenance, fire protection standards. Site development and master planning. Environmental impact; control and services; working condition; fire protection; safety and security; legislation, code. 3 Credits, 3 Hours    

ARC 466: Ecology and Bio-Climatic Design           

Technical conditions and ecological contexts of architectural production, including construction methods and materials, structural, mechanical and electrical systems, principles of building enclosure design and life safety provisions. Addressing ecological issue through design both functionally and symbolically as cultural practice. Principles and approaches to site and environment, including building orientation, water control and survey of environmental legislation. Principles of climatically conscious design. 3 Credits, 3 Hours    

ARC 474: Construction IV- Documents and Management               

Professional practice, general contract and responsibilities; Punitive measures. Tender documents, rules, regulations and obligations. Selection of Contractor, and work award. Supervision of construction, bill and certificate of payment. Preparation of schedules. Cost control. Specifying materials and methods of installation and precautions, building services, environmental protection etc. Schematic design, design development and construction documents of a small building. Meaning, scope, objectives, function and nature of management. Grouping of activities, delegation and decentralization. Motivation, coordination, supervision. Steps of control. Analytic tools and techniques in construction management. Leadership issues. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 475: Field Survey, Measured Drawing and Documentation  

Principles of precision survey techniques for architects. Physical Survey- chain, traverse, plane table, levels, contours and layouts. Social research and survey methods; designing research, variables. Data collection, objectives; Interpretation; Questionnaire, pilot survey. Data Processing. Techniques of recording buildings and sites: measuring, photographing, and drawing; taking field notes and investigating public records to document reports. Examination, analysis, and pathologies of building materials and techniques for treatment and repair of historic buildings. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 485: Advanced Architectural Structure I    

Structural design, approximate analysis and deflection of high-rise buildings, shear wall, grid. General problems in the selection and design of structural systems for buildings; methods of analysis; site explorations, soils, and foundations. Technological achievement and innovative use of structure in the making of great architecture. Structural response in meeting the nature, quality, and demand of the space. 3 Credits, 3 Hours  

ARC 486: Advanced Architectural Structure II   

Study of high-rise structures, terraced buildings, and skyscrapers. The complexity of load action including wind, earthquake, and hidden loads. The effect of building height, form, and proportion on force action; considerations of stability and redundancy. Core structures, suspension buildings, braced skeletons, rigid frames, interstitial systems, staggered truss buildings, tubes and hybrid structures, bracing. Advanced problems in the analysis of statically determinate structures; general theories and methods of analysis of statically indeterminate structures by geometric and energy methods. Introduction to theory of plastic design. Advanced theory and analysis of statically indeterminate structures. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 492: Independent Study    

Guided study and research in a selected area of architecture. In-depth investigation of emerging issues and specific areas of research interest beyond what is covered in regular offering in any area of architecture. Students, as individuals or in groups, are expected to propose a research plan and methods for a specific topic of research interest in consultation with the instructor, and execute it under the guidance of the instructor through consultation on a regular basis. 1.5 Credits, 3 Hours 

ARC 495: Special Topic II (Design, Theory or Settlement)              

Investigation of emerging issues and specific areas of research interest beyond what is covered in regular offering in either architectural design, practice and management, history, theory, housing, or urban design; topics and focus may vary depending on the resource person. May be in the form of a series of lectures. Individual or group investigation and study in architectural aspects; research in economy and design in correlation with special issues such as aesthetics, government policy and cultural patterns. Investigation of aesthetic theories and programming problems in architectural design, at various scales; collaboration with other disciplines. Investigation of the work of particular architects, of specific buildings, and of the architecture of periods or regions; comparative studies. 1.5 Credits, 1.5 Hours              

ARC 500: Professional Internship (supervised training)

Supervised and monitored training in an architectural consultant's office over 12 weeks; usually during the fourth year of study and preferably not spread in more than one semester. Training on the application of the architectural knowledge, linking theory with the practice; integration with other professions, society and the built environment. Exposure to professionalism, ethics, teamwork, field studies, learning methods and techniques in practice. Experience in developing working drawings, visiting construction sites and familiarizing with various phases of construction and management etc. 1 Credit, 300 Hours              

ARC 510: Advanced Studies Studio I

Comprehensive building design with emphasis on holistic design integration for optimum performance and constructability with best possible economy under realistic temporal, technical, legal, and budgetary limitations. All design phases from feasibility and formulation of programs to preparation of working and technical drawings and documents, to a synthetic size design, construction and systems. The projects, typically real ones, to be executed through partial construction documents through collaborative in a team. Professional issues in architecture. 4.5 Credits, 9 Hours

ARC 519: Advanced Studies Studio II- Thesis Project      

Resolution of individually selected design problems developed in ARC 596, under the direct guidance of a faculty. Advanced independent architectural research requiring articulation of a conceptual and professional position realized in a terminal thesis project, on design issues and various building types depending on the student's particular interests, talents, and capacities. Complete design solution based upon investigation and objective analysis of the physical and contextual aspects of the problem and related factors, and transforming them into a tangible architectural solution of professionally acceptable quality, presented and defended in a Public Jury. 6 Credits, 12 Hours

ARC 535: Parameters in Design III- Pedagogy and Discourse       

Parameters in Design III- Pedagogy and Discourse: Dialectic between a diachronic sequence of architectural theories and related works. Concepts of architectural theoreticians with an emphasis on prevalent intellectual and social situation. Critical writings clarifying epistemological dimensions. Formation of theory; developing a critical awareness of architectural theories and the skill to apply theoretical knowledge in the comprehension, evaluation and criticism of architecture. 1.5 Credits, 1.5 Credits

ARC 576: Building Automation and Hi-Tech Architecture

Use of modern and contemporary materials and advanced systems in the building. Elevators, Escalators, CC TV, Fire fighting, Energy savings, Computerization, Water recycling, Rain water collection, Use of solar energy, green house etc. Glass, Steel, aluminium and other metals and factory products and building and finish materials. Construction systems and Equipment. 3 Credits, 3 Hours

ARC 577: Building Systems Integration

Inter-system relationships and synergistic integration of building subsystems into the overall building; and the strategies for designing buildings of high functional performance and greater overall value. Advanced studies of environment and building systems, including development in building systems, urban systems, service systems, construction systems, materials and component systems, psychophysical considerations, systems analysis, and computer technology. 3 Credits, 3 Hours              

ARC 578: Building Economics

Study of factors affecting cost of building, the building market, construction cost, estimates and cost control, time value of money and building life-cycle cost, measuring the worth of investments, depreciation and tax consideration of cash-flows. Individual and team analysis of architectural development proposals addressing relevant economic topics and trends. Development, construction, finance, operation, and sale costs analyses. Potential and projected rate of return on investment over specific time periods. Economic and social forces impacting upon real-estate investment values. 3 Credits, 3 Hours     

ARC 579: Building Safety and Security  

Introduction to safety and security, difference between safety and security in buildings, implication on design, legislation and need for good safety and security in buildings, implication on design, legislation and need for good safety and security practices. Current practices with reference to safety from accidents, security in buildings, fire prevention and control, safety signs and symbols. 3 Credits, 3 Hours              

ARC 596: Thesis Documentation- Research and Development:

Background study for the final design (ARC 519) during any of the first two semesters of the fifth year. The conceptual and professional position of a student is defined and tested by identifying viable and significant projects with realistic problems within a given site. Documentation of the thesis project- a 2000-word report containing case studies, design concept and necessary technical information. 4.5 Credits, 9 Hours       

ARC 597: Methods of Inquiry on Architecture, City and Environment

Introduction to methods and techniques of systematically generating behavioral and social information relevant to the programming, design, and evaluation of physical environments. Individual investigation of the work of particular architects, of specific buildings, and of the architecture of periods or regions, and aesthetic problems; comparative studies. Presentation in a seminar. 1.5 Credits, 1.5 Hours           

ARC 598: Seminar on Art, Architecture, Society and Culture        

Generation of social and cultural information that affect design and physical environments. Individual investigation/fieldwork on a selected topic falling broadly in the areas of art, architecture, society or culture. Seminar presentation. 1.5 Credits, 3 Hours

Recommended Course Path

How to Apply

North South University admits students in three semesters every year. An admission test is held in every semester towards the last month of the semester. Students wishing to apply for admission must meet the minimum educational qualifications and appear for an admission test. The three academic semesters are:

Spring semester

Beings on Tuesday of the 3rd week of January and continues for 13 weeks.

Summer semester

Begins on Tuesday of the 3rd week of May and continues for 13 weeks.

Fall semester

Begins on Tuesday of the 2nd week of September and continues for 13 weeks.

Application forms are available at the Front Office in Level 1 of the Bashundhara campus. The admission form can also be downloaded by clicking here. A Tk. 1,000/= deposit must be made in the form of a Bank Draft in favor of North South University at the time of depositing the completed application form and the supporting documents. The complete application package must include:

  1. Filled out application form
  2. Bank Draft of Tk. 1,000/= in favor of North South University
  3. Four passport-sized photographs attested by a first class gazette officer or the Principal/ Head of the Institute of the last academic institution attended
  4. Clearly legible copies of certificates and mark-sheets
  5. Two letters of recommendations/testimonials from the previous institution; and
  6. Photocopy of National Identification Card
Admission Requirements

The minimum qualifications for admission in the B.Arch program is both a secondary and a higher secondary school degree or their equivalents and minimum scores in the admission test in the subjects English, Mathematics, General Knowledge, Quantitative Reasoning and Drawing. Admission tests are waived for applicants with required SAT and TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Steps of the admission process are:

STEP 01: Minimum Academic Qualifications

    a) Minimum second division or a minimum GPA of 3.5 in both SSC and HSC

     (HSC appeared candidates may take the admission test with an undertaking that their
     admission will be subject to obtaining the minimum GPA requirements stated above)

     b) At least five subjects in GCE O-level with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and at least two
     subjects in A-level with a minimum GPA of 2.0 measured in a scale of A=5, B=4,C=3,
     D=2 & E=1. Only one E grade is acceptable, or

     (A-level appeared candidates may take the admission test with an undertaking that
     their admission will be subject to obtaining the minimum GPA requirements stated
     above. The Statement of Entry for the A-Level examinations must be submitted)

     c) Twelve years of schooling with a US High School Diploma or equivalent

STEP 02: Minimum scores in NSU Admission Test or scores in SAT/TOEFL/IELTS

      a) Minimum scores in NSU admission test, or

       b) Minimum score of 1200 in SAT (Math+ Critical Reading) and 550 (CBT 213/IBT79)
          in TOEFL or 5.5 in IELTS (admission test is waived)

STEP 03: Registration and Enrolment for Courses

Students who successfully complete steps 1 and 2 above, can register before the last date declared every semester by registering at the Registrar’s Office. After registration students must join an orientation program declared by the University at the beginning of the semester.


           All new students are expected to participate in the orientation program that
           acquaints the students with University policies and the educational opportunities,
           facilities, and services available at the University.

           Student Identification Cards

           All students are issued picture identification cards with their student numbers.
           These cards are necessary for entering the campus, for using the library and
           computer services.

           Academic Advising

           On the day of the orientation each new student is assigned an academic advisor 
           to assist with course selection and familiarization with the curriculum. Advisors try
           to address special student needs or deficiencies, which might affect academic

           Course Registration

           After student advising is completed, students must take the advised document  
           and get it verified by the NSU Accounts Office and Registrar’s Office. Once this is
           done, they must deposit the tuition and fees to the assigned banks:

                  a. Bashundhara, Dhaka:
                  Southeast Bank Ltd., Prime Bank, Dutch Bangla Bank Ltd. & Bank Asia
                   b. Banani, Dhaka:
                   Dhaka Bank, National Credit & Commerce Bank Ltd.
                  c. Gulshan, Dhaka:

                   United Commercial Bank Ltd. & The City Bank Ltd.

Lateral /Credit Transfer

Local students currently enrolled in an undergraduate architecture program within a University Grants Commission (UGC) approved curriculum of architecture may apply for lateral transfer or credit transfer. Foreign students enrolled in an undergraduate architecture program may apply for the same by requesting for an equivalency assessment of their secondary and higher secondary level qualifications, to the Registrar’s Office, through the Department Chairman. All other students must apply for regular admission to enter the first-year class.

Transfer credits for both local and foreign students may be awarded for coursework in which the contents significantly match those of the NSU architecture curriculum and in which a minimum of “C” grade has been achieved; this is determined on a case-by-case basis. The maximum credits transferrable for a Bachelor in Architecture (B.Arch) degree from NSU must be 84 credits or 49%, whichever lower, of the minimum total credits required towards the degree at NSU. 

The complete application package for lateral transfer/ credit transfer must include:

  1. Application expressing intent of lateral transfer
  2. Attested copies of academic transcripts from previous institution clearly indicating courses completed, credits earned and grades received
  3. Official course catalogs or detailed course description for courses completed
  4. Attested copies of all secondary and higher secondary school level certificates and transcripts
  5. Minimum scores in NSU Admission Test
Tution & Fees

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Financial Aid

NSU offers Financial Aid in the form of academic scholarships, tuition waiver, study loans, and student employment. A total of 1040 students have been granted full/partial tuition waiver in Spring 2014 semester. Out of which, 287 students have been granted full (100%) waiver, 69 students a 75% waiver, 206 students a 50% waiver and 478 students a 25% tuition waiver. Apart from these, 230 Teaching Assistants, through on campus student employment, have been paid an amount worth Tk. 39.08 lac in Fall 2013, which altogether stands at Tk. 1.02 crores in Financial Assistance only in Fall 2013 semester.

In the way to help needy and meritorious students and for the socioeconomic development of the country, NSU has disbursed a significant amount in financial aid, which stood at Tk. 43.10 crores in financial assistance up until Fall 2013.

Who can receive financial aid?

NSU offers Financial Aid and Tuition Waiver under the provision of Private University Act 2010.  Any student of NSU can apply for Financial Aid in the following categories:

  1. High academic achievement in the Higher Secondary & Secondary Examinations and NSU Admission Test
  2. High academic achievement in NSU courses (merit based tuition waiver)
  3. Strong demonstrated financial need &merit (merit and need based waiver)
  4. Strong demonstrated financial need only (waiver on humanitarian grounds)
  5. Two or more siblings studying together at NSU (waiver for sibling)
  6. Student employment (work-study based)
  7. Financial aid for the wards of freedom fighters

Who are eligible for Financial Aid at North South University?

Full/partial tuition waiver is awarded to deserving students who achieve and maintain outstanding academic track records as per the criteria below:

  1. Undergraduate applicants securing 1st and 2nd position in the NSU admission test get full tuition waiver (100%).
  2. GPA 5.00 (excluding 4th Subject) in either SSC or HSC and at least GPA 4.80 in the other (excluding 4th Subject) with satisfactory NSU Admission Test Performance.
  3. Candidates who earn 7 'A's in O-level exams at a time and 3 'A's in A-level exams having satisfactory NSU Admission Test score.
  4. Students who have completed a minimum 9 credits and maintains a minimum CGPA of 2.75
  5. Students whose siblings are studying at NSU at the same time are entitled to 25% tuition waiver each, subject to the minimum eligibility requirement and must apply formally during the usual aid process.

How to maintain Financial Aid at NSU?

Once awarded, a student must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress in order to maintain tuition waiver and other forms of financial aid at NSU. General aid recipients must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.75 and 100% financial aid recipients must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.25 or above. Students, whose financial aid has been discontinued due to failure to maintain minimum academic performance, may reapply for aid as a fresh applicant.

Financial aid is automatically renewed if a student continues to fulfill the aid criteria. However, the recipients/awardees must contact the financial aid office every semester during the advising/registration process and submit their advised-sheet for necessary verification and adjustment of tuition waiver from the NSU Accounts Office. The financial aid office reviews and verifies the academic performance of aid recipients every semester against the aid criteria.

Continuing recipients of financial aid and tuition waiver can also apply for enhancement of their waiver amounts.

When to apply for Financial Aid and how?

Applications for financial aid are invited from bona fide students of NSU every Spring and Summer semesters. Students seeking financial aid are required to apply for the same in a prescribed Application Form available at Prime Bank Ltd. Bashundhara Branch, Dhaka upon a payment of Tk. 1,000/= (one thousand) only. No applications are accepted in Fall semester.

Financial Aid applicants are required to submit the duly filled out Application Form and all supporting documents to the Financial Aid Office of the University within the deadlines as below:

Financial Aid Calendar

Spring Semester (January to April):

Applications are invited in 1st Week of January

Summer Semester (May to August):

Applications are invited in 1st Week of May


Financial Aid Policies & Guidelines

Students must score a minimum CGPA of 2.75 in their undergraduate studies to apply for and maintain financial aid.

Undergraduate students must complete minimum 09 credit hours, not counting non-credit courses, to apply for financial assistance. To maintain financial aid, recipients must register for at least 24 (Twenty four) credits in a year with effect from the semester of receiving financial assistance.

Financial aid applicants must apply in prescribed form along with necessary papers/ documents as applicable. They must be accompanied by their parent(s) or local guardian(s) or representative(s) of the parents during an interview.

From the date financial aid is awarded, a maximum of 16 (sixteen) semesters are allotted for maintaining financial aid and tuition waiver for Bachelor of Architecture students. Semester(s) withdrawn by a student within this period are still counted and aid is not extended in any way beyond this approved period.

Financial aid is discontinued with immediate effect if an awarded student is delinquent in any way or if CGPA falls below 2.75 for partial aid recipients, and 3.25 for full aid recipients.

Financial aid is automatically discontinued for unauthorized absence in any semester; however, the revival of such assistance is considered in due course upon the receipt of fresh applications from the student.

Financial aid is not extended to courses retaken for improvement of grade. Aid recipients must make full payments on their own for courses retaken.

Wards of freedom fighters are required to register for at least 27 credits in a year with effect from the semester of their receiving the financial assistance and must maintain a CGPA of 2.75 in their undergraduate studies.

Financial assistance is not extended to courses that are extra to the degree requirement.

Financial assistance is extended for courses that are not part of the degree but pre-requisites for courses required for a degree i.e. ENG-102, MAT-112 and MAT-116.

Financial assistance is discontinued as soon as awardees fulfill the credit requirements for degree.

For further Information please contact:

Financial Aid Office
Level Three, Administrative Building
North South University
Tel: 55668200 Ext. 2181, 2182

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Sadia Raquib

Deciding a particular field for under graduate studies is sometimes difficult for a student who wants to apply in Science & Engineering faculty in a university. I chose Architecture so that I can contribute in my country and other Asian countries for economic development. To achieve my goals, my parents always encouraged travelling at home and abroad to see the historical places of interest, understand the beauties of modern architecture and take photography for reference.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) with honors from North South University in 2011, I started my career in Qatar and my NSU credentials were accepted by the Supreme Education Council (SEC). Having work experience of more than 2 years, I got accredited as a Registered Architect under Qatar’s Urban Planning and Development Authority (UPDA) - Engineering Committee. Working in the field, I got the opportunity to join “Concept Middle East” conference where I acknowledged the way of design in the Middle East, particularly sustainable issues such as day lighting, recycling and current & future trends in the Middle Eastern construction industry.

My experience in the Department of Architecture (NSU) was so excellent and tremendously positive, only because of the supportive and continuous guidance and educational environment there. The NSU Administration always values its students and actively seeks our continued feedback. The extent of knowledge, experience and deliberation in the class of different professors was particularly useful for drawing my interests in this field. My fellow as well as students of the faculty have been extremely passionate, very nice and sincere. The studios in the faculty became my home. My goal, right now is to gain exposure of various types of project scales, their phases and sustainability issues, which in the future will help me become a LEED accredited professional.


Tanita Choudhury

"After receiving my Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) with honors (Cum Laude) from North South University in 2010, I was enrolled in the MS. Advanced Architectural Design Program in the Graduation School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University. During my study at Columbia University, I had the privilege to conduct research under Kenneth Frampton, present my design projects to 27 Department of Architecture website-acclaimed architects such as Kengo Kuma, Diana Agrest and Bernard Tschumi. I also had the opportunity to travel from my University to Sendai and Tokyo, Japan to take part in Toyo Ito's 'Home for All' project where I met Toyo Ito and Kazuyo Sejima and presented my project on 3/11 Natural Disaster tragedy to the students of University of Tokyo with Kuma as a head juror. I also had the opportunity to meet Steven Holl, Denise Scott Brown, Bjarke Ingels and Peter Eisenman through various lectures and events in my university and the city. My project was selected and published in GSAPP's prestigious annual publication “Abstract”. My experience in my alma maters had been contrasting yet very fulfilling as North South University helped me understand the significance of sensitivity and austerity in design while Columbia University triggered me to question and reinvent the wheel of design through its emphasis on experimentation. I am currently working as a designer at Gensler San Francisco Headquarters in USA." – Tanita Choudhury

Nabil Shahidi

I received my Bachelor of Architecture degree (B.Arch) from NSU in 2010 and worked in Dhaka for about 3 years for various firms. I also setup my own practice called ONNO Architects with two of my friends also from NSU and we worked on various projects ranging from prototype wall panel development to apartment design in Dhaka to eco-resorts in Bandarban. I also participated in various competitions and in collaboration with the firm A+AA, won the 1st prize in the competition to design a 34 Acre campus master plan for Hamdard University of Bangladesh. In 2013 I enrolled in the MS. Advanced Architectural Design Program in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University in New York. During my time there, I had the privilege to study under acclaimed professors such as Kenneth Frampton, Yehuda Safran, and Enrique Walker. I also had the opportunity to meet and learn from Steven Holl, Bernard Tschumi, Peter Eisenman, Jacques Herzog, Richard Meier, Alberto Campo Baeza, Rahul Mehrotra, Mohsen Mostafavi, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Bjarke Ingels, David Adjaye and Sou Fujimoto through various lectures and events in my university and the city. I also got to travel from my GSAPP to Amman, Paris, Basel, Zurich, Basel, and Bregenz as part of design studio research.  My project was selected to be published in GSAPP's prestigious annual publication “Abstract”. I am very grateful for all my experiences at NSU Dept. Architecture, as it helped me to build a strong foundation for myself. – Nabil Shahidi

M Tawfique Rahman

I shifted from Dhaka University applied physics to North South University architecture, because architecture has been a passion. In my 4th year, I went to renowned a firm at Ahmedabad, India, HCPDPM for internship. There I had the opportunity to work with Bimal Patel and come in contact with Hashmukh Patel and B.V Doshi. After completing B.Arch. from NSU, I went to Hochschule Anhalt, Germany for my masters. During my masters, my semester projects had been selected by the Anhalt School as entry for Xella Student Competition 2011 and Wolfsburg City Competition- 2012. My second semester project was displayed at Wolfsburg Rathhous from May 17-20, 2013. My thesis project “Creating Infrastructure, Creating Values”, was awarded as the honorable mention of best thesis project for Robert-Oxman Prize 2013 and was published in the magazine “DIA news”. During my study in Europe I had the opportunity to travel to different schools and countries, and came in contact with Daniel Libskind , Remkoolhas, Jaha Hadeed, Peter Eisenmen in different workshops and seminars. I also had the opportunity to represent my work as team leader on seminars- “infrastructure urbanism” and “climatic response” at Dessau institute of architecture having Prof. Andrea Hasse and Prof. Gunnar Hartman as the head juror. I conducted my thesis project under Prof. Andrea Hasse , Prof. Lurs Lerup and Prof. Ralf Neibergal. NSU has helped me create the base of understanding architecture, HCPDPM helped taught me the real life scenarios and Hochschule Anhalt helped me to find my own expression of architecture. Currently I am working as a part time architect at URBANA/ Kashef Mahboob Choudhury and full time lecturer at South-East University.- M Tawfique Rahman.

Sadia Raquib

With my determination for undergraduate studies in Architecture, I got myself admitted in the North South University, the first private university in Bangladesh.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) with honors from North South University in 2011, I started my career in Qatar and the Supreme Education Council (SEC) has accredited my degree program from NSU. Having earned experience of more than 2 years, I got accepted as a Registered Architect under Qatar’s Urban Planning and Development Authority (UPDA) - Engineering Committee. Working in the field of architecture, I had the opportunity to join “Concept Middle East” conference where I acknowledged the way of design in Middle East, sustainable issues, day lighting, recycling efforts and current & future trends in Middle East construction industry.

My experience in the Department of Architecture (NSU) was excellent and tremendously positive, because of a supportive, continuously guiding and excellent educational environment. My goal, right now is to gain exposure to various types of projects of larger scales, their various phases and the sustainable issues which will help me to become a LEED accredited professional.

Ahsan Feroz

When I was purchasing the admission form from the registrar’s office at NSU, a desk officer passed me a leaflet on “NSU Architecture”, a department that was very new then. I felt like there must be something exciting in it than other subjects. I placed “Architecture” in my choice list and the five years journey at NSU was simply amazing.Towards the later part of my academic career, I was travelling with a friend and we were crossing the Hatirjheel area and learned that the consulting firm was looking for architects for this project. After graduating a few months later, I knocked the door of Vitti  Sthapati Brindo Ltd. for a job and started to work there. Soon I was posted as the project coordinator of “Rehabilitation of Old Modhumoti River Project (ROMRP)”. My professional life was 50% design works and 50% of coordination with other parties such as the engineering consultants and the client i.e. the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED). In August 2010, I enrolled in the Master’s in Disaster Management Program in BRAC University and acquired the Vice Chancellors Medal for academic performance in the course. In early 2012, I took a break from architecture and joined the UNDP Bangladesh for a while in the research fields. Later that year I switched to BRAC, where I was working as a consultant for innovations in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) cluster. In parallel to WASH innovations, I was also doing WASH communications and innovations for Disaster Environment and Climate Change (DECC) cluster of BRAC. In January 2013, I was invited to join a project consultant team at LGED. In March 2013, I joined City Region Development Project (CRDP) of LGED, where I am still working. Currently I am working as the Architecture and Planning Coordinator at CRDP.

Mehbuba Tune Uzra

Mehbuba Tune Uzra graduated from NSU Department of Architecture and enrolled in the Masters Program at the Anhalt University in Dessau, Germany. In 2012 she won the prestigious DAAD Prize for International Students during her 2nd year at the Dessau International Architecture (DIA) Master studentship. The prize is awarded annually to international degree-seeking Master students at Anhalt University with outstanding academic achievements and a convincing track record in extra-curricular activities. Prof Johannes Kalvelage of Anhalt University’s DIA praised the committed work of students and awardees alike with very warm words. Mehbuba completed her studies and returned to Bangladesh and established her own architectural practice in Dhaka.

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Reference Library

Department of Architecture, Reference Library

We encourage research-based learning and our theory and studio courses are tailored to provide emphasis on learning through hands-on investigation.  We supplement our basic CAD and manual drawing courses with a field survey component that includes visit to buildings of historic importance, to carry out measurements and photographic surveys that are used to produce measured drawings and research on the buildings’ architectural and historic significance. Our courses on design theory emphasize field visit to local architectural firms and to conduct interviews with renowned practicing architects to gain first hand knowledge through participation rather than depending on secondary  sources.  Our  building  systems  courses  include  hands  on  construction  of small-scale floor, wall and structural elements and visits to real building sites to learn hands on about building structure, construction techniques and mechanical systems. Experienced leading electro-mechanical professionals are typically invited as guest teachers to conduct these courses.

Carpentry Workshop

A part of the NSU Carpentry Workshop

Carpentry and Metal Workshop

North South University, Department of Architecture is perhaps the only architecture school in the country to have its own carpentry workshop and limited metal works machinery to provide the students with the opportunity to build their own models with wood and metal. It has a state-of-the-art computer laboratory where high-end software trainings are given as a part of the regular architecture curriculum.

Reference Library

In  addition  to  a  wealth  of online  journals,  audio-visual  materials  and  books  in  the central library, the department maintains its own reference library, rich with collections of the latest books, journals, audio-visual materials and a small materials collection to facilitate research and learning by the students and the faculty.

Green Building Research Lab

It is also the first architecture department in the country to receive a grant from the UGC  under  the  Higher  Education  Quality  Enhancement  Project  (HEQEP)  under  the World Bank’s financial support to develop a green and sustainable building design research lab. This building technology & material research lab is equipped with data loggers, building skin performance measurement equipment, its own weather station, wind tunnel and building performance simulation software that enables the students to conduct research on the latest green building systems as part of the curriculum on design. Energy modeling and performance based design is an emphasis area, where students are taught by carrying out field investigation of building performance with data loggers and virtual simulation tools to inform design. These are leading architectural design research in the field.

Computer Laboratory