School of Science and Engineering

Civil and Architectural Engineering

BSc in Architectural Engineering and Sustainability


UKH program, BSc in Architectural Engineering and Sustainability aims to graduate architects who are strongly related to local rich heritage, and are able to create attractive built environment that can sustainably communicate with the society and meets the international expectations of the 3rddecade of the 21stcentury.

The World Commission on Environment and Development has put forth a definition of sustainability “as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, and the growing understanding of the negative impact that buildings have on the environment, made architects seek new approaches and techniques to make buildings more energy efficient

In this very old part of the world where the first traces of built environment were found,local inhabitants managed to find sustainable ways for survival for thousands of years. UKH program,BSc in Architectural Engineering and Sustainability endeavors toimprove the education and training of future architects to enable them to meet the expectations of 21st century for sustainable human settlements in every cultural heritage.

UKH vision for Architectural Engineering matches the one stated in UNESCO\UIA charter for architectural education that states “We, the architects, concerned for the future qualitative development of the built environment in a fast-changing world, believe that architecture involves everything that influences the way in which the built environment is planned, designed, made, used, furnished, landscaped and maintained”.

Architectural Engineering is a challenging, but rewarding profession which requires well-educated, young men and women with multi-disciplinary approaches.   Adding sustainability as an additional criterion, may give UKH graduate architects more chances to cope with local and international perspectivesfor future built environment.


The training will start with the design of simple abstract forms in year one and end with the individual graduation project in year five. During the study course, the student will experience the design of various building-type projects, like, simple sheds, dwelling units, schools, recreation centers, hotels, hospitals, planning for housing projects and urban district designs.

The theoretical part of the program will cover principles of history and theory of art and architecture, principles of geometry and engineering, and social, economic, and political principles for planning sustainable built environment, while in design studios, students will be trained in how to apply theoretical background to create attractive forms and spaces that can fulfill functional requirements in a sustainable manner.  

The program aims to admit students for the academic year 2019-2020.BSc in Architectural Engineering and Sustainability is designed to go with UNESCO\ UIA charter for architectural education that consists of a five-year program actualizing Vitruvius triangle of commodity, firmness and delight.


UKH, BSc Architectural Engineering and Sustainability targets developing students architectural sustainable creative design skills supported byoral and written capabilities within a local and international background of standards, regulations, ethics and moral of the profession of Architecture and Engineering.

The average weekly hours of theory and studio (lab) teaching for each semester is 22 hours. The five-year program is based on 156 credit hours, equal to780 UKH credits.

In addition to the architectural courses, the program consists of six university core courses of Math, Computer Skills, English and Moral Reasoning (14 out of 156 credit hours),in addition to six common courses of structure and strength of materials, concrete design, steel design and surveying (11 out of 156).These are shared with the civil engineering program. 

The modules are designed to develop from abstract principles to concrete cases and project designs. The five-year program with 59 modules and 780 credits, is built around the prerequisites of architectural design studio on one hand, and on the other hand, the hierarchy of history, planning and building construction.

Skills Development

UKH, BSc in Architectural Engineering and Sustainability graduates, are prepared to comply with the local professional bodies (like Kurdistan Engineering Union and Iraqi Engineering Union) requirements to get the rank of assistant engineer, and also be able to apply for the membership of international professional bodies like UIA (international architects’ union). They should also be able to apply for membership in other countries professional bodies. This will be achieved through introducing students during their five years of study to virtual design projects and also through compulsory summer training programs at local design firms or construction sites. Also some students may be able to develop their skills even more by joining elective students exchange programs and internship courses.


UKH, BSc. Architectural Engineering and Sustainability Program targets continuous assessment of gained knowledge and skills via assignments presentations and quizzes in addition to final exams in case of pure theoretical modules, while in case of mixed theoretical and practical modules like design studio the continuous assessment will be for exercises as class work, home-work and design stages for virtual projects that grow gradually from the first concept sketch to the final project design.  

Admission Criteria

  1. Secondary school certificate, attained within the last five years and with a general high school score of 80% and above.
  2. Minimum high school education score of 70% in Mathematics and Physics.
  3. School Entrance Test
  4. Minimum English Language requirement is 52 in Versant (Conditional Offer); 45 in PTE, 5.5 in IELTS or 64 in ibt-TOEFL.
  5. Scheduled Interview

Note: Conditional Offer may be given to applicants who submit the required minimum score from Versant English Placement Test - Pearson.

Please note that admission to UKH - BSc. Architectural Engineering and Sustainability program may require the successful completion of a General Foundation Program.  If students pass a UKH early admission, qualifying examination and satisfying English requirement, they may directly enter into the five-year undergraduate, Architecture Engineering and Sustainability Program.

 Applicants dismissed for any reason from any university, school or college will not be considered.

***Notice: For AY 2021-22 applications, please email [email protected] or visit UKH's Registry Office.


Tuition Fee

$4,500 per academic year

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