School of Architecture and Interior Design

The School of Architecture and Interior Design aims for graduates to be able to fulfil their local professional registration, while at the same time enabling them to match the requirements of professional licensing in international associations. The School places a great emphasis on creativity and problem solving but only in conjunction with rationality and accountability in design thinking; and advocates expandable approaches to design thus focusing both on tangible and intangible dimensions of design problems. The School offers two distinct undergraduate programs – the Bachelor of Architecture (5 years) and the Bachelor of Interior Design (4 years).

The two programs are founded on a common first two years, allowing seamless transition from one to the other prior to commencement of year three.

Programs Offered

A Word from the Chair

Intersections are often Unique

Welcome to the School of Architecture & Interior Design at the Canadian University of Dubai.  As a new school, it is proudly anticipating its third cohort at the Fall of 2010. Reputation and rigor is clearly building up and are making impact both within CUD and beyond as demonstrated by increasing students’ applications.

The school is, by and large, a unique platform for intersecting contrasting streams in Architecture & Interior Design. It is strongly rooted in its locality through its accreditation and sensitivity to the particularity of Dubai. At the same time, it is closely linked to Canadian systems of education. It aims for graduates to be able to fulfill their local professional registration, while at the same time enabling them to match the requirements of licensing in international associations. It places a greater emphasis on creativity and problem solving but only in conjunction with rationality and accountability in design thinking. The school, in addition, is also intersecting contrasting streams within the specifics of academic plans. It advocates expandable approaches to design thus focusing both on tangible and intangible dimensions of design problems. In that, at one end, it incorporates form as a viable means of representing culture, while at the same time giving a greater emphasis to the technicality of constructing the built environment. Similarly, it emphasizes reflection and appreciation of history while demanding currency in building systems and sustainability. The fulfillment of these intersections is particularly seen as a developing and an emerging enterprise – not as a frozen framework. It is great also that this uniqueness is complemented by a uniqueness of location.

CUD is uniquely located in the crossing of locality and globalism. Dubai provides distinctive opportunities to embrace global thinking with respect to culture and traditional values. Dubai, also, provides a context for free thinking while focusing at the same time on sensitivity and responsibility towards society and the environment. In its specific location, CUD is only minutes away from the World Tallest Building. Being close to Burj Khalifa is a continuous reminder of what may be achieved when deeply rooted human will is tied to the heights of technical excellence.

The School of Architecture & Interior Design at CUD is the context wherein the uniqueness of many intersections are to be given a concrete form.