Department Chair’s Message

Welcome to the Architectural Engineering (ARE) Department. The ARE is the place for innovation and creativity. We believe at the ARE Department that this is the century for young minds to shape the future. We believe in our abilities to create better environments, to be designed where humans are the center! The world is facing many challenges on different levels, i.e, social, cultural, environmental, economical, technological, among many others. The ARE's undergraduate studies, students, and research developments by its distinguished faculty will help in providing contributions and hopes to solve the world's current and future challenges.

On the Fall of 2014, I had been appointed as the chairman of the ARE Department, and was hoping to develop many things. For example, a better architectural engineering educational system that helps the graduates to think creatively and be able to provide innovative engineering and architectural solutions, and to create an environment/culture where students will be able to explore, build, and design.

Today, we have grown from only two faculty members to eight high caliber professors and instructors who have graduated from the United States (3), United Kingdom (2), Spain (1), Turkey (1) and Saudi Arabia (1). The ARE students are developing many skills, participating in international competitions, having internships at leading construction companies (BuroHappold, Saudi Oger, Zaha Hadid, among others), participating in research by the faculty members, conducting workshops, visiting real construction sites, and getting their hands dirty!

We have our own culture! The ARE culture is based on the CRAC values, i.e. Creativity, Respect, Appreciation, and Collaboration. We at the ARE Department are working hard to provide an architectural engineering education that is transformational. While words and shapes are limited, but our thoughts and dreams are not! I hope that the ARE family, i.e., ARE students and faculty, will continue the dream of creating innovative projects that help in solving our today's and the future challenges.

Dr. Tarek Mokhtar
Chair of the Architectural Engineering


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