Does your university as a body work with local authorities to address planning issues/development, including ensuring that local residents are able to access affordable housing?

The Faculty of Architectural Engineering, Beirut Arab University, is taking steps towards internationality. After obtaining RIBA I accreditation and sending its staff to participate in international conferences and public lectures.

Dr. Osama Omar had been invited  to give a public lecture under title ‘ Nanoarchitecture Future Housing’   in Jordan Housing Developers Association, Amman, Jordan which was held between the 4th and the 7th of April 2015.

The lecture focus on the role of Nanotechnology in Architecture to reach Future Housing by produce new materials that have new properties, which help to protect indoor spaces and built new trends of architecture called Nanoarchitecture which friendly for environment.

Sustainable development is defined as a process of meeting human development goals while sustaining the ability of natural systems to continue to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which the economy and society depends. On other hands, sustainable development is the organizing principle for sustaining finite resources necessary to provide for the needs of future generations of life on the planet. It is a process that envisions a desirable future state for human societies in which living conditions and resource-use continue to meet human needs without undermining the "integrity, stability and beauty" of natural biotic systems. Creative sustainable development is considered as an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability that combines architecture, urban planning, geography, arts and social science. Creative Sustainable Development looks at creative and participatory solutions as well as at practical ideas of how we can improve our cities and lifestyles, and will cover the fields of (Sustainability, smart materials, acoustics, lighting, Green architecture., Performative Architecture., LEED, Eco-tech, zero carbon, zero energy buildings, Landscape design, healing environment, sustainable housing, smart buildings, sustainable cities, etc).

The focus is to let staff members, researchers and students support their researches and projects by environmental studies and inspire concepts from environmental approaches, based on the capability of the Environmental Lab and the weather station. In other words, it considered as a meeting-point for using severe qualitative research methods related to Creative Sustainable Development. A particular emphasis is placed on the value and importance of stakeholder partnerships on issues of creative sustainable development; establish an effective channel of communication between policy-makers, governmental agencies, academics, and professionals working in the field of Creative Sustainable Development.

The most significant development challenges of sustainability are associated with climate change, global poverty, social and economic inequality, population growth as well as demographic changes and adaptation to rapid global economic changes. Global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios require strengthening the multidisciplinary approach and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects in research and education curriculums. However, creative sustainable development approach brings together researchers from different fields to work in multidisciplinary teams that increases understanding of different disciplines and enables adapting a holistic approach. This activates researchers to create new sustainable solutions for human, urban, industrial and business environments.

The Competence of the Research Areas

  • Developing capabilities in adapting knowledge, research skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability.

  • Integrating analytic and systemic thinking in critical research problem solving that creates new holistic understanding about complex situations in society. The emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability.

  • Enhancing capabilities in multidisciplinary research team leadership and communication in versatile industrial, urban and business environments that promotes sustainability in various cultural contexts.

Scope of Research

  • Creative sustainability in Architecture

  • Indoor environment

  • Building performance & Building retrofitting

  • Passive design systems

  • Sustainable cities

  • Renewable energy

  • Sustainable Urban Development

  • Sustainable Construction and Building Technology

  • Sustainable Development Dentistry

  • Landscape Architecture

  • Sustainable rural developments

  • Sustainability and the built environment

  • Sustainability indicators

  • Sustainable policies and planning

  • Environmental planning and management

  • Sustainable tourism

  • MED Energy House

   The seven-days summer school will take place at the faculty of Architectural Engineering - Debbieh Campus from Monday 15th till Sunday 21st August 2016. The theme of the programme is focused on low energy housing in the Mediterranean context -“MED Energy House” and will be introduced through lectures, talks, workshops, as well as experiments using the environmental and digital fabrication laboratories at BAU complementing the design studio. It also includes site visits and walking tours of significant cities and towns in Lebanon. This learning environment provides an intensive experience and unique opportunity to work in a collaborative setting and to share innovative ideas for undergraduate and recent graduate students coming from different architectural and cultural backgrounds. During this week, students will compete in design teams of four to five to achieve the best low Energy Mediterranean House through daily evaluation of competing proposals. The team work will be judged on several design criteria including energy efficiency, comfort conditions, functionality, aesthetic values, affordability, responsiveness to context and innovation. The winners will be announced by end of the programme.

The summer school fee is 350 $ and should be paid once a place has been offered on the program. Deadline for application and payment is Tuesday 31st of May 2016.

For information email :

Prof. Hisham ElArnaouty or Hiba Mohsen

For Application and payment:

  1. Fill in the application form and pay the fee (via Bank Transfer)

  2. Scan as pdf and email your application form and Bank Transfer receipt to:

Fees include:  Accommodation at BAU University - Debbieh Campus Student Residences (double room), breakfast, course materials, and trips transportation in Lebanon. The workshop fees also include a Dinner during Certificates Ceremony. Please note that fees do not include flight tickets or visa fees.