Master in Architecture Engineering


Program Description


The Master degree program in architectural involves in-depth studies in the design, analysis, construction, and operation of buildings and building systems. The impact of the ever-changing social, economic, political, energy, regulatory, and technical boundary conditions create significant opportunities for architectural research. The building industry has a growing need for design professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in their discipline and the ability to collaborate effectively with other designers, investors, contractors and project managers, through knowledge of whole-building design and performance, integrated design of sustainable buildings, and digital methods for planning, designing, constructing and operating buildings. This master is a practice-focused degree for students with engineering or architecture backgrounds to gain professional, work-ready building design skills.


The Master of Industrial Design requires completion of 32 credits, with 24 credits in the core courses and 2 credits of elective courses. The program requires completion of a thesis of 6 credits. Admitted students may need to complete a few credits of leveling courses which prepare such students for success in the Master of, these courses do not count toward the degree.

A minimum GPA of 14 over 20 must be maintained for graduation.

Leveling Courses (not applicable to a degree)

The Masters in Architecture assumes a B.Sc. degree in related fields. However, students holding any other undergraduate degree will be required to complete the leveling courses that are designed to provide a background for the Master courses. These leveling courses are not counted for graduate credit towards Master degree in Architecture.

Leveling courses: Up to 6 credits may be required

Core Courses: 9 courses required, 24 credits

Elective Courses: 1 course required, 2 credits

Thesis: 6 credits

The research work for the thesis is supervised by one of the department members. The thesis must be written and defended within the second calendar years after admission into the Master program. The Thesis Committee will consist of a Chair and at least two other academic referees.

Course Descriptions

Architectural Research and Thesis Preparation

Course Contents

The Architectural Research Course is presented in three sections, including “Introduction”, “Methodology and Methods” and “Thesis Fulfillment” ordered as follows:

Introduction to basic concepts and required theoretical infrastructures to fully understand the fundamental architectural research paradigms and the relation between theory and research, as well as research and design in architecture.

Methodology and introduction to research strategies, selecting the research topic and review of the former studies on the subject, along with an investigation of relevant strategies in architectural education. Introduction to data collection techniques and tactics and their implementation in architectural research and design.

Analyzing principal grammar rules in thesis structure; scientific bibliography formats.

Accordingly, the course syllabus is set as follows:

  • The Necessity of teaching research methods in architectural education;
  • The relation between architectural theories and research (defining theory, model, and hypothesis);
  • Selecting the research topic and studying literature review;
  • Research plan (types, structural models, required parts);
  • Research methodology, the definition of descriptive research levels: paradigms, strategies, tactics, and techniques;
  • Research Strategies: Historical-Descriptive Strategy;
  • Research Strategies: Mixed methods (Case Study);
  • Research Strategies: Qualitative research;
  • Research Tactics or Techniques (data collection methods)
  • Research Tactics: Observation (the key technique in obtaining the required information for design)
  • Research Tactics: Observation techniques (Social science methods)
  • Thesis Content and form structure (features and differences)
  • Thesis writing tips

Architectural Programming and Design Methods

Course Contents

In addition to studying architectural design theories and introducing “Good” architecture specifications, the following should be considered:

  • Introducing design procedure steps from problem-solving to design
  • Discussing problem-solving methods
  • Discussing design methods and implementing critical thinking in decision making
  • Architectural Programming
  • Design Procedure
  • Problem Solving
  • Thinking in Design
  • Design methods
  • Design Concept
  • Research Methods in Architecture

Graduate Architectural Design I

Course Contents


During this course, the student will complete an exercise which needs him/her to use architectural design methods to complete the program and recognize the subject and design needs.

The evaluation will be based on three factors, including:

  • Analytical justification of the subject, context, and needs
  • Consideration of design quality and creative aspects of it
  • Interaction of the above points in achieving the final response

Architectural Wisdom in Iran

Course Contents

In two first sessions, the relationship between human and creation of architectural work will be analyzed.

In 12 sessions the evolution of Iranian architectural concepts and its quality of emergence will be analyzed by choosing examples.

During the final sessions, a conclusion of the evolution of Iranian architectural concepts and its achievements will be studied.

The relationship between concept and architecture (2 sessions)

The evolution of Iranian architectural concepts, Including:

  • From beginning to urbanization
  • From urbanization to Ilam
  • Medes
  • Achaemenid Empire
  • Sasanian Empire
  • Early Islam
  • 4th to 6th centuries of Islam
  • 6th to 10th centuries of Islam
  • Safavid Dynasty
  • Qajar Dynasty
  • 1st and 2nd Pahlavi Dynasty
  • After Islamic Revolution

Human and Environment

Course Contents

  • Behavioral Sciences and theoretical foundation of the residential architecture.
  • Basic concepts and human behavior
  • Activity patterns and social interaction in residential architecture.
  • Identification of aesthetic factors and their effect on the formation of residential architecture
  • The relationship between behavioral science and programming and design of the environment
  • Recognition of the nature of the environment, basic procedures of human behaviors
  • Activity patterns and the built environment
  • Anthropology and engineering of human factors
  • Maps of cognition and space activity
  • Neighborhood theory
  • Safety and security in an environment
  • Social interaction in an environment
  • Social institutions and residential patterns
  • Aesthetic values of an environment

Graduate Architectural Design II

Course Contents


Based on the knowledge of Graduate Architectural Design I, during this course, the student will complete an exercise which needs him/her to consider theoretical aspects of the design concept. According to the evolution of ideas in doctrines and theories in interior design and architecture, as well as the emphasis on human’s role in the built environment, students are asked to submit a report of the formation procedure of their theoretical foundation and the design drawings.

The evaluation will be based on three factors, including:

  • Justification of theoretical foundation and design policy
  • Identification of design quality and the aesthetic aspects

Architectural Rights and Regulations

Course Content

Generality of law

Introduction to:

  • Civil law
  • Business law
  • Public Audit Act
  • The law for prohibiting of government employees intervention in governmental transactions
  • Construction laws and regulations
  • Laws of agreements and Contracts
  • Definitions and various contracts
  • Principles, interpretations, and structure of contracts
  • Documents and proofs of contracts
  • Bail commitments
  • Contract conditions
  • Eligibilities and responsibilities
  • Recognition the eligibility of legal and real persons according to construction and technical system
  • Recognition the professional eligibility of real and legal persons.
  • Rules and regulations for lands' ownership and use
  • Regulations for civil lands
  • Regulations for maintaining and development of urban greeneries
  • Regulations for the establishment of urban and architecture supreme council
  • Regulations for the construction of ports beyond the legal boundaries of cities
  • Civil regulations
  • Record regulations
  • Apartments ownership regulation
  • Regulations for forest and pastures nationalization
  • Regulations for legal boundaries
  • Rules and regulations for design and construction of ports
  • Urban rules
  • Rules of construction and engineering organization
  • Municipality rules
  • National building rules
  • Rules and regulations for disabled passage

Construction Procedures

Course Contents


  • Construction jobs' responsibility specifications
  • Basic principles of building design
  • Construction related Organizations and Institutions
  • Primary studies, concept design, construction detailing
  • Building technical specifications, rules, and national building regulations
  • Technical study, construction procedure, excavation, foundation
  • Structure, floor, column, …
  • Walls
  • Elevations
  • Doors and windows
  • Electrical instruments
  • Mechanical instruments

Graduate Architectural Design III

Course Contents


Students are encouraged to do an exercise emphasizing on technical and practical aspects as well as creative, methodic and theoretical aspects. Students should be guided to observe the way their design interacts with the environment in micro and macro scales.

The evaluation will be based on three factors, including:

  • Justification of technical aspects as a report
  • Design quality
  • Design compatibility with construction factors

Architecture and Development

Course Contents

  • Study the problems in architecture and development
  • The necessity of the subject
  • The aim of the course and the interaction of architecture and development
  • Studying methods of approaching the subject
  • Descriptive method
  • Explanatory method
  • Sampling method
  • Comparative method
  • Presenting models for the relationship of a person with himself, others (society), environment, built environment, and God.
  • Studying the viewpoint of Le Corbusier and Geddes.
  • Studying Geddes Thinking Machine.
  • Studying the subject of creativity in design and production, in productive and consumptive society
  • Design for people, with people and by people
  • Studying the Endogenous model and its scientific principles:
  • The production process
  • The principle of supply and demand
  • Studying development from bottom to top and reverse and comparing them with horizontal development
  • Studying the projects that have used people’s cooperation in design and building of the living space
  • Studying examples of architecture for deprived people
  • Studying examples of architecture for catastrophes.
  • Observing architecture as a factor of development or declination
  • Observing architecture as a transcendental art

Site Analysis

Course Contents

  • The relationship between architecture, place, and space, place the definition
  • The importance and relevance of location and field specifications, or site in architectural design.
  • Identifying of various places inside and outside of the city and recognizing their specifications
  • Identifying place, natural, climatic, environmental and formal potentials
  • Studying the feasibility of suggested uses for specific places
  • The process of site selection and analysis in relation to development policies, uses, accesses, economic conditions, construction manners, and regulations for site development, site value and the employment issue
  • Study and analysis of land specifications, i.e. soil and topography
  • Building density of the neighborhood
  • Location analysis to obtain energy efficiency, i.e. solar energy, wind, and reducing sound pollution
  • Location analysis regarding infrastructure matters, i.e. wastewater management, and land slope
  • Location analysis regarding viewpoint, neighborhoods, and landscape
  • Design of the access network considering the standard slope, viewpoints, and environmental factors
  • Site analysis regarding security and safety of the location
  • Activity zoning in site
  • Regulations for land separation
  • Study and analysis of residential sites
  • Factors for optimizing site selection for a specific project
  • Factors for environmental impact assessment
  • Studying the process of preparing site development programs for large projects
  • Phenomenology of place
  • Introduction Geomancy and Feng-Shui in Far-East
  • The mental, spiritual, and physical impacts of place on the user and the conclusion

Contemporary Structures

Course Contents

The following structural systems will be studied:

  • Tensile structures
  • Membranes
  • Air-supported structures
  • Arches
  • Trusses
  • Space-frames
  • Geodesic domes
  • Domed
  • Rigid frames
  • Grids
  • Cylindrical Shells
  • Hyperbolic-parabolic shells
  • Folded plates
  • Space structures
  • Timber structures
  • High-rise buildings
  • Future systems

The Origins of Contemporary Architectural Theories

Course Contents:

  • Introduction to criticize and analysis methods in contemporary architectural theories.
  • Introduction to the definition of modern, modernity, modernism, post-modernism, contemporary, tradition, east and west
  • The position of modern thinking in human life
  • The connection between culture and architectural style
  • Humanism and modern human
  • Contemporary human identity and architecture identity
  • Introduction to contemporary evolution of philosophy
  • Science and modernity, technology and modernity
  • Introduction to criticism and individualism
  • Introduction to contemporary social concepts
  • Modern foundations in the formation of Romantic art and architecture
  • Eclecticism, a beginning for modernity
  • Modern art movement, scientific and philosophic approach
  • Modern art movement, social approach
  • Ideas and philosophic issues in early modern architecture
  • Late modern architecture and human identity issue
  • Post-modern architecture, philosophic and social roots
  • Architecture at the end of the millennium of cultural issues
  • Architecture and philosophic tendencies after 2000

Climate and Architecture

Course Contents

  • Identifying the definition of climate and climatic zones
  • Definition of vernacular architecture, its characteristics, formation and its paradigms in today’s architecture.
  • Analyzing the world vernacular architecture and giving examples
  • Analyzing the relevance of vernacular architecture and today’s life.

Note 1- Each student is asked to study and analyze a selected example of vernacular architecture.

Note 2- There should be an Educational Extrusion to a climatic zone for further understanding the vernacular architecture.

Final Project and Thesis

Course Contents


  • Choosing a title and preparing a research proposal with the help of the supervisor
  • Prepare a study program and defining thesis chapters
  • Setting correction meetings with the supervisor and developing the design procedure.
  • Preparing a report in the University standard format
  • Preparing the study and design plans and a model for presenting at the final defense.
Last updated Mar 2018

About the School

Kish International Campus was established in 2007 in order to facilitate the enrolment of foreign students.

Kish International Campus was established in 2007 in order to facilitate the enrolment of foreign students. Read less