As there is no central library on site, the Faculty of Architecture - Design and Built Environment at BAU has a dedicated Architectural Library, stocked with books, journals, e-journals, and online database. In the year 2011, the Architectural Engineering Library held a total of 8,877 books 6,929 Journals. There are currently 9,123 books, of which 688 are in the Arabic Language. Compared to the previous academic year 2012-2013, an increase of 117 books and 44 journals was registered.
All desktops present in computer lab are up-to-date. 89 computers were bought along with several Photocopiers and scanners. Laptops used for presenting courses in lecture halls have been increased as well. The following table describes the quantities and specifications of all digital equipment existing at the Faculty.
Model Making Workshop
The Model Making Workshop has been equipped with up to date model making tools, both manual electric and digital tools (including a laser cutting machine) which was highly beneficial to students in reducing both time and cost in producing the models of their design projects
Digital Fabrication Lab
The Digital Fabrication Lab is a facility that has the possibility of hosting pilot projects and experimental schemes on different research levels related to advanced architecture. The lab consists of 3D printers, laser cutters, a CNC milling machine, and a robotic arm, in addition to a series of manual tools that complement the facility in the production of a wide range of study models and real scale prototypes. This cutting-edge facility was inaugurated in March 2017 and constantly hosts workshops on Digital Fabrication, in addition to a series of demonstrations to introduce the students to equipment, components produced, techniques, and safety systems.
The environmental laboratory aims to support energy studies in the teaching and research strategies of the faculty. It is located on the ground floor and includes a range of instruments in the area of buildings’ energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and indoor environmental quality.