Bezalel’s Undergraduate Program in Architecture embraces an integrated, multi-layered and multidisciplinary approach that serves as a platform for innovation and creativity in both research and practice. It aims to prepare its students to become architects who can function as highly skilled designers, planners, researchers, curators, choreographers and leaders at home and abroad.
Most of all, it strives to provide its graduates with a broad humanistic education and a strong sense of social sensitivity, so they will become the designers of the future, acting to redefine the architect's role and responsibilities through political and social engagement.
The broad-based curriculum emphasizes design research, originality, critical deliberation and active involvement in a wide range of related fields. The undergraduate program integrates theory and practice, research and design in different contexts and dimensions. It combines a variety of courses such as the history and theory of ideas and materials, with practical tools such as art and design, drawing, construction skills, technology studies and above all the comprehensive design studio.
Alongside with acquiring this requisite knowledge, students explore issues that have a profound impact on people’s lives – urban design, environmental and landscape design, new building technologies, housing and social equality, climate change and artificial intelligence. The Department serves as a forum for open and critical discussion that seeks to challenge and influence professional norms and public debate regarding the discipline's role in designing the built and open space in Israel and around the world.