The Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (Alba) is the first national institution for higher education in Lebanon.
In 1943, Alba established the first School of Architecture in Lebanon. This program did not previously exist in any of the foreign institutions here. Among the major architects who contributed to its creation was Michel Ecochard, the great French urban planner.
Since its founding, the School of Architecture at Alba has persisted in distinguishing its programs from those of engineering. The training of future graduates depends upon arts and social sciences as well as upon the learning of applied sciences and building techniques. It demands and insists upon architectural creativity based on training through projects.
The multidisciplinary nature of the studies is a must to train future graduates, proper “master builders” and architects.
The degree granted by Alba is recognized by the French as a State Diploma (Decree of November 28, 2014, MCC1425941A – Published in the “Journal Officiel” of the French Republic on January 3, 2015)