The Department of Urban Planning was established at the University of Garyounis in Benghazi, Libya, in 1980 through collaboration with the Technical University of Helsinki, Finland. In 1990, the department expanded its academic scope and became the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning. Following the Libyan revolution in 2011, the University underwent a name change, now known as the University of Benghazi. The undergraduate program at the department offers a bachelor's degree in architecture and urban planning. The five-year BSc curriculum includes studio design, history, theory, technology, and a graduation thesis.
Ibrahim Lasafer graduated from the department in 1999. The institution required an academic staff in its initial years. Recognizing the need for extra support, Lasafer and several other selected alumni were invited to serve as teaching assistants. From 2001 to 2008, he had the opportunity to impart teaching skills as a TA in several courses, including Descriptive Geometry, Freehand Drawings, and Architectural Design Studios. In 2008, Lasafer received an award, a full scholarship to study abroad. He completed his three-year master's degree in architecture from the University of Colorado, USA, in 2012 and returned to Benghazi to assume the role of an Assistant Professor in the same department, a position he held for three years before leaving the country again due to the war there. During that period, he taught the following courses:
AC112 Architectural Design Studio II
AC211 Architectural Design Studio III
AC412 Architectural Design Studio VIII
AC162 Photography and Modeling
AC242 Architectural Presentation II
AC 521 Project/ Preliminary Studies
AC 522 Graduation Project
Additionally, Lasafer directed the architecture admission exam for one year.
Below are detailed breakdowns of some of these courses, including syllabus summaries and selected samples of students' work.