This research evaluates the performance of college educational buildings in the United Arab Emirates University, in city of Al-Ain, UAE, to understand the mutual interaction process between buildings and user needs and find ways of improving the environment necessary to accommodate educational needs. The paper focuses on the existing Department of Architecture Building. The methods used to gather data include walk-through evaluation, recording of physical traces, technical measurements, and a photo questionnaire. Conclusions of the research highlight the technical, functional, and behavioral levels of building performance with respect to students and faculty needs. The study shows lacking facilities that are necessary to the improvement of the college environment for better learning and education. Sets of design guidelines are stated to assist in the programming and design of similar new facilities and for the improvement of existing ones. Implications for the utility of the findings and the methodology used are discussed.