What is Architectural Engineering?

Architectural engineering refers to the application of engineering principles and technologies for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of safe, high-performance and sustainable building systems. Typical building systems include heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC); structural systems; fire and life safety; lighting and electrical power; and communication and controls. 

In designing and constructing building systems, architectural engineers make lasting impacts on the built environment and society. They work with architects and within the traditional professions of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. While an architect’s focus is usually on building aesthetics, layout and function, architectural engineers design one or more of the essential systems that support the building and its operation, and make them work effectively as an interconnected whole. They do so by applying engineering principles and using the latest technologies and computational techniques to design, build and operate building systems. They are expected to work effectively in teams with other engineers, architects, contractors, construction managers, city officials and manufacturers.

The job market for architectural engineers is strong, aligned with the demands for architects, civil and mechanical engineers, as well as with new construction and renovation forecasts.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for architectural engineers is predicted to continue to increase through 2020. 

About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Engineering degree with a specialization in Architectural Engineering prepares graduates for professional engineering practice within the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. Specifically, it prepares graduates to become licensed professional engineers, achieve leadership positions in consulting firms, suppliers or government agencies, as well as successfully complete graduate studies in engineering or other areas.

This specialization offers an interdisciplinary learning environment that combines courses and experiences in civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as courses in architectural and construction science disciplines. The course of study covers the technical knowledge essential for the design and analysis of building systems, as well as acquiring more in-depth and proficiency in one of these systems, combined with internship opportunities. The technical knowledge areas in this course of study are:

  • Engineering principles and sciences
  • Heating, cooling and ventilation for the built environment
  • Building structural analysis and design
  • Building electrical power and lighting
  • Construction management
  • Building energy use and efficiency
  • Sustainable and green buildings
  • Architectural design and history
  • Integration of design and engineering of building systems 
  • Health, safety and comfort in buildings

Areas of Concentration

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