Architectural Engineering Coursework

Architectural Engineering

Major: Architectural Engineering
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BSAE)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 193.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 14.0401
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
11-9041

About the Program

The architectural engineering major prepares graduates for professional work in the analysis, design, construction, and operation of residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings. The program develops engineers familiar with all aspects of safe and economical construction. Students study the principles of structural support and external cladding, building environmental systems, and project management and develop depth in at least one area.

The program integrates building disciplines, including coordination with architects, construction managers, civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers, and others. Students use computer-aided design tools to understand system interactions, perform analysis, design, scheduling, and cost analysis, and present their work.

The first two years of the curriculum cover fundamentals necessary for all engineers. The pre-junior and junior years emphasize building systems and the principles governing their performance. In addition to the core engineering and science, students learn architectural approaches through studio design. Seniors focus on either structural or building environmental systems design, as well as a full-year realistic design project. The academic program is complemented by exposure to professional practice in the co-op experience.

A special feature of the major is senior design. A group of students works with a faculty advisor to develop a significant design project selected by the group. All architectural engineering students participate in a design project.

Mission Statement

The civil and architectural engineering faculty are responsible for delivering an outstanding curriculum that equips our graduates with the broad technical knowledge, design proficiency, professionalism, and communications skills required for them to make substantial contributions to society and to enjoy rewarding careers.  

Program Educational Objectives

Architectural engineering graduates will become professionals who analyze, design, construct, manage, or operate residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings and systems, or advance knowledge of the field.

Student Outcomes

The department’s student outcomes reflect the skills and abilities that the curriculum is designed to provide to students by the time they graduate. These are:  

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;

b)  an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;

c)  an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;

d)  an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;

e)  an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;

f)  an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;

g)  an ability to communicate effectively;

h)  the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;

i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;

j)  a knowledge of contemporary issues;

k)  an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for architectural engineering practice.

Concentration Options

Mechanical Concentration (HVAC)

Students who choose the mechanical concentration (HVAC) prepare for careers dealing with the building environment. As co-ops and graduates, they will be involved in the many design aspects of building environmental control, including:

  • building load definitions
  • equipment selection and design
  • distribution system design
  • control systems design
  • energy analysis and system optimization
  • building operation for safety, economy and maximum performance

Structural Concentration

Students who choose the structural concentration prepare for careers dealing with the building structure. As co-ops and graduates, they will be involved in the design of the many aspects of building structure including:

  • building load definitions
  • structural system design
  • foundation system design

Digital Building Concentration

Students who choose the digital building concentration prepare for careers dealing with the role of computer technology in building design, construction and operation. As co-ops and graduates, they will be involved in:

  • development and use of Building Information Models (BIM) and databases
  • configuration and operation of building sensor and actuator networks and monitoring systems
  • developing and maintaining construction schedules, databases and monitoring systems

Additional Information

The Architectural Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

For more information about this major, contact the program director:
Michael Waring, PhD
Assistant Professor
Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
msw59@drexel.edu

Degree Requirements

CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
*12.0
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
ENGR 121Computation Lab I2.0
ENGR 122Computation Lab II1.0
ENGR 201Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data I3.0
ENGR 202Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data II3.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
AE 220Introduction to HVAC3.5
AE 340Architectural Illumination and Electrical Systems3.0
AE 390Architectural Engineering Design I4.0
AE 391Architectural Engineering Design II4.0
AE 544Building Envelope Systems3.0
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
ARCH 142Architecture and Society II3.0
ARCH 143Architecture and Society III3.0
ARCH 191Studio 1-AE3.0
ARCH 192Studio 2-AE3.0
CAE 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
CAE 492 [WI] Senior Design Project II3.0
CAE 493 [WI] Senior Design Project III3.0
CAEE 202Introduction to Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering3.0
CAEE 203System Balances and Design in CAEE 3.0
CAEE 212Geologic Principles for Infrastructure & Environmental Engineering 4.0
CAEE 361Statistical Analysis of Engineering Systems3.0
CIVE 240 [WI] Engineering Economic Analysis3.0
CIVE 250Construction Materials4.0
CIVE 330Hydraulics4.0
CIVE 320Introduction to Fluid Flow3.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
MEM 230Mechanics of Materials I4.0

AE 430

Control Systems for HVAC

CIVE 302

Structural Analysis I

CIVE 303

Structural Design I

MEM 345

Heat Transfer

MEM 413

HVAC Loads

MEM 414

HVAC Equipment

CIVE 302

Structural Analysis I

CIVE 303

Structural Design I

CIVE 312

Soil Mechanics I

CIVE 315

Soil Mechanics II

CIVE 400

First Principles of Structural Design

CIVE 401

Structural Design II

CIVE 402

Structural Design III

AE 510

Intelligent Buildings

CIVE 302

Structural Analysis I

CIVE 303

Structural Design I

CMGT 361

Contracts And Specifications I

CMGT 467

Techniques of Project Control

INFO 210

Database Management Systems

INFO 203

Information Technology for Engineers
Total Credits193.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.


Sample Plan of Study

BS Architectural Engineering, Building Systems Concentration

5 YR UG Co-op Concentration/Building Systems

Term 1Credits
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 121Computation Lab I2.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
Term Credits16.5
Term 2
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 122Computation Lab II1.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
Term Credits19.5
Term 3
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
Term Credits17.5
Term 4
ENGR 201Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data I3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
CAEE 202Introduction to Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering3.0
Term Credits17.0
Term 5
ARCH 191Studio 1-AE3.0
ENGR 202Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data II3.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
CAEE 203System Balances and Design in CAEE 3.0
Term Credits18.0
Term 6
AE 340Architectural Illumination and Electrical Systems3.0
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
ARCH 192Studio 2-AE3.0
CIVE 320Introduction to Fluid Flow3.0
MEM 230Mechanics of Materials I4.0
Term Credits16.0
Term 7
AE 220Introduction to HVAC3.5
ARCH 142Architecture and Society II3.0
CIVE 250Construction Materials4.0
CIVE 330Hydraulics4.0
CAEE 212Geologic Principles for Infrastructure & Environmental Engineering 4.0
Term Credits18.5
Term 8
AE 390Architectural Engineering Design I4.0
ARCH 143Architecture and Society III3.0
CIVE 240 [WI] Engineering Economic Analysis3.0
MEM 345Heat Transfer4.0
CIVE 302Structural Analysis I4.0
Term Credits18.0
Term 9
AE 391Architectural Engineering Design II4.0
Professional elective*3.0
CIVE 303Structural Design I3.0
General Education elective*3.0
Term Credits13.0
Term 10
AE 544Building Envelope Systems3.0
CAE 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
CAEE 361Statistical Analysis of Engineering Systems3.0
MEM 413HVAC Loads3.0
General Education elective*3.0
Term Credits15.0
Term 11
CAE 492 [WI] Senior Design Project II3.0
MEM 414HVAC Equipment3.0
Professional elective*3.0
General Education elective*3.0
Term Credits12.0
Term 12
AE 430Control Systems for HVAC3.0
CAE 493 [WI] Senior Design Project III3.0
Professional elective*3.0
General Education elective*3.0
Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 193.0

BS Architectural Engineering, Structural

5 YR UG Co-op Concentration/Structural

Term 1Credits
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 121Computation Lab I2.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
Term Credits16.5
Term 2
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 122Computation Lab II1.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
Term Credits19.5
Term 3
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
Term Credits17.5
Term 4
ENGR 201Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data I3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
CAEE 202Introduction to Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering3.0
Term Credits17.0
Term 5
ARCH 191Studio 1-AE3.0
ENGR 202Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data II3.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
CAEE 203System Balances and Design in CAEE 3.0
Term Credits18.0
Term 6
AE 340Architectural Illumination and Electrical Systems3.0
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
ARCH 192Studio 2-AE3.0
CIVE 320Introduction to Fluid Flow3.0
MEM 230Mechanics of Materials I4.0
Term Credits16.0
Term 7
AE 220Introduction to HVAC3.5
ARCH 142Architecture and Society II3.0
CIVE 250Construction Materials4.0
CIVE 330Hydraulics4.0
CAEE 212Geologic Principles for Infrastructure & Environmental Engineering 4.0
Term Credits18.5
Term 8
AE 390Architectural Engineering Design I4.0
ARCH 143Architecture and Society III3.0
CIVE 240 [WI] Engineering Economic Analysis3.0
CIVE 302Structural Analysis I4.0
CIVE 312Soil Mechanics I4.0
Term Credits18.0
Term 9
AE 391Architectural Engineering Design II4.0
Professional elective*3.0
CIVE 303Structural Design I3.0
General Education elective*3.0
Term Credits13.0
Term 10
AE 544Building Envelope Systems3.0
CAE 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
CAEE 361Statistical Analysis of Engineering Systems3.0
CIVE 400First Principles of Structural Design3.0
General Education elective*3.0
Term Credits15.0
Term 11
CAE 492 [WI] Senior Design Project II3.0
CIVE 401Structural Design II3.0
General Education elective*3.0
CIVE 315Soil Mechanics II4.0
Term Credits13.0
Term 12
CAE 493 [WI] Senior Design Project III3.0
CIVE 402Structural Design III3.0
Professional elective*3.0
General Education elective*3.0
Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 194.0

BS Architectural Engineering, Digital Building

5 YR UG Co-op Concentration/Digital Building

Term 1Credits
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 121Computation Lab I2.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
Term Credits16.5
Term 2
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 122Computation Lab II1.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
Term Credits19.5
Term 3
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
Term Credits17.5
Term 4
ENGR 201Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data I3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
CAEE 202Introduction to Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering3.0
Term Credits17.0
Term 5
ARCH 191Studio 1-AE3.0
ENGR 202Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data II3.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MEM 202Statics3.0
CAEE 203System Balances and Design in CAEE 3.0
Term Credits18.0
Term 6
AE 340Architectural Illumination and Electrical Systems3.0
ARCH 141Architecture and Society I3.0
ARCH 192Studio 2-AE3.0
CIVE 320Introduction to Fluid Flow3.0
MEM 230Mechanics of Materials I4.0
Term Credits16.0
Term 7
AE 220Introduction to HVAC3.5
ARCH 142Architecture and Society II3.0
CIVE 250Construction Materials4.0
CIVE 330Hydraulics4.0
CAEE 212Geologic Principles for Infrastructure & Environmental Engineering 4.0
Term Credits18.5
Term 8
AE 390Architectural Engineering Design I4.0
ARCH 143Architecture and Society III3.0
CIVE 240 [WI] Engineering Economic Analysis3.0
Professional Elective**3.0
CIVE 302Structural Analysis I4.0
Term Credits17.0
Term 9
AE 391Architectural Engineering Design II4.0
INFO 210Database Management Systems3.0
CIVE 303Structural Design I3.0
General Education Elective*3.0
Term Credits13.0
Term 10
AE 544Building Envelope Systems3.0
CAE 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I3.0
CAEE 361Statistical Analysis of Engineering Systems3.0
INFO 203Information Technology for Engineers 3.0
General Education Elective*3.0
Term Credits15.0
Term 11
AE 510Intelligent Buildings3.0
CAE 492 [WI] Senior Design Project II3.0
CMGT 467Techniques of Project Control4.0
General Education Elective*3.0
Term Credits13.0
Term 12
CAE 493 [WI] Senior Design Project III3.0
CMGT 361Contracts And Specifications I3.0
General Education Elective*3.0
Professional Elective**3.0
Term Credits12.0
Total Credit: 193.0

Co-op/Career Opportunities

The major in architectural engineering prepares students for professional work in residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial building systems, in cooperation with architects and other engineers.

Sample Co-op Experiences

When students complete their co-op jobs, they are asked to write an overview of their experiences. These brief quotes are taken from some recent student reports:

Project technician, major university: “Studied and surveyed existing buildings and facilities for: their compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, heating and air conditioning equipment sizing, electrical loads, and their planning and usage of space. Designed improvements from the field surveys taken, and developed construction drawings. Worked closely with the workforce in implementing these changes.”

CAD technician, private engineering firm: “Prepared computer generated construction plans for various water and sewer reconstruction projects. . . .Was able to expand my knowledge of Auto CAD to include Advanced Design Modules."

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Dual/Accelerated Degree

The Accelerated Program of the College of Engineering provides opportunities for highly talented and strongly motivated students to progress toward their educational goals essentially at their own pace. Primarily through advanced placement, credit by examination, flexibility of scheduling, and independent study, the program makes it possible to complete the undergraduate curriculum and initiate graduate study in less than the five years required by the standard curriculum.

Dual Degree Bachelor’s Programs

A student completing the Bachelor of Science degree program in architectural engineering may complete additional courses (specified by the department) to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. (The reverse is difficult because of prerequisites in the sequence of architectural studio design courses, which begins in the sophomore year.)



Bachelor's/Master's Dual Degree Program

Exceptional students can also pursue a master of science degree in the same period as the bachelor of science. Exceptional students can also pursue a master of science degree in the same period as the bachelor of science. For more information about this program, visit the Department's BS/MS Dual Degree Program page.

Minor in Architectural Engineering

About the Minor

The minor in architectural engineering, designed to broaden the professional capabilities of students, offers the building systems portion of the architectural engineering curriculum with enough attention to structural components for completeness. Pursuing a minor in architectural engineering can be of interest to mechanical engineering students who wish to learn the application of HVAC systems within the building context; to civil engineering students who require knowledge of large-scale infrastructure systems; and to chemical engineering students who wish to understand the energy and distribution aspects of process plant design.

The minor consists of a minimum of 24.0 credits total, with five required core courses. Students take a minimum of eight additional credits taken from a list of optional courses.

While this minor is primarily designed to provide technical knowledge and skills to other engineers, with the appropriate prerequisites students from other disciplines—such as architecture—can also complete this minor.

Prerequisites

The common engineering core curriculum prerequisites are required of all students in the College of Engineering. Students from other colleges will need the appropriate background prerequisite courses in physics, mathematics and thermodynamics.

Program Requirements

AE 220Introduction to HVAC3.5
AE 340Architectural Illumination and Electrical Systems3.0
or ARCH 263 Environmental Systems III
AE 390Architectural Engineering Design I4.0
CAEE 202Introduction to Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering3.0
CIVE 302Structural Analysis I4.0
8.0

AE 391

Architectural Engineering Design II

ARCH 191

Studio 1-AE

or ARCH 101

Studio 1-A

CIVE 240 [WI]

Engineering Economic Analysis

CIVE 250

Construction Materials

CIVE 303

Structural Design I

MEM 310

Thermodynamic Analysis I

MEM 413

HVAC Loads
Total Credits25.5

Facilities

The Department is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities:

  • The department computer labs are in operation: a computer-assisted design (CAD) and computerized instructional lab; and a graduate-level lab (advanced undergraduates can become involved in graduate-level work).
  • External labs are used for surveying, building diagnostics, and surface and ground-water measurements.

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Abieyuwa Aghayere, PhD(University of Alberta). Professor. Structural design - concrete, steel and wood; structural failure analysis; retrofitting of existing structures; new structural systems and materials; engineering education.

A. Emin Aktan, PhD(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)John Roebling Professor of Infrastructure Studies. Professor. Structural engineering; health monitoring of large infrastructure systems; infrastructure evaluation; intelligent systems.

Ivan Bartoli, PhD(University of California, San Diego). Associate Professor. Non-destructive evaluation and structural health monitoring; dynamic identification, stress wave propagation modeling.

Robert Brehm, PhD(Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. International infrastructure delivery; response to natural catastrophes; risk assessment and mitigation strategies; project management techniques.

S.C. Jonathan Cheng, PhD(West Virginia University). Associate Professor. Soil mechanics; geosynthetics; probabilistic design; landfill containments; engineering education.

Peter DeCarlo, PhD(University of Colorado). Assistant Professor. Outdoor air quality, particulate matter size and composition instrumentation and measurements, source apportionment of ambient particulate matter, climate impacts of particulate matter.

Eugenia Ellis, RA, PhD(Virginia Polytechnic State University). Associate Professor. Extended-care facilities design, research on spatial visualization, perception and imagination.

Patricia Gallagher, PhD(Virginia Polytechnic Institute). Associate Professor. Soil mechanics; geoenvironmental; ground improvement; sustainability.

Patrick Gurian, PhD(Carnegie-Mellon University). Associate Professor. Risk analysis of environmental and infrastructure systems; novel adsorbent materials; environmental standard setting; Bayesian statistical modeling; community outreach and environmental health.

Charles N. Haas, PhD(University of Illinois-Urbana)L. D. Betz Professor and Department Head, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. Professor. Control of human exposures to and risk assessment of pathogenic organisms; water and waste treatment; homeland security.

Ahmad Hamid, PhD(McMaster University). Professor. Engineered masonry; seismic behavior, design and retrofit of masonry structures; development of new materials and building systems.

Y. Grace Hsuan, PhD(Imperial College). Professor. Durability of polymeric construction materials; advanced construction materials; and performance of geosynthetics.

Joseph B. Hughes, PhD(University of Iowa)Dean of the College of Engineering and Distinguished Professor. Biological processes and applications of nanotechnology in environmental systems.

L. James Lo, PhD(University of Texas at Austin). Assistant Professor. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and airflow simulation; Indoor Environmental Quality; Building control integration with building information management systems.

Roger Marino, PhD(Drexel University). Associate Teaching Professor. Fluid mechanics; water resources; engineering education; land development.

Joseph P. Martin, PhD(Colorado State University). Professor. Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; hydrology; transportation; waste management.

James E. Mitchell, MArch(University of Pennsylvania)Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs. Professor. Architectural engineering design; building systems; engineering education.

Franco Montalto, PhD(Cornell University). Associate Professor. Effects of built infrastructure on societal water needs, ecohydrologic patterns and processes, ecological restoration, green design, water interventions.

Joseph V. Mullin, PhD(Pennsylvania State University)Associate Department Head. Teaching Professor. Structural engineering; failure analysis; experimental stress analysis; construction materials; marine structures.

Mira S. Olson, PhD(University of Virginia)Graduate Studies Advisor. Associate Professor. Environmental remediation; contaminant and bacterial transport in porous media and bacterial response to dynamic environments.

Michael Ryan, PhD(Drexel University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Microbial Source Tracking (MST); Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA); Dynamic Engineering Systems Modeling; Molecular Microbial Biology; Environmental Statistics; Engineering Economics; Microbiology

Christopher Sales, PhD(University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Environmental microbiology and biotechnology; biodegradation of environmental contaminants; microbial processes for energy and resource recovery from waste.

Yared Shifferaw, PhD(Johns Hopkins University). Assistant Professor. Computational and experimental mechanics; structural stability; optimization; health monitoring and hazard mitigation; sustainable structures; emerging materials; thin-walled structures and metallic structures.

Kurt Sjoblom, PhD(Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Assistant Professor. Laboratory testing of geomaterials, geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering.

Sabrina Spatari, PhD(University of Toronto). Associate Professor. Research in industrial ecology; development and application of life cycle assessment (LCA) and material flow analysis (MFA) methods for guiding engineering and policy decisions; specific interest in biomass and bioenergy, biofuels, and urban infrastructure.

Robert Swan Associate Teaching Professor. Geotechnical and Geosynthetic Engineering; soil/geosynthetic interaction and performance; laboratory and field geotechnical/geosynthetic testing.

Michael Waring, PhD(University of Texas-Austin)

Recent alumni of the program have gone on to work as architectural designers, construction managers, and structural engineers.

Undergraduate Study

Architectural Engineering & Design Certificate

The future of the built environment belongs to whole-brain engineers.

To create a sustainable society—one in which we not only live but thrive—requires engineers who can complement their left-brain technical skills with artistic and imaginative right-brain skills. It requires different kinds of engineers who can communicate their visions, and do so in a way that inspires their clients to think beyond what’s currently possible.

The architectural engineering and design certificate program prepares next-generation engineers—engineers who are eager to combine creative and algorithmic thinking—to take on these challenges by creating spaces and structures that not only meet functional needs but are also pleasing, attractive, and exciting.

Embedded in the civil engineering curriculum, this six-course certificate program teaches students essential skills in structural analysis, architectural design, sustainable systems engineering, and information technology. It also provides students with closely mentored opportunities to imagine, draw, present, and defend their ideas to top-tier industry professionals.

Be whole-brain

The program’s three-course studio sequence lets you combine what you learn in structural engineering with your creativity and imagination. In this program, you will:

  • Take the design-thinking skills you’ve learned in engineering first and apply them on a much larger scale by designing structures such as schools and skyscrapers.
  • Learn to develop and communicate your ideas with freehand and computer-aided drawing, and in the process develop your creative skills.
  • Learn building information modeling (BIM) and elements of sustainable design to create your own feasible, practical, and attractive structural designs.
  • Print your models with McCormick’s state-of-the-art 3D printers.
  • Present and defend your designs to classmates, faculty, and prominent architects and engineers who can provide immediate, personalized feedback on your work. Learning to sell your ideas is critical in every part of engineering, but none more so than architectural engineering and design.

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Study under world-class architects and engineers

As a student in this certificate program, you can learn from program director Laurence Booth, who is the Richard Halpern/RISE International Distinguished Architect in Residence, and one of the Chicago Seven. Design principal of Booth Hansen Associates, Booth is an award-winning architect with more than 45 years of experience.

In addition to Booth, studio and specialty courses are taught by Scott Cyphers, principal at Booth Hansen Associates, and Mark Sexton, principal at Krueck+Sexton Architects. Civil engineering professors and other local architects and building industry professionals regularly contribute to the architecture studio, lecturing, critiquing student projects, and offering students personal insights into the industry.

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Learn the latest technologies

Advances in materials, computation, and energy technologies have changed the face of architecture and engineering. You’ll learn what’s happening now and what’s coming next, including:

  • New building materials, such as composites, super-high-strength concrete, and adaptive, self-monitoring and self-healing systems.
  • Total integration of information technology in building lifecycles, using building information models to support design, construction, operation, and rehabilitation.
  • Evolving requirements for safety and security, including damage-resistant and resilient materials and designs.
  • Lifecycle designs that support adaptive reuse of structures as needs change.
  • Energy efficiency and sustainability, including use of recycled materials and zero-energy building concepts.

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Study abroad in Europe

Every two years students in the architectural engineering design certificate program have the opportunity to spend a week in a European city working on a design project developed and led by internationally renowned architects such as Helmut Jahn and David Chipperfield. Students also tour local architecture, visit museums, and learn about history and culture.

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Immersion in Chicago’s architectural scene

One of the most architecturally significant cities in the world, Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper and home to numerous groundbreaking architects, including Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, Adrian Smith, and Jeanne Gang. Students in the program take class field trips to the city to learn about the history of the Chicago style, the evolution of the skyscraper, recent developments in architectural design, and the integration of unique buildings, public art, and their functionality into the fabric of Chicago.

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Design your Own Career

Graduates are immediately prepared to join the building and construction industries, or pursue graduate studies in architecture, structural engineering, and construction management. Recent alumni of the program have gone on to work as architectural designers, construction managers, and structural engineers.

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