Architectural Engineering (AE) deals with integrated design, construction and operation of buildings. It includes all engineering aspects related to the built environment - structures, mechanical systems (HVAC), electrical/lighting systems, building envelope, construction, indoor environment - and is therefore related to multi-disciplinary research and education.
Buildings in the U.S. account for more than one third of the total energy use and associated Greenhouse Gas Emissions. With increasing concern about climate change and energy prices, Architectural Engineers have a critical task for the following decades. In Civil Engineering's Architectural Engineering area of emphasis, students have the opportunity to study the integration of different building systems and to learn how to design for sustainability and energy efficiency. The area of emphasis provides flexibility and offers courses on energy and buildings, design of electrical & mechanical systems, as well as on structures/geotechnical and construction management (curriculum).
The Faculty members of Architectural Engineering (in collaboration with the HVAC Group in ME) are dedicated to research and teaching. A sub-area of Architectural Engineering focuses on Building Science and design of energy-efficient buildings. Specific topics of research include: thermal and visual comfort, indoor air quality and ventilation, innovative building envelopes, daylighting and electric lighting design & control, energy-efficient HVAC design, intelligent buildings, thermal/energy studies, passive/active solar technologies (photovoltaic panels, solar collectors), building modeling & simulation, and sustainable architecture and green building design. Visit the Architectural Engineering Research Facilities.
A minor in Architectural Engineering is available to all students in the College of Engineering except students in the School of Civil Engineering.