Architectural Engineering

Architectural Engineering (ArchE) deals with integrated design, construction and operation of buildings. It includes all engineering aspects related to the built environment: building envelope, mechanical systems (HVAC), electrical systems, lighting systems, construction, indoor environmental quality and human comfort- and is therefore related to multi-disciplinary research and education.

Herrick Labs

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 several courses on energy and buildings, design of electrical/mechanical systems, lighting systems, as well as on building envelope, building controls, renewable energy sources, indoor air quality and energy modeling. A minor in Architectural Engineering is also available to all students in the College of Engineering except students in the School of Civil Engineering.

Building Exterior

The faculty members of Architectural Engineering are dedicated to research and teaching, with focus on Building Science and design/operation 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 equipment, HVAC system design and control, smart buildings, passive/active solar energy technologies, building energy modeling and simulation, and sustainable/green building design.

Architectural Engineering faculty are associated with the Ray W. Herrick Labs. Together with the HVAC Group in ME, we have one of the largest teams in the US conducting research related to the built environment.

The Architectural Engineering group has unique, state-of-the-art facilities to study building performance in terms of energy and indoor environmental quality. These include several room-scale facilities at the Architectural Engineering Laboratories, located at the Bowen Lab, as well as whole building-scale facilities at the Center for High Performance Buildings, located in Herrick Labs.


Spotlights

September 1, 2015

Purdue team led by Prof. Panagiota Karava wins $1.2M NSF award

Associate Professor Panagiota Karava is leading a multi-disciplinary Purdue team that has been awarded a $1.2M National Science Foundation grant for their project "CyberSEES -Type 2: Human-centered systems for cyber-enabled sustainable buildings."
May 1, 2015

HVAC software team wins Schurz Innovation Challenge at Purdue

Grissom Controls, which offers a software solution to optimize controls for highly complex heating, cooling and ventilation systems in buildings, took top honors and $5,000 at the fifth Schurz Innovation Challenge at Purdue on Thursday (April 30). Andrew Martin, the sole member of Grissom Controls, is a student in Purdue's Lyles School of Civil Engineering.
October 27, 2014

Recent CE graduate receives Chorafas Foundation honor

Siwei Li, a recent Ph.D. graduate in civil engineering, has been awarded the 2014 Chorafas Foundation Award in recognition of her work titled "Modeling of Photovoltaic Thermal Systems with Transpired Solar Collectors Integrated in Building Operation Simulations." performed under the supervision of Panagiota Karava, assistant professor of civil engineering and construction engineering management.
August 25, 2014

Sadeghi receives Best Paper Award

Ph.D. student Seyed Amir Sadeghi and his co-authors (including Panagiota Karava, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and CEM) received the first prize in the Student Best Paper Award Competition at the 3rd International High Performance Buildings Conference at Purdue.
April 30, 2014

2014 International conferences at Purdue organized by CE and Herrick Faculty

The 2014 Herrick conferences, organized by Herrick Labs and Architectural Engineering Faculty, will take place on July 14-17 at Purdue University. The three recognized international conferences (Compressors, Refrigeration/Air-Conditioning, and High Performance Buildings) will run in parallel and will again lead the way to exchanging ideas, information and cutting-edge research in these areas.
August 16, 2013

Ming Qu serves on jury at Solar Decathlon China

Assistant Professor Ming Qu served on the solar application jury at the Solar Decathlon China, co-hosted by the National Energy Administration of China and U.S. Department of Energy.
June 13, 2013

Achieving energy independence

Panagiota Karava, assistant professor of civil engineering, is among the Purdue researchers exploring ways to significantly reduce energy consumption by incorporating innovative strategies into the design and operation of new buildings, optimally linked with smart grids.
February 13, 2013

Panagiota Karava wins New Investigator Award

Congratulations to Prof. Karava for receiving the 2013 New Investigator Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
September 26, 2011

Purdue Conferences & Short Courses - July 2012

Several AE-related international conferences and short courses will be offered July 14-19, 2012, with topics including compressors, refrigeration and air conditioning, and high performance buildings.
February 10, 2011

CE Prof. wins ASHRAE award

Congratulations to Thanos Tzempelikos, 2011-2012 recipient of the New Investigator Award by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
November 22, 2010

Purdue IN Home: Solar Decathlon 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a high-profile international competition held every two years on the National Mall in Washington D.C. that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered homes that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. Purdue University's IN Home takes a realistic, balanced approach to net-zero housing that is certain to have broad appeal.
June 30, 2010

1st International High Performance Buildings Conference

Purdue University and the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories are pleased to announce the 1st Annual High Performance Buildings Conference, to be held here at Purdue on July 12-15, 2010. The conference will emphasize a new area where Purdue University feels that it can serve as a venue for cutting-edge research presentations.
June 30, 2010

AEI2011: Architectural Engineering Institute of ASCE Conference

The Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) is pleased to announce its 2011 AEI Conference. The meeting will include several workshops, technical papers presentations, invited technical sessions, panel discussions and local tours of technical interest. The conference is geared toward a balance of academics and practitioners.
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