Architectural engineering is the engineering discipline concerned with the planning, analysis, design, construction, and operation of engineered systems for commercial, industrial, institutional, and large residential facilities. Engineered systems include electric power, communications, and control; lighting and acoustics; heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC); fire and life safety; structural systems; and green buildings and sustainability.
Architectural engineering is a challenging ABET-accredited four-year course of study that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BS ARCE). The BS ARCE program is administered by the School of Engineering in consultation with the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning. Undergraduate students in the ARCE program have full access to the resources in both schools including scholarships, courses, computer and instructional laboratories, shops, student organizations and activities, and libraries. Missouri residents in our BS ARCE program, via an annually-revisited agreement between the two states, are usually eligible for tuition-reduction reciprocity.The application form is available from the Dean's Office of the School of Engineering or the Architecture Department in the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning.
ARCE students that have an interest in architecture as well as engineering can get both the professional ABET-accredited BS ARCE degree and NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture (M ARCH) degrees at KU in six years, which includes a required summer of study. This dual degree option is possible because of the architectural design, history, and building technology courses that ARCE students are required to take from the architecture faculty as well as the close relationship between engineering and architecture at KU. Architectural engineering is a rigorous degree program. Entering students should be prepared to have their studies and studio activities consume most of their time and energy. However, graduates find rewarding and fulfilling careers upon graduation.
Professional Registration and Licensing
Engineers are involved in projects that directly affect the health and safety of the public. Graduates are strongly encouraged to become registered Professional Engineers as soon as possible after graduation. This involves completing an ABET-accredited B.S. degree in civil or architectural engineering, passing the Fundamentals of Engineering and Professional Engineering examinations, and obtaining 4 years of satisfactory engineering experience. Students in both civil and architectural engineering must take the FE examination before graduation. Some architectural engineers also practice as architects after completing an NAAB-accredited professional undergraduate or graduate architecture degree program and becoming Registered Architects. Students with this interest should consider Track II and III master of architecture degree programs after completing their B.S. in architectural engineering.
Architectural engineering focuses on building systems analysis and design, including structural, mechanical, energy, lighting, and electrical systems, and construction methods applied to buildings. Increasingly, architectural engineers are interested in specializations such as green buildings, acoustics, and fire protection. Architectural engineers center their attention on the performance, safety, cost-effectiveness, and construction methods of these systems. They typically work for engineering consulting firms, construction companies, or government agencies.
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Last updated October 23, 2017