Architectural engineers apply engineering principles to the construction, planning, and design of buildings and other structures. They often work with other engineers and with architects, who focus on function layout or aesthetics of building projects. Architectural Engineering often encompasses elements of other engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, fire protection, and others.
- Architectural engineers are responsible for the different systems within a building, structure, or complex.
- Architectural engineers focus several areas, including:
- the structural integrity of buildings to anticipate earthquakes, vibrations and wind loads,
- the design and analysis of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems,
- efficiency and design of plumbing, fire protection and electrical systems,
- acoustic and lighting planning, and
- energy conservation issues.
Architectural engineers apply science and technology to the real world by designing buildings that enhance our standard of living and improve our quality of life. They do this by combining building systems – structural, electrical, mechanical, lighting, acoustics and fire protection – into an integrated whole. These creative problem solvers are constantly facing the challenges of the future like sustainable building materials and green energy sources. Architectural engineers are trained to use the latest technologies – like computer based building design and analysis software (Revit, eQUEST, RISA-3D, etc), building information modeling (BIM), and advanced sensors & controls – to design, build, and operate the various systems within a building.
There are many different ways you can impact the lives of people as an architectural engineer. You can design structural systems in buildings so they are able to withstand earthquakes and tornadoes. Because of highly engineered acoustical and lighting systems that eliminates dead spots and echoes, everyone in an audience can enjoy a theatre production. You could also design a lighting system for a sports stadium so that players aren’t blinded by the glare yet the HDTV cameras have enough light for quality instant replays, or a mechanical system for a hockey arena so the ice is maintained at just the right temperature.
The key difference between an architect and an engineer is that an architect focuses more on the artistry and design of the building, while the engineer focuses more on the technical and structural side. To develop and present their designs, both architects and engineers use technical drawings called blueprints.
In the following, some EPR projects are displayed in this Branch: