The very nature of buildings and structures is changing, and we're on the forefront of technology and techniques.
Here is a primer about why you should study Architectural Engineering, an exciting and diverse field.
1. What is it?Architectural Engineering is a relatively specialized field of study, and UW is one of only 18 institutions nationwide to offer an accredited degree in this discipline. Architectural engineers are trained with a rigorous technical knowledge about building systems, but also with a holistic view of how those building systems are integrated within the overall building design. They are trained to collaborate with architects and others in the building industry.
2. What will I study?
Structural Systems: A structural engineer is responsible for the strength and stability of a building, and design foundations, beams, girders, trusses, columns, floors, walls and roofs.
MEP (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing) Systems: An MEP engineer is responsible for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as plumbing, fire protection, electrical and lighting systems.
Construction: A construction engineer ensures buildings are constructed safely and properly, and manages excavations, heavy equipment, deliveries of materials and workers
3. Why should I consider it?
UW’s Architectural Engineering program has strong relationships with major employers, and we have a great track record in internship and job placement. Our faculty is dedicated to excellent teaching and research in leading-edge topics within the discipline. The building industry has changed dramatically in the past decade, and we are proud of our dedication to staying current.
If you prefer a hands-on education, Architectural Engineering is for you. You’ll find yourself building a brick wall in class, or visiting a construction site. Bring your gloves and work boots!
UW is known for being at the cutting edge of computing with our capabilities incomputer models and simulations. We have received national recognition multiple times for leadership in Building Information Modeling (BIM). We’ve found that UW graduates get more job offers and higher salaries because they use the latest computing tools.
Finally, as an architectural engineer, you can make a difference in helping to solve the world’s social problems. For example, buildings generally use too much energy. This is a waste of capital and a problem for the climate and environment. We train students to understand how buildings can be designed to use less energy, and to keep the occupants healthy and happy.