Major in Architectural Engineering
What is architectural engineering (AREN)?
What do the buildings pictured here have in common? They were designed and engineered by different professionals. While architects design buildings for meeting occupants’ spatial, use and aesthetic needs, architectural engineers make sure that these buildings are structurally sound, provide constant environmental comfort to occupants in winter and summer, power their lights, computers and machines, and, lastly, provide a safe escape in case of fire.
Architectural engineers differ from civil engineers. While both share a common knowledge of structures, civil engineers tend to apply this knowledge to bridges, roads, damns and water reservoirs. Architectural engineers are interested in buildings, but their education goes beyond structural systems by including the engineering of other building parts such as mechanical (HVAC), electrical and fire safety systems. In addition, because architectural engineers work closely with architects in their education they develop a good knowledge of architectural design and drawings as well the appreciation of the history of our architectural heritage. Similarly to architects, architectural engineers, after earning an accredited degree, become registered professionals with required work experience and state licensing examinations. Professional architectural engineers have a high standing in our society.
- CEE Advisory Board MQP Award given on Project Presentation Day Award to team for best presentation of their senior design project >
- Solatrium structural design project wins CEE Provost's MQP Award Greg Freeman recognized for his outstanding project work on the Solar Decathalon house >
- Students selected for prestigious WPI and CEE Awards Top students at WPI celebrated at annual awards luncheon >
- Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Students win Sustainability Competition at WPI Students shine in fifth annual sustainability project competition >
- Mariah Seaboldt Receives 2013 Koerner Family Fellowship Prestigious award to support engineering students at WPI >
- Richard Emberley (BS & MS, WPI) to study at University of Queensland in Australia Unique opportunity to build on his WPI education in structural fire behavior >
- Students Complete Projects with Stantec in Halifax, Nova Scotia Collaborative MQPs advised by Stantec and Professors Hart and LePage >
- Faculty Promotions and Tenure Awards are Announced WPI honors eight distinguished scholars and educators who have brought distinction to themselves and the Institute. >
- GRAD 2013 registration deadline is February 25, 2013 Through two annual events, the university celebrates students' accomplishments, encourages them to share their work with the greater WPI community, and helps them take their research to the next level. >
- See the New Morocco Project Center Video Co-directed by Professor Tahar El-Korchi, Professor and Head of CEE >
- President's IQP Award Announced - Winning Team includes CE Student Marco Villar "Sustainable Paper Insulation for Kambashus in Informal Settlements of Namibia" >
- CEE Alumnus Talks About Milestone ExxonMobil Project Former ExxonMobil Senior Manager William G. Hillner, class of 1970, recently returned to campus to discuss the construction and deployment of Russia’s largest offshore production platform. >
- Civil and Environmental Engineering Students in Panama Four students work on projects at the Panama Canal >
- Three Civil Engineering and two Environmental Engineering Students Honored in President’s IQP Award Competition Final IQP award presentations on Friday, January 25, 2013 >
- CEE Welcomes 2 New Educators and Researchers to its Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Ranks Nima Rahbar and Aaron Sakulich join the CEE Faculty. >
- WPI Welcomes First Architectural Engineering Majors 16 students join the new Architectural Engineering program in the fall of 2012 >