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Summary"Lawrence Tech’s architectural engineering program meets a great need in the construction industry, which suffers from a lack of building-oriented design engineers. Architectural engineers are highly sought after because they have the specialized engineering skills needed in the architecture and building professions.”
Gordon Holness, chairman emeritus, Albert Kahn Associates Inc., and past president, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Architectural engineers have the artistic vision to understand what an architect is trying to accomplish, and they use their specialized engineering skills to build structures that are durable, economical, and healthy. They are the “master builders” and thus are indispensable members of the design team: Architectural engineers analyze the site, building orientation, and exposure; design the heating, cooling, lighting, and power distribution systems; ensure fire protection; and determine how water and waste will be managed.
Get on the Fast Track
Complete your undergraduate and master’s studies in just five years with Lawrence Technological University’s Master of Science in Architectural Engineering, an intensive, integrated program that encompasses both undergraduate and graduate studies. With this degree – offered at only a handful of universities in the nation – you’ll be uniquely positioned as a “whole building professional” in the growing field of sustainable design and energy-efficient systems engineering for the built environment. You’ll learn to apply the skills of many engineering disciplines – structural, mechanical, and electrical – to work collaboratively in the building design process.
A Degree Gone Green
The role architectural engineers play in the building process allows them to make a significant environmental difference by reducing the “footprint” of buildings and promoting carbon neutrality and net-zero energy building. Lawrence Tech, committed to sustainable design with its LEED silver-certified A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center, created the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering to specifically prepare students to be leaders in the rapidly expanding field of sustainable building design.
Lawrence Tech’s Master of Science in Architectural Engineering program blends the expertise of the University’s renowned Colleges of Engineering and Architecture and Design to provide you with the knowledge and skill to succeed as a “green” building-oriented design engineer. The engineering courses you’ll take are specifically designed to meet the ABET requirements for depth in the areas of architectural engineering and breadth in general engineering. Like all Lawrence Tech degrees, the Master of Science in Architectural Engineering incorporates the University’s signature “theory and practice” approach to learning. You’ll gain valuable hands-on experience working in project teams and enjoy leadership opportunities through professional organizations.
Why Lawrence Tech's Master of Science in Architectural Engineering?Lawrence Tech’s Master of Science in Architectural Engineering is one of only a handful of programs in the nation that is specifically designed to develop advanced knowledge, skills, and experience in the growing field of sustainable building design, systems engineering, and integration.
Furthermore, Lawrence Tech offers the advantages of a technological university and the fertile synergy of its College of Engineering and College of Architecture and Design, both of which collaborated on the creation of the degree. Several of your studios will be team-taught by architectural and engineering faculty and practitioners to provide lectures and topics relevant to industry practice.
Many architectural engineering and construction companies have their headquarters in southeast Michigan with branch offices spanning the globe. This gives you many employment and internship opportunities with some of the world’s finest and most technologically sophisticated professionals. These professionals are also involved in teaching and designing your course work to ensure that the curriculum is current and includes real-world applications.
Outcomes + Objectives
In consultation with the Architectural Engineering Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) consisting of Alumni, employers, and current faculty, following are the program educational objectives (PEO's) for the Architectural Engineering program, as approved during the December 12, 2013 IAB meeting (4-0-0):
- Acquire and articulate through written, visual and oral communication skills, the integration of building design and aesthetics with the knowledge to design mechanical, electrical and structural systems for the built environment.
- Employ problem solving skills and awareness of emerging green technologies to create a culture for the collaborative design process, building systems integration and constructability, with leadership in energy efficiency, to support the worldwide need for skilled building designers and detailers.
- Lead design and construction teams in the process and development of conceptual designs, design drawings, construction drawings and specifications and construction contract administration for building sustainability in a global market.
The Architectural Engineering program has documented the following student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives, as approved during the March 25, 2014 IAB meeting (6-0-0), and amended at the December 9, 2014 IAB meeting;
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
- an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- an ability to communicate effectively;
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, lifelong learning;
- a knowledge of contemporary issues;
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modem engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
- and an ability to integrate building engineering and architectural systems through collaboration and tools to create high-performing solutions.
CareersGraduates with a degree in Architectural Engineering have many career options:
Design firm manager/owner
Electrical and lighting systems engineer
Green building designer/energy engineer
Mechanical heating, ventilating, and
air-conditioning (HVAC) engineer
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