Architectural engineering is the application of engineering fundamentals to the design of buildings and building systems.
Architectural engineers have knowledge of electrical, lighting, mechanical, and structural systems. Their breadth and depth of understanding about building systems, including their integrated understanding of how building systems interact with each other, enables them to engineer buildings to support the health, well-being, and productivity of building occupants. Their interdisciplinary knowledge enables them to collaborate with colleagues in other design and construction-related disciplines, including architecture, urban planning, and civil engineering.
Students in Oregon State’s program — the only one in the Pacific Northwest — can concentrate on chosen architectural engineering subdisciplines, such as lighting, mechanical systems, and structures. Graduates possess highly marketable skills that enable them to engineer sustainable and high-performance buildings that support the health of people and the planet.
“I love how vast architectural engineering is. I have the freedom to explore many different concepts and fields. I also love how impactful my field of study is — as an architectural/structural engineer, I play a vital role in building resilient communities and have the power to shape the world.” – Alexandra Saccente, H.B.S. architectural engineering ’22.Read more about Alexandra’s experience at Oregon State.
“The favorite part about my degree is that it combines construction and human interaction with buildings. I also love that architectural engineering is a perfect mix of construction and civil, offering the best of both worlds! – Chloe Hoepfinger, architectural engineering and sustainability
Accreditation of the Bachelor of Science and Honors Bachelor of Science degrees in Architectural Engineering by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET will occur after the first class of students has graduated. Pending accreditation, which is expected in 2022, the degrees earned by the first class of students will receive retroactive ABET accreditation.
Architectural engineering is a diverse professional field with discipline specialties in building structures, mechanical, lighting, and electrical systems, and construction management. All AE students receive basic instruction in the various disciplines, with the option for additional elective courses in desired areas. The program is supported by highly qualified faculty and staff that maintain the programs and facilities at the highest level of quality.
The architectural engineering curriculum within the School of Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE) includes the basic sciences, social sciences, humanities, communication skills, engineering sciences, and engineering design to teach students an integrated approach to finding practical solutions.