This is a fascinating branch in architecture that has in recent months found many takers. Read below to know the various courses in architectural engineering.

Architectural Engineering Courses

If you have seen the images of Twirling Towers or even the Burj Dubai which are still under construction you couldn’t help but wonder what ingenuity could have erected those gravity defying structures. These two towers are perhaps the best examples but even if you look though a majority of the modern constructions like buildings and bridges they all have a mechanical quality about them. This is because modern structures are not solely based on design but take into consideration various other factors. This requires that the task of the architect should also integrate the technicalities of the engineer. Thus was born the field of architectural engineering, which seeks to integrate the principles to building design. With sustainable development becoming the key to the future, this branch of architecture and engineering holds pretty high promise. Read below to learn more on the various courses of architectural engineering.

Career in Architectural Engineering

Students who wish to pursue a career in architectural engineering should complete their bachelor’s degree in architecture (B. Arch) or a Diploma in architecture. The eligibility criteria for Bachelor in architecture is to pass their class VII or any other equivalent qualifying exam from a recognized board or university with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects. It is mandatory for the students to have a solid background in science, mathematics and also humanities and computers. There is also an entrance exam that the candidate must qualify.  

Details Of The Course Curriculum 
The course depends upon the institute that you join. However, they roughly follow the structure given below: 

Bachelor In Architecture

  • Mechanical Studies
  • Electrical Studies
  • Construction Methods
  • Lighting Studies
Masters In Architecture
Design of Energy Efficient and Healthy Buildings
Independent Studies in Architectural Engineering
  • Construction and Project Management.
  • Structures.
  • Materials and Methods.
  • Environmental Engineering.
Design Principles and Procedures.
Research Studies in Architectural Engineering
  • Construction and Project Management.
  • Structures.
  • Materials and Methods.
  • Forensic Engineering: Materials and Structures
  • Advanced Masonry Engineering
  • Design of Wood Members and Systems
  • Evaluation, Materials, and Techniques for Concrete Repair
HVAC Design
Indoor Air Quality: Transport and Control
Project Automation
  • Advanced CAD Procedures
  • Introduction to Construction Automation and Integration
Project Controls
Project Information Systems
  • Data Mining
Project Organization
  • Project Management
  • Managing Innovation and Strategic Change in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Project Technology
  • Value Management Processes I
  • Value Management Processes II
General Topics in Construction Engineering and Project Management
  • Advanced Legal Concepts
Departmental Report
Master's Report

A specialization in Architectural Engineering will enable the candidate to get a strong knowledge of engineering design, structures, mechanical and electrical systems, and construction management. They will also develop their strength in materials, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electric circuits, and engineering economics. They will also get knowledge of the history of architectural design. 

Skills Required
The candidates should be proficient in different branches of mathematics like differential equations, probability, and statistics. They should also have a thorough knowledge of calculus-based physics and general chemistry. Since, architectural engineers have to interact with other design professionals it is very necessary that candidates should be very good at teamwork. Presentation, graphic designing and critical thinking skills are of added value. Only then will it be possible to make cutting edge contributions in this field. 

Career Prospects
Architectural engineering courses are unique and so there are excellent career prospects in this field. Also, with the glaring lack of skills in the building sector there is an increasing demand for architectural engineers. Candidates pursuing this course can expect to get hired by leading structural engineering firms. With experience, they can also advance to supervisory and senior management positions. A background in architectural engineering will also allow candidates to work as salespeople in architectural companies. With investment and experience, they can also opt for opening their own architectural firms. The future is bright for architectural engineers as with the reorganization of environmental issues there is going to be a huge demand for creative urban and environmental engineers.

Some Of The Best Institutes Offering This Course Globally
  • Boston Architectural Center, USA
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture, USA
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology, USA
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Engineering (MIT), USA
  • Stanford University School of Engineering, USA
  • University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering, USA
  • Architectural Association School of Architecture, UK
  • The Bartlett, University College London, UK
  • London South Bank University, UK
  • University Of Westminster, UK
  • University Of Sheffield, UK
  • School of Planning and Architecture Delhi
  • IIT Mumbai, India
  • IIT Kanpur, India
  • IIT Roorkee, India
  • Sir JJ College Of Architecture, India

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