Architectural Engineering Certificate

Architectural Engineering is the discipline concerned with the planning, design, construction and operation of engineered systems for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities. Duke’s Certificate Program in Architectural Engineering provides students with an understanding of building design and the construction process.    

Buildings have historically represented the culture of their time. From palace to post office, hotel to family home, buildings are physical examples of what was considered aesthetically proper and technologically most advanced at a given time. Today, modern buildings are composed of many different systems such as structural, enclosure, space, and environmental-control (heating-cooling-ventilation, electrical, water, sound control). As a result, designing a building is a complex task requiring the close collaboration of architects and engineers together in a design team. However, there has traditionally been a great difference between the role of the architect and that of the engineer, with the architect on the “creative” side of design and the engineer on the “practical” side. Architectural engineers, trained in practical and creative methods of problem solving and design, bridge this gap.

Architectural engineering is a new and growing field of engineering. The American Society of Civil Engineering recently established a Division of Architectural Engineering, and there currently are 13 architectural engineering schools in the U.S. offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. In this course of study, a background in aesthetic design, architectural history, building materials and construction forms the architectural core, while a suitable list of engineering courses in such topics as structural design provides the engineering basis.

Architectural engineers obtain their registration as Professional Engineers. Employment opportunities are with engineering and architectural firms, as well as construction companies.

Certificate Requirements

Successful completion of six (6) required and two (2) elective courses will lead to a certificate in Architectural Engineering.

Required Courses

  • CE 161: Architectural Engineering I
  • CE 162: Architectural Engineering II
  • CE 133L: Concrete and Composite Structures
  • CE 134L: Metallic Structures
  • ARTHIST 189A, 189AD, or 189BD: Modern/Postmodern Architecture
  • EGR 75L: Mechanics of Solids

Elective Courses

  • ARTSVIS 54: Introduction to Visual Practice  
  • CE 130L: Uncertainity Design and Optimization
  • CE 131L: Matrix Structural Analysis 
  • CE 141/142: Special Topics in Civil Engineering
  • CE 192: Integrated Structural Design
  • CE 197/198: Projects in Civil Engineering
  • EGR 25L: Introduction to Structural Engineering
  • EGR 150L: Engineering Communication
  • EGR 175: Aesthetics, Design, and Culture

Note: CE 141/142, CE 197/198 must involve topics in the architectural engineering area, for one course credit work.

More information

Chris Brasier, FAIA, LEED AP, MBA
Lecturer, Architect
(919) 660-5174
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