Architectural engineer (PE)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Renaissance Tower.jpg

Architectural engineering is a professional engineering designation in the United States. The architectural engineer applies the knowledge and skills of broader engineering disciplines to the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and renovation of buildings and their component systems while paying careful attention to their effects on the surrounding environment.[1]

With the establishment of a specific "Architectural Engineering" NCEES Professional Engineering registration examination in the 1990s, and first offering in April 2003,[2] Architectural Engineering is now recognized as a distinct engineering discipline in the United States.

Note that in the United States "architectural engineering technology" is different from architectural engineering;[3] in the United States architectural engineering technologists tend to be drafters or assistants for the design and construction process, while in Europe, Canada, South Africa and other countries Architectural Technologists have a role similar to Architects and Architectural Engineers.

Areas of focus[edit]

A common combined specialization is Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, better known by its abbreviation MEP.[4] An MEP design engineer has experience in HVAC, lighting/electrical, and plumbing systems' analysis and design.

Some topics of special interest[edit]

Educational institutions offering bachelor's degrees in architectural engineering[edit]

Programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET,[5] and that are members of AEI,[6] are denoted below.

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^
Lower Manhattan from Staten Island Ferry Corrected Jan 2006.jpg