Program in Architecture and Engineering

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Maria Garlock (CEE) and Guy Nordenson (ARC), Program Advisers

Structural engineers need to have a sensitivity to the setting and the form of structures typically designed by engineers such as bridges, towers, and long span roofs. Studies in architecture give engineering students in the Architecture and Engineering Program such a perspective. Students in the program who take the structures focus typically become practicing engineers and often go to graduate school in structures. For other students the program offers a unique opportunity to integrate engineering and architectural design. This architectural focus is designed particularly for students planning to do graduate work in architecture or to practice engineering in collaboration with architects and planners.

Students interested in this program choose between these two options. In the architectures-focus option, the requirements include a strong emphasis on architecture theory and practice. Students choosing this option select an architectural design topic as a senior thesis under the direction of advisors from both the School of Architecture and the CEE Department. In the structures-focus option, the requirements include a strong emphasis on relevant courses in civil and environmental engineering. Students choosing this option select a structural design topic as a senior thesis. Engineering Design must be a significant component of the thesis for students in the structures-focus option, which is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. In either option program electives may be selected from courses in architecture, architectural history, civil engineering, or other engineering departments. A certificate is awarded to all students who successfully complete the program. Please visit for more information.