Architectural Engineering

By: Collin Hemphill

What is Architectural Engineering?

  • Architectural engineering is the application of engineering principles and technology to building design and construction.
  • Engineers focus in many areas when designing a building; lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, sustainability and fire protection are just some possibilities
  • You can see examples of architectural engineering everywhere. Just look at your house, the school, or community you live in.

Developmental Life Cycle

As an architectural engineer, you can make, design, or inspect buildings. These buildings can last an extremely long time. But there are always new building styles becoming popular so often times you have to go back to school to learn more about that particular style.

Possible Career Paths

Architectural Engineer

Mechanical and Plumbing Systems Engineer

Structural Systems Engineer

Electrical and Lighting Systems Engineer

Fire Protection Systems Engineer

Design Process Comparisons

Market Analysis

Determining the characteristics unique to your particular market and analyzing this information, which will help you make decisions for your business.


There are many risks involved in a market analysis but, do it right, and you will have a clear idea of the path you are heading down. A good market analysis will enable you to lure investors, sidestep pitfalls, and most importantly, attract customers. But a bad market analysis can make your business fail. You could lose potential investors and customers, and your business could outright fail.

Ethical Dilemma

An architect may face a situation such as the one Ted Mosby faced in How I Met Your Mother. He was hired to build a skyscraper but, to do so, he would have tear down a historic hotel, The Arcadian. People protested his building because they wanted to keep the hotel. He eventually tore it down and built the skyscraper.