Architectural engineering

Architectural engineers are key players in any multidisciplinary building project as they have the skills and knowledge to apply engineering principles and technology to building design, construction and management.

Changes to the UK building regulations and a move, globally, towards more energy efficient buildings require professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute to and lead teams involved with the low carbon buildings of the future. 

Our architectural engineering course focuses on high performance and energy efficient buildings, as well as ensuring that those buildings have comfortable and usable indoor environments. Throughout the course, you'll develop an awareness of the fundamental interactions between building design, building construction, building management, the environment, and humans. You'll learn about architectural design, including the design of space, computational analysis of buildings, building information modelling, human aspects of the built environment, integration of renewable energy and building services design.

As an architectural engineer you'll combine the principles of architectural design and engineering to the analysis and evaluation of complex building designs, construction processes and building operational problems. For example, you'll be able to:

  • Apply building information modelling skills to manage effectively building projects in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Predict the energy consumption of buildings and check compliance against energy efficiency targets and rating schemes.
  • Assess potential problems with building designs and services and modify these into well-functioning integrated solutions.
  • Design energy management and control solutions for buildings.
  • Select appropriate renewable energy technologies for buildings.
  • Manage a multidisciplinary design and construction team.