“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own, we have no soul of our own civilization.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright
Architecture and Construction Engineering (ACE) integrates architectural design with civil and structural engineering concepts. ACE students complete courses in architectural design theory and application, civil engineering theory and application, and energy conservation and sustainability (green construction).
As the future in architecture and engineering conjures up soaring towers, extensive spans, robust structures, green efficient cities, and technologically enhanced homes, the ACE experience includes a comprehensive curriculum of various applied methods and processes that lead to an understanding and appreciation for the principles of architecture and engineering.
The department rigorously prepares students to enter top universities on their path to be industry leaders familiar with the best practices in architecture and engineering. Strong math and physical science requirements, along with practical business instruction, prepare students for several other degree pathways as well. These include mechanical, construction and environmental engineering, business and management, and law.
Freshman Year – Construct your own ‘Freedom Tower’ using the engineering principles applied to the modern skyscraper, along with learning scale and reading building plans.
Sophomore Year – Learn about architectural theory, apply that in Revit software, and build a full-scale framing module. Then learn the fundamentals of civil and structural engineering with applied statics and strengths of materials.
Junior Year – Expand the architectural experience with more in-depth projects and model building. Design, build and test a scale truss and suspension bridge for a regional design competition.
Senior Year – Study and apply the concepts of ‘green technology’ as preparation to achieving an optional ‘student level’ LEED certification, while further expanding on previously developed architectural theory to be applied in a regional design competition.