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What do architectural engineers do?

Architectural engineering emphasizes the scientific and engineering aspects of planning, designing, constructing, and analyzing buildings. 

While architects work to incorporate aesthetic and layout concerns into a building design, architectural engineers focus on the structure, stability, and systems of a building.

Architectural engineers plan, design, and analyze:

  • Acoustics
  • Building sustainability and safety aspects
  • Construction management
  • Heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems
  • Plumbing and fire protection systems
  • Lighting and electrical systems
  • Structural systems

Architectural engineers impact lives through building design, application, and function. 


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Widely acknowledged as one of the top Architectural Engineering programs in the world, the Penn State AE Department is dedicated to providing outstanding academic excellence to all of our students. The AE program is focused on preparing students and conducting research in the design, engineering, and construction of building projects.

Department of Architectural Engineering

104 Engineering Unit A

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-6394