Architectural engineer (PE)

Architectural Engineer (PE) is a professional engineering designation in the United States. The architectural engineer applies the knowledge and skills of broader engineering disciplines to the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and renovation of buildings and their component systems while paying careful attention to their effects on the surrounding environment.[1]

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With the establishment of a specific "Architectural Engineering" NCEES professional engineering registration examination in the 1990s and first offering in April 2003,[2] architectural engineering is now recognized as a distinct engineering discipline in the United States.

Note that in the United States Architects are not to be confused with "architectural engineering technology" which is different from architectural engineering;[3] in the United States architectural engineering technologists tend to be "Engineering Technicians" that utilize CAD technology as drafters or technical assistants who do not have a license to practice either Architecture or Engineering, usually hired by larger construction firms or developers who prefer to cut out architectural design and maintain high costs of construction for standard processes and common building materials, while in Europe, Canada, South Africa and other countries Architectural technologists have a role similar to Architects and Architectural Engineers.

Areas of focusEdit

A common combined specialization is Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing, better known by its abbreviation MEP.[4] An MEP design engineer has experience in HVAC, lighting/electrical, and plumbing systems' analysis and design.

Some topics of special interestEdit

Educational institutions offering bachelor's degrees in architectural engineeringEdit

Programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET[5] and that are members of Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI)[6] are denoted below.

Architectural engineering degree programs' locations in the United States, including the four started recently (August 2019)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Architectural Engineering Institute | ASCE". Archived from the original on 2014-12-22.
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  6. ^ "Architectural Engineering Institute | ASCE". Archived from the original on 2014-12-22.