Architectural Engineering

Architectural Engineering is a study programme that gives you both engineering expertise and an understanding of the architectural whole of which your project forms part. As an architectural engineer you can therefore help engineers and architects better understand each other’s work—saving time and money and protecting the environment.

 

What will you learn?

Architectural Engineering students will learn how to design technical solutions for planning and designing buildings and towns. If you and the architect are to speak the same language, it is vital that your specialist engineering knowledge is combined with creative method and good communication skills. So you will learn from day one how to develop ideas and communicate visually using 3D models.

In order to integrate technical knowledge into architectural projects, you also need strong competences in fields such as construction, materials science, indoor climate, installation and energy design, and urban design and town planning. Light and space are needed if your creative thoughts are to take flight. You will therefore be taught by architects and engineers in high-ceiling studios, where you will do everything from solving mathematical problems to designing bridges, calculating light incidence, and building architectural models.

 

Study programme structure

The first two years of study primarily involve mandatory courses in mathematics, mechanics, materials science, construction, and building and urban design. In semester 5 you do an internship—typically with a firm of engineering consultants, architects or contractors—where you will gain insight into the interaction between theory and practice that is an essential part of architectural engineering. During semester 6 and 7 you specialize through electives, and the study programme concludes with your BEng project, done in cooperation with a company.

 

Career opportunities

Graduates with a BEng in Architectural Engineering typically join firms of engineering consultants, architects, or contractors, or go into client consultancy, where your technical knowledge, ability to see the big picture and understanding of design make you a valuable partner. For example, you can work as a consultant designing low-energy buildings, an urban designer, in a studio or government department, or with BIM—where you manage the 3D models that major construction projects are based on.

Danish students

Please go to the Danish website to learn more about the BEng programmes at DTU.

Twin campuses

Photo: Mikal Schlosser
BEng students at DTU have courses on our twin campuses:
• DTU Lyngby Campus
• DTU Ballerup Campus