Recent alumni of the program have gone on to work as architectural designers, construction managers, and structural engineers.Recent alumni of the program have gone on to work as architectural designers, construction managers, and structural engineers.

Undergraduate Study
Architectural Engineering & Design Certificate

The future of the built environment belongs to whole-brain engineers.

To create a sustainable society—one in which we not only live but thrive—requires engineers who can complement their left-brain technical skills with artistic and imaginative right-brain skills. It requires different kinds of engineers who can communicate their visions, and do so in a way that inspires their clients to think beyond what’s currently possible.

The architectural engineering and design certificate program prepares next-generation engineers—engineers who are eager to combine creative and algorithmic thinking—to take on these challenges by creating spaces and structures that not only meet functional needs but are also pleasing, attractive, and exciting.

Embedded in the civil engineering curriculum, this six-course certificate program teaches students essential skills in structural analysis, architectural design, sustainable systems engineering, and information technology. It also provides students with closely mentored opportunities to imagine, draw, present, and defend their ideas to top-tier industry professionals.

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Be whole-brain

The program’s three-course studio sequence lets you combine what you learn in structural engineering with your creativity and imagination. In this program, you will:

  • Take the design-thinking skills you’ve learned in engineering first and apply them on a much larger scale by designing structures such as schools and skyscrapers.
  • Learn to develop and communicate your ideas with freehand and computer-aided drawing, and in the process develop your creative skills.
  • Learn building information modeling (BIM) and elements of sustainable design to create your own feasible, practical, and attractive structural designs.
  • Print your models with McCormick’s state-of-the-art 3D printers.
  • Present and defend your designs to classmates, faculty, and prominent architects and engineers who can provide immediate, personalized feedback on your work. Learning to sell your ideas is critical in every part of engineering, but none more so than architectural engineering and design.

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Study under world-class architects and engineers

As a student in this certificate program, you can learn from program director Laurence Booth, who is the Richard Halpern/RISE International Distinguished Architect in Residence, and one of the Chicago Seven. Design principal of Booth Hansen Associates, Booth is an award-winning architect with more than 45 years of experience.

In addition to Booth, studio and specialty courses are taught by Scott Cyphers, principal at Booth Hansen Associates, and Mark Sexton, principal at Krueck+Sexton Architects. Civil engineering professors and other local architects and building industry professionals regularly contribute to the architecture studio, lecturing, critiquing student projects, and offering students personal insights into the industry.

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Learn the latest technologies

Advances in materials, computation, and energy technologies have changed the face of architecture and engineering. You’ll learn what’s happening now and what’s coming next, including:

  • New building materials, such as composites, super-high-strength concrete, and adaptive, self-monitoring and self-healing systems.
  • Total integration of information technology in building lifecycles, using building information models to support design, construction, operation, and rehabilitation.
  • Evolving requirements for safety and security, including damage-resistant and resilient materials and designs.
  • Lifecycle designs that support adaptive reuse of structures as needs change.
  • Energy efficiency and sustainability, including use of recycled materials and zero-energy building concepts.

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Study abroad in Europe

Every two years students in the architectural engineering design certificate program have the opportunity to spend a week in a European city working on a design project developed and led by internationally renowned architects such as Helmut Jahn and David Chipperfield. Students also tour local architecture, visit museums, and learn about history and culture.

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Immersion in Chicago’s architectural scene

One of the most architecturally significant cities in the world, Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper and home to numerous groundbreaking architects, including Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn, Adrian Smith, and Jeanne Gang. Students in the program take class field trips to the city to learn about the history of the Chicago style, the evolution of the skyscraper, recent developments in architectural design, and the integration of unique buildings, public art, and their functionality into the fabric of Chicago.

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Design your Own Career

Graduates are immediately prepared to join the building and construction industries, or pursue graduate studies in architecture, structural engineering, and construction management. Recent alumni of the program have gone on to work as architectural designers, construction managers, and structural engineers.

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