VIDEO: McCormick Students Study Architecture and Design in Berlin

In September, eight McCormick students studying in the Architectural Engineering and Design Program traveled to Berlin to study with world-renowned architect Helmut Jahn. Over the eight day trip the students toured the local architecture and spent time in the offices of architecture firm Murphy/Jahn. Each student designed an event that would be performed in the atrium of the Sony Center, a nine-building complex in the heart of the city designed by Jahn. Students then presented their ideas to a five-member jury that included Jahn; structural engineer Werner Sobek, Murphy/Jahn architect Steffen Duemler; Northwestern’s Richard Halpern/RISE International Distinguished Architect in Residence Larry Booth; and Leif Selkregg, CEO of the RISE group in Chicago.

“It added to my bank of experiences,” said student Mehri Paydar. “It wasn’t  just an architecture experience – it was an engineering experience, a traveling experience, and a networking experience.”

The Architectural Engineering and Design Program includes specialty courses in architecture and architectural engineering that build on McCormick’s longstanding commitment to design. Students take courses on the history and culture of architecture and structural engineering and develop a portfolio fo their designs. The program prepares engineering students for building industry careers as architects, structural designers, builders, project managers and developers.