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

Northwestern's innovative Architectural Engineering and Design (AED) program blends architectural principles and state of the art engineering for unique preparation of whole-brain engineers. Hands-on studio courses are led by practicing architects and engineers from Chicago's world-renown building design community. Students will build a portfolio that demonstrates the deep design skills learned in the program, which prepares them for advanced study in architecture, to be leaders in engineering design, or to pursue careers in a variety of fields related to the design, construction, and management of buildings and other structures.

architecture faculty

Larry Booth is a Design Principal and founder of Booth Hansen architectural firm. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Larry has been awarded numerous honors for his design work. Larry maintains a strong presence in Chicago’s cultural landscape, having served on the board of over a dozen cultural institutions, including: Auditorium Theatre Council, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Goodman Theatre, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Scott Cyphers, is a Principal at Booth Hansen where he has worked since receiving a Masters in Architecture from MIT in 2003. He has contributed to institutional projects including the design of LEED-rated fieldhouses for the Chicago Park District and the Cook County Courthouse, the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and a variety of buildings at UW-Madison, UIUC, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mark Sexton is founding partner of Krueck + Sexton (K+S), a firm that led a resurgence of modern residential architecture in Chicago during the 1980s and has continued with cultural projects like Crown Fountain at Millennium Park and Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership on Michigan Avenue. Recently Mark has focused on projects for the US State Department in Kenya and Papua New Guinea, and the US Embassy in Paris. Mark is a graduate of the College of Architecture at IIT, and serves on their Board of Advisors, and is a member of the GSA Design Excellence Program National Registry and the Chicago Architecture Biennial board.
David Corr is a Clinical Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prof. Corr teaches the structural engineering components of the AE&D program, where student explore the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of architecture and structure. Prof. Corr is particularly interested in the creative expression inherent in structural engineering, a topic covered in CIV_ENV 220: Structural Art.  For his teaching achievements, in 2014 Northwestern University named Prof. Corr the Charles Deering McCormick University Distinguished Clinical Professor.
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Curriculum

 CIV_ENV 385-1: Architectural Engineering & Design 1: Fundamentals

This studio course integrates architecture history, principles, and practice; contextual research and design experiences; and structural analysis and design. In this introductory course, basic design principles are taught and applied to a residential structure.

CIV_ENV 385-2: ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING & DESIGN 2: INTERMEDIATE

In this intermediate studio course, students examine the development of architectural programming in increasing complexity and explore community integration through the design of a school structure.

CIV_ENV 385-3: ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING & DESIGN 3: ADVANCED

In the advanced studio course, students embark on the schematic design of a tall building. These buildings have increasingly complex programs and the constraints imposed by structural engineering become the primary importance to the design solution.

CIV_ENV 386: HIGH PERFORMANCE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

In this course, students learn the elements of high performance building design, and they learn to explore the various metrics used to analyze the relationship between the structure and function of various design alternatives.

CIV_ENV 395-0-27: DESIGN OF SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENTS

The goal of this course is to design high performing neighborhoods that incorporate principles of density, diversity, and flexibility. Sustainable urban districts are walkable and bikeable, diminishing the need for private automobiles, and they are ecologically regenerative, ecomonically vibrant, and socially equitable.

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international experience

The AE&D program prepares next-generation engineers to combine creative and algorithmic thinking to take on today's worldwide sustainability challenges. A critical element of our global approach is international study for AE&D students. In recent years, AE&D students have visited the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) in Stuttgart for intensive workshops on architectural and materials design.

During a workshop, students work together in teams to discover a creative solution to a non-traditional design challenge posed by ILEK researchers. Recent workshops have focused on innovative formwork and texturing techniques for concrete structures using frozen sand and 3D hydroplotting.  In conjunction with these workshops, students also tour iconic structures such as the Mercedes-Benz Museum, and are immersed in the rich design culture in Germany.   

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student work

Michael Aronson is a BS/MS student in his final year of studies at Northwestern, interested in the intersection of architecture and structural engineering.  This led him to a unique project in his recent course CIV_ENV 386: High Performance Building Design. The design team approached the task of rehabilitating an existing building located in Evanston. 
Yue (Major) Zeng, a 2017 BS graduate in civil engineering with a focus in structure and architecture, designed this single-family home for her CIV_ENV 385-1: Architectural Engineering & Design 1: Fundamentals course.
Jovana Crnomarkovic, a 2017 BS graduate in civil engineering with a focus in structure and architecture, designed this K-8 school for her CIV_ENV 385-2: Architectural Engineering & Design 2: Intermediate course. 
Team project for CIV_ENV 395: Design of Sustainable Urban Developments course redesigned urban development master plan for the Finkle Steel site, Chicago.

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alumni careers

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.

Check out what alumni have done with their Architectural Engineering & Design certificate! Liz Trumball, Maya Stuhlbarg, Mehri Paydar, Michael Aronson, Andrew Sonta, and Tony Vasquez have had their architectural work featured. 

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