Our Building Engineers are concerned with the planning, design, construction, operation, renovation, and maintenance of buildings, as well as with their impacts on the surrounding environment. Building Engineering, commonly known as Architectural Engineering, is an interdisciplinary program that integrates pertinent knowledge from different disciplines:


  • Civil engineering for building structures and foundation;
  • Mechanical engineering for Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning system (HVAC), and for mechanical service systems;
  • Electrical engineering for power distribution, control, and electrical systems;
  • Physics for building science, lighting and acoustics.
  • Chemistry and biology for indoor air quality;
  • Architecture for form, function, building codes and specifications;
  • Economics for project planning and scheduling.

The building engineer explores all phases of the life cycle of a building and develops an appreciation of the building as an advanced technological system. Problems are identified and appropriate solutions found to improve the performance of the building in areas such as:


  • Energy efficiency, passive solar engineering, lighting and acoustics;
  • Indoor air quality;
  • Construction management
  • HVAC and control sysytems
  • Advanced building materials, building envelope
  • Earthquake resistance, wind effects on buildings, computer-aided design.