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Architectural Engineering Curriculum: Integration of Architecture and Architectural Engineering

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Poster Session

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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22.223.1 - 22.223.10

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Ahmed Cherif Megri University of Wyoming

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Dr. Ahmed Cherif Megri, associate professor of architectural engineering at the University of Wyoming (UW), teaches several HVAC and energy courses. Dr. Megri is also teaching a course titled “Comprehensive Performance of Building Envelope and HVAC Systems” for Summer School at UW, and “Smoke and Fire Dynamics” during summer session at Concordia University, Canada. His research areas include airflow modeling, zonal modeling, energy modeling, and artificial intelligence modeling using the support vector machine learning approach.
Prior to his actual position at UW, he was an assistant professor and the director of Architectural Engineering Program at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He was responsible for developing the current architectural engineering undergraduate and master’s programs at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). During his stay at IIT, he taught fundamental engineering courses, such as thermodynamics and heat transfer, as well as design courses, such as HVAC, energy, plumbing, fire protection and lighting. Also, he supervise many courses in the frame of interprofessional projects program (IPRO).

In few months, Dr. Megri will defend his “Habilitation” (HDR) degree at Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris VI, Sorbonne Universities.

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Integration of several disciplines of engineering to achieve an energy-efficient buildingdesignThe design of commercial office buildings is a complex process, in which various designers fromdifferent perspectives involving the architects, mechanical and structural engineers, lightingdesigners and specialist simulation modelers contribute to an integrated approach. The integratedapproach may involve the use of local weather conditions, such as wind-driven ventilation anddaylighting, as well as the characteristics of the building shape, materials and space planningneeds.In this paper, a methodology presented to our students in the framework of this course ispresented. This methodology is based on using actual buildings, where local weather conditionsas well as engineering considerations and architecture are used in an integrated approach toachieve a successful design.In the second part of the paper, an integrated approach will be described through a comparativestudy of energy performance of fully air conditioned covered and open atrium buildings in aspecific climate. The objective is to teach our students how architects and building designersachieve the most energy-efficient solution among many choices.We discuss the course program from the students’ point of view, and the experience earned indesign, integration, and methodology and also in written and oral communication skills.Methodology used to evaluate the effectiveness of this integrated course in terms of learningoutcomes is also described.

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