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Architectural Engineering and Construction Engineering
In the fall of 2018, a new, first-of-its-kind in Canada architectural engineering undergraduate program was launched. The program features 24 months of compulsory / inclusive coop work experience, along with a series of core studio courses in each of the eight academic terms. Each of these courses will involve the planning and execution of a series of design projects that integrate and put into practice concepts covered in the other courses the students will be taking. For the entire third year of the program, the students will study at an off campus architecture school, where they will work on building design projects alongside architecture students. The curriculum for this new program has an emphasis on “communication, collaboration, and design”. This paper presents an overview of the program curriculum and discusses challenges encountered and lessons learned in the program development and implementation to date. Highlights of the challenges faced include issues such as: attracting students to a new program where there are relatively few current examples to point to (in Canada) of well-established career paths, marketing lower year students of this new program to prospective coop employers, and developing and implementing an academic program that will meet the Canadian professional engineering accreditation requirements while at the same time exposing the students in a sufficient depth to related fields not classically considered to be engineering. While there is limited information available to quantify the success of the program to date, the paper does discuss a promising qualitative assessment of the abilities of the students in this program to be successful in teamwork oriented projects and to deal in creative ways with challenging, open-ended problems. Future plans to address the need to obtain quantifiable measures of success in terms of achieving the desired program outcomes will also be outlined.
Walbridge, S., & Al-Hammoud, R. (2020, June), Challenges and Opportunities Observed in the Implementation of a New Architectural Engineering Undergraduate Academic Program Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34267
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