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Current Trends in Architectural Engineering Education

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Architectural Division Technical Session

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Architectural Engineering

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John J. Phillips Oklahoma State University

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JOHN PHILLIPS, a registered engineer and associate professor of architectural engineering, practiced as a structural engineer for nine years before returning to his alma mater to teach at Oklahoma State University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including Statics, Analysis I, Foundations, Timbers, Steel, Concrete, Steel II, Concrete II, Steel III, Concrete III, and in the Comprehensive Design Studio.

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The Architectural Engineering profession has been in existence for over 100 years with current programs being accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, or ABET. There are four areas of focus in ABET accredited Architectural Engineering programs: building structures, building mechanical systems, building electrical systems, and construction/construction management. Individual programs determine which of these areas of focus are taught in their programs.

With the recent addition of a newly accredited program there are now 21 ABET accredited Architectural Engineering programs in the United States. It would be to the advantage of all to better understand the similarities and differences between these programs. With the variety of focuses in Architectural Engineering programs there are going to be differences that if understood could lead to better collaboration between universities, taking advantage of the strengths of the individual programs.

A study was performed and presented at ASEE in 2007 on the then current Architectural Engineering programs in the United States and included a contrast and comparison of the programs. Since that time there have been new programs accredited and several of the programs have gone through major changes to their curriculum. With changes to the number and focus of the programs it is time to perform a new study that is expanded to include information pertinent to current teaching pedagogy and available technologies used in the educational environment. This paper will include an in depth look at the current state of ABET accredited Architectural Engineering programs with contrast and comparison of the programs.

Phillips, J. J. (2018, June), Current Trends in Architectural Engineering Education Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30246

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