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Integrating Design Throughout The Curriculum For Architectural Engineering Students

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Technical Issues in Arch. Engr.

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7.684.1 - 7.684.10



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Suzanne Bilbeisi

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John Phillips

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Session 2306

“Integrating Design Throughout the Curriculum for Architectural Engineering Students” Suzanne Bilbeisi, RA , John J. Phillips, PE Oklahoma State University

The study of Architectural Engineering at Oklahoma State University is an integr ated mix of liberal studies, design, and technical education. Established in 1909, the Architectural Engineering program has long enjoyed a focus on the integration of design and design-related issues into the five-year curriculum. The primary objective of the program is to prepare students for success and leadership roles in the professional practice of architectural engineering. Our belief in the importance of an education focused on design to achieve this objective is reflected in the curriculum structure – open-ended design problems are incorporated into every year level of the student experience.

As the flow chart below illustrates, the five-year curriculum is conceptually organized to gradually increase the amount of architecture-related coursework over the first two years in the pre-professional program. Application is required for entrance into professional school, and only those students who meet the requirements are accepted. As the student continues within the professional school curriculum, the content becomes focused on architectural engineering coursework in the primary area of structures. In the fifth year of study, elective coursework allows each student to direct his studies towards a secondary area of interest in either construction management, advanced structural design and analysis, or environmental controls. Throughout the ten semesters, design experiences occur at every year level. These design experiences are supported by rigorous course work focused on engineering science and higher math. A required component of study in the humanities complement these analytical courses, and allow for a well-rounded graduate to emerge from this curriculum.

Architectural Engineering Curriculum Chart. Courses with design content are shown white.

“Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education”

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Bilbeisi, S., & Phillips, J. (2002, June), Integrating Design Throughout The Curriculum For Architectural Engineering Students Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10045

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