Architectural Engineering



B.S. Degree in Architectural Engineering Icon As an architectural engineer, you’ll blend the fundamental principles of engineering with knowledge of all building systems, while using new and emerging technologies, to plan and design integrated building systems, such as acoustics, communications and controls, electric power, lighting, mechanical (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning), and structural.

At The Durham School, we are developing the “architectural engineer of the future”: someone who is technically savvy, innovative, entrepreneurial, globally and socially aware, and a community leader. Our five-year program, one of only a few in the nation, combines a bachelor’s and master’s degree into five years of schooling so our students graduate with an ABET-accredited Master of Architectual Engineering degree. As a Master of Architectual Engineering graduate you will have an excellent foundation to give you a head-start in the career field.

*The Architectural Engineering program is offered ONLY on the Omaha campus.
Areas of Emphasis
Structural Columns at PKI

Structural Design

Every building must be built to withstand the force of gravity, weather, time, even natural disasters. Architectural engineers research, analyze, and design structural systems to ensure our safety and comfort. They determine the materials and techniques needed to creatively transform a big idea into reality. Our program merges innovative coursework with guidance from outstanding structural faculty. Students gain hands-on experience in our Structural Research Laboratory, featuring over 5,000 square feet of floor space to accommodate various testing needs.
Visual impact of daylighting on a structure.

Electrical/Lighting

Buildings need electric power, communications, and light. Architectural engineers plan and design smart buildings that allow us to efficiently use energy and communicate with the world. They develop methods to illuminate a building by balancing considerations of cost, aesthetics and effects on human behavior and productivity. They are concerned with energy efficiency and sustainable design practices. Students gain hands-on experience in our Lighting and Electrical Systems Laboratory, featuring electrical panels and lighting control boards.
Image of Heating Water Supply at PKI.

Mechanical/Acoustics

Buildings require controlled environments to optimize effficiency and productivity. Architectural engineers plan and design heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, and acoustical systems—all the systems that improve our quality of life. They are concerned with energy efficiency and sustainable design practices. Students gain hands-on experience in our Building Systems Laboratory, featuring customizable settings to affect change and observe outcomes.


  • Acoustical Society of America
  • American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers
  • Architectural Engineering Institute
  • Emerging Green Builders
  • Illuminating Engineering Society of North America


  • Commercial construction
  • Building energy system design
  • Design lighting systems
  • Design building electric power systems
  • Design structural systems
  • Design building acoustical systems
  • Engineering consulting
  • Facility operations


  • Black & Veatch
  • Alvine & Associates
  • DLR Group
  • HDR Inc.
  • Leo A Daly

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