Architectural Engineering Certificate

Architectural engineering students with 3-D models

Enhance your degree with design skills taught by a practicing architect

Designing a building is a complex task requiring the close collaboration of architects and engineers together in a design team. While there has traditionally been a difference between the role of the architect on the "creative" side and that of the engineer on the “practical” side, architectural engineers, trained in practical and creative methods of problem solving and design, bridge this gap.

Architectural engineering is a new and growing field of engineering. The American Society of Civil Engineering has created a Division of Architectural Engineering, and there are now more than a dozen architectural engineering schools in the United States.

Duke’s Certificate Program in Architectural Engineering provides students with an understanding of building design and the construction process through experiences that include close-up examination of current construction projects and hands-on projects that simulate work as a member of a professional design team. In this course of study, a background in aesthetic design, architectural history, building materials and construction forms the architectural core, while a suitable list of engineering courses in such topics as structural design provides the engineering basis.

Our students learn from a practicing architect. Chris Braiser, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, serves as director of the certificate program and teaches the CEE 311 and 411 architectural engineering courses.

Certificate Requirements

Successful completion of six (6) required and two (2) elective courses will lead to a certificate in Architectural Engineering.

Required Courses

  • CEE 311(161): Architectural Engineering I
  • CEE 411(162): Architectural Engineering II
  • CEE 422L(133L): Concrete and Composite Structures
  • CEE 423L(134L): Metallic Structures
  • ARTHIST 285(189A), 285D(189AD), or 286D(189BD): Modern/Postmodern Architecture
  • EGR 201L(75L): Mechanics of Solids

Elective Courses

  • ARTSVIS 101(54): Introduction to Visual Practice  
  • CEE 201L(130L): Uncertainity Design and Optimization
  • CEE 421L(131L): Matrix Structural Analysis 
  • CEE 190(141)/390(142): Special Topics in Civil Engineering
  • CEE 429(192): Integrated Structural Design
  • CEE 491(197)/492(198): Projects in Civil Engineering
  • EGR 120L(25L): Introduction to Structural Engineering
  • EGR 206(150): Engineering Communication
  • EGR 357(175): Aesthetics, Design, and Culture

Note: CEE 491(197)/492(198) must involve topics in the architectural engineering area, for one course credit work.

Contact for More information

Chris Brasier, FAIA, LEED AP, MBA
Lecturer, Architect
(919) 660-5174
[e-mail address]