Architectural engineering deals with the technical aspects of buildings and for that reason it is also known as building engineering. To be functional, a building must have structural, mechanical and electrical systems that are properly designed and installed. These systems make built environments safe and suitable for human occupancy.
Architectural engineers should not be confused with architects, who focus more on the aesthetic aspects of buildings. In simple terms, architects design the appearance and layout of buildings, while architectural engineers apply technical principles to make the project feasible. However, note that architects also receive technical training, and there is some overlap between both roles; many professional architects are also architectural engineers.
After the project architect has worked with the client to define the appearance and layout, the next step is applying engineering principles to make the building functional and safe for occupancy. Architectural engineers work with many technical areas, with the collaboration of specialist engineers from each field:
Architectural engineers collaborate with clients and architects to determine the operating requirements of these building systems, and then work with specialist engineers to deliver the best solution. Code compliance must be ensured throughout the entire process, considering there are national regulations, but also standards that apply for specific states or cities.
Projects are subject to a reviewing process with local authorities, and they are only approved for construction if they meet all the applicable codes. However, this is not an issue if you are working with qualified design professionals.
Failure to meet building codes is a common cause of delays, and clients benefit from completing their projects as soon as possible. This is especially true when developing residential or commercial spaces for rent since the building can start receiving tenants and charging rent sooner.
With architectural engineering services from qualified professionals, you can ensure all the underlying system in your building are well designed and code-compliant. The benefits start with the design and construction phase since you can speed up project approval.