Architectural Engineering

Build better buildings — and a bright career in the process

A group of Architecture students working on a project

Explore the science of building design combining engineering and architectural thinking. You will learn firsthand the impact of design choices on a building’s energy efficiency and carbon footprint, and learn about the challenges of updating aging buildings.

You'll cover all the science and engineering that goes into good building design, including mechanics, structural analysis, structural design and more. In third year, you'll study at Waterloo's world-class School of Architecture, deepening your understanding of aesthetics, culture, and other elements of design.

As a graduate, you'll be able to speak the language of both engineers and architects. Your knowledge will encompass the whole scope of building design, construction, assessment, and refurbishment, plus the communication skills that will put you on the fast track to leadership in the construction industry.

Program highlights

Explore the science of design. Gain the technical know-how of an engineer while developing design skills through hands-on modelling and prototyping studio courses each term.

Collaborate with architects. You'll spend third year at our School of Architecture in Cambridge, Ontario, working and connecting with talented Architecture students and gaining expertise in design.


Architectural Engineering at Waterloo

Leverage elements of architecture and civil engineering and become a graduate technically skilled in the whole scope of building design, construction, assessment, repair, and refurbishment.

What will you learn? 

During your first year, you'll take a mix of foundational engineering, chemistry, and math courses.

Learn about courses you'll take for your Architectural Engineering degree.

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Co-op = relevant paid work experience

Waterloo's co-op program, the largest in North America, is an amazing way to explore potential careers, learn to interview for jobs, graduate with up to two years of valuable experience – and make money!

Sample co-op job titles

  • Architectural Engineering/BIM Consultant
  • Building Envelope/Structural Technician
  • Building Science & Restoration Project Coordinator
  • Design and Energy Performance Specialist
  • Energy & Sustainability Engineering Assistant
  • Jr. Conservation Management Coordinator
  • Microclimate Coordinator
  • Residential Engineering Designer

Co-op work-study sequence

Starting in first year, you'll normally alternate between school and work every four months, integrating your classroom learning with real-world experience. You can return to the same employer for a couple of work terms to gain greater knowledge and responsibility or work for different employers to get a broad range of experience.

Year September to December (Fall) January to April (Winter) May to August (Spring)
First Study Co-op Study
Second Co-op Study Co-op
Third Study Co-op Study
Fourth Co-op Study Co-op
Fifth Study Study -

Your first work term will be halfway through first year (January to April 2025).

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megaphone icon"Being a part of a tight-knit class is amazing. There are about 80 people in my class, so everyone knows each other. I liked how if you had a homework question and went to the studio, someone would be able to help you with it."Nimisha, second-year Architectural Engineering co-op student

Admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

Admission averages: Individual selection from the mid- to high 80s

The Admission Information Form is required for admission.

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How to apply

Apply directly to this program on your application.

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