Architectural Engineering

Build better buildings — and a bright career in the process

Students and prof in the Architectural Engineering program at the University of Waterloo.

Combine engineering expertise with architectural savvy to boost the energy efficiency, durability, and sustainability of buildings. In Waterloo's newest engineering program, you'll learn how to design, renovate, and retrofit flexible buildings that adapt to different needs. And have the opportunity to combine it all with co-op.

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 result, you'll graduate speaking the language of both engineers and architects — a skill that will put you on the fast track to leadership in the building design industry.

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briefcaseGain two years of experience in Waterloo's co-op program

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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 high 80s

The Admission Information Form is required for admission.

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Architectural Engineering at Waterloo

Our Architectural Engineering program leverages elements of architecture and civil engineering to produce engineers technically skilled in the whole scope of building design, construction, assessment, repair and refurbishment.

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Design from day one

Combine science and design. You'll gain the technical know-how of an engineer while developing design skills through modelling and prototyping in hands-on studio courses each term.

Collaborate with architects

You'll spend third year at the School of Architecture in Cambridge, Ontario, working and interacting with talented Architecture students and gaining expertise in design.