Build better buildings — and a bright career in the process
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.
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.
The program is subject to approval by the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.
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.
About the Architectural Engineering program
Gain 2 years of experience in Waterloo's co-op program
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree
Engineering school in Canada (US News & World Report 2018)
Offered by the Faculty of Engineering
Learn how sustainability is fundamental to design
How does Architectural Engineering relate to Architecture?
Course content-wise, the program is closer to the Civil Engineering program than it is to Architecture. Courses will cover mechanics, structural analysis, and structural design, as well as a heavy math focus in your first 2 years.
You'll learn about the science and engineering behind good building design – not just the structural aspects, but also energy efficiency, sustainable building design, and smart/green building design. The program covers only enough about the aesthetic aspects of building design to be able to communicate intelligently with architects in their own language. In Architecture, these aesthetic aspects are a much greater focus.
Architectural Engineering admission requirements
- Ontario students: 6 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
- An Admission Information Form is required
- Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements
First-year Architectural Engineering courses
September to December
May to August
Sample upper-year Architectural Engineering courses
You'll have your first co-op work term in January to April of your first year, alternating between 4-month co-op work terms and 4-month school terms. By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
- Consulting firms specializing in structural and/or architectural design
- Building performance consulting firms
- Construction companies and developers
- Regulatory agencies
- Building owners and operators