First students complete new architectural engineering graduate program

July 22, 2013

After recently introducing the new architectural graduate degree at CU-Boulder, the first students from the program have graduated and already found success as they’ve accepted positions within the consulting engineering industry.

Prospective students of the program can expect to gain an in-depth understanding of high-performance building design of new facilities, energy analysis and efficiency improvements for existing buildings; renewable energy integration; and advanced technologies associated with the smart grid, says Gregor Henze, professor of architectural engineering at CU-Boulder. Moving forward, future classes will also focus on the sustainability of construction materials.

Graduates with a master’s or doctorate in architectural engineering are prepared to work for consulting architectureand engineering firms, national research laboratories and companies active in the building construction domain, Henze says. As the need continues for engineers with deep knowledge of energy analysis, sustainable building design best practices, renewable energy integration, energy auditing and commissioning, students from this program are in high demand.

“There is a very strong need nationwide for the expertise of graduates with MS and Ph.D in architectural engineering, and our program is highly regarded in the architectural engineering industry based on a quarter century of experience in producing highly skilled graduate building sciences engineers,” Henze says. “I’ve been approached by several people in the industry asking for more of that caliber student; there is a significant unmet need for their expertise.”

With the graduate program in architectural engineering gaining traction, applications are expected to greatly increase this year, says Pamela Williamson, graduate coordinator for the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Department. While six prospective students submitted applications during the last entrance period, Williamson projects this number to hit anywhere between 30 and 100 in the next round. To apply, prospective students must submit an application, four letters of recommendation, transcripts and test scores.