So You Want to Be An ArchE?
Architectural engineering combines architecture with the scientific aspects of making a safe building - it’s art and science! We deal with architecture, structural and geotechnical engineering, mechanical and HVAC systems, environmental and sustainability issues - the works.
In my ArchE design studio, we’ve been assigned a half-semester project of designing a multi-use complex with a high-rise residential tower, office and retail space, and parking for all three programs.
To make it more challenging, our site is on a floodplain and is in the middle of a Capitol View Corridor, meaning we can’t build anything taller than 63 feet on most of the site.
Right now, we’re in preliminary design. We’ve finished researching our site and have progressed to massing.
So far we’ve been using SketchUp to create radicals of massing models - that is, lots of different options for where the various bits and pieces might be situated. We’ll be starting to choose our favorite schemes and model them in Revit soon, though.
No matter what issue we are tackling though, I think better when I can draw it out - hence the photos above, just a few from the notebook I’ve filled with ideas and sketches!