Why the world needs more architectural engineers

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Why the world needs more architectural engineers

The sector is growing

The architectural engineering and construction solutions market is poised to grow by USD 2.87 billion between 2020-2024 Image

How we live will change

Did you know 70% of the global population will live in cities by 2050? Image

To reduce carbon emissions we need a new generation of engineers with a holistic approach to design aesthetically considered buildings with efficient use of space and resources, whilst maintaining the health and wellbeing of occupants.

Architectural engineers are at the forefront of finding new ways to design sustainable buildings that reduce energy and water consumption, and that utilise more environmentally friendly materials.

Space is not infinite, and adapting is key

It is expected that in the UK alone 3.5M non-domestic buildings and 26M residential buildings will need to be reshaped and reconfigured to meet future needs and be energy efficient over the next few decades.

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Please whatever you do, just stop making lifeless soul-destroying tower blocks and skyscrapers. Architecture has been extremely ugly since world war 2
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Please whatever you do, just stop making lifeless soul-destroying tower blocks and skyscrapers. Architecture has been extremely ugly since world war 2
Architectural engineers aren't architects - the latter design the aesthetics of the building, the former design the functions of the building (e.g. HVAC systems, lighting, structural design etc).

Also "ugly" is a very relative term for each individual some people may like e.g. international or Brutalist styles!
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Architectural engineers aren't architects - the latter design the aesthetics of the building, the former design the functions of the building (e.g. HVAC systems, lighting, structural design etc).

Also "ugly" is a very relative term for each individual some people may like e.g. international or Brutalist styles!
The difference between Rome and Beijing is architecture. If every city has the same looking buildings (any major city in America and any major city in China) then isn’t that boring? It’s like if you were to replace Rome with just skyscrapers. It’d just be like New York City but worse. Doesn’t that annoy you? It sure as heck annoys me
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The difference between Rome and Beijing is architecture. If every city has the same looking buildings (any major city in America and any major city in China) then isn’t that boring? It’s like if you were to replace Rome with just skyscrapers. It’d just be like New York City but worse. Doesn’t that annoy you? It sure as heck annoys me
They're only the same if you don't pay attention to the differences. Arguably most of the buildings in Rome are similar looking because they're a similar architectural style. There is a lot to be unpacked here about why in this case it is assume that the consistent architectural style of Rome, a classical European style, to be superior to other more modern (or dare I suggest, non-Western) styles.

There are also things to consider about function and scalability with respect to that style and those building materials - in highly populated urban areas you need tall buildings to make the most use out of small plots of land. You can't do this with those kinds of materials in those kinds of styles because it's not structurally possible to make a marble/brick/etc skyscraper taller than a certain height. Thus, different materials and hence different architectural styles are used not simply due to aesthetics but also out of necessity.
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