The Architectural Engineering Department is located in the College of Environmental Design (CED) Building, No. 19. As such, it enjoys the availability of Smart Classrooms equipped with modern computing and presentation devices. In addition, there is a general ARE Lab located in Room 452-3, as well as a general presentation room (450). Each of these rooms has a wide-screen digital projector and are used for undergraduate and graduate lectures and as computing labs.
Smart Design Studios
The ARE Smart Design Studios consists of two major computer clusters, each part of the local network domain that serves the needs of the architectural engineering program. Each of the clusters has an average of 12 Pentium class computers, connected to a server. The computers are loaded with the most recent industry standard application software. All the clusters are connected to the university wide network. The Smart Studios also have large format plotters for hard copy production and are capable of utilizing projectors with projection screens available. The Smart Studios are a focus of activity for the department as they supports both the teaching of design and other related courses such as working drawings and graphics. The studios affords ARE students the opportunity to improve their design and drafting skills using the latest technology that is available.
The Smart Design Studios offer a distinguished service to the student in using the computers in the Architectural design, Acoustics and Illumination systems provide the modeling programs used in evaluating the thermal performance of a building and energy use and conservation. The studios also contain a number printers and scanners for typical day-to-day needs of the students who prepare and print their assignments using the studios as a reference point of academic activity.
Virtual Reality Laboratory
Virtual reality is an emerging tool in architecture and the Architectural Engineering department, being in the forefront in the adoption of computer in architecture in the region, has established a virtual reality laboratory. The laboratory currently has two high-end computers that support modeling, rendering, animation and digital video editing. The laboratory also has analog video editing equipment. The department is currently working on expanding the laboratory through the acquisition of Immersive virtual reality equipment.
The College also has an area dedicated to exhibiting exceptional works (designs, models) of students. These contain projects done by ARE students as well as those in ARC Department.
Digital Photography Lab
Features of a Typical Cubicle (Hardware)
The Smart studios accessed via smart cards have lecture/group discussion areas integrated with the workstations. The smart studios provide an optimum learning environment for design and other studio courses. In addition, students have an adequate level of privacy that allows them to focus on their studio work without being distracted.
Some Lab activities