American Society of Civil Engineers

Vision for ASCE’s Architectural Engineering Division

by J. Paul Guyer, F.ASCE, (Pres., Guyer Santin, Inc., 917–7th St., Sacramento, CA 95814)

Journal of Architectural Engineering, Vol. 1, No. 1, March 1995, pp. 2-8, (doi:

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Document type: Journal Paper
Abstract: The Architectural Engineering Division of ASCE was established in 1993 in response to a petition from Society members active in the building design industry. This paper comments on a vision for the Division’s future. It is proposed that the Division focus on the multidisciplinary nature of the building design process, the need to be practitioner-oriented, and the importance of focusing on areas that will help members compete successfully in this competitive industry. If the Division is to meet the needs of the building design community, it must provide a forum for all the technical disciplines that are part of the design process. Mechanical and electrical engineers, architects and landscape architects, and specialized consultants are all part of the audience that the Division hopes to attract. The Division may be the forerunner of a new model for ASCE—one in which the emphasis is on our finished product, infrastructure, rather than our historical focus on technical education and training.

ASCE Subject Headings:
ASCE divisions
Building design
Professional practice