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Civil Engineering vs Architecture and 5 other Related Careers

Building A Future: Architecture Vs Civil Engineering

Designing and engineering is the heart and soul of any construction work. The purpose of this blog post is to tell you the difference between what an architect does and what a civil engineer does. Both civil engineers and architects design buildings and other structures.

When it comes to architecture vs. engineering, many of the distinctions between the two fields come down to differences in perspective and personality.

While there are some traits that both civil engineers and architects should have, including effective speaking and writing skills and organizational skills, there are also differences in the ideal qualities of these professionals.

Civil engineers and architects do, however, work together on some projects.

However, within each branch of civil engineering career path options vary. Experienced engineers generally do more complex analysis or design work, or management of more complex design projects, or management of other engineers, or into specialized consulting, including forensic engineering.

Civil engineering on the other hand will be more concerned with the actual construction of the project with functionality, durability, and stability in mind. Architects may have knowledge like structural engineers, but their primary focus will always be the functionality, creativity, and appearance of the design. With that being said, the architect will require creativity while the civil engineer will require analysis, which also includes reducing the construction costs.

Differences Between Architecture And Civil Engineering

The academic backgrounds differ between construction management vs. civil engineering. For example, civil engineers may use analytical data to build a twelve-story building. In contrast, mechanical engineers may use their analytic findings to develop various systems within the building, such as elevators. While architects design the human interface with the building such as lighting and many integral parts don’t say civil engineers aren’t capable of designing a building. Although architects and civil engineers work to construct similar structures, their duties, skills, and approaches to any project differ in various ways.

What Is A Civil Engineer?

The civil engineer will be responsible for finding suitable materials, suggesting modifications and alterations, and evaluating the structural integrity to transform the architect’s vision into realization. Civil engineers are professionals who design the likes of sewer systems, dams, buildings, roads, and bridges.


Civil engineering is the brilliant planning & execution of the dream passing through tons of barriers to make it real. Though civil engineers and architects work together, there is a difference between architects and civil engineers based on the types of work they do. Both positions require strong interpersonal communication skills, an understanding of engineering design, and a knack for problem-solving. When it comes to civil engineering, those real-life problems revolve around the “built environment,” including the buildings, bridges, transportation systems, and water supply systems.


What Is Architecture?


The Architect will initiate and create the design, including the shape, color, and spaces of the development work then civil engineering professionals will analyze it to find ways to make the construction design possible. Combine civil engineering with architecture, and discover their importance for developing sustainable, urban areas. Architectural engineering technology graduates, with applied engineering skills, often gain further learning with an MS degree in engineering and/or NAAB-accredited Masters of Architecture to become licensed as both an engineer and architect.

In the state of New Jersey, a registered architect is allowed to sit for the PE exam and a professional engineer is allowed to take the design portions of the Architectural Registration Exam, to become a registered architect.  It is becoming more common for highly educated architectural engineers in the United States to become licensed as both engineers and architects. There are several varieties in the fields of architecture and civil engineering, each of which requires a different level of training and schooling.

Below you see downtown Chicago, where development flourishes with an extremely robust transportation system. The photo below was taken on the rooftop of the Aqua Tower in Chicago by Jeanne Gang Architects.

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