Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Pam. Pam Wonders, “what is the difference between an architect and an engineer” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Pam!
Do you live in a big city? If so, you may be used to all the hustle and bustle and tall buildings. Many of our Wonder Friends live in small towns or rural areas, though. Is that you? If so, you may find a trip to a large city quite the change of pace.
Many people don’t think much about how buildings are made. Seeing skyscrapers might get them WONDERing, though. Exactly how would one go about building such an incredible structure?
An engineer, on the other hand, will help put the architect’s plans into action. They will figure out what is physically possible and what materials will be used. They’ll also make decisions on issues of practicality and safety. They also often take part in building other things, like machines, roads, or bridges.
This doesn’t mean that either job ignores the other's goals, though. When designing a building, architects will keep practical considerations in mind. Likewise, an engineer will consider the aesthetics of the project when making decisions.
Architects and engineers also take different paths in school. During college, architects will take more art-related classes. Engineers will take more science, technology, and math classes. These different paths reflect the knowledge and skills each person brings to a project.
Would like to design buildings one day? Are you more interested in the aesthetics of a project? Or would you rather put the plans into action? Depending on your interests and talents, either job could be a good fit for you!
Standards: CCRA.L.3, CCRA.L.6, CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.SL.1