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Architecture & Engineering


Brian CyrBrian Cyr





Architecture and Engineering is offered Blocks 3-4 in the fall and  blocks 2-3 and 3-4 during the spring semester.


Waukee Innovation and Learning Center

Premiere Partners:

DLR Group, 1430 Locust Street, Suite 200, Des Moines

Course Description

In Architecture and Engineering, students will become part of cross-discipline teams within a growing architecture and engineering design firm and will work alongside professionals on projects for healthcare, industry, education, government, and commercial clients.  They will gain experience with design processes and begin to develop an understanding of construction technologies and technical aspects of the built environment. In addition, they will gain exposure to specific technical skills and have opportunities to learn associated software such as AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, Photoshop, Illustrator, and ArcGIS. Students will also have the opportunity to develop portfolio materials suitable for use in applying to professional and technical degree programs. Students will be encouraged to experience one or more of the architecture and engineering professions in more depth as they work on real-world design projects that shape the environment for future generations.

Course Guide

Career Opportunities

Students will be connected to industry partners to explore projects and career opportunities such as architecture, interior design, structural and mechanical engineering, electrical and civil engineering, landscape architecture, and surveying.

Curriculum Advisory Team

  • Peg Armstrong-Gustafson, Business Development Manager of Waukee APEX/President and Founder of Amson Technology
  • Randy Gabriel, Director of Career and Technical Programs, Des Moines Area Community College
  • Randy Mead, Executive Dean of Program Development, Des Moines Area Community College
  • Anne Cameron, Office Manager, Shive-Hattery, Inc.
  • Brian Willham, Traffic and Transportation Engineer, Shive-Hattery, Inc.
  • Christopher Nelson, Mechanical Engineer, Shive-Hattery, Inc.
  • Craig Erickson, Landscape Architect, Shive-Hattery, Inc.
  • James Moore, Virtual Design Manager, Shive-Hattery, Inc.
  • Jim Wignall, Project Manager, Shive-Hattery, Inc.
  • Dan Meyer, Company Directory of Business Contacts, Shive-Hattery, Inc.
  • Michael Kammerer, Vice President and Office Director, Shive Hattery, Inc.
  • Michael Morman, Architect, Engineering & Research Staff, Shive-Hattery, Inc.
  • Michelle Huggins, Education Architect, Shive-Hattery, Inc.
  • Scarlett Deen, Project Coordinator, Shive-Hattery, Inc.
  • Tina Kueter, Director of Human Resources, Shive-Hattery, Inc.
  • Lindsay Law, Director of Teaching & Learning, Waukee Community School District
  • Michelle Hill, Director of Waukee APEX, Waukee Community Schools

Review Curriculum Team (Internal & External Stakeholders)

  • Bree Cooper, Chapter Vice President, Hy-Vee
  • Ann Culver, Systems Engineer, John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group
  • John Garvey, Client Representation and Negotiation, Partner, Proxymity
  • Bob Olson, Architect and General Real Property Appraiser, Proxymity
  • Jeff Magner, Geotechnical Engineering Consultant, Principal, Terracon
  • Ryan Morgan, Geotechnical Services Department Manager, Terracon
  • Steve Nepp, Industrial Technology Instructor, Waukee Middle School
  • John Kotz, Industrial Technology Instructor, Waukee High School
  • Dave Brus, Industrial Technology Instructor, Ar-We-Va Consolidated Schools
  • Kyle Strack, Industrial Technology Instructor, Waukee High School
  • Jeremy Cooper, Industrial Technology Instructor, Prairieview
  • Mike Modlin, Industrial Technology Instructor, Prairieview
  • Kevin Tow, Industrial Technology Instructor, South Middle School
  • Bryan Benham, Industrial Technology Instructor, Waverly Shellrock Schools
  • Eric Rose, Chief Operating Officer, Waukee Community Schools
  • Keith Elmquist, Director of Operations, Waukee Community Schools
  • Phillip Bormann, Middle School Principal, Dubuque Holy Family Schools
  • Larry Lyon, Owner, Mr. Fix It and Remodelworks and Board Member, Waukee Community Schools
  • Eric Beron, Principal, DLR Group
  • Davis Sanders, Principal, RDG Planning and Design
  • Mike Anderson, Architectural Intern, RDG Planning and Design
  • Mark Neevenhoven, Partner, INVISION Architecture
  • Kerry Weig, Project Manager, INVISION Architecture
  • Dan Niewoehner, Associate Vice-President, Cannon Design
  • Emi Day, Interior Designer, Cannon Design
  • Jim McCullough, Senior Vice-President, Weitz Company
  • Tracy Lemar, Vice-President, Barker Lemar Engineering Consultants
  • Justine Bangart, Associate Architect, ASK Studio
  • Davis Blum, Architect, ASK Studio
  • Mike Gatzke, Professor/Program Chair, Architectural Technologies, Des Moines Area Community College
  • Ray Beets, Dean of Applied Sciences & Engineering Technology, Hawkeye Community College
  • Kristopher Orth, Architect and Principal, Design Alliance, Inc.
  • Paul Taylor, Senior Engineer, Charles Saul Engineering, Inc.
  • Dale Schneider, Autodesk Consultant, Autodesk Inc.
  • Scott Ocken, Academic Dean of Industry and Technology, Des Moines Area Community College
  • Jenny Foster, Associate Academic Dean of Industry and Technology, Des Moines Area Community College
  • Lindsay Law, Director of Teaching & Learning, Waukee Community School District
  • Michelle Hill, Executive Director of Waukee APEX, Waukee Community Schools