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Fellow Engineers,

What's the difference?  I just read the definitions of Architecture and 
Engineering from Funk & Wagnall's Standard Desk Dictionary and can see why 
laymen are confused or unaware with what WE do.  The definitions are as 

Architecture:  The science, art, or profession of designing and 
constructing buildings or other structures.

Engineering:  The art and science of designing, constructing, and operating 
roads, bridges, buildings, etc.

Ouch!, that must make me an Architect and an Engineer.  Since I am already 
a "Son of an Architect" by birth, does that make me half Architect and half 

I have used the same simplistic definition that Roger Turk used in 
yesterdays email:

"An over simplified explanation of a Structural Engineer that I use, is, 
Architect draws the pretty picture, and the Structural Engineer figures out 
how to hold it up."  (Sometimes I think even that is too complicated for 

But we still don't get the recognition for OUR achievements.  Architects 
are even becoming leads on bridge projects!  But that brings about a whole 
other issue.  For your own interests, read past articles in Structural 
Engineer magazine.  You can subscribe to the free publication in the USA at   The architect/engineer articles were in the October 
and November 2000 issues entitled "The architect and the bridge".  These 
articles were spurred by an article in the August 2000 issue "Should 
architects design bridges?"  Enjoy!  What a way to get fired up for the 

Mr. Jamie A. Heupel
Raasch Associates, Inc.
Green Bay, WI