The current specialization of disciplines tends to create a gap between architecture as a piece of art and architecture as a piece of engineering. However, nor the architectural design, nor the engineer’s calculation, is the only determining factor of the final built object. Architecture is the result of different disciplines coming together but these are quite often considered as singular issues.
What if “building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.” (Alvar Aalto, 1898-1976)? We, architects and engineers of the 21th century, have a common goal and responsibility: to create sustainable space to live in. Therefore, architecture and engineering should be integrated and considered as one, blended from the early stage of the design process. A sustainable architecture is a crystallization point in the integration and application of specialized and multi-disciplinary knowledge in an integrated design.