Cooking steak is not exactly architectural, but it feels like it is the same combination of art and science. I just ran across this website, simple and fun to play around with: http://up.csail.mit.edu/science-of-cooking/home-screen.html. It simulates cooking at different temperatures and times so you can cook the perfect steak!
I am going to try it out one of these days. I will updated to tell you if it is at all accurate!