Architectural Technology (AAS)

Application Code: 
0443
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
David I. Carli
Coordinator Email: 
carlidi@alfredstate.edu
Description: 

360 Virtual TourThe AAS in architectural technology program offers a concentration of courses in architectural design and graphic communication as well as material in related areas such as structures, mechanical systems, professional practice, and construction technology.

The program seeks to expose students to a broad range of skills and basic data relevant to the building process. This broad exposure gives students the ability to be conversant with and/or seek employment with all related professions within the architectural field. Students are required during the two years of study to apply the skills or background knowledge gained in these “exposure” courses to actual problem-solving situations. Thus they develop a better understanding of the complexity, interrelationships, and proper sequencing of the building process.

As a response to the impact of computers on all areas of the architecture profession, a series of computer courses has been developed which introduces the student to a variety of 2D & 3D building information modeling and animation applications.

This program places graduates as technicians in the architecture professions. However, each year some students transfer into the BS program or professional degree programs in architecture and and related fields. From 2013/14 on, graduates may also apply for transfer into the department's new BArch program.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the architectural technology program. See laptop specifications.

The AAS and BS in architectural technology and the BArch have shared course work in the first two years of each program. Because of this alignment, the AAS and BS in architectural technology are required to meet the same NAAB ‘Student Performance Criteria’ that apply to the BArch program that was found ‘eligible for candidacy’ by the NAAB on April 30, 2013, and scheduled for the ‘initial candidacy’ visit for spring 2014. These Student Performance Criteria are laid out on pp. 21-25 of the 2009 Conditions for Accreditation by the NAAB. The full text, as well as the NAAB 2012 Procedures for Accreditation, Amended, may be found at http://www.naab.org/documents/home_origin.as px?path=Public+Documents. See also ‘EDUCATIONAL REALMS & STUDENT PERFORMANCE CRITERIA’ in the catalog entry for the BArch program.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives were established with the assistance of the Advisory Board and are reviewed periodically. The architectural technology program produces graduates who will be able to:

  • demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of architectural practice;
  • apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology-related to the built environment;
  • define, analyze, and respond to architectural problems and evaluate results using graphic thinking to improve design processes;
  • show creativity in the design and integration of building systems and components through three-dimensional exploration and visualization techniques;
  • demonstrate the ability to function effectively in team situations;
  • identify, analyze, and solve technical problems related to building design and site development;
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral, written, and graphic form;
  • understand professional, ethical, legal, and social responsibilities related to architectural practice;
  • show respect for diversity and a knowledge of human behavior related to contemporary professional, societal, and global issues;
  • recognize the need for and be able to engage in lifelong learning and self-evaluation;
  • demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate a mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of architectural practice.
  • Apply current knowledge, and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology related to the built environment.
  • Define, analyze and respond to architectural problems, and evaluate results using graphic thinking to improve design processes.
  • Show creativity in the design and integration of building systems and components through three-dimensional exploration and visualization techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to function effectively in team situations.
  • Identify, analyze, and solve technical problems related to building design and site development.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral, written, and graphic form.
  • Understand professional, ethical, legal, and social responsibilities related to architectural practice.
  • Show respect for diversity, and a knowledge of behavior related to contemporary professional, societal and global issues.
  • Recognize the need for, and ability to engage in lifelong learning and self-evaluation.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry   
Recommended: Physics

Accreditation/Certification: 

The degree may be accepted for credit toward professional licensure in New York State.

Features & Facilities: 
  • Focuses on architectural graphics and communication as applied in the architect's office.
  • Computer applications hardware and software are used to develop project drawings and computer models.
Articulation Agreements: 

State University of New York at Buffalo (studio placement based on portfolio review)

Career Opportunities: 
  • Architect (after successfully meeting state requirements)
  • Detailers
  • Specifications Writers
  • Programs that can lead to green careersComputer Modelers
  • Estimators
  • Building Inspectors
  • Shop Drawing Drafters
  • Interior Designers
  • Sales Representatives
  • Computer Animators
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State architectural technology AAS graduates may enter directly into either the architectural technology BS, the architecture BArch or technology management BBA degree program. Please note that a minimum combined GPA of 3.0 is required in Alfred State studio courses (ARCH 1184, ARCH 2394, ARCH 3104, and ARCH 4304) to guarantee admission into ARCH 5306 - Design Studio 3. A portfolio review is required of all continuing students not meeting this requirement.

Transfer Opportunities: 

Graduates may go directly into the work force or may continue in Alfred State's BS program in Architectural Technology. Graduates may also transfer to professional or pre-professional degree programs at other institutions. Transfer is contingent on program and institution. Graduates have transferred to various schools of architecture and engineering in the United States. Please note that a minimum combined GPA of 3.0 is required in Alfred State studio courses (ARCH 1184, ARCH 2394, ARCH 3104, and ARCH 4304) to guarantee admission into ARCH 5306 - Design Studio 3. A portfolio review is required of all continuing students not meeting this requirement.

Typical Semester Layout: 

A typical day might be one or two, one-hour lectures and a two-hour studio in the freshman year. In the senior year some courses use three-hour studios.

First Semestercredits
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
MATH1034College Algebra of Functions or Higher**4
ARCH1184Design Fundamentals I*4
ARCH1013Introduction to Design3
FNAT1303Architectural History I3
HPEDxxx1Physical Education Elective1
   18
Second Semestercredits
PHYS1024General Physics I4
MATH2043College Trigonometry3
ARCH2394Design Fundamentals II*4
ARCH2014Computer Visualization4
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective/Hist of West Civ3
   18
Third Semestercredits
MATH1063Technical Calculus I3
ARCH3104Design Studio I*4
ARCH3014Construction Technology I3
ARCH3003Environmental Controls I3
SOCI1163General Sociology***3
   17
Fourth Semestercredits
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
ARCH4013Municipal Codes & Regulati3
ARCH4014Construction Technology II4
CIVL4104Structural Technology4
ARCH4304Design Studio II*4
   18

General Notes:
Students must complete at least one course from each of five SUNY General Education Silos.

Entry level of student into math and composition/literature sequences is a function of student’s high school preparation and mathematics and English placement examinations.

Math through technical calculus I must be completed. Students who start at a higher level in math must meet all SUNY general education and campus liberal arts and sciences course credit requirements for graduation.

Minimum of “C” is required for ARCH 1184, ARCH 2394, ARCH 3104, and ARCH 4304.

* Minimum combined GPA of 3.0 is required in Alfred State studio courses (ARCH 1184, ARCH 2394, ARCH 3104, and ARCH 4304) to guarantee admission into ARCH 5306 - Studio 3. A portfolio review is required of all continuing students not meeting this requirement.

** If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

*** May substitute HIST 1113, HIST 1143, HIST 2153, or PLSC 1043. Students planning to continue in the BS - architectural technology program should consult with their adviser regarding Gen. Ed./LAS requirements.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
100%
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201120122013
Receiving Degrees101314
Responding to Survey9 (90%)12 (92%)12 (86%)
Employed--2 (17%)3 (25%)
Employed in Field--1 (50%)3 (100%)
Transferred9 (100%)10 (83%)9 (75%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

Prefer not to disclose (3)