Architectural Technology (AAS)

AAS Degree - Code #0538

David I. Carli, Program Coordinator

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The 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 architectural 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. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops.

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 (which was found ‘eligible for candidacy’ by the NAAB on April 30, 2013, and following the March 2014 ‘initial candidacy’ visit, anticipates being awarded 'initial candidacy' status in Summer 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 NAAB2012 Procedures for Accreditation, Amended, may be found at http://www.naab.org/documents/home_origin.aspx?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.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State architectural technology AAS graduates may enter directly into either the architectural technology BS, the architecture BArch (portfolio review required) or technology management BBA degree program. AAS students wishing to move on to either the BS or BArch programs need to have completed either MATH 2043 (College Trigonometry) or MATH 1054 (Precalculus). 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.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Architect (after successfully meeting state requirements)

Computer modelers

Computer animators

Detailers

Specification writers

Estimators

Building inspectors

Interior designers

Sales representatives

Shop drawing drafters

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent – 100 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Construction Technology

Interior Design

CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE

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

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry

Recommended: Physics

Architectural Technology - AAS Degree

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

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

ARCH

1184

Design Fundamentals 1*

4

ARCH

1013

Introduction to Design

3

FNAT

1303

Architectural History I

3

MATH

1034

College Algebra of Functions or Higher**

4

COMP

1503

Freshman Composition

3

HPED

xxx1

Physical Education Elective

1

18

Second

ARCH

2394

Design Fundamentals 2*

4

ARCH

2014

Computer Visualization

4

GEWC

xxx3

Gen Ed Elective/Hist. of West. Civ.

3

MATH

2043

College Trigonometry or Higher**

3

PHYS

1024

General Physics I

4

18

Third

ARCH

3104

Design Studio 1*

4

ARCH

3014

Construction Technology 1

4

ARCH

3003

Environmental Controls 1

3

SOCI

1163

General Sociology***

3

MATH

1063

Technical Calculus I

3

17

Fourth

ARCH

4304

Design Studio 2*

4

ARCH

4014

Construction Technology 2

4

CIVL

4104

Structural Technology

4

ARCH

4013

Municipal Codes & Regulations

3

SPCH

1083

Effective Speaking

3

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.