Architectural Technology (BS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
David I. Carli
Coordinator Email:

360 Virtual TourThis program is designed to provide graduates with a comprehensive architectural education combining a philosophic perspective of building design with an applied technical knowledge of construction systems and materials, acquired in a technically oriented studio structure. A variety of graphic tools and techniques are explored in the studio sequence, including freehand drawings, physical models, 2D and 3D building information modeling, and animation applications. Students are exposed to - and use throughout the program - a wide range of software programs (such as Adobe Photoshop, AutoCAD, and Revit), graphics communication techniques, and problem-solving skills.

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, while the BS and BArch have some shared course work in the third and fourth years. 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 px?path=Public+Documents. See also ‘EDUCATIONAL REALMS & STUDENT PERFORMANCE CRITERIA’ in the catalog entry for the BArch program.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

In addition to the PSLO's for the architectural technology AAS program, the architectural technology BS program PSLO's include:

  • Defend and justify, through verbal and graphic presentations, the methodology used in formulating architectural design solutions.
  • Analyze the principles of sustainability in making architectural decisions that conserve natural and built resources, including culturally important buildings and sites, and in the creation of healthful buildings and communities.
  • Formulate a comprehensive program for an architectural project, including assessment and analysis of client and user needs, appropriate precedents, space and equipment requirements, site conditions, relevant laws and standards to evaluate their implication for the project in terms of site selection and design assessment criteria.
  • Produce a comprehensive architectural project based on a building program and site that includes development of programmed spaces and demonstrate an understanding of structural, environmental and building envelope systems, life-safety provisions, wall sections, building assemblies, and the principles of sustainability.
  • Recognize the varied talent found in interdisciplinary design project teams in professional practice and work in collaboration with other students as members of a design team.
  • Compose a document that requires the gathering, assessment, recording and application of relevant information and incorporate concepts and precedents into projects related to both architectural and general studies.
  • Evaluate issues and raise clear and precise questions, use abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and test them against relevant criteria and standards orally and in writing.
  • Evaluate the comparative effectiveness of a structural, environmental, life safety, envelope, and service systems, materials and assemblies and conceptually integrate the components into a building design.
  • Compare and demonstrate an understanding of the Western, non-Western, national and regional architectural canons and traditions in architecture, as well as the climatic, technological, socioeconomic, and other cultural factors that have shaped and sustained them.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.

Recommended: Pre-calculus, Physics

Transfer Students

All transfer students applying for entrance into the BS program must submit a portfolio.

Portfolio must include six (6) to eight (8) examples of the student’s best work. Examples should be copies (not originals) of design work including any work in the two- or three-dimensional visual arts done in academic settings, practice, or as personal work. All work must include the name of applicant, date of work, and an indication of whether the work was an academic, professional, or personal project. If the item is part of a group effort, the specific role of the applicant should be included.

All portfolio material must be bound. Portfolio overall size must not be more than 10” x 12” (25 cm x 30 cm) and 1” (2.5 cm) thick. The applicant’s name must be clearly visible on the binding. The use of slides is discouraged.

The portfolio should be submitted by mail in a padded envelope to:
Admissions Office
Alfred State
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, NY 14802

The department will keep portfolio materials unless a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope is mailed with the applicant’s portfolio. Portfolios held by the department will be discarded if not retrieved by the applicant in one semester.


Alfred State is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, (215) 662-5606

Features & Facilities: 

The Architecture and Design Department offers all students in the department the use of extensive laboratory facilities that enhance each student’s learning experience as it relates to his/her chosen program.

Architectural Studios - Junior and senior baccalaureate-level students have access 24 hours per day to three studios. These rooms in the Engineering Technology Building contain 15 advanced computer visualization workstations. Peripheral devices such as scanners, digital cameras, and large format color plotters are readily available. A school-wide 3-D Printing Fabrication Laboratory is in preparation.

Interior Design Studios - First- and second-year students have access 24 hours per day to four studios. Each has 20 work stations and are laptop ready (either hard-wired or with access to the campus wireless network). Students also have access to a model shop, plotter room, and materials library.

Articulation Agreements: 

Articulation agreements for this program are in place with:

  • SUNY College of Technology at Delhi
  • Dutchess County Community College
  • Erie Community College
  • Finger Lakes Community College
  • Hudson Valley Community College
  • Onondaga Community College
  • Orange County Community College
  • SUNY College of Technology at Morrisville
Graduation Requirements: 

Successfully complete all courses in the prescribed eight-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.

As part of the graduation requirements for Bachelor of Science in architectural technology, students must complete a portfolio according to the following guidelines:

  • The portfolio must contain a minimum of six (6) examples of creative academic work. These examples should demonstrate achievements as a designer. A minimum of two (2) examples must be from studio class projects in the last two years of the program. A maximum of two (2) examples may be of non-graphic work (example - written work).
  • Each example will be accompanied by a short description of the project and solution, and include the name of the class the project was produced for. If the item is part of a group effort, the specific role of the student should be included.
  • Completed portfolios must be submitted digitally in Patable Document Format (PDF) on a CD or as directed by the department chair.
  • Portfolios will be evaluated to determine whether they should be graded as "High Pass," "Pass," or "Fail." This assessment will appear on the student's permanent Alfred State transcript.
  • The completed portfolio must be submitted to the Department of Architecture and Design Office by April 1. This is an absolute deadline. Evaluation will be done on a yearly basis by faculty reviewers. All decisions are final.

Evaluation Criteria

Work in student portfolios should demonstrate:

  • Understanding of the philosophy of building design and problem solving skills, through original and thorough design thinking;
  • Ability to legibly communicate design ideas in graphic and written form;
  • A working knowledge of a variety of construction systems and materials and how they affect building design;
  • Competence in the use of graphic tools and techniques including freehand drawing, computer-aided drafting, physical models, and computer imaging.
Career Opportunities: 
  • Architect (after successfully meeting state requirements) 
  • Construction Manager 
  • Building Inspector 
  • 3D Modeler/Animator 
  • Computer Illustrator 
  • Detailer 
  • Specification Writer 
  • Estimator 
  • Model Builder
Transfer Opportunities: 

Graduates wishing to continue their education may choose to apply to master's programs in architecture or related disciplines. The lengths of such programs varies and depends on institutional requirements.

Typical Semester Layout: 

A typical day consists of two, one-hour lectures and a two-hour studio in the freshman and sophomore years. At the junior and senior levels three-hour studios are required.

First Semestercredits
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
MATH1034College Algebra of Functions or higher**4
ARCH1184Design Fundamentals I*4
FNAT1303Architectural History I3
ARCH1013Introduction to Design3
HPEDxxx1Physical Education Elective1
Second Semestercredits
PHYS1024General Physics I4
MATH2043College Trigonometry or higher**3
ARCH2394Design Fundamentals II*4
ARCH2014Computer Visualization4
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective/Hist. of West Civil3
Third Semestercredits
ARCH3014Construction Technology I4
MATH1063Technical Calculus I3
ARCH3104Design Studio I*4
ARCH3003Environmental Controls I3
SOCI1163General Sociology3
Fourth Semestercredits
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
ARCH4014Construction Technology II4
CIVL4104Structural Technology4
ARCH4013Municipal Codes & Regulations3
ARCH4304Design Studio II*4

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 of math must meet all SUNY general education and campus liberal arts and sciences course credit requirements for graduation.

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

** If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 or 4 credits, otherwise take free elective.

Fifth Semestercredits
SOCI5213Sci, Tech, & Society3
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective/Other World Civ3
ARCH5306Design Studio III***6
FNAT5303Architectural History II3
Sixth Semestercredits
 xxx4Gen Education/LAS Elective4
 xxx3Gen Education/LAS Elective3
ARCH6306Design Studio IV***6
CIVL5213Foundations and Concrete Cons.3
Seventh Semestercredits
COMP5703Technical Writing II3
MATH7113Economic Analysis3
ARCH7306Design Studio V***6
ARCH 7003Sustainable Buildign Design3
Eighth Semestercredits
ARCH8003Professional Practice II3
 xxx3Gen Education/LAS Elective (Upper Level)3
ARCH8306Design Studio VI***6
 xxx3Gen Ed Elective/American History3

General Notes:

Students must complete at least one course from seven of the 10 SUNY General Education Silos.

***Minimum of “C” is required for ARCH 5306, ARCH 6306, ARCH 7306 and ARCH 8306.

Semester Abroad Option

Alfred State has an agreement with Sorrento Lingue International Language Institute (Sant'Anna Institute) in Sorrento, Italy, to offer an optional semester abroad to its students. Learn more about our study abroad program.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201120122013
Receiving Degrees394335
Responding to Survey31 (79%)16 (37%)24 (69%)
Employed20 (65%)8 (50%)19 (79%)
Employed in Field14 (70%)8 (100%)19 (100%)
Transferred10 (32%)8 (50%)5 (21%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment1 (3%)----
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

Less than $20,000 (2)
$20,000 - $29,999 (1)
$30,000 - $39,999 (1)
Prefer not to disclose (15)