This degree program will give you a fundamental understanding of the planning, design and completion of buildings. The program allows you to explore a variety of different technology and software, from virtual 3D design to 3D printing, laser cutting and more. The degree can be used to begin a path toward four- or five-year accredited architecture program, or a career as a licensed architect.

Coursework will emphasize the creation of detailed residential and commercial construction drawings. You will use industry standard software and experimental manufacturing to produce creative, high-quality renderings and design a variety of building types while applying current codes. You will also gain an understanding of building methods and materials; structural and mechanical systems; and cost estimating procedures.

The department has many strong industry connections in the region, and graduates may choose to enter the workforce upon graduation or continue their education at a four-year institution.
NOTE: All states and the District of Columbia require architects to be licensed. Licensing requirements can include a professional degree in architecture, a period of practical training or internship, and a passing score on all parts of the Architect Registration Examination.

This program is offered by the Engineering, Architecture and Manufacturing Department.

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Career and Transfer Opportunities

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Graduates will be qualified for employment in architectural design and planning firms as well as construction companies, engineering and surveying firms. Recent employers include: A+ Architecture, De Raven Drafting and Design and UW Marx.
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Recent graduates have continued their education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY Institute of Technology at Old Westbury and SUNY Buffalo.
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Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of 2017: Draftsperson, $51,000; Architect, $84,880.
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Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Joseph Dana
Engineering, Architecture and Manufacturing DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON
Hudson Hall, Room 129

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
Regular Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.