Architectural Technology (A.A.S.)

The Architectural Technology degree program prepares you to work in the architecture field. You will gain a fundamental understanding of the planning, design and erection of buildings. The degree can be used to begin a path toward a career as a licensed architect.

Graduates may choose to enter the workforce or continue their education at a four year-college.

This program is offered by the Civil, Construction, Industrial and Mechanical Technologies Department.

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Program Highlights

  • Students can plan and complete their first two years of an architecture baccalaureate degree with proper advisement.
  • Required and elective courses in the program emphasize detailed residential and commercial construction drawings, rendering and designing of a variety of building types applying current codes, drafting media, and computer generated design.
  • Equally emphasized is the understanding of building methods, materials, structure and mechanical systems and cost estimating procedures.

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.

Career and Transfer Opportunities

Graduates will be qualified for employment in architectural design and planning firms as well as for positions in architectural preservation, development corporations, construction companies, engineering firms and surveying firms.

Common careers for students completing the Architectural Technology degree are: Draftsperson; Junior Designer; Junior Architect; Architectural Designer; Architectural Project Manager.

Recent employers include: Case Harr; Gilbert VanGuilder and Associates; A+ Architecture; De Raven Drafting and Design; and UW Marx.

Recent graduates have continued their education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY Institute of Technology at Old Westbury, Siena College and SUNY Buffalo.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. All states and the District of Columbia require architects to be licensed. Licensing requirements include a professional degree in architecture, a period of practical training or internship, and a passing score on all parts of the Architect Registration.

Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Draftsperson, $47,880; Architect, $72,550.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

Architectural Technology Student and InstructorFor more information regarding this program, please contact:

Nancy Cole
Secretary I
School of Technology Academic Advisement Center
Lang Technical Building, Room 106
(518) 629-8003

Dr.  Christine LaPlante
Department Chair
Civil, Construction, Industrial and Mechanical Technologies Department
Hudson Hall, Room 129
(518) 629-7355

Please allow up to 48 hours for responses during the academic year. During scheduled recesses, allow up to five business days for a response.

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309