- Major Courses and General Education Courses
- Admission and Transfer Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
Why Choose Architectural Technology?
The two-year Architectural Technology curriculum provides a comprehensive framework of technical abilities and conceptual knowledge that form the foundation of the architecture profession. Specifically, the curriculum is designed with an emphasis on visual communication, building materials, building systems, and digital technology, combined with architectural history, sustainability, and design principles.
Under the guidance of the faculty of professional, licensed architects, the program's mission is to prepare students to continue education for a baccalaureate degree in professions related to the built environment.
Taught by practitioners, the Architectural Technology curriculum is unique in its emphasis on the practice of the profession. Studio classes provide students with experience in the areas of residential and commercial building materials, CAD and BIM (Building Information Modeling), building codes, presentation techniques, architectural history, and architectural design. The curriculum provides skills, knowledge, and the preparation necessary for success in further educational opportunities after graduation. The majority of AAS graduates continue their education at Ferris and ladder into one of the following baccalaureate programs: BS in Architecture and Sustainability, BS in Facility Management, or a BS in Construction Management.
Many associate degree graduates take advantage of a double degree path that includes two of the following baccalaureate degrees: a BS in Architecture and Sustainability, a BS in Facility Management, or a BS in Construction Management. These paths consist of a structured, organized curriculum that allows students to complete the associate degree and two baccalaureate degrees in five years. (Further preparation may be required for entry into the Construction Management program.)
The ongoing expansion and specialization in technological applications of building systems and environmental issues, as well as the growth in architectural services, has greatly increased the need for skilled architectural technicians to function in a support role with architects and other professionals related to the built environment.
A beginning technician works closely with a team to produce design development drawings, construction documents, and specifications. With experience, the architectural technician becomes involved in other phases of work such as project field observation, preparation of written specifications, building code analysis, CAD, BIM (Building Information Modeling), and presentation of designs.