Architectural Technology (BS)

BS Degree - Code #1452

David I. Carli, Program Coordinator

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This program is designed to provide graduates with a comprehensive architectural education combining a philosophic and artistic perspective of building design with an applied technical knowledge of construction systems and materials, acquired in a four-year 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 at www.alfredstate.edu/academics/programs/laptop-required-curriculums.

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 (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.

FACILITIES

The facilities consist of four laptop-ready, 20-station freshman/sophomore studios, and three advanced 15-station "imaging" studios for the junior and senior level. Peripheral devices such as scanners, color printers/plotters, and digital camera equipment are available. A School-wide 3D Printing Fabrication Laboratory is also available. Baccalaureate students have 24-hour access to studios.

ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS

Articulation agreements for some courses in 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

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.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Architect (after successfully meeting state requirements)

Construction manager

Building inspector

3D modeler/animator

Computer illustrator

Detailer

Specification writer

Estimator

Model builder

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 97 percent – 65 percent are employed; 32 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Construction Management Engineering Technology

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

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.

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 the Bachelor of Science degree 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 Portable 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; no portfolios will be accepted after the April 1 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.

SEMESTER ABROAD OPTION

Alfred State has an agreement with International Language Institute (Sant'Anna Institute) in Sorrento, Italy, to offer an optional semester abroad to its students. Learn more at www.alfredstate.edu/study-abroad/semester-in-italy#Architecture-Studies.

Architectural Technology - BS Degree

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.

TYPICAL EIGHT-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. Civil

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:

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 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

ARCH

5306

Design Studio 3***

6

SOCI

5213

Science, Technology & Society

3

FNAT

5303

Architectural History II

3

xxx3

Gen. Education Elective

3

15

Sixth

ARCH

6306

Design Studio 4***

6

xxx4

Gen. Education/LAS Elective

4

xxx3

Gen. Education/LAS Elective - Humanities

3

CIVL

5213

Foundation & Concrete Construction

3

16

Seventh

ARCH

7306

Design Studio 5***

6

ARCH

7003

Sustainable Building Design

3

COMP

5703

Technical Writing II

3

MATH

7113

Economic Analysis

3

15

Eighth

ARCH

8306

Design Studio 6***

6

ARCH

8003

Professional Practice 2

3

xxx3

Gen. Ed./LAS Elective

3

xxx3

Gen. Ed./LAS Elective (GEFL OR GEOW)

3

15

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.