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Architecture and Design

Bachelor of Architecture program formally granted initial candidacy from NAAB

Posted Date: Monday, August 18, 2014 - 11:00

Alfred State’s Bachelor of Architecture program has moved one step closer toward accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) after the board formally granted the program initial candidacy status earlier this month.

Dr. John C. Williams, dean of the School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology, said NAAB granted the status after approving the Architecture and Design Department’s accreditation plan and conducting an initial candidacy visit.

“That is the hurdle we have cleared, so now we are an official, formal candidate for accreditation,” Williams said. “In 2016, there will be a continuation of candidacy visit. Two-year intervals are required to check your progress as you move forward.”

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “The programs at Alfred State are ever working to improve. This milestone of initial candidacy reflects not only a lot of hard work by faculty and staff, but is also a testament to the quality of our programs.”

Alfred State’s Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree is the only BArch in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. It is also one of only seven BArch degrees offered in New York State.

Williams said the Architecture and Design Department hopes the BArch program will be accredited by 2018.

“That’s the goal. That’s our hope,” Williams said. “It’s most beneficial for our graduates. They would be part of our first graduating class to have completed the program in its entirety and then they would have the status of an accredited program. We’re really pushing for that.”

According to its website, www.naab.org, the NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture.

“Most of the state registration boards require a NAAB-accredited degree to license somebody to be a professional architect, so that’s the impetus of having an accredited degree,” Williams said.

The Architecture and Design Department, Williams said, is very excited about the BArch program receiving initial candidacy status.

“It just shows the hard work, the quality of the program and the quality of the faculty,” Williams said. “They’ve done the lion’s share of the work, put in a lot of effort and a lot of work and continue to do so. It’s been a dream of the department’s. This was the first step. We’re making our way to accreditation. It’s within our grasps.”


Department of Architecture and Design Brings Award-Winning Architect Tod Williams to Campus

Posted Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 14:30

Architecture is a noun poster image, Entrance to the new Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia designed by Tod Williams The ArtWalk Tile in Rochester, New York, a gallery style store with an inventory of luxury tile and hardwood displayed as fine works of art.


Designing for Hope

Posted Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 13:45

Kyle (Christian) PerrySenior Read more about Kyle.


New Alfred State Bachelor of Architecture Degree is a SUNY First

Posted Date: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 14:45

Alfred State is proud to announce the kickoff of a new admissions@alfredstate.edu.


Architectural technology students present designs

Posted Date: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 10:15

architecture and design student presentationOn May 9, Professor William Dean, Architecture and Design, accompanied two second-year architectural technology students to the First Presbyterian Church of Bath, NY for a public presentation of conceptual designs that included new signage and a veterans’ memorial that will welcome visitors to the village’s historic downtown. Katherine Dussing, Syracuse, and Taylor Woolf, Watertown, explained their proposals to the group of 25 residents representing different community groups around the village. The event, sponsored by CIVIC (Community Involvement and Volunteering Initiative Committee), provided the opportunity for residents to identify existing assets in the community and share ideas for future development. Alfred State’s participation is an extension of ongoing civic engagement efforts in the Department of Architecture and Design.


Urban Design Studio students present their work in Washington, DC

Posted Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 10:36

Six architectural technology students from Alfred State presented at the annual Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) conference last month in Washington, DC.

The six seniors presented on the work they did last semester as part of a course called Design Studio 5: Urban Design in which they worked closely with residents and community leaders in the nearby community of Bath. The students created architectural plans for the community which were well received and may be considered for future implementation.

Led by the Consortium of Appalachian Centers and Institutes, the ATP offers students a unique opportunity to conduct active community-based research on their campuses.

Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) conference

Caption – From left, ARC Federal Co-chair Earl F. Gohl; Alfred State architectural engineering professors William Dean (ATP Teaching Fellow) and Rex Simpson; students Matthew Sickles of Albany; Travis Monroe of Cattaraugus; Emily Connors of Spencerport; Thomas Button of Rushville; Anthony Vischansky of Elmira; Alfred State’s Craig Clark, executive director of the Wellsville campus and dean of the School of Applied Technology (ATP Teaching Fellow); James Marsh of Belmont; and architectural engineering assistant professor Jeffrey Johnston.


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