Architectural Technology (AAS)

AAS Degree - Code #0538

David I. Carli, Program Coordinator

Email Address: carlidi@alfredstate.edu

The AAS in architectural technology program offers a concentration of courses in architectural design and graphic communication as well as material in related areas such as structures, mechanical systems, professional practice, and construction technology.

The program seeks to expose students to a broad range of skills and basic data relevant to the building process. This broad exposure gives students the ability to be conversant with and/or seek employment with all related professions within the architectural field. Students are required during the two years of study to apply the skills or background knowledge gained in these “exposure” courses to actual problem-solving situations. Thus they develop a better understanding of the complexity, interrelationships, and proper sequencing of the building process.

As a response to the impact of computers on all areas of the architectural profession, a series of computer courses has been developed which introduces the student to a variety of 2D & 3D building information modeling and animation applications.

This program places graduates as technicians in the architecture professions. However, each year some students transfer into the BS program or professional degree programs in architecture and and related fields. From 2013/14 on, graduates may also apply for transfer into the department's new BArch program.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the architectural technology program. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops.

The AAS and BS in Architectural Technology and the BArch have shared course work in the first two years of each program. 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 NAAB 2012 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.

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State architectural technology AAS graduates may enter directly into either the architectural technology BS, the architecture BArch (portfolio review required) or technology management BBA degree program. AAS students wishing to move on to either the BS or BArch programs need to have completed either MATH 2043 (College Trigonometry) or MATH 1054 (Precalculus). Please note that a minimum combined GPA of 3.0 is required in Alfred State studio courses (ARCH 1184, ARCH 2394, ARCH 3104, and ARCH 4304) to guarantee admission into ARCH 5306 - Design Studio 3. A portfolio review is required of all continuing students not meeting this requirement.

TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates may go directly into the work force or may continue in Alfred State's BS program in architectural technology. Graduates may also transfer to professional or pre-professional degree programs at other institutions. Transfer is contingent on program and institution. Graduates have transferred to various schools of architecture and engineering in the United States. Please note that a minimum combined GPA of 3.0 is required in Alfred State studio courses (ARCH 1184, ARCH 2394, ARCH 3104, and ARCH 4304) to guarantee admission into ARCH 5306 - Design Studio 3. A portfolio review is required of all continuing students not meeting this requirement.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent – 100 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE

The degree may be accepted for credit toward professional licensure in New York State.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry

Recommended: Physics