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

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 NAAB 2012 Procedures for Accreditation, Amended, may be found at See also ‘EDUCATIONAL REALMS & STUDENT PERFORMANCE CRITERIA’ in the catalog entry for the BArch Program.


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 for some courses in this program are in place with:


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.



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


Construction Management Engineering Technology



Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.

Recommended: Pre-calculus, Physics


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.


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:

Evaluation Criteria


Alfred State has an agreement with Sorrento Lingue International Language Institute (Sant'Anna Institute) in Sorrento, Italy, to offer an optional semester abroad to its students. Learn more at