Architectural Technology & Building Sciences
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S)
FLCC's Architectural Technology and Building Sciences degree program prepares you for a variety of career paths in the architectural field and related industries. In this program, you'll receive the education you need to prepare for exploring a four-year science or five-year professional architectural degree program. Completing at least two years of post-secondary training, in addition to developing strong technical skills and gaining experience using CAD systems, will prepare you for opportunities in this field.
The A.A.S. Architectural Technology and Building Sciences degree program provides you the knowledge and technical experience that'll allow you to advance beyond entry-level drafting to more complex designs. Instruction emphasizes technical competence and utilizes computer-aided drafting (CAD).
As a student in this program, you'll utilize a well-equipped CAD lab, which offers 24 networked PCs with current versions of AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, Microsoft Office, Google SketchUp, Revit, and SOLIDWORKS. Networked output devices include a 3D printer, color laser printer, and large format color plotter.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:
- Apply knowledge and practice skills related to architectural technology, allowing the successful graduate to fill an entry level position as an architectural technician or architectural designer, often working under the supervision of a registered architect or professional engineer; graduates may also fill similar positions in related or supporting fields such as structural design/drafting, HVAC design/drafting, or building product supply.
- Demonstrate the fundamentals of hand drafting including elements such as drawing layout, orthographic projection, use of line weights, paraline drawings, dimensioning, and architectural plans, elevations, and sections.
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the range of building materials and techniques commonly used in building construction.
- Identify and apply energy efficient, environmentally conscious, and sustainable design strategies.
- Use 2D and 3D CAD software as a design, drafting, and presentation tool.
- Create and present a conceptual design for a small residence and develop the concept into construction drawings and framing models.
- Be cooperative and productive members of a collaborative design team (2 to 3 members).
- Read and interpret rough sketches and, based on the sketches, develop construction drawings for a small commercial building.
- Complete basic structural calculations related to the design of wood and steel beams, columns, and bolted connections.
- Practice methods for estimating building material quantities and costs.
- Apply terminology, materials, and problem solving approaches related to mechanical systems in buildings.
- Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of construction management including the responsibilities of various participants (owner, architect, contractor, etc.), different contract types, and the roles of OSHA and Wick's Law.
In your program experience, you'll engage in classroom assignments and projects that simulate tasks that would likely take place in an office setting and the design studio of a five-year professional program. Learn more about the practical experience you'll gain in this program.
Graduates often land positions working with registered architects or professional engineers in construction, construction management, manufacturing, landscaping, and civil design. They have found employment opportunities with architectural or engineering design firms, manufacturers and retailers of building-related products, and construction management companies. Graduates have transferred into professional programs at Syracuse University, RIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and University at Buffalo.
As an Architectural Technology and Building Sciences student, you can apply for the Bill Parham Memorial, FLCC Science and Technology Faculty, Murray F. Gardner Memorial, and G.W. Lisk Co., Inc. Excellence scholarships. For information on these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.
Matthew Rischpater is the lead instructor and advisor for the Architectural Technology and Building Sciences program. Rischpater has practiced architecture for nearly 20 years focusing on residential and commercial design. As lead instructor in this program, he focuses on theory and design to help better prepare students for transfer.