Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
FLCC's Architectural Technology degree program will prepare you for a variety of career paths in the architectural field and related industries. In this program, you'll receive a solid education that will get you ready to explore 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 degree program provides you the knowledge and technical experience that will 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:
- Design projects based on the study of historic precedence and its evolution to stimulate artistic sensitivities and creative sensibilities.
- Analyze construction materials, methods, techniques and sustainability.
- Present projects using various media typical to the architectural industry.
- Analyze typical processes for the professional practice of architecture.
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 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 program. He has nearly 20 years of experience in designing residential and small commercial structures throughout Western and Central New York, Miami, and the Florida Keys. Combined with his field experience, Rischpater brings a passionate approach to architectural theory and history in the classes he teaches at FLCC.