Architectural Studies and Design, A.S., Major #1755

This hands-on architectural studies and design program is built around a studio centric experience and the use of applied technology. The curriculum engages students with the intention of developing creative, functional, and programmatic problem solving abilities. Students are challenged to learn to make decisions in a culturally and environmentally responsive manner. They develop creative thinking and communication skills needed to explore and research diverse problems that influence architectural discourse. Creative design decisions are informed by historic and social influences as well as sustainable futures. This integrative program is concerned with designing, creating, improving and shaping built environments, and ultimately, celebrating the human condition.

Studio and critique space are located in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.  This Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified building is open to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The building has wireless internet access, a computer-aided design lab, a shop, a laser cutter, photography areas, and copying/scanning/plotting machines. Three-dimensional printing is also available.  Software used in the architectural profession is easily accessible to students through the college network and in the computer-aided design lab. 

This design-based program is intended to prepare students to transfer and succeed in a professional or pre-professional baccalaureate program in architecture.  Graduates have transferred into architecture programs at the University at Buffalo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cornell University, Syracuse University, and Pratt Institute, to name a few. Some graduates have chosen to continue their education in allied fields such as architectural engineering, architectural engineering technology, civil engineering, construction management, graphic design, interior design, and landscape architecture.  Other graduates have chosen to move directly into the architectural and design professions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Translate abstract ideas to interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and test alternative outcomes against relevant criteria and standards.

  • Employ at a theoretical level, elements, forms, spatial relationships, examples, organization, circulation, sequence, proportion, scale and ordering principles to make clear three dimensional architectural ideas and concepts.

  • Apply an architectural design logic that accounts for composition, order, analysis, precedent, experimentation, presentation, competition, independence and teamwork.

  • Generate an analytical approach to the design process, and concept development, while considering implications for possible responses, problems and architectural outcomes.

  • Employ the basic principles utilized in architecture, construction and building technologies, in the use of construction material products, components, and assemblies, based on their traditional and innovative characteristics and performance, including their environmental impact and reuse.

  • Synthesize the principles of conceptualization, process, history, exploration, analysis, precedence, place, integration, sustainability, materials, construction compliance, creativity and imagination in response to architecture and architectural design in the natural and built environments.

  • Use appropriate representational media such as traditional architectural graphic, modeling and digital technology skills and techniques to delineate, express and convey architectural ideas and concepts.

  • Create technically clear architectural drawings and renderings that demonstrate knowledge of the conventional principles of architectural drafting and drawing to illustrate and identify the assembly of materials, systems and components.

Curriculum Requirements - 61 Credits

courses

credits

ARCH 102 Introduction to Architecture

2

ARCH 101 Architectural Graphic Communications

2

ARCH 141 Architectural Design I

4

ARCH 142 Architectural Design II

4

ARCH 243 Architectural Design III  

4

ARCH 244 Architectural Design IV

4

ARCH 151 Architecture: Prehistory to 1900

3

ARCH 252 Architecture: 1900 to Present 

3

ARCH 271 Architectural Technology I 

3

ARCH 272 Architectural Technology II

3

CAD 181 Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting

1

CAD 183 Architectural Computer-Aided Drafting & Design

2

MECH 211 Analytical Mechanics (Statics)

3

MECH 213 Strength of Materials 

4

COMP 101 Composition and Research

3

COMP 102 Writing about Literature

3

MATH 151 General Calculus A (or higher)

3

PHYS 107 Introductory Physics I (or higher)

4

Liberal Arts

(Social Science, American History, Western

Civilization, Other World Civilization or

Foreign Language (two different courses and

prefixes))

6

Suggested Course Sequence

Course

Credits

Year 1/Fall - 17 Credits

ARCH 102 - Introduction to Architecture

2

ARCH 101 - Architectural Graphic Communications

2

ARCH 141 - Architecture Design I

4

COMP 101 - Composition and Research

3

MATH - Mathematics as Advised

3

*A minimum of MATH 151 General Calculus A is required. Students placed in MATH 102 will require additional semesters.  This outline is based on MATH 103 being taken the first semester followed by MATH 147 then MATH 151 (3 semesters).

 Liberal Arts and Science as Advised

3

Year 1/Spring - 18 Credits

ARCH 142 - Architectural Design II

4

ARCH 151 - Architecture: Prehistory to 1900

3

CAD 181 - Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting

1

COMP 102 - Writing About Literature

3

MATH - Mathematics as Advised

3

PHYS 107 - Introductory Physics I

4

Year 2/Fall - 15 Credits

ARCH 243 - Architecture Design III

4

ARCH 271 - Architectural Technology I

3

CAD 183 - Architectural Computer Aided Design

2

MECH 211 - Analytical Mechanics (Statics)

3

MATH - Mathematics as Advised

3

Year 2/Spring - 16 Credits

ARCH 244 - Architectural Design IV

4

ARCH 272 - Architectural Technology II

3

ARCH 252 - Architecture: 1900 to Present

3

MECH 213 - Strength of Materials

3

 Liberal Arts and Sciences as Advised

3