Architecture

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Architecture Student

About this program

Technology has redefined building design and planning. At Penn College, you’ll learn how to harness industry-leading software to create the buildings of tomorrow. Coursework covers everything from mechanical and structural systems to estimating, building design, and more. With expert faculty by your side and lots of hands-on hours in the lab, you’ll be ready to take on tomorrow in as few as four semesters!

Seamless Associate-to-Bachelor Degree Option

3:1

Lab-to-Lecture Hours

24/7

Access to Design Studios

Careers

  • Architectural draftsperson
  • CAD operator
  • Detailer
  • Specification writer
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Architecture (ACH101)
  • Architectural Graphics (ACH111)
  • Building Materials I (ACH119)
  • Architectural Computer Aided Drafting (ACH135)
  • Architectural History (ACH112)
  • Building Codes & Accessibility (ACH141)
  • Construction Documents - Residential (ACH139)
  • Building Materials II (ACH129)
  • Architectural Graphics II (ACH211)
  • Architectural Design Studio I (ACH181)
  • Construction Documents - Commercial (ACH239)
  • Structural Principles (ACH243)
  • Architectural Design Studio II (ACH261)
  • Sustainability: Building and Living Green (ACH262)
  • Computers and Estimating (ACH264)
  • Environmental Systems (ACH240)
  • Architectural Design Studio III (ACH281)
  • Specified Architectural Elective (ACH)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Speech Elective (SPC)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)
Facilities

Fully Equipped Computer Labs

Bring your latest designs to life our expansive labs outfitted with the latest software from AutoCAD, Revit, Trimble Sketchup, and Adobe Photoshop.  

Student Experience

"Most colleges have teachers - I had seasoned professionals showing me the way it was in the real world. Most of my friends who graduated from other institutions had very little knowledge of what they were getting into with their respective career choices. I knew what I was getting into and was way ahead of the competition."

James Girafalco, Jr.

Architectural Technology

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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ATMAE
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

Appreciate architecture with friends and make connections that last a lifetime. This organization focuses on building leadership skills and community outreach. 

SkillsUSA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your know-how in the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand. 

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Women in Construction builds confidence in tomorrow’s workforce

The Women in Construction club coordinated activities for ninth through 12th graders, including a networking lunch and group sessions in the architecture/sustainable design, building construction and HVAC/plumbing labs.

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More Information

Accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

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Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

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CAD Software Links and Computer Specifications

The following is a list of information that will be helpful for Architectural Technology and Building Science and Sustainable Design students interested in purchasing their own computers. Please note that purchasing a computer and software is optional. Students in our programs are not required to purchase their own computers. Many of our classrooms are equipped with computers and we have open computer labs most evenings and during the weekend.

Students in the Architectural Technology and Building Science and Sustainable Design majors use the following programs:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD®
  • Autodesk Revit®
  • Trimble Sketchup®
  • Adobe Photoshop®

Many of the software products developed by Autodesk are free to our students if they enroll in the Autodesk® student community. If students wish to purchase their own computers, we suggest they purchase one capable of running Revit.

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

  • Mr. Larry Basile, '91, Vice President of Sales, Supply Source, Inc.
  • Mr. David W Daneker, '81, Project/Property Manager, Susquehanna Health
  • Mr. Robert J Gehr, AIA, NCARB, '86, Regional Director, Larson Design Group, Inc.
  • Mr. Jeff A LeFevre, '75, President, LeFevre Wilk Architects, LLC
  • Mr. Brent A Stebbins, '88, Architect/Designer, RLPS Architects
  • Mr. Anthony H Visco, Jr., '69, Owner, Anthony H. Visco, Jr., Architects
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Melinda Heckman

SASC, Rm. 1076
800.367.9222 ext. 7516
mdh19@pct.edu