Architecture

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

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!

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Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

Seamless Associate-to-Bachelor Degree Option

17

Average Class Size

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)
  • Architectural History (ACH112)
  • Building Materials I (ACH119)
  • Architectural Computer-Aided Drafting (ACH135)
  • Building Materials II (ACH129)
  • Construction Documents - Residential (ACH139)
  • Building Codes & Accessibility (ACH141)
  • Architectural Design Studio I (ACH181)
  • Architectural Graphics II (ACH211)
  • Construction Documents - Commercial (ACH239)
  • Structural Principles (ACH243)
  • Architectural Design Studio II (ACH261)
  • Sustainability: Building & Living Green (ACH262)
  • Computers & Estimating (ACH264)
  • Environmental Systems (ACH240)
  • Structural Applications (ACH253)
  • 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.

  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)

​​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.

  • College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
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Q & A

Meet Naim Jabbour, architecture and sustainable design professor. In this video, he dives into some of the most commonly asked questions about architecture.

Fully Equipped Computer Labs
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.  

Maker Profiles
Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about.

Feb 25

Open House

Saturday, February 25 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Feb 25

Physician Assistant Studies Open House

Saturday, February 25 9 AM - 2 :30 PM

Mar 17

Open House

Friday, March 17 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Mar 17

Physician Assistant Studies Open House

Friday, March 17 9 AM - 2 :30 PM

Mar 26

Open House

Sunday, March 26 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Mar 26

Physician Assistant Studies Open House

Sunday, March 26 9 AM - 2 :30 PM

Apr 14

Open House

Friday, April 14 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Apr 14

Physician Assistant Studies Open House

Friday, April 14 9 AM - 2 :30 PM

Apr 29

Open House

Saturday, April 29 8:30 AM - 2 :30 PM

Apr 29

Physician Assistant Studies Open House

Saturday, April 29 9 AM - 2 :30 PM

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Contact

Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

Tomorrow is in the Making

The Dr. Welch Workshop

The makerspace is an open workshop for all students. Take hands-on learning to the next level. Explore your creativity. Bring your ideas to light. Collaborate with other students, faculty and staff, or work independently to test theories, explore ideas, and gain real-world skills to power your career. 

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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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

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

SkillsUSA

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

Student Organizations at Penn College

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.

News
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11.14.2022

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The Penn College Women in Construction club is remembering one of its own, showcasing a late classmate’s work on the ...

Gain global experience
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
Sitting idly by? Not these students!

Sitting idly by? Not these students!

Six teams of third-year students in Architectural Design Studio V pursued the literal “seat of knowledge” in fashioning functional furniture out of corrugated cardboard on each side of the recent Spring Break. Offered annually since at least 2016, the creative exercise gives the groups two weeks each to design and build full-scale chairs from sheets of the recyclable material that integrate the concepts of function, aesthetics, ergonomics and detail.

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More Information

In addition to the transfer standards established by the College, students seeking transfer credit from another institution for architecture program courses may be asked to submit examples of coursework to the architecture department head. Determination by the department head as to whether transfer credit is given will be based on alignment of the transfer course with Penn College course content.

View general transfer information

View the Architectural Technology Tool List

Architecture Related Software and Computer Specifications

Students in the Architecture Department programs are required to purchase their own laptop computers for use during our courses and labs. The minimum computer specifications below are based on the hardware requirements needed to run the software that we utilize including:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD®
  • Autodesk Revit®
  • Adobe Photoshop®
  • Act-3D Lumion®
  • Microsoft Office®

Minimum Laptop Computer Requirements

  • 64-bit Windows 10 or higher (recommended).
  • Multi-core Intel Core i7 or i9 CPU running at 2.5 GHZ or higher (recommended).
  • 32+ GB RAM (required).
  • 1+ TB M.2 NVMe Drive (recommended).
  • Dedicated 8+ GB graphics card (required).
  • Video Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 (could be higher, but will impact Lumion® performance).
  • Laptop must include a webcam and microphone (required).
  • Laptop must include a wireless network card (required).
  • Broadband Internet connection when working off campus.
  • Additional plug-ins for software may be required (Information Technology Services Service Desk available for assistance).
  • Multi-year support plan including accidental damage protection (recommended).
  • The specifications above are based on requirements for Revit ® 2023 “Performance” system recommendations and Lumion® 12.5 “Recommended requirements”. Please review those sites to ensure your laptop meets the requirements.
  • *Apple computers and Chromebooks are prohibited.

Tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

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.

  • Mr. Larry Basile, '91, Executive Vice President, Supply Source, Inc.
  • Mr. David W Daneker, '81, Construction Project Manager, UPMC Susquehanna
  • Mr. Robert J Gehr, AIA, NCARB, '86, Vice President, Retail Design & Buildings, Larson Design Group, Inc.
  • Mr. Jeff A LeFevre, '75, President, LeFevre Wilk Architects, LLC
  • Mr. Brent A Stebbins, '88, Partner/Architect/Designer, RLPS Architects
  • Mr. Anthony H Visco, Jr., '69, Owner, Anthony H. Visco, Jr., Architects