Architectural Technology Courses
Introduction to Architecture
Overview of the architectural field. Emphasis on tours of architectural and construction-related businesses. Topics include career paths, educational opportunities, registration requirements, and the architect's responsibilities. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Fall Only.
Introduction to the various means by which architects have traditionally communicated and presented their buildings. Topics include basic drawing and sketching, model making, and the use of computer software to generate and manipulate presentations. Emphasis on composition, line quality, precision, and clarity of presentation. Introduction to the architectural jury. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Fall Only.
Overview of architectural history from prehistory to modern times, focusing on Western culture and thought. Identification of architecture styles by their cultural expression of belief systems within the religion and politics of the era. Emphasis on the built environment; attention also given to expression through art. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) (ART)
Building Materials I
Study of the history, development, and application of residential building materials. Designed to provide a solid background in the construction and detailing of residential building materials as well as an appreciation for the appropriate use of materials and the field of architecture. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): BCT128. Fall Only.
Practical application of computer-aided drafting techniques and construction theory to prepare residential type working drawings. Course work includes developing a complete set of drawings based on wood construction, using CAD drafting standards, efficient database organization, drawing clarity, thoroughness, and attention to dimensioning, cross-referencing, and plotting. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACH119 and ACH135. Spring Only.
Building Materials II
Study of the history, development, and application of commercial building materials. Designed to develop a solid background in the construction and detailing of commercial building materials as well as an appreciation for the appropriate use of materials. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACH119. Spring Only.
Architectural Computer Aided Drafting
Introduction and practical application of Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) techniques and standards used to create two-dimensional architectural drawings. Focus on hardware and software components, operating systems, file management, CAD commands, system variables, drawing setup, creation of lines and shapes, and the editing, saving, and printing of drawings. Advanced topics include external references, layouts, paper space, attributes, dimensioning, text, and the creation of a symbols library. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab)
Architectural Design Studio I
Design studio with an emphasis on basic design principles. Includes overview of principles and criteria used in the programming, analysis, and design phases for small- and medium-sized projects. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACH111. Spring Only.
Architectural Graphics II
Practical application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and 3D design software to produce three-dimensional designs, documentation drawings, and computer-generated renderings. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Spring Only.
Working Drawings - Commercial
Theory and laboratory practice in the development of non-residential type working drawings. Emphasis on object-oriented CAD techniques, drafting standards, and theory of commercial construction in the preparation of drawings for a building incorporating masonry construction. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACH128 and ACH129 and ACH161 or ACH128 and ACH129 and ACH238 or ACH128 and ACH129 and ACH211. Spring Only.
Theory and design of plumbing, heating, air conditioning, lighting, and electrical service systems for residential and commercial buildings. Includes CAD drawing techniques and standards in the development of related drawings. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACH128. Spring Only.
Codes, Specifications and Estimating
Introduction to the International Residential Code (IRC), the International Building Code (IBC), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, specifications, and estimating. Topics covered include the interpretation and utilization of building codes, standards, and regulations; techniques used to estimate building costs; the use of specifications to define and limit materials; fabrication and installation in the construction industry; and specification development as an essential part of the contract document. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab)
Overview of structural principles used in the design of buildings. Study includes the general concepts of static forces and the basic design of wood, masonry, and concrete materials. Some mathematical calculations required. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MTH180.
3D Modeling & Animation
Introduction to object-driven 3D animated rendering software. Practice includes using various methods to create 2D and 3D objects, manipulating objects, setting lighting conditions, creating materials and animating a scene. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab)
Architectural Design Studio II
Design studio focusing on the principles used in the design of building sites. Topics include climate, topography, contour modification, pedestrian and vehicular movement patterns, legal constraints, economic factors, site drawings, site models, and site analysis. Includes development of site designs for small and medium-sized projects. (Formerly ACH122) 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACH181. Fall Only.
Sustainability: Building and Living Green
Overview of the concept of sustainability (holistic living and building design that integrates solar concepts, energy efficiency, and material ecology) and its economic, political, and environmental consequences. Lecture and hands-on application focus on sustainable building practices, including design, specification, construction, lifecycle issues, and LEED certification. Exploration of the historical basis for the ideology of sustainability, its applications in today's society, and the implications of choosing to live a green lifestyle. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ENL111. Corequisite(s): CSC124. (Science, Technology and Society, Writing Enriched)
European Sustainable Building, Historical Architecture and Art
Intense study of historic art and architecture and modern sustainable building practices in Europe. Emphasis on integrated design and community planning from an artistic, architectural and sustainable point of view and merging these three characteristics to provide a cultural statement. Topics include introduction to monumental building styles and art across the spectrum of European culture. Course work includes travel to England, France, Germany, and Italy with guided tours and lectures at buildings and museums. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) (ART, Cultural Diversity) As needed, Spring.
History of Modern Architecture
Worldwide overview of modern architectural history from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Topics include new processes and cultural phenomena that have occurred as a result of modernization. Emphasis on the influence of new technologies, building materials, globalization, environmentalism, and the economics of energy in shaping societies, environments, and architectural design. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Spring Only.
Architectural Design Studio III
Design studio with an emphasis on the methodology involved in the design of non-residential buildings and the challenges they present to the environment. Investigation of the problems in creating exterior space. Emphasis on the practice of architectural detailing. 4 Credits (2 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ACH129 and ACH261. Spring Only.