Effective Fall 2022

The Architecture major provides students with the knowledge and skills that lead to employment and advancement in the field of architecture. The coursework enables the graduate to work in architectural or building construction related jobs or continue toward an advanced degree in a related field. The architectural technician will be involved in work requiring a knowledge of computer applications, including computer-aided drafting, construction materials, mechanical and structural systems, estimating, site and building design fundamentals, presentation methods, building codes, sustainability, and specifications.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may work as architectural technicians, designers, estimators, detailers, model builders, illustrators, product representatives, and specification writers in the public and private sector. Employment is also available in related industries such as building engineering, construction, code enforcement, materials manufacturing, and residential design/build contracting.

Special Equipment Needs

Laptop Computer Required

  • 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 ® 2022 “Performance” system recommendations and Lumion® 12 system requirements. Please review those sites to ensure your laptop meets the requirements.
  • *Apple computers and Chromebooks are prohibited.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

Transfer Procedures

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.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate technical expertise and problem-solving ability through the use of effective data analysis, appropriate tools and digital media, and standard mathematical computations (Critical Thinking).
  • interpret architectural drawings and related documents, and communicate ideas and solutions using appropriate architectural vocabulary (Critical Thinking).
  • describe the stages of the architectural design process, and the phases of a typical building project (Design).
  • develop design solutions for small and medium-sized projects which demonstrate a knowledge of architectural history, building materials, and building systems (Design).
  • present architectural designs and concepts using various means, as appropriate (Representation).
  • analyze the aesthetic, economic, and environmental impacts of various building materials, building systems, and methods of construction (Building Systems).
  • demonstrate an understanding of the choices that promote occupant health and well-being (Sustainability).
  • integrate the various applications of construction materials, systems, and methods used in the building industry (Integration).
  • describe the career options and job titles of those who work within architecture and related disciplines, the importance of working in teams, and the relationships between the various stakeholders (Professional Practice).


First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
ACH101Introduction to Architecture 11 MREQ
ACH111Architectural Graphics 31 6 MREQ
ACH112Architectural History 32 3 MREQ
ACH119Building Materials I 32 3 MREQ
ACH135Architectural Computer-Aided Drafting 32 3 MREQ
MTH181College Algebra & Trigonometry I 32.50 1.50 SREQ
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACH129Building Materials II 32 3 MREQ
ACH139Construction Documents - Residential 31 6 MREQ
ACH141Building Codes & Accessibility 21.50 1.50 MREQ
ACH181Architectural Design Studio I 31 6 MREQ
ACH211Architectural Graphics II 32 3 MREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACH239Construction Documents - Commercial 31 6 MREQ
ACH243Structural Principles 33 MREQ
ACH261Architectural Design Studio II 32 3 MREQ
ACH262Sustainability: Building & Living Green 3Writing Enriched Requirement2 3 MREQ
ACH264Computers & Estimating 32 3 MREQ
SPCSpeech Elective 3 SSPC
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ACH240Environmental Systems 32 3 MREQ
ACH253Structural Applications 32 3 MREQ
ACH281Architectural Design Studio III 42 6 MREQ
ACHSpecified Architectural Elective 3 MACH
PHS103Physics Survey 33 SREQ
PHS114Physics with Technological Applications 43 3 SREQ