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College Catalog Fall 2006 - Spring 2007
Architectural Design and Building - BT

The Field

The field of architecture is an exciting blend of art, technology, history, and modern construction techniques. SUNY Delhi offers a Bachelor of Technology (B.T.) degree in Architectural Design and Building. This degree involves a 2+2 arrangement with Delhi's A.A.S. degree program in Architectural Technology. Students apply and are admitted to the A.A.S. program, and upon completion can apply for admission to the B.T. program.

Students who complete the A.A.S. program in Architectural Technology have several career options. They may choose immediate employment as an architectural technician, transfer to a bachelor's degree program at another school, or continue their baccalaureate studies right at SUNY Delhi.

Students who complete the B.T. program at Delhi also have various options. They may seek employment in an Architectural Design and Build firm as a designer, estimator, architect, or other member of an architectural design team. Or, they may transfer to a Master's of Architecture degree program for further education and eventual licensing as a professional architect.

The Instructional Program

The Bachelor of Technology Architectural program at SUNY Delhi has a special focus: not only on the design, but on the building and construction of structures. The program is a blend of architecture, construction, liberal arts, mathematics, and science courses. By completing courses in building and construction techniques, Delhi's graduates have a professional advantage over students with just an art and design background.

Career Options

The market for architectural technology skills goes beyond the conventional architectural firm. Attractive employment opportunities can be found with construction companies, engineering firms, government agencies, large corporations, and building product manufacturers. The bachelor's and associate's degrees in Architecture at SUNY Delhi prepare graduates for immediate employment, or for further study in architecture, construction engineering, and related fields.

Employment

Employment opportunities in this field are numerous. Advancement depends on both formal training and experience. Graduates of the A.A.S. program typically find positions as architectural drafters, CAD operators, technicians, and junior architects in architectural firms or construction engineering firms. Graduates of the B.T. program may work in the same firms in positions such as estimator, designer, and architect.

Options for B.T. Graduates

Graduates of  the B.T. program in Architectural Design and Building will have a number of options. If academically qualified, they can continue their education in an NACARB-accredited Bachelor's or Master's of Architecture program en route to licensure as a professional architect. Or they may proceed directly to employment in an architecture or architecturally related firm, in a variety of possible positions, from design to production to construction site work.

Curriculum

The B.T. degree in Architectural Design and Building is a 2+2 degree that builds upon Delhi's A.A.S. degree in Architectural Technology. The B.T. program continues the special Delhi emphasis on both the design and the construction side of Architectural Technology.  Graduates of other associate's degree programs in Architecture can apply for admission to this program by contacting the SUNY Delhi Enrollment Services Office at 1-800-96 DELHI or 1-607-746-4355.

Shown below are the semester layouts for both the A.A.S. and B.T. degrees. 

A.A.S. Degree

SUNY Curriculum Code:  0538

First Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 AECT 100

Introduction to Architecture, Engineering, and Construction

1

 AECT 110

Construction Materials

3

 ARCH 110

Computer-Aided Residential Drawing

4

 ARCH 120

Architectural Graphics

2

 CNST 110

Principles and Practices of Wood Construction

3

 MATH ___

Mathematics 1

3

 

Total

16

Second Semester

 Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 ARCH 115

Freehand Drawing

3

 ARCH 220

Commercial Detailing

4

 ARCH 250

3-D Presentation CAD

4

 ENGL ___

English 2

3

 MATH ___

Mathematics 1

3-4

 

Total                                                 

17-18

Third Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 ARCH 140

Architectural Design I

4

 CNST 210

Commercial Building Systems

4

 ENGL ___

English Elective 2

3

 PHYS 150

General Physics I

4

 

Total                                                

15

Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 AECT 150

Statics and Strengths of Materials

3

 AECT 280

Building Environmental Systems I

4

 ARCH 240

Architectural Design II           

4

 HUMN 242

History of Western Architecture II

3

 ____ ___

Social Science Elective

3

 

Total                                                

17

A.A.S. Degree Requirement: 65 credit hours

B.T. Degree

SUNY Curriculum Code:  1852

Fifth Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 AECT 360

Structural Theory

4

 AECT 370

Site Engineering

3

 ARCH 330

Architectural Design III

6

 HUMN 241

History of Western Architecture I 

3

 

Total                                             

16

Sixth Semester 

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 AECT 350

Building Environmental Systems II

3

 ARCH 370

Architectural Design IV

6

 HIST ___

U.S. History Elective

3

 ____ ___

General Elective

3

 

Total                                               

15

Seventh Semester 

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 ARCH 401

Senior Orientation

½

 AECT 460

Structural Steel Design

3

 ARCH 430

Architectural Design V

6

 AECT 410

Building Codes

3

 ANTH 300

Survey of World Cultures  

3

 

Total                                               

15½

Eighth Semester

 Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 AECT 450

Building Science

4

 AECT 480

Reinforced Concrete Design

3

 ARCH 470

Architectural Design VI

6

 ____ ___

Liberal Arts and Science Elective  

3

 

Total                                               

15

B.T. Degree Requirement: 126½ credit hours

Notes

1  MATH 128 College Algebra and MATH 138 Trigonometry are the minimum mathematics requirement for the A.A.S. and B.T. degrees. Students who enter with higher mathematics backgrounds will be advised to enroll in higher-level courses in the mathematics sequence.

2  ENGL 100 Freshman Composition and a second English, communications, or literature course are the minimum English requirement for the A.A.S. and B.T. degrees. Students who enter with higher English backgrounds will be advised to enroll in Advanced Composition or other higher-level English courses.

Additional Notes

  1. Students must complete the SUNY Trustees’ General Education core requirements. See the "General Education" section of this catalog for details.

Admissions Requirements

Architectural Technology A.A.S.

High school Mathematics Course A or equivalent is required; Mathematics Course B or equivalent, physics, and computer-aided design (CAD) are recommended.

Architectural Design and Building B.T.

Applicants to the B.T. program in Architectural Design and Building should meet the requirements and guidelines stated below.

Admission to the Architectural Design and Building program will be based on the following:

Portfolio Submission

Portfolios will be evaluated on the basis of drawing and design ability, original ideas, and craftsmanship. Applicants must submit 10 to 12 samples of their work. The work should include samples of drawings from direct observation (not copied from photographs or "fantasy"). Other media samples may include painting, graphic page layout, sculpture, or models.

The format for submission can be the original, 35mm slides, or digital camera images as JPEG files on a CD. The CD should be labeled with the applicant's name. Slides must be numbered and/or labeled and referenced to a list of titles on a separate sheet of paper. The slides should be in a protective envelope or sleeve.

Portfolio submissions should be sent, along with an application, to:

Enrollment Services
Bush Hall
SUNY Delhi
Delhi, NY  13753

Application Dates and Guidelines

Applications for fall enrollment in the Architectural Design and Building program can be sent in at any time. Applications and portfolios will be reviewed beginning December 15 and acceptances given beginning January 15.

Application forms can be obtained at the Enrollment Services Office in Bush Hall, or by calling the Office at 1-800-96-DELHI.

Applicants who need to complete lower-level prerequisites may be admitted for the spring semester. Prior to enrolling they should contact Enrollment Services and meet with the Architectural faculty to design a plan of study.

Electives

Technical Electives

 Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 CNST 150

Concrete and Masonry Construction

3

 CNST 160

Construction Surveying

3

 CNST 260

Estimating and Planning

3

 CNST 270

Law and Contracting

3

Program Objectives

A graduate of the Architectural Design and Building B.T. program should be able to:

  1. Discuss the academic and career opportunities available in the field of architectural technology and have a working knowledge of how to utilize these opportunities.
  2. Apply fundamental principles of drafting to residential drawings, including basic lettering and linework techniques, wall sections, basic working drawings, and residential details.
  3. Understand and apply the fundamental techniques, skills, and computer usage necessary in the construction industry including word processing, spreadsheets, and CAD.
  4. Develop working drawings for a complete commercial building project including plans, sections, elevations, and details.
  5. Apply three-dimensional computer-modeling techniques to buildings and other architectural features using AutoCad.
  6. Utilize fundamental theories and principles of visual/spatial dynamics necessary to develop meaningful architectural design through the design, construction, and graphic documentation of three-dimensional models.
  7. Demonstrate design conceptualization strategies, the process of design, and the development and resolution of specific construction details in both residential and commercial building systems.
  8. Exhibit knowledge of the physical properties, design considerations, and practical applications of engineered structural components and common finish materials as they relate to the entire building system.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the strength of materials through the analysis of basic forces, conditions for equilibrium, stress-strain relationships, riveted and bolted connections, steel and timber beam design, and simple column design.
  10. Analyze building structural systems components of timber, steel, masonry, and concrete in terms of the forces applied to them, such as wind loads and seismic conditions.
  11. Discuss and apply the principles and practices of wood construction, including building layout; floor, wall and roof framing; and member loading.
  12. Demonstrate knowledge of the methods and materials of commercial buildings and structures, as well as construction project planning, construction site record keeping, and safety.
  13. Understand the fundamentals of mechanical and electrical equipment requirements for buildings.
  14. Understand and apply the principles of physics to the field of architectural technology.

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Last Updated: 8/3/08