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College Catalog Fall 2011 - Spring 2012
Architectural Technology - AAS

The Field

The architectural technician's job is a challenging one with broad prospects and possibilities. The value of well-trained architectural technicians is widely recognized by professionals in the industry.

The Instructional Program

The Architectural Technology program at SUNY Delhi offers the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and the Bachelor of Technology (B.T.) degree. The focus of the Architectural Technology program is preparation for direct employment in architecture and related fields, or for transfer to bachelor degree programs.

The Architectural Technology program is distinguished by its range of fully-equipped construction laboratories and fully-equipped drafting and computer studios for hands-on instruction. The vast majority of core courses feature hands-on performance in the laboratory or studio, supported by classroom theory. All of the core courses are taught by architects, engineers, and construction professionals with extensive work experience.

The program places equal emphasis on the preparation of detailed residential and commercial construction drawings; on the creative process of rendering and designing buildings; and on the understanding of building methods, materials, structure, and mechanical systems. The drawing instruction, in turn, is equally divided between conventional design/drafting media and computer-generated design and drafting.

Career Options

The market for architectural technology skills is nationwide and goes beyond the conventional architectural firm. Attractive employment opportunities can be found with construction companies, engineering firms, government agencies, large corporations, and building products manufacturers, among others. Program faculty maintain broad contacts within the industry regionally, and advise and assist graduates in securing employment.

Transfer Options

The Architectural Technology A.A.S. degree gives students the opportunity to enter the workforce or transfer to a bachelor degree program. Over the years, a large percentage of SUNY Delhi graduates have continued their education in bachelor degree programs in architecture, engineering, and related fields. One option, for those qualified, is to continue study in SUNY Delhi's Bachelor of Technology program in Architectural Design and Building. (For information on this program, see the Architectural Design and Building program description.)

For those who seek transfer to another institution, the technology emphasized at Delhi complements the theory and design emphasized at architectural schools to provide a well-rounded, professional education. Graduates of the A.A.S. program have successfully transferred to many nationally known universities, such as Cornell, RPI, Syracuse, Clemson, Tennessee, Kent State, Ohio State, Arizona, Roger Williams, and New York Institute of Technology.

Curriculum

SUNY Curriculum Code: 0538

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. Consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.


First Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

AECT 100

Orientation to Architecture and Construction Technology

1

AECT 110

Construction Materials

3

ARCH 110

Computer-Aided Residential Drawings 1

3

ARCH 125

Architectural Design Graphics

3

CNST 110

Principles of Wood Frame Construction

3

MATH ___

Mathematics2

3

 

Total

16

Second Semester

Course No.

Course                                                 

Cr. Hrs.

ARCH 135

Architectural Design Fundamentals

3

ARCH 220

Commercial Detailing

3

ENGL ___

Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition3

3

PHYS 150

General Physics I

4

____ ___

Elective with LASC attribute

3

 

Total                                                

16

Third Semester

Course No.

Course                                                 

Cr. Hrs.

ARCH 140

Architectural Design I

4

CNST 210

Commercial Building System Eng. Tech.

4

COMM 100

Public Speaking

3

HUMN 241

History of World and Western Arch. I

3

____ ___

Unrestricted Elective

3

 

Total                                                

17

Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course                                                  

Cr. Hrs.

AECT 150

Statics and Strengths of Materials

3

AECT 280

Environmental Systems I

4

ARCH 240

Architectural Design II           

4

HUMN 242

History of World and Western Arch. II

3

____ ___

Unrestricted Elective

3

 

Total                                                

17

A.A.S. Degree Requirement: 66 credit hours

Notes

1 Students with demonstrated computer graphics ability may substitute a restricted elective with faculty permission.

Restricted Electives:

Course No.

Course                            

Cr. Hrs.

AECT 250

Structural Steel and Reinforced Concrete 

4

ARTS 115

Freehand Drawing

3

CNST 150

Concrete and Masonry Construction 

3

CNST 160

Construction Surveying

3

CNST 260

Estimating and Planning

3

CNST 270

Construction Law and Contracting

3

2 Mathematics is by placement according to competency.  MATH 128 College Algebra and MATH 138 Trigonometry are the minimum exit-level mathematics requirement for this program.  Students with appropriate math backgrounds will be advised to enroll in either a higher-level math course or a science course.

3 The first English is by placement according to competency. Student with appropriate English backgrounds will be advised to enroll in ENGL 200 Advanced Composition or another higher-level English course.

Technical Standards: In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the minimum Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:

Geometry and Algebra II/Trigonometry, physics, and computer-aided design (CAD) are recommended.

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Architectural Technology A.A.S. 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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