ARE YOU READY FOR A JOB INARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY? Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Associate in Applied Science in Degree Architectural Technology is a 64-credit-hour program that prepares students to assist architects or other design professionals. It also can be the first step toward transferring to a bachelor’s degree program.
This program prepares students for support positions in the architectural profession. Drafting and presentation skills are emphasized; however, detailing, design and project programming also are major concerns.
A variety of courses from specification writing to rendering to computer-aided drafting are offered in an effort to expose students to the range of possibilities and knowledge necessary in this field.
The courses introduce many areas of construction and design. They provide a good technical base. Courses are taught using the latest computer software in industry, including AutoCAD, REVIT and 3-D Studio Viz. Facilities include a dedicated computer lab; all studio drafting tables have a complete computer workstation with Internet access.
An architectural technician assists architects and other design professionals with the production of designs and drawings for building construction. This may include drafting, either by hand or on the computer. The related job duties are extensive, from meeting with building material representatives to visiting job sites. Building projects range from custom residential to high-rise office buildings.
Graduates are qualified for positions as drafters and junior designers in architectural firms. Most STLCC graduates are employed as computer-aided draftspeople. Other related jobs may be for construction companies, kitchen and bath companies, building material companies, and public entities like building departments and municipal utility companies.
An architectural technician does not need to be licensed; however, licensure is required to become an architect. The first step for licensure is a degree from an accredited school of architecture. For more information on accredited schools of architecture, contact the NAAB at www.naab.org.
Transfer requirements may vary; therefore, students are encouraged to work with a counselor or academic advisor to ensure credit transferability. STLCC has transfer agreements with Washington University and Ranken Technical College.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of architects is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014. Employment is strongly tied to the activity of the construction industry.
Persons interested in architectural technology should possess the ability to visualize, draft and sketch.
- Career Opportunites
- For information on the job outlook in the architectural technology profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
- To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
- For specific real-time information on wages and job prospects in the STLCC region, visit STLCC Career Coach.
- Program Curriculum
Architectural Technology (AAS) 64 CreditsCareer General Education – 18-19 Credits
ENG:100 Career English (or) ENG:101 College Composition I 3 ENG:103 Report Writing (or) COM:101 Oral Communication I 3 XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3 SOC:103 Human Behavior at Work
and in Business (or)
Social Science Elective
3 MTH:124 Technical Mathematics (or) MTH:140 Intermediate Algebra 3 Selection from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Math (100+ level), Physical Geology, Physical Science, or Physics 3-4
Physical Education Activity – 2 credits
Area of Concentration – 40 credits
ARC:110 Architectural Graphics 3 ARC:112 Architectural Design and Production I 3 ARC:114 Architectural History and Theory 3 ARC:115 Architectural Rendering and Presentation 3 ARC:123 Introduction to Computer Aided
3 ARC:209 Mechanical and Electrical Systems I 3 ARC:211 Architectural Design and Production II 3 ARC:219 Professional Architectural Practice 2 ARC:220 Architectural Design and Production III 3 ARC:222 Site Planning and Landscape Drafting 3 ART:107 Design I 2 ART:109 Drawing I 3 ARC:229 Architectural Specifications, Materials
3 CE:117 Statics and Strengths of Materials 3
Electives – 3-4 credits
ARC:223 Intermediate Computer-Aided Architectural Drafting 3 ARC:224 Advanced Computer-Aided Drafting 3 ARC:227 Architectural Estimating 3 ARC:228 Architectural Computer Rendering, Modeling and Animation 3 CE:241 Structural Systems I 4
Workplace Experience: Students may substitute up to six credit hours of appropriate and relevant workplace learning experience for technical courses, and/or electives, included in the program. In order for the workplace learning credit to be counted for the degree requirement, the learning experience must be pre-approved by the department, and an appropriate faculty member must supervise the work.
Schools of Architecture
Washington University-St. Louis
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Architectural Technology Program
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1079
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
800-295-6227 continental US
AIA St. Louis
Local professional organization for registered architects.
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
Regards the licensure of architects.
National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
Pertains to the accreditation of architecture schools.
- Additional Information
The Architectural Technology program is offered at our Meramec campus, as well as online. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.