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    Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Overview


    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

    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


    Job Resources

    • 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.
  • Faculty

    divider-facultyMary Huelsmann, Assistant Professor
    Phone: 314-984-7766

    Michael Lorenz, Assistant Professor
    Phone: 314-984-7767

  • Program Curriculum


    Architectural Technology (AAS) 64 Credits

     Career 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
    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
    Architectural Drafting
    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
    and Methods
    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.

    Recommended Academic Plan (AAS) Check the Recommended Academic Plan, or RAP, for the suggested semester-by-semester course schedule. This map is designed to help keep you on track for a timely graduation.
  • Resources


    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
    314-935-7656 fax

    Drury University
    Hammons School of Architecture
    900 North Benton Ave.
    Springfield, MO 65802

    University of Kansas
    School of Architecture and Design
    205 Marvin Hall
    Lawrence, KS 66045
    785-864-5185 fax

    Kansas State University
    Department of Architecture
    211 Seaton Hall
    Manhattan, KS 66506-2901
    785-532-6722 fax

    Professional Organizations

    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.

    Architectural Firms

    211 N. Broadway
    Suite 700
    St. Louis, MO 63102
    314-421-6073 fax

    Cannon Design
    St. Louis
    One City Centre
    St. Louis, MO 63101
    314-241-2570 fax

    Lawrence Group
    319 N. 4th St.
    Suite 1000
    St. Louis, MO 63102

    Mackey Mitchell Associates
    800 St. Louis Union Station
    Suite 200
    St. Louis, MO 63103

    Studio Durham
    1856 Menard St.
    St. Louis, MO 63104
    314-664-0501 fax

    KAI Design and Build
    211 N. Broadway
    Suite 1900
    St. Louis, MO 63102
    314-241-0125 fax


  • 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.


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