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2021-22 Student Handbook and Catalog 
2021-22 Student Handbook and Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Architectural Technology

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Program Coordinator Joel Hall

Architecture is the creative blend of art and science used in the design of environments for people. Problem-solving, decision-making, team leadership and imagination are key elements in making of an architect and lead to the exhilaration that comes from seeing a design idea become a physical reality.

Lewis and Clark has articulation agreements in architecture with the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC) and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC). These agreements consist of an individualized AS degree specifically designed for transfer to UIUC’s or SIUC’s Schools of Architecture.  However, the Lewis and Clark faculty and staff have become aware of the need for architectural technicians with education at a two-year college as the basic educational credential. Furthermore, recent trends in the design and construction of “green buildings” and the allocation of resources from the federal government through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to support green jobs and green buildings have led L&C to develop these new programs with a “green” flavor. The essential purpose of the AAS degree and the certificates is to meet the growing need of environmentally sustainable building design and construction, as performed by AAS-educated and certificate-prepared technicians who serve architectural, design, construction and other building-related organizations.   The goal of the AAS program is to combine specialized skill courses in drafting, architecture, relevant software skills with general-education courses so that students have a firm foundation in basic academic skills as well as skills important to green building and design. The curriculum places emphasis on development of a common set of trade skills centered on sustainable design and construction, as well as the acquisition of critical thinking, communication, and problem solving ability.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Prepare for entry into the work force as an entry-level architectural draftsperson
  2. Prepare for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in Architectural Studies
  3. Explore the field of architecture by taking courses for personal interest
  4. Identify the environmental and architectural responses to current issues and trends, such as health, safety, welfare, environmental regulations, and technology advancements
  5. Describe the roles, responsibilities and expectations of the architectural technician
  6. Define the application of science in the architectural technology
  7. Describe the changes and future trends in the role of the architectural technician
  8. Describe the different type of teams encountered by the architectural technician
  9. Identify the characteristics of a high performance or an effective team

Nature of Work: Architects may design, draw, build scale models, write, supervise or manage. They also may teach, perform research or consult. Most architects do not construct the buildings they design; that is usually done by construction firms. However, smaller projects such as houses are often built by the architect who designs them. Architects also may develop projects on their own, alone or in conjunction with financial advisors, real-estate developers or others. Architects do more than design space: they serve as consultants on a broad range of clients’ needs such as long-term business planning, relocation planning, human resources and space-use planning, facility maintenance programming and hundreds of other services. 

Skills and Abilities: Those planning careers in architectural technology should be able to do freehand sketching, precise scale drawings utilizing CAD software, and “visualize” complicated objects in either pictorial form or flat views. They should be able to function as part of a team since they will work directly with customers, engineers, and contractors.

Architectural Technology - ADCG/TECH.AAS

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Total: 17-18 Credit Hours

Second Semester

Total: 17-18 Credit Hours

Third Semester

Total: 14 Credit Hours

Fourth Semester

Total: 12-14 Credit Hours

Total hours required for the A.A.S. in Architectural Technology: 60


Architectural Graphics - ADCG/GRAPH.CC

Certificate of Completion

Total: 18 Credit Hours

Total hours required for the Certificate of Completion in Architectural Graphics: 18



3D Architectural Modeling - ADCG/3D.CC

Certificate of Completion


Total: 8 Credit Hours

Total hours required for the Certificate of Completion in 3D Architectural Modeling: 8


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