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Architecture Technology

Architecture Technology

Architecture Technology is the application of technology and the applied arts for designing buildings and other physical structures within our constructed environments.  The Erie Community College Architecture Technology program educates students in the methods of technical design as applied to the building process.

The Architecture Technology program goals include teaching techniques, graphic representation, work force skills, computer-aided drafting (CAD), and Building Information Management (BIM) via enhanced software applications, as well as a fundamental understanding of basic architectural design and working drawings, in order for students to understand the different elements of a building.

The fundamental objectives of the Architecture Technology program are threefold:

  • focus on the education of architecture technology;
  • preparing graduates to be integral employees in an architecture or construction related profession; and
  • pursue additional post-secondary education.

Students are encouraged to think beyond conventional two-dimensional AutoCAD systems and begin thinking in 3D forms, while establishing a professional methodology to communicate ideas both verbally and graphically.

Graduates of the program will have the ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate buildings in order to produce effective technical design solutions, and are prepared to assume integral positions within architectural firms. Additionally, Erie Community College Architecture Technology A.A.S. graduates have many options for transfer to various SUNY colleges and private institutions for advanced degrees.

To successfully complete the program, a candidate must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in all departmental courses and a minimum overall Erie Community College GPA of 2.0.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Architecture Technology Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, the graduate will be able to:

  • raise clear and precise questions, reach and present well-reasoned conclusions;
  • use abstract ideas to interpret information, investigate alternative outcomes against diverse criteria and standards;
  • produce appropriate representational media, including traditional graphic and digital technology skills, to communicate design process decisions;
  • create, interpret, modify and select the necessary and appropriate contract documents required for the construction of both residential and commercial structures;
  • interpret and apply basic principles of life-safety systems;
  • interpret and apply basic principles utilized in the appropriate selection of construction materials, products, components, and assemblies, based on their characteristics and performance; and
  • apply principles of structural mechanics, mechanical building systems, and plumbing systems.

Department Notes

Students are encouraged to become active in the departmental Architecture Club. Qualifying students in their fourth semester are encouraged to seek internships at local industry partners. Graduates will have a portfolio of their work to submit for employment or transfer.  Students should consult regularly with department advisers for academic advisement, course selection, and career opportunities.


Total Degree Credits: 64.0

First Year, Fall Semester
AR 108 - Architectural Graphics Credit Hours: 3
AR 121 - Urban Environments Credit Hours: 3
AR 130 - Architectural Methods and Materials Credit Hours: 3
AR 160 - CAD Applications in Architecture Credit Hours: 3
MT 125 - College Mathematics Credit Hours: 4 or
MT 175 - Survey of Calculus I Credit Hours: 4

First Year, Spring Semester
AR 125 - Codes and Standards Credit Hours: 3
AR 170 - Architecture Drafting I Credit Hours: 4
AR 275 - Mechanicals for Buildings Credit Hours: 3
EN 100 - Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies Credit Hours: 3 or
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3
PH 260 - Technical Physics I Credit Hours: 3
PH 261 - Lab for PH 260 Credit Hours: 1

Second Year, Fall Semester
AR 240 - Architecture Drafting II Credit Hours: 4 
AR 250 - Structures Credit Hours: 4  
AR 285 - Architectural Design I Credit Hours: 5
EN 102 - Composition for the STEM Disciplines Credit Hours: 3 or
EN 111 - Composition and Interpretation of Literature Credit Hours: 3 

Second Year, Spring Semester
AR 265 - Architectural Practices Credit Hours: 3 
AR 270 - Architectural Detailing Credit Hours: 3
AR 290 - Architectural Design II Credit Hours: 5  
MT 126 - College Mathematics II Credit Hours: 4 or
MT 176 - Survey of Calculus II Credit Hours: 4

AR 135 - History of Architecture Credit Hours: 3

Note: This is a recommended sequence for possible employment. Student should consult your academic adviser prior to registering. Most four-year schools require MT 175 and MT 176.

Available At:

South Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:

3 Years of Math

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Math I
Math II
(Physics preferred)

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Architectural Engineering
Transfer to Bachelor's Degree Program 
Fab Lab

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Engineering & Technologies
Architecture Technology

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Architecture Technology

James Ruggiero
South Campus
Room 2222D
4041 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
P: (716) 851-1770