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.