The Architectural Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist architects, engineers and construction professionals in developing plans and related documentation for residential and commercial projects in both the private and public sectors. This includes instruction in architectural drafting, computer-assisted drafting, construction materials and methods, environmental systems, codes and standards, structural principles, cost estimation, planning, graphics and presentation.
Students learn and demonstrate proficiency in drafting and illustration, elements and principles of design, the steps of the design process and related fundamentals and principles of construction and engineering.
The program also provides students the ability to focus on study tracks that focus on Architectural CAD, Building Information Modeling (BIM), Landscape Technology, Architectural and Landscape Illustration and Architectural Sustainability Technology.
Students are trained in software such as Autodesk AutoCAD (basic and advanced), Autodesk Revit Architecture (basic and advanced), ArcGIS, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe In-Design, SketchUp and Autodesk AutoCAD Civil3D.
Courses are offered at Southern Wake Campus, along with online course options.
Upon completion, graduates have career opportunities within the architectural, engineering and construction professions, as well as positions in industry and government. Opportunities for employment exist as junior technicians, Level I designers, architectural landscape design technicians and BIM designers and technicians within architectural practices and engineering and contracting companies.