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Architecture Option

The Architecture and Interior Design Department’s Architecture Option PDF has been created to address two main educational goals: to prepare those who wish to transfer, and to prepare those who wish to go into the workforce and start their career. Frequently, our students do both. Students are prepared to be a CAD operator in a design firm or related business, knowing far more than just CAD operations. Students may also transfer to one of the many schools with whom we have developed an agreement. All transfers are dependent on a review of a student’s portfolio. Therefore students are encouraged to keep all their drawings and assignments (even schematic sketches) for later use in their portfolios. Firms also review portfolios as part of the interview process. ACH 212-Architectural Design 4 includes a portfolio assignment for all students.

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First Year:

  • ACH 111:  Architectural Design 1 
    • Basic drafting skills and drawing conventions: plans, sections, elevations, axonometrics, perspectives; introduces basic design principles and problem solving.
  • ACH 121:  Architectural Materials & Methods 1
    • Residential wood light frame and masonry building techniques and methods.
  • ACH 112:  Architectural Design 2
    • Expands ACH 111 and explores alternate drawing techniques using ink, color, three dimensional renderings, and presentation models. Researches architects and architectural styles, and how design concepts are represented.
  • ACH 122:  Architectural Materials & Methods 2
    • Commercial building techniques using steel, concrete, masonry and glass.

Second Year:

  • ACH 211-212:  Architectural Design 3-4
    • Focuses on design applications using techniques learned in the first year courses. Expands and focuses on the design process including theory and concepts. Design 4 applies LEED principles covered in ACH 242 and students develop a portfolio for transfer and employment.

Specialty Courses:

  • ACH 240:  Construction Documentation
  • ACH 230:  Cost Estimating for Design
  • ACH 231:  Professional Practices in Architecture
  • ACH 242:  Environmental Systems for Design
  • CAD Electives:  AutoCAD for Design, Building Information Modeling (Revit), Digital Studio (SketchUp and 3D Printing), 3D Studio Max

Please Note: There are other general education courses and degree requirements. Please consult current college catalog for complete information.