Architectural Technology

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Architectural Technology students analyzing construction materials

Take the first steps toward your dream career in construction management and design by earning a degree in Architectural Technology. Gain a solid foundation in 3D design and the technical experience you need for career or transfer.

Career Outlook: Architecture and Industrial Design

Architects spend their careers designing buildings, meeting clients, and consulting with engineers on construction projects. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for architects was $80,180 in 2021.

A.A.S. Program Overview

Our A.A.S. Architectural Technology program provides the industry skills you need to pursue entry-level drafting work or advance into leadership positions after additional education. Coursework focuses on architectural drawing, building design, construction management, and material science. Your course projects simulate tasks that you'll be responsible for in the workplace and design studio.

By the end of the program, you'll be ready to start a career or transfer to a four- or five-year architecture program.

Architectural Technology and Design Software

Practice designing buildings using industry-leading technology and software. FLCC provides access to a well-equipped computer-aided design (CAD) lab. You'll use AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, Microsoft Office, Google SketchUp, Revit, and SOLIDWORKS to complete your assignments. We have everything you need to build higher and farther than you could've ever imagined.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Design projects based on the study of historic precedence and its evolution to stimulate artistic sensitivities and creative sensibilities.
  • Analyze construction materials, methods, techniques and sustainability.
  • Present projects using various media typical to the architectural industry.
  • Analyze typical processes for the professional practice of architecture.

Career Pathways

With an A.A.S. degree in Architectural Technology, you'll be ready for entry-level drafting positions in the construction and building industry. Earning an advanced degree in architecture opens up additional opportunities. Some career options include:

  • Architect
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Drafter
  • Industrial Designer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Surveyor
  • Urban Planner

Seamless Transfer Opportunities

This program prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university and continue your education in architectural design. Some colleges and universities in the region that have an architecture program include:

  • Cornell University
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Delhi
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Rochester

Low-Cost Tuition and Scholarship Opportunities

Earn a quality education at an affordable rate. With our low cost-per-credit and general scholarship opportunities, you can maximize your potential with minimal debt. 80% of students are awarded scholarships or financial aid that help with the cost of college.


Matthew Rischpater is the lead instructor and advisor for the Architectural Technology program. He has over 20 years of experience in designing residential and small commercial structures throughout Western and Central New York, Miami, and the Florida Keys. Combined with his field experience, Rischpater is passionate about architectural theory and history and brings that enthusiasm to the classes he teaches at FLCC.

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