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Architectural Design Technology Concentration
Architectural Design Technology Concentration Checksheet

Studies in architectural design technology (ADT) allow students to focus on the technical and business aspects of architectural practice. Of the five phases of a building project, which include schematic design, design development, construction documents, bidding and construction administration, the latter three account for approximately 80% of the entire process, while the conceptual design stage occupies only about 20%. This concentration is geared toward this 80% of architectural practice and foregrounds the later stages required to actualize a design project.

The architectural design technology concentration grooms students to enter the architecture and design fields with strong computer and building technology skills that will prove valuable to prospective employers. Students receive in-depth training in the latest software, including Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Geographic Information System (GIS), so they will be able to quickly contribute this vital expertise to a design firm. The curriculum also covers a wide range of topics, from business and sustainable practices to design and architectural history, providing a broad understanding of the process of documenting, detailing and administering a building project. In addition, through a sequence of recommended electives, each student may choose to focus on a subject of particular interest in consultation with an advisor, such as Building Technology, Construction Management, Sustainability, Visualization or Business, thereby enhancing his/her knowledge base and skill sets in a selected area.

Graduates with a concentration in architectural design technology are prepared for various employment opportunities within design firms, including project administrator, design/build manager, design firm business manager, specification writer, BIM manager, design firm LEED coordinator or office CAD manager. Since this is a pre-professional degree, the concentration will also provide a solid springboard for entry into a graduate program of study. These may include Architecture, Construction Management, Sustainable Design, Interior Architecture, Geodesign or Historic Preservation.

Learning Outcomes of Architectural Design Technology Concentration

Students will:

  • Illustrate expertise and professional-level competency in current digital CAD and GIS software used to research and document building designs.
  • Demonstrate acquired knowledge base and skill sets to the selection and analysis of structural dynamics, construction methods, environmental control systems, sustainable technologies and the properties of materials.
  • Acquire knowledge of the legal, financial, marketing and management issues relevant to administering a design-based practice.
  • Apply basic principles of architectural drawing and design to projects of differing scales and typologies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of history and theory of historic and modern periods, styles and places in the built environment.    


The first two years of the program are exactly the same as the five-year Bachelor of Architecture program. This will facilitate easy transfers between the BArch and the ADT concentration.

Concentration Courses taken during the first and second years:

Required core courses: (37 credits)

  • ADFND-101    Design 1
  • ADFND-102    Design 2
  • ADFND-101    Drawing 1
  • DRAWING-2    Visualization Elective
  • ARCH-213    Design 3
  • ARCH-214     Design 4
  • ARCHDSN-210    Tech 1: Materials and Methods
  • ARCH-212    Tech 2: Passive Systems/Bldg. Envelope
  • AHIST-205    History 1: Built Environment: Ancient to Medieval
  • AHIST-206    History 2: Renaissance/Baroque
  • ARCH-303    Structures 1

Concentration Courses taken during the third and fourth years:

Required core courses: (33 credits)

  • ARCH-304    Structures 2
  • ARCH-313    Tech 3: Dynamic Systems
  • ARCH-314    Tech 4: Advanced Building Analysis
  • AHIST-305    History 3: Early Modern Architecture and Interiors (1750-1930)
  • AHIST-306    History 4: Modern/Contemporary Architecture and Interiors
  • ARCH-416     Tech 5 (BIM): Documentation and Detailing
  • LARCH-310   GIS for Landscape Architecture
  • ACCT-101     Financial Accounting
  • BLAW-301     Business Law
  • LARCH-515   Advanced GIS
  • ARCH-503     Professional Management

Recommended electives: (12 credits, chosen from among the following)

  • SUST-204    Sustainable Planning and Land Use
  • SUST-300    Sustainable Technologies for Architecture
  • ARCH-413    Experimental Structures
  • ARCH-414    Experimental Materials
  • ARCH-426    Design/Build
  • MKTG-102    Principles of Marketing
  • MGMT-301    Principles of Management
  • MGMT-310   Organizational Behavior
  • FINC-301     Financial Management
  • ECON-205    Macroeconomics
  • ECON-206    Microeconomics
  • CMGT-102    Introduction to Construction Industry
  • CMGT-104    Introduction to Construction Management