Architectural Technology

You have an eye for design and are observant, creative, technical, and organized. Put your skills to use by earning an Associate of Applied Science in architectural technology at Central Piedmont. You can also earn certificates with specializations in residential architectural technology, sustainability, or Computer Assisted Design/Building Information Modeling. Apply today to begin your journey in the field of architecture.

What You Will Learn

In our Architectural Technology program, you will practice architectural drawing techniques with computed-aided drafting (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) to develop design plans for various structures. You will learn industry terminology and become familiar with construction materials and construction and deconstruction processes. You will study environmental and legal regulations and analyze sustainable design practices in building. In training, you will conduct research to locate building codes and bidding information for residential and commercial settings. You will participate in project and contract management, construction oversight, and contract negotiating. You will develop your skills to communicate well with architects, creatives, drafters, surveyors, construction teams, and clients. Upon completion of the program, you will:

  • flex your creativity by bringing your designs to life and learning how to solve problems innovatively
  • acquire the knowledge and skill to produce a set of architectural construction drawings that meet basic industry standards and communicate design intent through drawing
  • demonstrate an understanding of how construction drawings are organized, laid out, and coordinated
  • learn to craft construction drawings through both manual drafting techniques and computer technology using computer aided drafting/design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software

Completing an architectural technology degree at Central Piedmont will prepare you for career opportunities in architecture, engineering, construction, residential design, and trades. You can also work in housing associations, facility management, commercial companies, and government as an architectural technologist/technician. Graduates enter the workforce with a strong skill set and diverse portfolio, ready to pursue licensure or continue their studies.

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Why Choose Central Piedmont

Architectural Technology at Central Piedmont is an award-winning program with outstanding facilities using the latest software and hardware. Our exceptional and highly qualified faculty are here to help you succeed. As members of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), we encourage students to join this student-led organization to further develop the skills necessary to enter the workforce through leadership, design, and service to the community.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

Architectural Technology Careers and Average Salaries

Completing an architectural technology degree at Central Piedmont will prepare you for careers in architectural, engineering, construction, residential design, and trade professions, such as a drafting/CAD technician/designer. A drafting/CAD technician (also often referred to as a designer), works under the supervision of an architect or engineer to produce drawings and documents from which buildings are constructed. A successful technician will have a working knowledge of construction materials and techniques as well as both hand and computer drawing abilities. You can also work in housing associations, facility management, commercial companies, and government as an architectural technologist/technician. Visit Career Coach for detailed architectural technology career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

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