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Voorhees Hall 829 (V-829)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-260-5262

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Architectural Technology/BTech

The Department of Architectural Technology offers a unique four-year BTech that prepares the student to be proficient in the 21st century technologies required to manage all phases of professional practice in architecture and related fields: design, construction materials and assemblies, architectural history, mechanical and structural systems, building information modeling (BIM), codes and professional practice, site planning, building performance analysis and sustainable design, and digital fabrication and manufacturing.

Our design and building technology studios give students an opportunity to develop their own ideas and creative talents through participation in architectural projects from inception to final presentation and fabrication. Graduates from our BTech degree program are well equipped to be a part of an architectural design team in a broad range of planning and construction coordination roles.

They are provided with immediately marketable skills and a solid foundation for career advancement. Many graduates of this program go on to apply for a master’s degree in architecture (MArch), but BTech graduates can also qualify for the architectural registration exams and New York State licensure following a period of work under a licensed architect and completion of the Intern Development Program of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of the bachelor of technology in Architectural Technology are:

  • To provide students with skills necessary to think critically and learn continually for professional success in design and constructionrelated fields.
  • To instill a command of the tools necessary for architectural technicians including the ability to master techniques, utilize 21stcentury technology, work in multidisciplinary teams and effectively communicate in written and graphic forms.

Program Learning Outcomes

1. Bachelor’s degree graduates can demonstrate mastery of pragmatic and conceptual solutions to modern-day design problems in areas related to architecture.

2. Students in this program have greater opportunities in employment and in advanced education at the graduate level as a result of the base knowledge gained at City Tech.

3. Successful graduates develop their own inherent approach to design, professional ethics, impact upon the built environment and the role of the architect in society.

Progression in and Graduation from Architectural Technology

For progression in and graduation from the Architectural Technology programs, a minimum grade of “C” is required in the following courses in the major: all required Design and Construction Technology Studios (ARCH 1110, ARCH 1210, ARCH 2310, ARCH 2410, ARCH 3510, ARCH 3610, ARCH 3630, ARCH 4710, ARCH 4810 and ARCH 4830), and all required Visual Studies (ARCH 1191, ARCH 1291) and Building Technology courses (ARCH 1130, ARCH 1230, ARCH 2330, ARCH 2430).

Additional Costs other than Tuition and College-wide Fees for the Baccalaureate Degree Program (Approximate):

Textbooks and Periodicals $500
Professional Tools and Dues $300
Project Materials and Supplies $400
Portfolio Preparation $200

GENERAL EDUCATION COMMON CORE1

44-45 CREDITS

I - REQUIRED CORE (4 COURSES, 14-15 CREDITS)


English Composition (2 course, 6 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1121 English Composition II 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 4 credits)

MAT 1375 or higher2 Precalculus 4

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 4-5 credits)

PHYS 1433

PHYS 1441
General Physics I: Algebra Based
OR
General Physics I: Calculus Based
4

5

II - FLEXIBLE CORE (6 COURSES, 18 CREDITS; 9 CREDITS MET FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE)

In addition to the required courses listed below, select one course from each of the following three areas, plus one additional course from any of the five areas; no more than two courses may be selected from any discipline.


World Cultures and Global Issues

Any Approved Course

US Experience in its Diversity

ARCH 3522 or higher2 A History of New York City Architecture 3

Individual and Society

Any Approved Course

Creative Expression

ARCH 2321/ARTH 2321* History of Architecture 1900 to the Present 3

Scientific World

Any Approved Course

One Additional Course from Any Group

Any Approved Course

III - COLLEGE OPTION REQUIREMENTS2 (UP TO 12 CREDITS)

  • One course in Speech/Oral Communication 3
    Any Approved Course
  • One interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences course
    Any Approved Course
  • Additional liberal arts credits to reach a minimum of 42 credits in general education.
    In meeting their general education requirements overall, students must take at least one advanced liberal arts course or two sequential courses in a foreign language.

Writing Intensive Requirement

Students at New York City College of Technology must complete two courses designated WI for the associate level, one from GenEd and one from the major; and two additional courses designated WI for the baccalaureate level, one from GenEd and one from the major.


PROGRAM-SPECIFIC DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 78 CREDITS

ASSOCIATE-LEVEL COURSES

ARCH 1110 Architectural Design l: Foundations3
ARCH 1121 History of Architectural Technology2
ARCH 1130 Building Technology l3
ARCH 1191 Visual Studies l2
ARCH 1210 Architectural Design ll: Foundations3
ARCH 1230 Building Technology ll3
ARCH 1250 Site Planning2
ARCH 1291 Visual Studies ll 2
ARCH 2310 Architectural Design llI4
ARCH 2321 History of Architecture 1900 to the Present Met as GenEd
ARCH 2330 Building Technology lll4
ARCH 2370 Building Systems3
ARCH 2410 Architectural Design lV4
ARCH 2430 Building Technology lV3
ARCH 2480 Structures l 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I Met as GenEd
ENG 1121 English Composition II Met as GenEd
MAT 1375 or higher Precalculus Met as GenEd
PHYS 1433

PHYS 1441
General Physics I: Algebra Based
OR
General Physics I: Calculus Based
Met as GenEd

AAS CAPSTONE (CHOOSE ONE)

ARCH 3550 Building Performance Workshop 3
ARCH 3590 Parametric Computation, Materials and Fabrication 3
ARCH 3662 Government Regulations and Approvals 3

BACCALAUREATE-LEVEL COURSES

REQUIRED COURSES (25-28 CREDITS)

ARCH 3510 Architectural Design l: Foundations3
ARCH 3522 History of Architectural Technology2
ARCH 3580 Building Technology l3
ARCH 3610

ARCH 3630
Visual Studies l
OR
Advanced Detailing Studio
5
ARCH 4710 Architectural Design ll: Foundations3
ARCH 47404 Architectural Design ll: Foundations3
ARCH 4810

ARCH 4830
Architectural Design ll: Foundations
OR
Construction Technology: Special Topics
5
ARCH 4861 Architectural Design ll: Foundations3

ELECTIVE COURSES IN THE MAJOR (BTECH ELECTIVE) 5 (6-9 CREDITS)

ARCH 3550 Building Performance Workshop 3
ARCH 3551 Sustainability: History and Practice 3
ARCH 3570 Lighting and Acoustics in Architecture 3
ARCH 3590 Parametric Computation, Materials and Fabrication 3
ARCH 3591 Computer Assisted Architectural Animation 3
ARCH 3609 Integrated Software in the Architectural Office 3
ARCH 3631 Advanced Materials Workshop 3
ARCH 3640 Historic Preservation: Theory and Practice 3
ARCH 3662 Government Regulations and Approvals 3
ARCH 3690 Intermediate Computation and Fabrication 3
ARCH 3691 Advanced Design and Building Information Modeling 3
ARCH 3900 Study Abroad 3
ARCH 4400 Special Topics in Architecture 3
ARCH 4709 Advanced 3-Dimensional Modeling and Rendering 3
ARCH 4740 Detail and Construction Technologies for Existing Buildings 3
ARCH 4750 Advanced Simulation for High Performance Buildings 3
ARCH 4780 Case Studies in Structural Engineering 3
ARCH 4791 Advanced Design and Building Information Modeling and Integrated Project Delivery 3
ARCH 4831 Design to Build 3
ARCH 4890 Computation and Fabrication: Performative Architecture 3
ARCH 4900 Internship in Architectural Technology 3
FMGT 3620 Building Systems I 3
FMGT 4720 Building Systems II 3
FMGT 4780 Programming and Introduction to Space Planning 3
MAT 1475 Calculus I 4

Students may use the following upper-level studios for elective credit with department approval:

ARCH 3610 Design VI 5 ARCH 3630 Advanced Detailing 5 ARCH 4810 Design VIII 5 ARCH 4830 Construction Technology: Special Topics 5

Students may select one elective course outside the major to replace a BTech elective, with department approval

TOTAL PROGRAM-SPECIFIC REQUIRED AND ELECTIVE COURSES 78
TOTAL NYSED LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CREDITS 42
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE 120

* Courses required for associate degree.

1 Students without the requisite math background to enter MAT 1375 will be required to take MAT 1175, and/or MAT 1275 in preparation. This will increase the number of required credits for the degree by 4-8 credits.

2 Complete lists of liberal arts and sciences courses and advanced liberal arts courses, as well as semester-specific lists of interdisciplinary courses and writing intensive courses, are available online at the City Tech Pathways website.

3 Students who have already taken COM 1330 or higher may take another liberal arts course instead.

4 ARCH 4740 is not required for students who take ARCH 3630.

5 Students may potentially substitute one course from outside the department for an elective class. Consultation with and approval of a faculty advisor is required.

For progression in and graduation from this Architectural Technology program, a minimum grade of “C” is required in the following courses in the major: all required

Design and Construction Technology Studios (ARCH 1110, ARCH 1210, ARCH 2310, ARCH 2410, ARCH 3510, ARCH 3610, ARCH 3630, ARCH 4710, ARCH 4810 and ARCH 4830), and all required Visual Studies (ARCH 1191, ARCH 1291) and Building Technology courses (ARCH 1130, ARCH 1230, ARCH 2330, ARCH 2430).

Students may not enroll in multiple studios concurrently, i.e. students may enroll in only one course per semester from the following list: ARCH 3610, ARCH 3630, ARCH 4710, ARCH 4810, ARCH 4830.