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Find us on:


186 Jay Street
Voorhees Hall 818 (V-818)
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Phone: 718-260-5262


Fill out the Arch Tech Help Desk Form for advisement and IT/Software requests.

Visit NYCCTfab for FabLab schedule & signup, workshops, one-on-one help & IT support, tutorials, and more.

As a student in the Department of Architectural Technology at City Tech, you are required to own tools that you will need for the duration of time that you are enrolled in our program.

You must purchase a laptop that runs the Microsoft Windows OS. Access to the software that is required to complete your coursework will be provided to you. Instructions on how to access software will be given towards the beginning of the semester.

If you cannot afford a laptop, there are a limited number of desktops available to use in the classrooms and computer labs. There are also laptops available to borrow but they must remain on campus and are only available for the day. Please submit an inquiry if you have any questions.


Expect to spend around $1400 for an appropriately configured laptop. Some basics laptop configurations are recommended for running CAD, graphic, and 3D applications.

  • Recommended brands: Dell or Lenovo
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 or higher
  • CPU (processor):
    Intel © i-Series, Xeon ©, AMD © Ryzen (such as Intel Core i7-4790, AMD Ryzen 5 2600 or better)
  • Hard drive: SATA3 SSD or NVMe m.2 1TB storage .
  • Memory: 32GB or higher recommended (16GB minimum)
  • Graphics card:
    NVIDIA or AMD (such as GeForce RTX 2070, NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000, AMD Radeon RX 5700XT or better)
  • Graphics card memory: 8 GB or higher.
  • Operating system: Windows 11 64-bit or newer.

Loan Equipment

The Department of Architectural Technology is loaning devices to students in order to support the learning needs. To be eligible to borrow a device, you must be a currently enrolled student.

Architecture is shifting from the development of drawing sets that specify the assembly of a kit of parts to computational and fabrication methods that have been used successfully in the automotive and aerospace fields for decades. Architects can now design, simulate, fabricate, and evaluate custom components and products that fit the precise needs of the built environment rather than relying on the compromise of a pre-existing solution.

The Arch Tech Fabrication Labs prepare students to be the future leaders of our dynamic field by training them in advanced computational methods geared toward the production of architectural prototypes using various digital fabrication strategies including laser cutting, 3D printing, CNC machining, and 3D scanning and digitizing.


  • Universal X660 Laser Cutter:
    18”x32” bed laser cutters with 60W lasers for the cutting and etching of a variety of non-flammable materials
  • Universal ILS 12-150 Laser Cutter:
    24”x48” bed laser cutters with 60W lasers for the cutting and etching of a variety of non-flammable materials
  • Mimaki CF2-1215 Paper Cutter
    35.7”x47.2” cutting plotter capable of cutting various kinds of media with high accuracy without dies with the use of a variety of knives


  • ZPrinter 650 Powder Fill Color 3D Printer System:
    Full-color 3D printing for the generation of 3D models in starch
  • Stratasys PolyJet Objet30 3D Printer
    High-end prototypes, realistic models with specialized properties in resin
  • Ultimaker
    8.8" x 8.8" x 8.1" uses ABS and PLA Filament
  • Lulzbot
    11.4" x 10.8" x 9.8" uses ABS and PLA Filament
  • MakerBot Replicator 2x
    9.8" x 6.3" x 5.9" uses ABS and Dissolvable Filament
  • Printrbot
    8" x 6" x 8" uses ABS and PLA Filament
  • Formech 1372 SA VacuumFormer
    A powerful combination of large forming area and wide forming capabilities including heating, cooling, and vacuum reservoir mark


  • Roland LPX-600 3D Scanner
    Generates high-resolution (0.009in accuracy), watertight 3D polygonal models with a work surface 10"x16"
  • Microscribe G2X Digitizer
    Collects point-by-point measurements of a model with an accuracy as fine as 0.009in. in an area of 19.6" x 15.7"
  • Faro Edge Arm Digitizer
    Preeminent portable coordinate measuring machine (PCMM) that allows easy verification of product quality by performing 3D inspections, tool certifications, CAD comparison, and dimensional analysis.


  • Carvey 3D Carver
    Desktop carving machine fully enclosed with a work area of 11.6" x 8" x 2.75" operating spindle 12000RPM up to 1/4" bit
  • Roland MDX-540 3-Axis Mill
    An operating speed of up to 295in/min for cutting a variety of materials with a maximum volume of 19.6" x 15.7" x 6.1"
  • Roland ZCL-540 Rotary Axis Unit
    Allow you to create multi-sided objects automatically without the need for manually flipping the part over, max envelope (4x4x11.25")
  • Precix 11100 3-Axis Mill
    A 10’x5’ CNC milling machine with a 5HP spindle to form complex 3D surfaces and cut precise contours from sheet materials


  • ABB IRB 140
    The IRB 140 is a compact and powerful multipurpose industrial robot with 6 axes.
  • ABB IRC5
    The IRC5 is a compact and powerful multipurpose industrial robot with 6 axes


  • Enviromental sensors
    Monitors and control optimal conditions in designated spaces
    • Occupancy sensors
    • Data Loggers
    • Moisture Meter
    • Infrared Camera
  • Arduino Board + Raspberry PIs
    An open-source computing platform for developing interactive devices that are able to sense the environment using sensors

Digital design media and tools shape the way that we design and engineer the built environment. As technological advancements in architecture and its allied fields develop rapidly (with increased market pressure for innovation and efficiency), we are called upon to use and research these tools more than ever - namely those of design computation and digital fabrication.

Design computation is the design of the built environment using digital means. Pairing up the processing power of high-end computers with advanced software allows us to integrate mathematics and computer programming languages into the design process toward the production of digital models.

All computer resources are located in the building housing Architectural Technology, Construction Management, Environmental Control System technology, and Civil Engineering Technology and are available for classes and special projects use daily.


7 Computer Labs (Existing):

Equipments Description
23-25 Computers w/ 1 teaching station
7 36” Plotters
6 11”x 17” Color Laser Printers
5 11”x17” Black & White Laser Printers
2 Large Format Scanners
7 11”x 17” Scanners


  • 7 Zip
  • Adobe Acrobat X Pro
  • Adobe Air
  • Adobe Bridge CC2018
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CC2018
  • Adobe Flash Professional CC2018
  • Adobe Flash Player Plugin
  • Adobe Illustrator CC2018
  • Adobe InDesign CC2018
  • Adobe Photoshop CC2018
  • Adobe Shockwave Player
  • ArcGIS 10.5.1
  • Archon Software
  • Arduino Beta
  • ArtStor OIV
  • Archivision
  • Autodesk AutoCAD 2019
  • Autodesk Mechanical 2019
  • Autodesk 123D Design
  • Autodesk 3DS Max 2019
  • Autodesk 3D Print Unity
  • Autodesk AutoCAD RPC Content Archvision
  • Autodesk Design Review 2019
  • Autodesk Education Master Suite
  • Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Autodesk Inventor Pro 2019
  • Autodesk Maya 2019
  • Autodesk Meshmixer
  • Autodesk Revit 2019
  • Autodesk Revit/Vasari Dynamo
  • Autodesk Vasari
  • Bently Engineering Suite
  • Bradford
  • CATT v.A9
  • CCleaner
  • COSMOSFloWorks 2008
  • COSMOSMotion 2008
  • COSMOSWorks 2008
  • Cortona 3D (VRML Viewer)
  • Cyclone
  • Deep Freeze
  • Design Builder
  • Desktop Radiance
  • Digital Project V1, R3
  • Ecotect Analysis
  • Energy Plus
  • eQuest
  • Google Earth/ (Pro) 7.3.2
  • Google Chrome
  • GTeam 3D Viewer
  • IES VE-Ware
  • Internet Explorer
  • Kayako
  • Leica Geo Office
  • Lumion 3D
  • MakerWare 2.4.1
  • Matlab
  • Materialise Magics
  • McAfee Agent
  • Mentor Graphics FloEFD
  • Mentor GraphicsFloThem
  • Mentor Graphics FloVent
  • Microsoft Office Professional
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Maker
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • NetOp
  • Notepad++
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Driver
  • NVIDIA Graphics Driver
  • NVIDIA HD Audio Driver
  • NVIDIA nView
  • Optics
  • Oracle Java
  • Oracle MySQL Suite
  • Pepakura
  • Picasa 3
  • Print Manager Plus- Client Processing
  • Python 3.7.1
  • IronPython 2.7.3
  • Procogo
  • Revit Architecture 2019
  • Rhinoceros 6.0
  • Rhino Autodesk T-Splines
  • Rhino GH Diva
  • Rhino ggIFC (ggBIM)
  • Rhino GH Chameleon
  • Rhino GH Exoskeleton
  • Rhino GH Firefly
  • Rhino GH Hoopsnake
  • Rhino GH Kangaroo
  • Rhino GH Karamba
  • Rhino GH Lunchbox
  • Rhino GH Mesh (+)
  • Rhino GH MeshEdit
  • Rhino GH Millipede
  • Rhino GH Nudibranch
  • Rhino GH Paneling tools
  • Rhino GH Python
  • Rhino GH Topologizer
  • Rhino Grasshopper
  • Rhino Paneling Tools
  • Rhino RhinoCam 2018 Rhino/GH Diva
  • Rhino/GH Geco
  • Rhino/GH Hummingbird
  • Rhino/GH Weaverbird
  • Rhino Nest
  • Robot Studio
  • SketchUp Legacy OpenStudio
  • SketchUp OpenStudio
  • SketchUp Pro 2018
  • SketchUp VRay
  • Snaglt
  • Staad Pro
  • Starling
  • Suretrak
  • Therm
  • TileMill
  • Trane TRACE 700
  • Utility Web Player
  • VLC media player
  • Wolfram Mathematica
  • Vray for Maya/3DS Max
  • Vray for Rhino 3.6