This degree program provides a foundation in the processes of architecture. It allows students to explore numerous areas of construction technology while learning how to use design and presentation software such as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Strong emphasis is placed on architectural design as it is paired with code compliance, material selection, and constructability. This degree prepares students for further studies in architecture or entry-level positions in drafting with engineering or architectural firms.
Design Your Future
In this program, students will learn how to apply technical skills to develop and design buildings and structures for architectural and related construction projects. Students will be introduced to the components of building design and construction, as they understand and apply computer-aided drafting (CAD) software, learn how to read blueprints and study building codes, cost estimating, and the history of architecture.
This major combines liberal arts and sciences with architecture. It teaches students that architects need technical and design skills as well as an understanding of the culture, the physical world, and human relations.
If it wasn’t for the architecture emphasis I took with my CM degree, I wouldn’t have been exposed to the different softwares that I am currently using. As a BIM or VDC Engineer, I am constantly learning how to use different softwares that allow me to coordinate in 3D that everything in the building is working fine prior to building it in real life. Thank you, BYU-Idaho, for preparing me to have the right skills for the construction industry and its advancing technology.Angie L.,
Graduates with a degree in Architectural Technology, have rewarding careers before them in level drafting and BIM modeling positions. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.
Highlighted Career Paths
Entry Level Drafter
Architectural Drafters prepare drawings of architect’s and engineer’s designs for residential, commercial, and industrial construction projects. This is a highly technical role requiring extensive familiarity with design principles, computer-aided drafting technologies, and building codes to ensure that drawings are accurate to present necessary information to construction crews, general contractors, and zoning and approval bodies.
Entry Level Revit Modeler
Revit Modelers develop an engineers or architect’s concepts and sketches into accurate 3-D models and drawings. They utilize construction drawings and create 3-D models for construction purposes.
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Getting started in this degree
If you want to get a taste for Architectural Technology, start with one of the following degree-specific courses:
- ARCH 100—Survey of Architecture and Construction
- ARCH 120—Computer Aided Design I
- CONST 120— Framing Systems
For a full listing of all courses required for this degree, refer to the course catalog.
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