Architecture

Dunwoody Architecture is a 2+3 associates and bachelors completion degree program offered within the Construction Sciences and Building Technology Department. Students earn an associate’s degree in Architectural Drafting & Design after two years of coursework. Students who pursue an additional three years of study earn a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and gain the capacity to become licensed, practicing architects.

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Dunwoody Architecture is a 2+3 associates and bachelors completion degree program offered within the Construction Sciences and Building Technology Department. Students earn an associate’s degree in Architectural Drafting & Design after two years of coursework. Students who pursue an additional three years of study earn a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and gain the capacity to become licensed, practicing architects.

In their first two years, students pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in Architectural Drafting and Design. Students will become experts in current design and building technologies, making them ideal employees in architecture, building design, and construction industries. Students develop skills in a wide array of design technologies including sketching, drawing, manual drafting, digital drafting, physical modeling, digital and parametric modeling, building information modeling, architectural visualization, and digital fabrication. Students acquire a strong knowledge of building technologies including structural systems, building envelope systems, building service systems, building environment systems, building codes, and project management. Students develop professional skills through portfolio and project management courses, opportunities for governance, and frequent interaction with professionals in and out of the classroom. Concurrently, students engage in Arts & Sciences courses in oral and written communications; math and science; social and behavioral studies; and the arts and humanities.

In their final three years, students pursue a Bachelor of Architecture degree, giving them the capacity to become licensed, practicing architects and leaders in the profession. Students harness advanced design and building technologies as a design tool to conceive of comprehensive architectural works. Students acquire leadership skills through courses in professional practice and Architectural Registration Exam preparation. Students learn to design in historical and cultural contexts through courses in history, theory, culture, study abroad, and community design build. All students, from within the program and from other institutions, are invited to apply for admission into year three and are accepted based on transcript and portfolio review. Concurrently, students engage in Arts & Sciences courses in critical and creative thinking, research methods, and business courses in marketing, accounting, and management.

Accreditation: 

The program is currently eligible for candidacy with the National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB) with an anticipated candidacy date of January 2015 and an initial accreditation date of January 2019. For more information about NAAB visit: http://naab.org/about/home

Common Job Titles:

Drafter; BIM Manager; Principal Architect; Project Architect; Project Manager; Senior Designer

Recent Employers:

Radius Track; RDS Architects; SALA Architects; Kaas Wilson Architects; Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.; Widseth Smith Nolting; Permasteelisa; M.A. Mortenson

National Median Salary*: $76,700*

Occupational Outlook**:

+18% Growth 2012-2022 (above average)
*2013 AIA Compensation Report: A Survey of U.S.  Architecture Firms, www.aia.org
**2014 ACSA Atlas Project, www.acsa-arch.org

Resources and Links:
Careers:

The Emerging Professional’s Companion
AIA Minnesota Job Bank

NATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL ACCREDITING BOARD (NAAB):

www.naab.org
NAAB Procedures for Accreditation (edition currently in effect)

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURAL REGISTRATION BOARDS (NCARB):

NCARB News
www.NCARB.org
The NCARB Handbook for Interns and Architects
ARE Guidelines
Education Guidelines
IDP Guidelines

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS (AIAS):

www.aias.org
Toward an Evolution of Studio Culture

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS (AIA):

www.aia.org
2012 AIA/NCARB Internship and Career Survey  

ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGIATE SCHOOLS OF ARCHITECTURE:

www.acsa-arch.org
ACSA Atlas Project
The Journal of Architectural Education

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