The innovative Architectural Technology curriculum at Ferris State University has a long and proud history of providing professional cutting edge architectural education. The program is recognized among architects as producing qualified, employable graduates with valued technical skills. Our graduates currently enjoy successful careers in architecture, facility management, construction management and in other areas of the built environment.
The Architectural Technology Associate Degree program was established in the early 1950’s as an Architectural Drafting program. It has evolved into Architectural Technology as the demands of the architecture profession have changed. Originally a program dealing primarily with pencil and paper drafting, it is now a program with a strong focus on digital drawing and building technology that builds proficiency in critical thinking and technical skills.
Taught by practitioners, the architectural technology curriculum is unique in its emphasis on the practice of the profession. Studio classes provide students with experience in the areas of building materials, construction methods, building codes, architectural digital graphics, presentation techniques, cost estimating and architectural design and history. The curriculum provides the skills, knowledge, and the necessary preparation to allow students to pursue related educational opportunities after graduation or enter the workplace to become successful architectural technicians.
This two year program prepares students to apply for entry into three related baccalaureate degree programs offered at Ferris:
"The Architectural Technology program prepared me to excel in my architectural career, the lectures, studios and hands-on fieldwork gave me the experience I needed to begin working effectively as soon as I joined the workforce. Close interaction with the faculty and peer team alike simulate the various roles within an architectural project team and gave me the opportunity to learn valuable team work skills."
CAROL L. HALL, ALUMNI, CLASS OF 2001. INTEGRATED ARCHITECTURE, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN.