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Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology

Imagine it and create it: your career in architecture starts now. Our program emphasizes graphic communication, design skills and knowledge of construction types.

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What is Architectural Technology

The Architectural Technology program provides instruction in the concepts and skills required for careers in architectural and related professions involved in designing for the built environment. At the core of the curriculum are a series of architectural studios where students prepare construction documents. The series begins with a study of residential construction and culminates with commercial. Emphasis is placed on quality graphic communication, the development of design skills and a thorough understanding of a variety of construction types. Complementing the studio sequence are courses designed to provide instruction in building materials, structures, mechanical/electrical systems, professional practices, and architectural theory and history. Electives in the program allow students to customize their education to fit their interests. Given the wide range of topics covered in the curriculum, graduates are prepared to find employment in architectural and related professional offices including positions in construction estimating, civil engineering, structural engineering, mechanical/electrical engineering, construction management, computer-aided drafting, building code enforcement, specification writing, urban planning, historic preservation, contracting, sub-contracting, and building material sales and marketing. See program plan for more information.

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BCTC’s Architectural Technology program is the only program of its kind in Kentucky.

The program’s faculty consist of three full-time registered architects licensed in the state of Kentucky and adjunct faculty who are specialists in their areas of expertise such as construction management, building codes, and architectural illustration.

Students in the program develop skills necessary for the preparation of construction documents from schematic design approval into design development, contract documents, and contract administration phases for the built environment.

This unique program offers important educational opportunities outside the classroom, including field trips, design competitions, professional networking, and internships. Many of these activities are made possible through the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), a student-run professional organization.

For students who would like to pursue a bachelor’s degree, BCTC’s Architectural Technology program has transfer agreements in place with four-year schools in programs such as Architecture, Construction Management, and Landscape Architecture.

Get started with Architectural Technology

BCTC’s Architectural Technology program is located at the Cooper Campus. The courses are focused on individualized instruction and problem solving with a combination of lecture and hands-on lab activities.

Assignments can vary from completing design or construction documents to case study models where students apply the principles they are learning to real world applications. Students will gain practical experience by writing, speaking, and presenting in all of their classes, preparing them for future employment.

Financial aid and scholarships specifically for Architectural Technology students are available.

Architectural Technology graduates are sought after by employers and starting salaries for program graduates in entry level positions range from $15 to $25 per hour.

Contact Wm. Kevin Murphy, Architectural Technology Program Coordinator:
kevin.murphy4@kctcs.edu / (859) 246-6542

What are my career choices?

Qualified air conditioning technicians are in high demand in all parts of the region. Graduates can find jobs in a variety of industrial, manufacturing, commercial, and other areas.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

A program plan describes the degree requirements (courses) and the sequence for completing the courses. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.

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Length of Program


You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Jeff Durham
Architectural Technology
Program Coordinator
Cooper Campus, MB 236
jeff.durham@kctcs.edu