Architectural Technology | BCTC

Architectural Technology

The Architectural Technology Program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College has been in existence for over 30 years. Currently the Architectural Technology Program at BCTC is the only one in the state. Completion of the Architectural Technology Program results in an Associate of Applied Science Degree. 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. Throughout its history, students have obtained employment in architectural and related professions including excellent preparation for positions in computer-aided drafting, specification writing, landscape architecture, civil engineering and urban planning. Students are also successful in obtaining positions in construction related fields such as contracting, sub-contracting, building material sales and management, construction management, testing, building code review and building inspection. This is attributed to an educational path that involves taking required core courses along with specialized technical electives. These electives allow you to somewhat tailor your education to suit your interests.

The program will expose you to a broad range of architectural interests. You will explore both the creative and the technical aspects of architecture. Construction materials and techniques for residential projects are introduced along with those that are applicable to commercial projects. Underlying this is our ability to integrate the latest computer hardware and software into the curriculum. The computer is changing the face of our program just as it is changing the face of the architecture profession. Our labs are conducive to concentration and long hours of study without stress. We also have in these labs the cutting edge technology. Computers with current industry standard drafting and computer-aided drafting software are located at every workstation.

Post graduate employment opportunities are available. Though somewhat based on the economy, our graduates seem to have great success in gaining employment in architectural offices as well as in related fields such as construction management and civil engineering. Most students gain employment prior to graduation. Job opportunities are posted and efforts are taken to match students to jobs. Prior to graduation, students in the program's capstone course prepare portfolios that help convey skills to prospective employers. Students may elect to combine work experience with college credit by participating in our cooperative education program.

Students receive personalized attention from faculty. In general, class size is small. In the studio courses, typical class sizes range from 12 to 15 students. In core lecture courses, the maximum class size is typically 20 students. Our technical electives are typically characterized by class sizes of around 15 students. In addition, faculty enjoys engaging in both formal and informal advising of students.

The student chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIAS) and the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) here at BCTC offers students opportunities to network with professionals and to visit places of architectural interest such as Chicago and Fallingwater, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania. Field trips to local construction sites are also typical events.

Career Opportunities

Computer-Aided Draftsperson, Building Designer, Construction Manager, Building Inspector, Construction Estimator, Construction Products Representative

We also have articulated agreements with the University of Kentucky College of Design and Savannah College of Art and Design for students wanting to obtain architectural license by attending an accredited college and we also have articulation agreements with EKU and NKU for students wanting to obtain a Construction Management degree.