Architecture

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Architecture Student

About this program

Technology has redefined building design and planning. At Penn College, you’ll learn how to harness industry-leading software to create the buildings of tomorrow. Coursework covers everything from mechanical and structural systems to estimating, building design, and more. With expert faculty by your side and lots of hands-on hours in the lab, you’ll be ready to take on tomorrow in as few as four semesters!

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Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

Seamless Associate-to-Bachelor Degree Option

17

Average Class Size

24/7

Access to Design Studios

Careers

  • Architectural draftsperson
  • CAD operator
  • Detailer
  • Specification writer
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Architecture (ACH101)
  • Architectural Graphics (ACH111)
  • Building Materials I (ACH119)
  • Architectural Computer Aided Drafting (ACH135)
  • Architectural History (ACH112)
  • Building Codes & Accessibility (ACH141)
  • Construction Documents - Residential (ACH139)
  • Building Materials II (ACH129)
  • Architectural Graphics II (ACH211)
  • Architectural Design Studio I (ACH181)
  • Construction Documents - Commercial (ACH239)
  • Structural Principles (ACH243)
  • Architectural Design Studio II (ACH261)
  • Sustainability: Building and Living Green (ACH262)
  • Computers and Estimating (ACH264)
  • Environmental Systems (ACH240)
  • Architectural Design Studio III (ACH281)
  • Specified Architectural Elective (ACH)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Physics with Technological Applications (PHS114)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
Facilities

Architecture & Sustainable Design Lab Tour

Think you have what it takes to design the future? Meet Professor Dorothy Gerring who will discuss the program and give you a tour of the hands-on studio spaces.

Fully Equipped Computer Labs
Facilities

Fully Equipped Computer Labs

Bring your latest designs to life our expansive labs outfitted with the latest software from AutoCAD, Revit, Trimble Sketchup, and Adobe Photoshop.  

Student Experience

"Most colleges have teachers - I had seasoned professionals showing me the way it was in the real world. Most of my friends who graduated from other institutions had very little knowledge of what they were getting into with their respective career choices. I knew what I was getting into and was way ahead of the competition."

James Girafalco, Jr.

Architectural Technology

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Oct 23

Open House

Saturday, October 238:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 6

Open House

Saturday, November 68:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 19

Open House

Friday, November 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Contact

Admissions Office

If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

Upcoming Events

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Tomorrow is in the Making

The Dr. Welch Workshop

The makerspace is an open workshop for all students. Take hands-on learning to the next level. Explore your creativity. Bring your ideas to light. Collaborate with other students, faculty and staff, or work independently to test theories, explore ideas, and gain real-world skills to power your career. 

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Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

Appreciate architecture with friends and make connections that last a lifetime. This organization focuses on building leadership skills and community outreach. 

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
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Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your know-how in the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand. 

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Women in Construction builds confidence in tomorrow’s workforce

Women in Construction builds confidence in tomorrow’s workforce

The Women in Construction club coordinated activities for ninth through 12th graders, including a networking lunch and group sessions in the architecture/sustainable design, building construction and HVAC/plumbing labs.

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More Information

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CAD Software Links and Computer Specifications

The following is a list of information that will be helpful for Architecture & Sustainable Design students interested in purchasing their own computers. Please note that purchasing a computer and software is optional. Students in our programs are not required to purchase their own computers. Many of our classrooms are equipped with computers and we have open computer labs most evenings and during the weekend.

Students in the Architecture & Sustainable Design majors use the following programs:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD®
  • Autodesk Revit®
  • Trimble Sketchup®
  • Adobe Photoshop®

Many of the software products developed by Autodesk are free to our students if they enroll in the Autodesk® student community. If students wish to purchase their own computers, we suggest they purchase one capable of running Revit.

Supplies are available for purchase through The College Store.

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. Larry Basile, '91, Executive Vice President, Supply Source, Inc.
  • Mr. David W Daneker, '81, Construction Project Manager, UPMC Susquehanna
  • Mr. Robert J Gehr, AIA, NCARB, '86, Vice President, Retail Design & Buildings, Larson Design Group, Inc.
  • Mr. Jeff A LeFevre, '75, President, LeFevre Wilk Architects, LLC
  • Mr. Brent A Stebbins, '88, Partner/Architect/Designer, RLPS Architects
  • Mr. Anthony H Visco, Jr., '69, Owner, Anthony H. Visco, Jr., Architects
Featured Video

Architecture Q&A

Thinking about a career in architecture? Meet Naim Jabbour, architecture and sustainable design professor at Penn College. In this video, he dives into some of the most commonly asked questions about architecture. Hopefully his answers to these serious and silly questions will shed some light for those considering a future in architecture.