Alfred State SUNY College of Technology

Department of Architecture & Design

A career-focused, project-based education integrating theory and practice with a strong multidisciplinary foundation that draws upon an institutional heritage of building and technology. Emphasizing core values of leadership, professional preparedness, and work ethic, experienced faculty offer personal instruction and guidance to students as they collaborate with real people to explore real challenges across the region and beyond.

http://catalog.alfredstate.edu/current/department/architecture-design/
University
Setting

Most rooms and all design studios are accessible to students 24 hours a day by swipe card for student convenience. Each design studio is laptop ready (either hard-wired or with access to the campus wireless network), and has work stations equipped with a desk lamp, rolling storage cart and a cutting surface. Studios also have networked HP LaserJet printers, desktop scanners, white marker boards, floor-to-ceiling, wall-mounted fabric pin-up/display panels, flat file storage, and ceiling-mounted Sharp digital projectors. Students also have access to the department's laser cutter room and architecture library in addition to the plotter room, digital fabrication lab, soils, concrete, and material testing lab, and energy systems and HVAC&R labs which are maintained by other departments in the school.

School Philosophy

Alfred State architecture designs for social and societal good. Recognizing that an architectural education at Alfred State is a powerful platform upon which to build a career, our students seek opportunities to learn through local and global civic engagement projects in each and every design studio, which is the cornerstone of the Alfred State experience. Students explore their social responsibility as emerging professionals to make the world a better place through design and professional conduct in real-world laboratories that stretch from rural communities in New York's Southern Tier, to Sorrento, Italy, and all points in between.

School
Programs

The Architecture and Design Department offers a five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree, a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural technology, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in architectural technology. These degrees are designed to serve the varying needs within the profession of architecture. The Associate of Applied Science degree in interior design provides graduates with basic knowledge and skills for entry-level positions in the interior design discipline. The department's emphasis on creating good design for social good is supported by the faculty, the programs, and the students. The primary focus of our faculty is teaching personal instruction that makes meaningful life-long connections with students and has a powerful professional impact. Instructors bring a diverse blend of advanced architectural education, theoretical inquiry, practical experience, and professional credentials into the classroom, making them uniquely qualified to train students in design, production, and the poetics of construction. All aspects of construction technology and sustainable building practices are integrated into our program's design studio sequence through the use of Building Information Modeling software situated within the digital fabrication continuum. This allows students to create inspiring designs that are technically sound and grounded in the realities of professional practice, better preparing them for the demands of the workplace.

Areas
of Focus
  • Art & Design
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Building Technologies
  • Cross-Cultural Contexts
  • Graphics And Visualization
  • Historic Preservation
  • Industry Collaborations
  • Materials And Construction
Student
Opportunities
Lecture Series
Solar Decathlon
Co-op or Work Placement
Study Abroad
Studio / Course Trips
Student-led publication
Cross-disciplinary Studios
Cross-disciplinary Courses
Online Education
Preparation for Licensing Exams
Our
Facilities
Individual Workspaces
Model Photography Station
Computer Lab
Large-format Printer
Woodshop
Fabrication Lab
24 Hour Workshop
Fumehood
Laser Cutter
3D Printing
CNC Milling
Materials Collection
Architecture Library