Kirkland, Wash. – Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), the only public institute of technology in Washington state, will host the Washington State Board for Architects on Feb. 11 at its Kirkland campus. The board traditionally meets at four-year colleges, however this is its first visit to a two-year degree program in recent history. The board will tour LWTech’s Architectural Technology program, which is undergoing a redesign to a cohort model along with the Engineering Graphics department. The Architectural Technology program prepares students for careers with architecture firms, construction companies and government civil engineering departments.
“The Washington State Board for Architects is a proponent of alternate paths to architect licensure. The board recognizes and appreciates that the programs offered by the Lake Washington Institute of Technology provide stepping stones along the path to licensure and opportunities for students to work in real-world style collaborative environments. The board is excited to be holding their February board meeting at the college and is looking forward to learning more about the design programs offered at the school,” said Roch Manley, chair for the Washington State Board for Architects.
In the newly designed Engineering Graphics department, students from Architectural, Mechanical and Civil disciplines will learn together in a collaborative environment for the first two quarters, interacting within the three disciplines through hands-on projects. Then, students will separate into their specialties for several quarters to become proficient in their industries. At the end of the program, students from all three disciplines will come together again to work on cross-discipline, hands-on production of their designs.
“We are so excited to host the board next week and showcase our college! The architecture industry is booming, and statistics show students in cohort models develop a camaraderie; they build bonds and professional networks with each other that continue to develop after they graduate,” said Dr. Suzanne Ames, dean of design, IT and baccalaureate development at LWTech. “The redesigned program will give students the opportunity to learn how each discipline interacts, making them more marketable when they graduate.” Studies show that students in cohort models have a better chance of program completion.
LWTech offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Transfer degrees in Architectural Technology and Mechanical Design, a four-year Bachelor of Technology in Applied Design and two certificate options. A Certificate of Proficiency in Civil Design is being re-instated as part of the new program, with hopes of restoring the full associate degree. According to Glassdoor.com, the average salary for an architectural designer in Seattle, Washington, is $57,818.
As the only public institute of technology in Washington state, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) a provides students with the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today’s workplace. LWTech offers six bachelor’s degrees, more than 45 associate degrees, and more than 85 professional certificates in 44 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.