Architectural Technology

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As part of the School of Design & Applied Arts, the Architectural Technology at Lake Washington Institute of Technology enables students to participate in design and technical teams, and develop the necessary and required skillsets for industry careers. Students become proficient for work supporting architects at local firms around areas such as Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland. By learning the design process, students can develop a growth mindset and ultimately become innovators with a passion for problem-solving.

The Associate of Applied Science Transfer (AAS-T) degree is designed to prepare students to transfer to Washington State University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies. Students can apply their senior year of studies toward a Master of Architecture to earn a master's degree in just one additional year.

The Architectural Technology associate degrees provides students with a solid foundation in design development, construction documents, principles of sustainability and building information modeling (BIM). Students are required to participate in projects which assimilate real-world architectural problems through Project Based Learning. Students will gain specialized training in industry-leading software packages such as AutoCAD and Revit, as well as the maker space–the Innovation Lab. Coursework includes conventional and computer drafting which reflects the current trends in the architectural industry, including sustainability and 3D printing skills.

An associate degree in Architectural Technology will allow graduates to secure a job in the dynamic architecture and construction industry in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and the Seattle area. Student graduates can further their academic pursuit toward an applied bachelor’s degree in LWTech’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Design, Washington State University's Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, other bachelor programs throughout the United States, or start a career in a growing and highly sought real estate development industry. This degree can also be a key element in eventually earning an architectural license. Architectural designers are in-demand in the King County region, as determined by the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Admission Requirements

Entry into this program requires completion of an admissions application.