Goals of the Architecture Department

The Architectural Technology department curriculum is formulated and designed to meet the specific needs of both certificate and transfer students. The certificate meets or exceeds current industrial requirements.

The goals of the certificate are to:
  • Provide new students with the information, skills, and training to enter the field of architecture.
  • Provide a course of study which will allow those already working in architecture to advance within their organization.
  • Provide an overview of architecture, design, inspection and construction techniques and their dependencies upon each other.
  • Provide architects a resource of trained and knowledgeable personnel for both entry level and advanced positions.

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Most classes are taught in the afternoon and evening to meet the requirements of working and full-time students. Not only does the department offer instruction in manual drawing, but also Building Information Modeling (BIM) software such as Revit Architecture and AutoCAD (see below for other software). Students have the option of using one of these methods of drawing in the advanced drafting/design classes. Students will find that most classes are taught in an informal, studio-type environment similar to the methods used at 5-year Architecture schools. All of the instructors within the department feel an obligation to help students achieve their goals as they relate to the study of Architecture. Many of the advanced design classes include instruction in model building which teaches the skills needed to create a study or finished scale model of their project.

Topics that are covered within the department include:

• Residential Drafting and Design
• Commercial Drafting and Design
• Building Codes
• Architectural Print Reading
• Architectural Model Building

• Building Information Modeling (BIM)
• Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CAD)
Descriptive Geometry
• Perspective Graphics
• Visualization Software

Students also learn the use of 3D Printing (formerly known as Rapid Prototyping) and Laser Cutting equipment. This equipment represents the cutting edge in architecture and is used in the creation of models of architectural structures. This equipment is used as part of the advanced architectural design classes to create models of student designs.

Transfer and Articulation with 5-Year B.Arch Programs

Glendale College has an excellent transfer rate to 4 and 5 year college and university programs.

Recently, our program became one of the few community colleges in Southern California to have an Articulation Agreement for the Architecture and Interior Architecture programs at Woodbury University. Our program also has an Articulation Agreement with the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, Ca. These agreements allow students that complete the GCC Architecture Certificate and a portfolio to be granted credit for the first two years of a five-year Bachelors of Architecture (B.Arch) degree.

On the average, 4 to 5 GCC Architecture students transfer each year to local Architecture Schools. Students have transferred to programs at NewSchool of Architecture. Cal Poly Pomona, USC, Woodbury, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of Arizona, Columbia, and other local colleges and universities. The training received at GCC prepares students for the Bachelor's of Architecture (B.Arch) degree as well as: Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, and Architectural Studies.

While some of the classes within the department do not directly transfer to some of these programs, the projects that are completed provide excellent material for the creation of a portfolio. Most programs require a portfolio for new and transferring students. These portfolios may be used as part of the application process and also to gain college credit within these programs.


Classes are taught by one full-time and five adjunct instructors six days a week. The department faculty are highly skilled in their respective fields of Architecture and have many years of experience.

  Dave Martin - Instructor/Department Chair 
   Descriptive Geometry, Perspective Graphics, Architectural Print Reading,
   Building Code, and Introduction to Revit Architecture.
  Izabela Boyajyan - Adjunct Instructor
   Introductory and Advanced Interior Design
  Paul Chiu - Adjunct Instructor
   Advanced Revit & Advanced Architectural Design
  Joseph Okeyo - Adjunct Instructor
   Introduction to Architectural Drafting and Design
  Tim Papienski - Adjunct Instructor
   Introductory and Advanced 3D Studio Max
  Ramiro Villalon - Adjunct Instructor
   Revit Structure & MEP

Skill-Based Training

If you are looking for software-specific classes, various software programs are taught that are in current use in the Architectural industry. Typically the department changes over to the next version of the software in the Fall semester.

Some of these software programs include:
 Autodesk® Revit® 2017 - ArchitectureStructure, and MEP
• AutoCAD 2017®
• SketchUp Pro 2015
• Autodesk 3ds Max®

Thank you for your interest in the program and feel free to contact me with any questions about the department.

Dave Martin
Department Chair
Architecture Department, Glendale Community College
(818) 240-1000 ext 5528

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