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.
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 computer-aided drafting techniques like AutoCAD (see below for other software). Students have the option of using either method 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
• Interior Design
• Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CAD)
• Descriptive Geometry
• Perspective Graphics
• Visualization Software
Students can also learn the use of Additive Manufacturing (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.
Glendale College has an excellent transfer rate to 4 and 5 year college and university programs. On the average, 4 to 5 GCC Architecture students transfer each year to local Architecture Schools. Students have transferred to programs at Cal Poly Pomona, USC, Woodbury, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of Arizona, Columbia, and other local colleges. 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 many of the classes within the department do not directly transfer to 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 part-time 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 - Department Chair Descriptive Geometry, Perspective Graphics,
Building Code, Architectural Print Reading, and Introduction to
Paul Chiu - Advanced Revit & Advanced Architectural Design
Joseph Okeyo - Introduction to Architectural Drafting and Design
Ramiro Villalon - Revit Structure & MEP, Introductory and Advanced 3D Studio Max
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:
Thank you for your interest in the program and feel free to contact me with any questions about the department.
Architecture Department, Glendale Community College
(818) 240-1000 ext 5528