Program Purpose: Students who complete Architectural courses will acquire information, skills and training in the architectural field. Students completing the Architectural program will acquire the practical knowledge and skills to successfully enter the field of architecture, advance within their current profession or transfer to a university architecture or design program.

Program Description: Training in architecture will prepare one for challenging careers in the architectural profession and its related design and technical fields. Students may obtain an AS, Certificate of Achievement or preparation for advance degrees at institutions of higher learning. Specialized application of various software programs are taught using current technology and methods found in the Architectural and design industries. Career options include Architecture, Architectural Designer, Architectural Illustrator, Architectural Model Maker, Architectural Production Developer, Specification Writer, Construction Manager, Interior Architect, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planner.

Area Dean: Dr. Karen Engelsen
Phone: (805) 289-6064
Office: ASC 111

Administrative Assistant: Eileen Crump
Phone: (805) 289-6276
Location: ASC 110

Lead Faculty: Ralph Fernandez
Phone: (805) 289-6398
Location: MCE Bldg (1st Floor)

What is architecture?

Architecture is the art and science of designing buildings and structures. Architectural design is primarily driven by the creative manipulation of mass, space, volume, texture, light, shadow, materials, program, and pragmatic elements such as cost, construction and technology, in order to achieve an end which is aesthetic, functional and often artistic.

Career Opportunities:


  • Apprentice Surveyor
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • Civil Drafter
  • Computer-Aided Design Technician
  • Engineering Mapping Cartographer

Degrees and Certificates Offered:

  • Associate in Science Degree
  • Certificate of Achievement