College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
BS in Architectural Design + Technology
The Architectural Design + Technology program at University of Hartford prepares students for a variety of careers in architecture and the construction industry.
About the Major
The Architectural Design + Technology program at University of Hartford (UHart) is a rigorous academic program that prepares you for a variety of careers in architecture and the construction industry. The focus of the program is the design studio in which the technical, structural and liberal arts courses are integrated through the creative process in the design of progressively more complex architectural projects. A strong component of liberal arts, with particular emphasis on communications skills, as well as multiple electives in the later years, ensures that students who pursue this program of study will have the foundation of a challenging architectural education. You will also gain a broad understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue advanced degrees in architecture and related disciplines or entry into architecture firms or the building industries.
About the Minor
A minor in architecture is available for students in programs other than AD+T who have interests and abilities in architectural design. Students must announce their intention to minor in architecture any time prior to the end of their junior year. However, due to the sequence of courses and prerequisites students should begin the minor in the fall of junior year. Students interested in this minor must be accepted by the Department of Architecture and complete the following courses.
The following courses and requirements are recommended for those pursuing the Architectural Design + Technology program. See more in the course catalog.
- AET 241 | Building Systems for Architectural Design
- AET 350 | Introduction to Architectural Theory
- AET 358 | Architectural Computer Modeling and Rendering
- AET 472 | Architectural Design VI
- AET 474 | Design of Steel Structures for Architectural Design
- AET 250 | Introduction to Geomatics
- AET 340 | Construction Management
One of the following:
- AET 300 | Engineering Economics
- AET 442 | Construction Planning and Scheduling
- MGT 310 | Management and Organizational Behavior
The University of Hartford offers students an opportunity to complete both a BS in Architectural Design + Technology and a Master of Architecture in five years. The M.Arch Track 1 is available for qualified UHart undergraduate AD+T students to begin taking graduate courses senior year, then complete a 12-month (3-semester) M.Arch track immediately following their Bachelors program. This opportunity saves on the total cost of education and allows students to enter the full-time workforce one year earlier than a traditional 4+2 program sequence. Learn more.
Our graduates have gone on to work for companies including:
- Amenta Emma Architects
- Crosskey Architects
- Disney Imagineers
- FIP Construction
- JCJ Architecture
- S/L/A/M Collaborative
- Tai Soo Kim Partners Architects
- Tecton Architects
- Turner Construction
Interested in enrolling in the Architectural Design + Technology program under the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA)? Here is what you need to submit your application.
Resources for First Year Students
The University of Hartford's Department of Architectural Design + Technology is committed to creating and preserving a learning culture that is conducive to the growth of the relationships needed to help students succeed in their goals, and to fulfill the Mission of the Department of Architecture.
Architecture Tool Kits for entering First Year students will be available at the start of the fall semester at Jerry's Artarama, 1109 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT 06110, (860) 232-0073. The college will not be accepting checks for purchase. Jerry's Artarama usually provides transportation to their West Hartford location at the start of the semester.
Architectural Design + Technology alumna Jezelle Gordon ’17 lived her dream internship while she studied at the University when she had an opportunity to help a nonprofit redesign its community center.
Construction Management Concentration
A concentration in Construction Management is offered to students interested in pursuing a focus in construction processes, scheduling, and budgeting. Students will learn specific management and construction techniques which will supply a graduating student with the ability to enter the management field with a strong architectural design and structures background.
Study Abroad Opportunities
The Architecture department offers unique study abroad opportunities for its students, from first year through graduate. Students have traveled to areas like Cuba, Barcelona, Peru, Germany, and Italy. Through programs built with universities, you can explore different architectural monuments around the world and study in areas you have dreamed of.