Architectural Design and Drafting

Sylvania ST 200 | Department Chair: Denise Roy | 971-722-4166  | Program Advisor: Arlene McCashew |

female student building a model of a house

"Form follows function," said architect Louis Henri Sullivan, a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright. It is one of the hallmarks of twentieth-century architectural design. It is an ideal that has been integrated, pondered, discarded and reused, and in some cases, completely disregarded. Not so in our Architectural Design and Drafting program, where you're not only taught drafting and design fundamentals, but also how to apply problem-solving skills to residential and commercial buildings using architectural history as a guide. Our program provides the fundamental building blocks necessary to begin a career as a residential designer/architectural drafter. Whether you're studying residential designs of Wright, the commercial buildings of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, or trying to understand how to apply building codes to residential homes, our program provides a sound foundation for your career.

Drafting Your Future

Ours is one of the few design and drafting programs in which you can acquire the fundamental skills in drafting and building design in only two years, studying under some of Oregon's best instructors. Our instructor resources, coupled with a broad-based curriculum, which emphasizes AutoCAD and courses such as Working Drawings and Building Systems, offer a unique opportunity to enter a discipline for which there will always be a need. Our program allows you quick entry into a field in which sound and stable design is highly valued, and it allows you to tailor classes to a specialized career, such as remodeling, kitchen and bath design, or green building. Our uniquely flexible curriculum caters to a broad array of interests within the building design industry. Many of our design and drafting graduates have started their own businesses or work for large design firms. Neil Kelly, Morrisette Homes, Argo/Architect, and Ankrom/ Moisen Associated Architects are just a few established companies that hire our graduates.