School of Business banner

Architecture Department

Architects are involved in all aspects of building design, including appearance, economy, function, structure, environmental planning, sustainability and responding to the needs of those who will use the building. They design, prepare drawings, build models, analyze costs, specify building materials and administer construction contracts.

Architecture as a profession is a business, a science and an art. Triton College’s architectural curriculum offers courses required in the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program in architecture. Requirements for two years of the four-year programs at the three Illinois universities offering degrees in architecture (UIC, UIUC and SIUC) can be satisfied at Triton College. UIUC’s minimum grade point average for transfer in to their B.S. program in architectural studies is around 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Some universities will also require a prospective transfer student to summit a portfolio of studio work to place the student in their design sequence, to determine the amount of credit to be awarded for architecture courses from Triton College and, in some cases, for admissions to their architectural program. Architectural schools differ slightly in their requirements and students should work closely with Triton’s architectural coordinator to determine specific transfer course requirements.

The goal of the Architecture programs is to help students to develop critical thinking skills, develop creativity, be prepared for employment in entry-level positions and develop excellent visual, graphic and verbal communication skills.

Having completed or taken courses in architecture, students will be able to:
   • Participate in student presentations and share opinions about their own and other students’ projects.
   • Demonstrate self-evaluation skills to faculty through reflective paper or oral presentation.
   • Analyze project requirements and apply to design solutions.
   • Create bubble diagrams for architecture projects.
   • Compose designs that follow principles of good design.
   • Sketch many possible solutions to a particular problem.
   • Distinguish quality in a design.
   • Complete a comprehensive portfolio of work in all courses taken at Triton College and have it accepted by a faculty jury.
   • Demonstrate proficiency in software programs used in professional practice.
   • Interpret owners’ needs based on project requirements and budgetary limitations.
   • Present a sketchbook to faculty jury and have it accepted.
   • Complete short-term sketch problems.
   • Orally explain a drawing to faculty.

Degrees
   • Architecture Degree (Associate in Arts – U224A04)
   • Architecture Degree (Associate in Applied Science Degree – C248A)
   • Building Information Modeling Degree (Associate in Applied Science Degree – C248X)

Certificates
   • Architecture Certificate – C448T
   • Building and Remodeling Certificate – C448M

Courses
   • Architecture Courses

Accreditation
No information at this time.

Curriculum/Plan of Study
C248A, C248X, C448T, C448M

Program Affiliations
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Southern Illinois University (SIUC)

For Students
No information at this time.

FAQ
Students should contact JoBeth Halpin at 708-456-0300, Ext. 3601 or email jobethhalpin@triton.edu for all program related questions.

Faculty
JoBeth Halpin
Tenured Faculty
Office: M-109
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3601
jobethhalpin@triton.edu