What will I learn in this program?

The Architecture program at City College of San Francisco strives to equip students with the necessary tools to identify and analyze critical issues and formulate meaningful responses all within the discipline of Architecture. The program commits to instill within each student the passion to treat their studies as part of a larger promise to life-long learning and community stewardship.

Students are introduced to wide-ranging principles that they are asked to examine and then synthesize into their work. The program gives students the opportunity to progressively produce work that reveals their abilities to integrate complex sets of tasks, use a professional vocabulary that effectively asserts their architectural intentions, and develop approaches for the effective use of research that informs their architectural studies.

Students who have completed their course of study have transferred to schools within our state or elsewhere in the US to complete their bachelor degrees while others have chosen to enter the professional world directly after graduating with an Associates Degree and work for architectural offices and other related firms within the design and construction fields.

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay?  What “demand” is expected for these jobs?


Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

Architectural and Civil Drafters


Average Growth



Average Growth

Building Inspector


Average Growth

Graduates who have satisfactorily completed the curriculum in Architectural Technology are qualified for employment in various capacities in architecture, the construction industry, and related fields.  Positions that graduates may hold include those of architectural technician, mill-and-cabinet detailer, construction detailer, building materials salesperson, and manufacturer’s representative.  With experience and further training, graduates may become senior architectural draftspersons, specifications writers, and design draftsmen; or advance to managerial positions in the fields indicated above.  Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students receive the Associate in Science degree.  Students who complete the curriculum with a “C” or higher in their major technical courses receive the Award of Achievement in Architectural Technology.

Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?


Does this program have any special costs?

Students studying Architecture take many courses which require funds for items such as: Model building materials, drawing paper and equipment, and computer hardware and software for various courses.

How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

A.S. in Architecture

2 years

Transfer articulation agreements

2-3 years

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

Department website:
Department location: Ocean Campus, Batmale Hall, Room 244
Program coordinator: Andrew Chandler
AIA, Department Chair
(415) 452-5086