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Pre-Architecture* Pathway

Why Pre-Architecture?

Students enrolled in the Pre-Architecture Career Pathway will receive an interactive experience to gain the essential skills needed for success in this industry through hands-on projects. Rigorous course standards, relevant and challenging curriculum, career-related education availabilities and certification options will put you ahead in your architectural career. Opportunities in this field are challenging, diverse and can result in jobs from construction, architecture, engineering and related service firms to manufacturing industries.

Choosing this pathway will lead you to a career (among many options) as any of the following:

  • An Architect plans, designs and oversees the construction of buildings and structures. They combine creative designs with specialized training to develop built environments that are compatible with the clients’ needs and ensure safe and strong structures. Because an architect's decisions affect public safety, they must undergo advanced education courses, followed by an internship for real world experience and earn a license to practice architecture.
  • A Construction Manager plans, coordinates and supervises construction projects from start to finish. During the process, they must meet client needs and produce a project on time following a budget and required quality standards. Although some construction managers work in an office, most work on the construction site where they can monitor the project and make daily decisions about construction activities.
  • An Earthquake Engineer studies the effects of earthquakes on buildings and infrastructures and their interactions with the ground. Earthquake engineers work to identify potential consequences of strong earthquakes on urban areas and infrastructure and then design, construct and maintain structures to withstand future problems.

As technology continues to advance, employers will look for those who have a strong background in the fundamental principles, training and the ability to apply industry knowledge to a broad range of responsibilities – essential skills you will explore in the Architecture program’s classroom and laboratory experiences.

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The International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) is an innovative education framework incorporating the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically tailored for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The aim of the IBCP is to provide students with both an academic and practical foundation to support both their further studies and specialized training, thereby ensuring their success in the workforce. The IBCP combines highly regarded and internationally recognized IB Diploma Programme courses with an approved career-related study and a unique IBCP core. Pre-Architecture is one of eleven MHS Career Pathways that has been approved for the IBCP.

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*The Pre-Architecture program is "industry certified" by the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA). An "industry certified" program has received a "stamp of excellence," which represents the apex of program quality. Only those programs that have successfully undergone rigorous reviews by leaders from business and industry are recognized with this distinction.

Pre-Architecture Courses and Schedule

Pre-Architecture Course Schedule

Introduction to Pre-Engineering & Pre-Architecture (Intr. to Drafting & Design) – 2 semesters
Introduction to Pre-Engineering and Pre-Architecture is a foundation course that serves as an introduction to the drafting and design field and is a prerequisite to all other courses in the Pre-Architectural pathway. Emphasis is placed on safety, geometric construction, fundamentals of Computer-Aided Drafting, and multi-view drawings. Students learn drafting techniques through the study of geometric construction at which time they are introduced to computer-aided drafting and design. The standards are aligned with the drafting and design standards in the Georgia’s technical colleges, thus helping students qualify for advanced placement should they continue their education at the postsecondary level.

Pre-Architecture II (Architect. Drawing & Design I) – 2 semesters. 
Prerequisite: Intro to Pre-Engineering & Pre-Architecture/Intro to Engineering Drawing/IDD
Pre-Architecture II introduces students to the basic terminology, concepts, and principles of architectural design. Emphasis is placed on house designs, floor plans, roof designs, elevations (interior and exterior), schedules, and foundations. The standards are aligned with the drafting and design standards in Georgia’s technical colleges, thus helping students qualify for advanced placement should they continue their education at the postsecondary level. Further, the standards are aligned with the national standards of the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA). Students who successfully complete this and other drafting courses should be prepared to take the Drafter Certification Examination from the ADDA.

Pre-Architecture III (Architect. Drawing & Design II) – 2 semesters. 
Prerequisite: Intro to Pre-Engineering & Pre-Architecture/Intro to Engineering Drawing/IDD and Pre-Architecture II/Architectural Drawing and Design
Pre-Architecture III builds on the skills developed in Pre-Architecture II. Emphasis is placed on schedules, plumbing, heating and air, graphic presentations, plot/site plans, specifications, and building estimations using CAD tools and software throughout the course. The standards are aligned with the drafting and design standards in Georgia’s technical colleges, thus helping students qualify for advanced placement should they continue their education at the postsecondary level. Further, the standards are aligned with the national standards of the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA). Students who successfully complete this and other drafting courses should be prepared to take the Drafter Certification Examination from the ADDA. Competencies for the co-curricular student organization, Skills USA, are integral components of both the core employability skills standards and the technical skills standards.

Architecture Post Secondary Institutions

Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Pre-Architecture

•    Agnes Scott College
•    Altamaha Technical College
•    Andrew College
•    Athens Technical College
•    Augusta Technical College
•    Berry College
•    Chattahoochee Technical College
•    Columbus Technical College
•    Dalton State College
•    DeKalb Technical College
•    DeVry Institute Of Technology
•    Georgia Institute Of Technology
•    Georgia Southern University
•    Georgia Southwestern State University
•    Gwinnett Technical College
•    Herzing College
•    Mercer University
•    Middle Georgia College
•    Morehouse College
•    Northwestern Technical College
•    Savannah State University
•    Savannah Technical College
 

Affiliated
Organizations
TSAThe Technology Student Association (TSA)’s mission is to inspire student members to plan for careers in a technology-driven economy and culture. Class activities include highly motivational local, regional, state and national technology oriented competitive events. The natural interaction between teachers and students provides an excellent learning environment and an interest in working toward common goals.
  skillsusaSkillsUSA is a national, nonprofit student organization that has developed more than 10 million workers who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations through active partnerships between employers and educators. SkillsUSA’s mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.