architecture program at MCCC
  1. The art or practice of designing and constructing buildings.
    Example: The style in which a building is designed or constructed, especially with regard to a specific period, place, or culture.
  2. The complex or carefully designed structure of something.
    Example: The conceptual structure and logical organization of a computer or computer-based system.
 architecture definition
Garry Perryman
Professor / program coordinator

While attending the Mercer County Community College Architecture program, students prepare portfolios of their design and graphic coursework for placement when transferring to their choice of School of Architecture.

Once the Associate Degree at Mercer is complete you can transfer, with your portfolio, to an accredited five-year Bachelors and/or Masters Degree program. Choosing a school can feel overwhelming, so a list is provided.

During school or after you graduate you must work in the field under a licensed architect, while completing the required Intern development program (IDP) hours. This process will help to prepare and qualify you for the licensing exam to become an architect.

Architects envision, create and modify the spaces within our built environment where we live, work, play, learn, worship, meet, govern, shop, and eat.

Different design solutions are explored until the program requirements, the client needs and architect's vision have a balanced resolution. This is done through research and investigation of many topics that relate to each project, while, staying current with new technologies and design approaches. These are important steps in generating the best response for the design process and solution.

Architects are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of the occupant.

Why Mercer?

  • Affordable tuition
  • Abundant scholarship opportunities
  • Small class sizes
  • Variety of courses and areas of study
  • Remain close to home and friends
  • Easy commute
  • Rich student life: clubs, organizations and eight intercollegiate sports teams.
  • Taught by licensed architects

Job Outlook

Employment of architects is projected to grow 17% from 2012 to 2022 -- faster than the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs will be strong as the number of applicants continues to outnumber available positions. 1

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