Concentrations

To develop each student’s specific interest, the Architectural Studies Program offers an array of concentrations, ranging from areas that are intrinsic to making and constructing buildings and environments.

Jefferson's Architectural Design Technology (ADT) Program focuses on the business and technical aspects of architectural practice. Our students acquire marketable skills in the development of construction documents, bidding, and construction administration which make up 80% of the design process. The curriculum is highly customizable and versatile, emphasizing training in the latest technologies as well as real-world, problem-solving techniques and innovative solutions based on the principles of sustainability.

The first two years of ADT coursework are identical to our 5-year Bachelor of Architecture program, facilitating transfers between programs. Students may also elect to take graduate-level courses and tailor their experience by selecting a concentration in an area of particular interest. Our faculty of practicing professionals brings a wide range of expertise to the classroom, from business and sustainable design practices to architectural and design history. Students are trained on the most current software, including Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) so they can contribute this vital expertise to a design firm. Graduates are prepared for exciting, challenging careers such as project administrator, design/build manager, design firm business manager, specification writer, BIM manager and more. Our 4+1 program offers Architectural Design Technology graduates the opportunity to earn a M.S. in Geodesign, Sustainable Design or Construction Management with just one additional year of study.

Jefferson’s Historic Preservation program focuses upon the relationship between rehabilitation of historic buildings and sustainability. Students learn to determine historic significance of structures, viewed not as disembodied artifacts but as possibilities for adaptive reuse and retrofitting, as models of energy efficiency, and as part of the cultural fabric of a community. From streets and neighborhoods to entire cities, both locally and internationally, historic preservation is an innovative practice that is essential to the development of environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable urban spaces.

Our faculty of practicing professionals offers a broad range of experience, blending traditional methods with emerging technologies. Students learn collaboratively in interdisciplinary studios. With industry partnerships, field work at local historic sites and districts, and study abroad opportunities in Rome, the program offers invaluable real-world experience. Our campus is located just minutes from downtown Philadelphia, whose neighborhoods are rich with landmarks and historic structures. Our curriculum meets the standards set by the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). Graduates are well-prepared for careers in documentation, research and more. Many have been accepted and received funding to pursue graduate degrees at premier historic preservation programs. Our 4+1 program gives graduates the opportunity to combine their preservation studies with a M.S. in Geodesign, Sustainable Design or Construction Management with one additional year of study.