Architectural Engineering Technology

Architectural Engineering Technology

Architectural Engineering Technology provides students with a broad education and preparation for a career or advancement in the architectural or building design profession. The program is designed for students that have just graduated from high school, individuals in related fields and those who are seeking to change careers. Architectural Engineering Technology is a concentration in the Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology AAS degree program.

Prior Learning Assessment
In order to complete the degree requirements in the shortest amount of time, credit from life experience can be granted through Prior Learning Assessment. In addition, transfer credit from other schools and dual credit from high school course work can be granted.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Training in BIM provides a doorway into the most up-to-date technology in the field and the best job prospects. Designing buildings using information management is economical, and Building Information Modeling improves productivity, so architectural and construction firms are eager to make use of this new technology and seek workers who have mastered it.

This program is responsive to the dynamic nature of the field and trains you for both current and future employment possibilities. Updated computer labs provide training on the newest software.


Architectural Engineering Technology courses cover topics including:

  • History of architecture and the relationship to building, culture and technology;
  • Design drawing techniques and design methodology;
  • Critical thinking used by architects and designers to solve problems;
  • Relationships between clients, architects, designers, engineers and contractors;
  • Preparation of residential and commercial design and construction documentation;
  • Fundamentals of building utilities, structural systems, cost estimating and materials;
  • Fundamentals of the Architectural design and building delivery process; and
  • Architectural computer aided drawing techniques including 3-D rendering and Building Information Modeling.


Student Portfolios

Student Portfolios (PDFs)

Comments from our Students

"In 2005, I became the newest addition to the team at Interior Design Associates Inc, a great staff of people to work with and a wonderful company to be a part of. Salary is above par and the benefits are top shelf. None of this would be possible without the education I received from Nashville State Community College. The combined efforts of all instructors make the learning experience not only beneficial to the career of the students, but an enjoyable one as well. The program’s broad span of curriculum prepares the student for just about any job in the architectural and/or engineering field. To top it off; instructors work feverishly to challenge the students at each crossroad within the program, insuring the capacity for abstract and diligent thought once in the working world. I owe a lot to the folks at Nashville State and will always remember my time there as one of growth, prosperity and happiness." - Chris Lips, CAD Designer

"After working in another field for more than 12 years and many layoffs, I decided a new career path was in order. After much research, I finally determined a new career field in the Architectural Engineering Technology. I decided on the program at Nashville State Community College. The program was as challenging as it was rewarding. I have never regretted the choice of program or school. The education and training I received at Nashville State has aided in the advancement of my career. I entered Nashville State's Co-op program, and accepted a position with the State of Tennessee upon graduation.  Over ten years later, I have received four promotions. I am doing exactly what I have been trained and educated to do, and am loving every minute of it. Thank you Nashville State and the Architectural Engineering Technology program for helping me to achieve my goals and reach new career heights." - Penny Stafford, Design and Construction Manager, Division of Real Property Administration, State of Tennessee

"What can I say about the Architectural Engineering Technology program at Nashville State Community College? The program has prepared me for a career and helped me build a solid foundation for further studies in architecture. Getting hands-on experience with the CAD software and being exposed to the Sweets Catalog, building codes, and different methods of construction has made the transition from the school to the work environment very easy. Not only is the program very informative, but it is challenging. To all those who are interested in a career in architecture, the Architectural Engineering Technology program at NSCC is a good place to start. I can’t say enough about the program—it has helped me in many ways. Nashville Sate Community College has a great Architectural Engineering Technology program." - K.P. Panyavong

ACESA Architecture and Construction Club

ACESA Student OrganizationACESA provides opportunities for educational advancement, career enhancement, public outreach and community service for students in the Architectural, Construction and Civil Engineering Technology program at NSCC. The club sponsors guest lectures, field trip, social events and community service opportunities.


Program Faculty

Jack C. Wallace RA, Associate Professor, Architectural Engineering Technology,
Jack WallaceJack has been a licensed architect for 18 years with experience in residential, commercial and institutional architectural design. He was a recipient of an AIA merit award for the Maxwell Centre an historic preservation project in Wheeling, West Virginia. He has been employed in a variety of settings ranging from being an intern at a 90-person firm to being a sole practitioner He has practiced in Ohio, West Virginia and Montana before coming to Nashville State in 2007.

Teaching responsibilities: Drawing and Perception, Residential Design and Construction, Commercial Drafting and Codes, and Architectural Design Process.

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1974
Master of Fine Art, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 1978
Master of Architecture, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1984

Rob Donaldson, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Technology,
Rob DonaldsonRob has over 10 years experience in the engineering field. He has worked in both the areas of electrical and civil engineering. His most recent experience was in structural design, building inspection and civil engineering before coming to Nashville State in 2007.

Teaching responsibilities: Construction Materials and Methods, Testing of Materials, Structural Mechanics, Environmental Control Systems, Surveying, Geographic Information Systems and Specifications and Estimating.

Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1980
Master of Civil Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 1999

Bryan Evans, Instructor, 3-D Design and Computer-Aided Design,
Bryan has over 20 years of experience teaching at Nashville State. A graduate of Nashville State, Bryan continued his studies of mechanical engineering and computer systems, while working as a 3-D designer in automation systems, product design, marketing, and eventually into computer-based machine controls and programming for a Tennessee automation, manufacturing and design firm. Brian keeps close ongoing contact with the industry's newest technology and trends, to ensure students receive the most current instruction in preparation for the current job market.

Teaching responsibilities: All levels of Computer-Aided Drafting, 3-D Design, and Digital Animation.

Associate of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Nashville State Technical Institute, 1994

Theresa Dyer, AIA, NCIDQ, Adjunct Instructor, Architectural Engineering Technology,
Theresa is the principle and project manager of Robinette Dyer Architects. She a registered architect in the state of Tennessee and Texas and also a registered interior designer. She has 16 years of experience that includes residential as well as commercial, retail, educational and hospitality projects.

Teaching responsibilities: Drawing and Perception, Interior Design and the History of Architecture I and II.

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1991
Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1958
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 1967

Jessica Phillips, Adjunct Instructor, Architectural Engineering Technology,
Jessica PhillipsOriginally from Clearwater, Florida, Jessica earned her from the University of South Florida. Prior to architecture, she worked as an acrobatic performer and theatre set designer, which led to an opportunity to work at Tokyo Disneyland for 18 months. While in Japan, she was able to reflect on the cultural aspects of society which led her to pursue a career in architecture. During her studies at the University of South Florida, she had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Italy and study the urban context of ancient Rome. Upon graduation, she relocated to Nashville, and now has five years of experience working on educational facilities, master planning, commercial and residential design.

Teaching responsibilities: Architectural Presentations and Architectural Design Process.

Masters of Architecture and Community Design, University of South Florida, 2009

William Parker, LEED AP (BD+C/ID+C), Adjunct Instructor, Architectural Engineering Technology,
William has over 30 years of experience in contract design and commercial art work sales and installation. He is an accredited professional in the field of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. He is also holds the Evidence Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) designation in healthcare design. William joined the faculty in 2012.

Teaching responsibilities: Computer-Aided Drafting, Environmental Systems and 3-D Design w/ REVIT.

Associate of Applied Science, Architectural Engineering Technology, Nashville State Community College, 2012
Master of Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, Vanderbilt University, 1980
Bachelor of Arts, European History and English Literature, Birmingham-Southern College, 1997

Advisory Council

Drawing on members of the Middle Tennessee chapter of the American Institute of Architecture, American Society of Civil Engineering and the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee the ACT/CIT program has been able to build a strong and committed Advisory Board. The following illustrates how we partner with our advisory committee members by:

  • Direct input into academic curriculum decisions.
  • Oversight and direct input on the direction and focus of the program.
  • Participation in classroom activities such as severing as guest critics for design reviews, guest lecturers and team leaders for design Charrettes.
  • Providing well qualified adjunct faculty members.
  • Promoting the program in the community.

Accreditation - Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

The Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied EngineeringThe Architectural, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Program Performance

Contact Information

Program Office: 615-353-3475

Jack Wallace RA, Associate Professor

Rob Donaldson, Assistant Professor

Campus Directory

Advising Sheets

A.A.S. Degree Concentrations
Architectural Engineering Technology
Civil and Construction Engineering Technology Concentration

A.S. Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway
Civil Engineering AS Degree

Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

NSCC Career Services

The college has a very active Career Services Office that assists students, graduates and alumni with their career and employment needs.

G.K. Architectural Engineering Technology

With the help of my CAD classes and coop program getting me connected with my current job at a large Nashville architectural firm, I am achieving my goals.

G.K. Architectural Engineering Technology

Brian, Civil Engineering

Whether just starting out or shifting careers, Nashville State is a sensible and economical solution to get you where you want to be.

Brian, Civil Engineering

Bob, Architectural Engineering Technology

I learned commercial construction design & was able to use Revit & other industry-standard software. I was hired 3 weeks after graduating (Class of 2012) in my field of study.

Bob, Architectural Engineering Technology

Matt, Architectural Engineering Technology

My Associate’s degree (Class of 2011) helped me kick start my career and really develop my long-term goals. The ACT program is a good one to get an individual started in the field.

Matt, Architectural Engineering Technology

Floyd, Pre-Engineering

Attending the Clarksville campus of Nashville State is allowing me to take my pre-reqs at a lower tuition cost before transferring to an area University.

Floyd, Pre-Engineering

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