- Professional training
- Industry standard software
- Professional grade certifications
- Active student organization
- Annual competition for scholarship $$
- Build scaled architectural models
- Create architectural portfolio
Architectural Design at the Guthrie Center allows students to explore the many opportunities that are available in the field of architecture. Our Architectural Design faculty, with a combined 35 years experience in the field, believe critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving spark further learning. Students are introduced to architectural history and become proficient in architectural sketching, perspectives, and technical drawing. They also learn industry standard programs that are used by the architectural profession including AutoCAD, Revit, Photoshop, and Sketch Up.
Students are educated in the process of architectural design through projects and the annual Michael G. Meyers Design Competition sponsored by the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. This contest provides students the opportunity to network with practicing architects and professors of architecture. Our students have achieved great success in this competition by winning scholarship monies and scholarships to the summer architectural program offered at the University of Houston. Architectural students at the Guthrie Center have won over 100 awards and have used the competition as a catapult for acceptance to architectural schools around the world.
When completing the courses in architectural design, students develop a strong portfolio that can be used for admission to competitive architecture schools. Guthrie Architectural Design students have been accepted to architectural schools at Rice, UT Austin, Pratt in NYC, Kansas State and Auburn which have been ranked in the top 10 architectural schools in the nation by Design Intelligence in the past 5 years. Many other students gained entrance in architectural programs at Texas A&M, University of Houston, Texas Tech, Tulane, and Oklahoma State. We also have students studying architecture in France and in Japan.
The Guthrie Center offers three levels of Architectural Design available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
- Autodesk AutoCad Certified User (Year 2)
- Autodesk Revit Architecture Certified User (Year 3)
Architectural Design Pathway
- Principles of Architecture / Architectural Design 1
- Architectural Design 2
- Architectural Design Practicum
2020-2021 Course Offerings
Principles Of Architecture and Architectural Design 1
Want to design your future as an architect? Start your sophomore year at the Guthrie Center for potentially three years of architectural study. Projects are designed to build your portfolio and resume so that you are the best candidate for the college program of your choice. In your first year of study, you will learn networking techniques, art practices, technical drafting and beginning computer aided drafting skills. You will learn the lettering styles used by architects, how to do an “as-built,” how to read a blueprint, how to edit a commercial tenant improvement set of documents and compete in a student design competition. Start building your dream today! Both classes must be taken concurrently. We recommend you complete your Fine Arts credit in 9th grade to help prepare for this pathway.
Core Prerequisite: Successful completion of/currently enrolled in Geometry.
Architectural Design 2
Carry on the dream by taking a second year of architectural study. Building upon knowledge and skills successfully mastered in Principles/Arch Design 1, you will learn about residential design. You will study building codes, site plans, interior design, room relationships and sizes, exterior design, conservation and environmental design and framing methods. Projects added to your portfolio will include designing a kitchen, preparing presentation materials using advanced computer aided drawing skills, specifying appliances and materials, and building a scaled model and competing in a student design competition. Continue to construct your future today.
Prerequisite: Minimum C average in Architectural Design 1.
Technical Certification Attainable: AUTODESK Certified User: AutoCad
Architectural Design Practicum
Planning for achievement towards a degree in architecture involves a developed portfolio, skilled instruction, dedication and hard work. This year binds together the previous two years of instruction. Students will receive instruction about safety, career opportunities, architectural soft skills, work ethics, student design competition, and college architectural design study. In addition, students will have the talent to create a senior design project to add to their developing portfolio using the Autodesk Revit program. The foundation is laid for success in an exciting career in Architecture.
Prerequisite: Minimum C average in Architectural Design 2.
Technical Certification Attainable: AUTODESK Certified User: REVIT