Overview of Architectural CAD Specialization & Profession

Overview coming soon!

Workforce Information

Architectural drafters draw structural features and details for buildings and other construction projects. These workers may specialize in a type of building, such as residential or commercial. They may also specialize by the materials used, such as steel, wood, or reinforced concrete.

Please see the Bureau of Labor Statistics page on Architectural Drafters by visiting their site here.

Please see the Occupational Information Network page on Architectural Drafters by visiting their site here.

Program Coordinator & Advising

Theo Krause
Architectural CAD Coordinator

Email: theodore.krause@austincc.edu
Phone: (512) 223-4841
Directory: Theo Krause

The program coordinator for the Architectural CAD program in the A&E CAD department is Theo Krause, who also serves as the academic advisor and as an instructor. Theo earned his associate of applied science degree in Architectural and Engineering CAD – Architectural Specialization from the Austin Community College. Theo has worked as an analyst and CAD/BIM technician with several firms in the Austin area, including: Sue Barnett Sustainable Design (SBSD), JQ Engineering, and Fort Structures.

Theo has been teaching at ACC since 2020.

Erlene Clark (eclark2@austincc.edu), program coordinator for Architecture, and Theo Krause (theodore.krause@austincc.edu), program coordinator for Architectural CAD, discuss the options students have in architecture with the A&E CAD department.

Programs Offered

This workforce education program trains students to pursue careers in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries.  The Architectural CAD curriculum emphasizes utilizing current industry technology including computer aided drafting (CAD), building information modeling (BIM), and three-dimensional modeling and rendering software applications such as AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Revit Structure, and 3ds Max.

At the completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree with an Architectural Specialization, students will be able to (PSLOs):

  • Operate AEC (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) software including computer aided drafting (CAD), building information modeling (BIM), and 3D modeling applications to plan and prepare construction documents and technical graphics appropriate to the architectural and construction industries.
  • Utilize various architectural drawing types and determine their appropriate uses in architectural projects to demonstrate knowledge of building systems and familiarity with building codes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of architectural concepts of foundational architecture courses as outlined in the 2014 Student Performance Criteria (SPC) established by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Degree Plan




This 27 credit hour is intended for students pursuing careers in the field of Architectural Computer Aided Design (CAD)/Building Information Modeling (BIM). Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Architectural and Engineering Computer Aided Design program’s Architectural CAD advisor before pursuing this certificate program.

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Adjunct Faculty

Courses Offered

Below is a list of all courses the A&E CAD department currently has to offer in the Architectural CAD specialization. You will also find links to our current and ensuing semester course schedules to help you plan your academic future.

Current Semester Course Schedule: 2021 – Fall Semester

Next Semester Course Schedule: 2022 – Spring Semester

A study of structural systems including concrete foundations and frames, wood framing and trusses, and structural steel framing systems. Includes detailing of concrete, wood, and steel to meet industry standards including the American Institute of Steel Construction and The American Concrete Institute.

Prerequisite(s): DFTG 1417 and DFTG 2431.

The properties of building materials (assemblies), specifications, codes, vendor references, and uses of mechanical, plumbing, conveying, and electrical systems as they relate to architecture for residential and commercial construction.

Prerequisite(s): DFTG 1417 and DFTG 2431.

Preparation of architectural drawings for residential structures with emphasis on light frame construction methods, including architectural drafting procedures, practices, terms, and symbols.

Prerequisite(s): DFTG 1405.

Preparation of architectural drawings for commercial structures with emphasis on construction methods, including architectural drafting procedures, practices, governing codes, accessibility requirements, terms and symbols.

Prerequisite(s): DFTG 1417 and DFTG 2431.

Use of architectural specific software to execute the elements required in designing standard architectural exhibits utilizing custom features to create walls, windows and specific design requirements for construction in residential/commercial and industrial architecture. Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM) software.

Prerequisite(s): DFTG 1405.