Sustainable Design

About the Program

The next generation of architectural designers will be challenged to give shape to a sustainable world. CCD’s architectural technology programs are designed to provide a springboard into a rewarding career, whether it involves transfer into a four-year degree program or direct employment within the design community as an architectural technologist paraprofessional. CCD’s pathways offer a balance of technical skill training with the development of collaborative design-thinking abilities that are crucial to solving the complex range of today’s building tasks.

The sustainable design program, which shares a core set of courses with the other A.A.S. architectural technology degrees, focuses on developing a proficiency in integrated concepts for energy and resource conservation in architectural design and the methodologies used to implement them. Studies include regional and global implications of sustainable design and training in the use and administration of green building standards in professional practice. The degree enables you to pursue a career in sustainable design consultation and green building certification administration.

All of the A.A.S. degree pathways also provide a cost-effective springboard for transfer into a four-year nonprofessional degree program in architecture.

Related Areas of Study

CCD currently offers two additional Associate of Applied Science degrees and four additional certificates in this area.

As a student pursuing any of the three A.A.S. degrees, you can typically add an additional full semester to complete any of the other two certificate concentrations. In addition, several of the certificates seamlessly transfer to the respective A.A.S. degrees. Click on the links below to learn more about our related programs.

Academic Support

The architectural technology studio in the Boulder Creek Building is open for some hours outside of class for students to do independent classwork. Times vary each semester; please check with the program chair.

Academic support is also provided through the Excel Knowledge Zone. The Excel Knowledge Zone at CCD helps all students succeed by offering a variety of learning opportunities. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Zone is located in Cherry Creek Building, rooms 205 & 210.

Course & Program Fees

CCD is affordable! Some programs and/or courses may require additional fees in addition to the base tuition and fees. Fees associated with this pathway are embedded within the general tuition structure of most science classes as they are high-cost courses and such fees are used to support the maintenance and development of the course labs.

The fees listed here are estimated and may change at any time. Please contact your advisor with any questions. This program has additional fees for the following courses: 

Course Description Fee
AEC 100, AEC 104, AEC 122, AEC 125,
AEC 205, AEC 225
High-cost course fee $7.21 (per credit hour)
AEC 104, AEC 225 Modeling & paper supplies $30.00 (flat)

Financial Aid Eligibility

The A.A.S. degree is currently eligible for federal financial aid. However, the certificate is not yet available.

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office so you discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships, so don't miss out on applying for that additional FREE money at

Stop by the financial aid office on the first floor of the Confluence Building for help with the federal application for financial aid! The scholarship team also offers walk-in hours every Wednesday from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Confluence Building, room 118.

Job Outlook & Salary Information

What Can I Do with My Major?

Employment of drafters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026. Increased construction activity is projected to drive demand for drafters.

There are numerous job possibilities with a degree in architectural technologies.

  • Architectural Technicians
  • Designers
  • Estimators
  • Detailers
  • Model Builders
  • Illustrators/Renderers
  • Product Representatives
  • Specification Writers

Learn more about this career path by visiting the CCD Career and Transfer Center.

How Much Can I Expect to Earn?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for architecture/engineering drafters as $54,170 per year ($26.04 per hour) in May 2017. Graduates can expect to earn $35,000-$45,000 per year for an entry-level position with an A.A.S degree.


The sustainable design certificate seamlessly transfers to the Associate of Applied Science degree in sustainable design.