Architectural Technologies


A career in architectural technology, including the use of building information modeling, computer-aided drafting, engineering practices and more.

Make the models and drawings that transform into buildings and serve as a vital link between architects and contractors in the field of architectural technology. This is the perfect opportunity to put your technical skills to work in one of the 10 fastest-growing industries in the U.S. today. Earn a diploma or associate degree at DMACC and learn what it takes to bring a building to life, from developing models and construction drawings to understanding construction materials and how they can help the environment through sustainable building practices. If you’re looking for a challenging and rewarding career, this is it.​

Meet Your Professor(s)

Michael Gatzke

Michael Gatzke

Program Chair
Ankeny Campus
(515) 964-6593

Professor Gatzke is a graduate of Iowa State University's Architecture program. He practiced with several of Des Moines' most notable architecture firms in both residential and commercial architecture. In 1997 Professor Gatzke became Program Chair of the Architectural Drafting Program and was tasked with rewriting the curriculum to infuse the latest technologies used in architectural practice. The following year the Architectural Technologies Program was released. Curriculum and equipment is adjusted continually to adapt to new technologies or techniques.

Professor Gatzke is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specifications Institute, and the Coalition of Community College Architecture Programs. He maintains his certifications with the Construction Specifications Institute in contract documentation and with Autodesk as an Expert in both AutoCAD and Revit Architecture.


Abby Marquis

Pathway Navigator

About the Program:

Career Examples
What You'll Do
Core Job Skills
Average Salary

Architectural Technologies Career Examples

  • Architectural Drafter
  • CAD/BIM Technician
  • Project Manager
  • Specification Writer
  • Estimator

What You'll Do

  • Interact with computers
  • Draw, model, lay-out, and specify materials, assemblies, and equipment
  • Draft, lay out, and specify technical devices, parts, and equipment
  • Document/record information
  • Seek and use information
  • Communicate with supervisors, peers, or subordinates

Core Job Skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Achievement/effort

Average Salary (Iowa)

  • $48,610 per year per year