This program will enable you to earn an architectural degree and become a licensed architect. As an architect, you will be responsible for the planning, designing and oversight of the construction of a building. This degree leads to transfer, typically to the junior year of a professional program. This Pre-Architecture associate’s degree is appropriate if you plan to transfer to professional architecture programs. Program requirements may vary depending on the transfer institution, so you should consult with an advisor for elective selections.



High School Preparation


Gainful Employment Information

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Contact Information

Jane Ostergaard, Coordinator
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1048, (630) 942-2331

Alison Greene, Program Advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2969

Kim Groesbeck, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1054, (630) 942-2599

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592


  • Kiel Fahnstrom

    Kiel FahnstromPre-Architecture

    "COD has strong relationships with various four-year universities within and outside of Illinois, which allows students to transfer into a four-year program, finish their Bachelor's of Architecture degree and, if they so chose, move forward with their master's degree and licensing as an architect."

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  • Geunho Song

    Geunho SongPre-Architecture

    "I still think about the first conversation I had with Jane Ostergaard, coordinator of the Architecture program, which had me imagine my architectural career beyond COD. From that conversation, I basically knew where I was going to end up if I went through this program the right way."

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  • Habib Ansari

    Habib AnsariPre-Architecture

    "My dream is to have my own firm. I want to design efficient buildings and I am very interested in environmental sciences," Habib Ansari said. "But I also desire to educate as well. Thanks to College of DuPage, I am stronger as a student and as a person."

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  • Jess Lies

    Jess LiesPre-Architecture

    "COD offers knowledgeable professors, direct contact with professionals and four-year school representatives, and a family environment where you get to know your professors and your classmates on a personal level."

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  • Will Prescott

    Will PrescottPre-Architecture

    "More than anything, COD allowed me to take a risk," Will Prescott said. "The instruction has been an individual experience where you can really connect with your professors. I'm more prepared than a typical university student and have a range of skills rather than one that's tailored to a specific school."

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  • Bill Smarzewski

    Bill SmarzewskiPre-Architecture

    "COD offered me a well-rounded architectural education with a program that's relevant to what's actually going on in the industry," Bill Smarzewski said. "The intensity of their coursework really prepares you to transfer to a university."

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