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Before attending Morrisville State, I knew very little about the architecture industry; but what I did know - it was my dream. The skills I acquired at MSC helped me on my journey to achieve my vision of becoming an architect.

Julio Torres Santana '07

Partner, Perez-Torres Arquitectos

Architectural Studies and Design A.S.

School of Science, Technology and Health Studies

Dean: Joseph H. Bularzik
Phone: (315) 684-6079

Architectural Studies and Design A.S.



Sheila Johnson Design Center

Photo of Sheila Johnson Design Center

The Sheila Johnson Design Center is the home of the Architectural Studies and Design program.  This commanding building was constructed on the former site of the college’s historic dairy barn.  Its form evokes the barn, and like the historic dairy barn, welcomes all at the entrance of the campus. 

A living laboratory, this building was designed and constructed using sustainable strategies such as the use of low volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitting interior finishes, nominal exterior lighting, and interior daylighting.  The least obvious strategy, but most innovative, is the geothermal heating and cooling system.  The use of these sustainable strategies resulted in the building achieving the designation as a “LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified” building from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  As such, the Sheila Johnson Building is the only LEED certified building on the Morrisville State Campus. 

The two story lobby provides a welcoming entrance where work created by students in the Architectural Studies and Design program is displayed.  The Design Center contains two floors of studio space, a mezzanine critique area, a classroom, a computer lab, an architectural model shop, a conference center, and a faculty office suite.  The design studios, accessible to students in the Architectural Studies and Design program 24 hours a day, seven days a week, contain individual work areas where each student in the program is assigned a drafting table and work table. 

The students are also provided with wireless network and internet access, architectural software, large and small format plotting, printing, and scanning equipment, a light table, and model photography areas.  The architectural wood shop contains typical woodworking equipment such as scroll saws, a table saw, a band saw, a drill press, sliding compact miter saws, sanding stations, and numerous hand tools.  Students also have access to a laser cutter, a precise cutting machine which aids in the creation of fine architectural models.  This facility and the equipment within provides a state of the art environment for students.  Students in the Architectural Studies and Design program engage in experiential learning in this “living classroom”.

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