Architecture, Urban Design & Building Construction

General Information

Students in the Architecture, Urban Design & Building Construction Career Learning Community (CLC) will discover and hone their specific interests while getting hands-on project experience and gaining critical skills. Students will enter the workforce or college with a head start and an advanced understanding of technical concepts.

Who should consider this CLC?

Students who are interested in:

  • Deciding where different types of buildings are built, what those buildings look like; and how those buildings are constructed;
  • Building structures; or
  • Maintaining structures for future generations.

What are some career fields that align with this CLC?

  • Architecture
  • Building trades (carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, masonry, etc.)
  • General construction
  • Geography or cartography
  • Historic preservation
  • Rental property management
  • Urban planning and design

Industry Credentials Aligned to CLC

  • Autodesk Certification
  • NCCER Core
  • OSHA 10


Western Albemarle High School

Course Overview

GATEWAY10th Grade

Complete the Gateway course:

Technical Drawing & Design


PATHWAY SEQUENCE11th – 12th Grade

Choose a pathway and complete the sequence of courses for that pathway:

Design 1 and 2

Engineering 1 and 2 or one of the following CATEC programs: Carpentry or Electricity


CAPSTONE12th Grade

Complete the Capstone course:

Architectural Drawing & Design


PATHWAY PLUS10th – 12th Grade

Complete at least one Pathway Plus course:

AP Environmental Science 
Computer Science 1 or AP Computer Science Principles
Physics 1 or AP Physics 1
Geospatial Technology 1 or JMU GEOG 161 Geospatial Tools and Techniques
Drawing & Design 2
PVCC CAD 151 Engineering Drawing Fundamentals

Architecture, Urban Design & Building Construction Course Descriptions

For more information about course registration, career development, or our Career Learning Communities, please contact your school counselor.