Joseph A. Betz, Architect

Joseph A. Betz, Architect

Professor & Chair
Architecture & Construction Management
 Lupton Hall 266
 Mon: 11:15-1:05 PM; Tues: 9:50-10:40 AM; Wed: 10:40-11:30 AM & 1:40-2:30 PM


  • B.S., B.Arch., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M.S.Arch., Columbia University
  • Registered Architect: New York (active), New Jersey (inactive), Connecticut (inactive)
  • National Certification: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2000
  • Farmingdale State College Presidential CARES Award (Commendation And Recognition for Exceptional Service), 2016


I was born and the rest is history... see Curriculum Vitae, Biographical Resume or Genealogy for details


  • Major Collaborative Proposal: Understanding the Creative Design Process: A Novel Cognitive Model based on Behavioral Experiments in Circuit Design and Architecture, 2009-2013  
    Funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant IIS- 0856038

          Co-Principal Investigator - SUNY Farmingdale (sub-award to SUNY Stony Brook)
  • Sensor Consortium - A Consortium for Security and Medical Sensor Systems, 2002-2005
    Funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant EEC-0332605
          Project Coordinator / Campus PI - SUNY Farmingdale (sub-award to SUNY Stony Brook)
  • Creative Crane Student Competition, 1999-2002
    Funded by Computer Associates and Symbol Technologies
          Principal Investigator and Project Developer
  • Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), 2000-2003 
    Funded by the New York State Education Department
          Faculty Advisor/Mentor
  • Long Island Consortium for Interconnected Learning, 1997-1998 
    Funded by the National Science Foundation (sub-award to SUNY Stony Brook)
          Project Personnel (Faculty) to Project ICON
  • Project TOOLKIT, 1996-1998 
    Funded by the New York State Education Department;
          Title II Dwight David Eisenhower Professional Development Grant

          Faculty Instructor
  • Numerous UUP Faculty Development Awards for travel and research


Students can access course material by clicking on the highlighted courses listed below.

Degree Programs in the Department of Architecture & Construction Management

  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Management Engineering Technology

Common ABET Course learning goals and objectives
See course material above for individual instructor's outline, syllabus, grading policy, course material, assignments, etc.

  • ARC251 (new ARC255) - prerequisites: CON121 (new ARC131)
  • ARC253 (new ARC257) - prerequisites: ARC251 (new ARC255)
  • ARC350W - prerequisites: ARC362
  • ARC362 - prerequisites: none

Other Time Commitments - Spring 2016

  • CCTA (tenure) Committee, Chair: TBA
  • ACT Student Club: TBA (faculty club adviser)

Student Advisement Notes

What does "Engineering Technology" mean after the Architectural of Construction Management degree?

You can think of both as a solid undergraduate degree with a major in architecture or construction management.  There is no professional designation for engineering technologist in either field.  NYS Education Department requires the wording after degrees that are ETAC/ABET accredited but it has little value in the architectural of construction management field itself; rather it's a standard of high educational excellence.  Architecture students either work for an architectural design firm or go to graduate school for a professional degree in architecture.  Many get licensed as architects (by taking the ARE exam after completing their internship) and others find jobs in the related building industry.  Most of the construction management students get jobs for large construction firms managing aspects of the building process that eventually leads to full management positions.  ETAC/ABET does allow students to take the first part of the PE exam (called the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam) upon graduation.  Some students in the construction management program work for civil engineering firms and opt to take this exam but passing it is not an educational objective.  

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