Joseph A. Betz is currently Professor, and former Chair, of the Department of Architecture and Construction Management at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York, where he was responsible for all administrative, assessment, and budgeting aspects of the Department and accreditation of degree programs. He received his academic and architectural training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. He has been licensed to practice architecture since 1989 and has more than 20 years of experience as a principal or partner of an architectural design firm.
His area of expertise is in design theory, where he is the coordinator of the first-year architectural design studio sequence. He also teaches courses in architectural theory and architectural history. He has mentored students in design competitions and community service projects. He has served the as the faculty advisor for the Architectural Construction Technology (ACT) Student Club for more than a quarter century.
Professor Betz’s current area of research is also in the areas of design, conceptual combination theory and creativity. He uses cognitive behavioral experiments to measure design methodology and creativity. His research has been supported by a multi-year grant through the National Science Foundation where he has served as the Co-Principle Investigator for NSF IIS-0856038 ($257,376.00) that included four other major research universities. He has also served as an external PhD advisor in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University as an expert in design theory. He has more than 30 publications in the area of architectural pedagogy and design theory and has served as Division Chair, Program Chair and Proceedings Editor at the national level for the Architectural Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.
Professor Betz is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2000), the Farmingdale State College Presidential CARES Award (2016). He had chaired for many years the College’s tenure committee and plays a role in mentoring junior faculty at the Department level. He has also served the public as a member of the Brookhaven Town Planning Board and was recently appointed to the Historic District Advisory Committee (an architectural review board for the Town's 16 historic districts) for his expertise in architectural history and styles.
- B.S., Building Science (School of Architecture), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1983
- B.Arch., Architecture (School of Architecture), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institiute, 1984
- M.S. Arch., Architecture and Building Design (Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation), Columbia University, 1987
Certificates & Licensures
- R.A., Registered Architect #020214, State of New York, 1989
- N.C.A.R.B., National Certification, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards #39198, 1990
- R.A., Registered Architect #11501, State of New Jersey, 1991(inactive)
- R.A., Licensed Architect #7437, State of Connecticut, 1991(inactive)
Awards & Honors
- Farmingdale State College Presidential CARES Award, 2016.
- SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2000.
- American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Best Zone I Paper in the National Best Paper Competition (Zone I represents Middle Atlantic, New England & St. Lawrence Regions - I of IV regions in the country), 2004.
- Outstanding Service Award from ASEE Architectural Engineering Division for Program Chair 2003-05, 2005.
- Certificate of Appreciation for Service on the Planning Board by resolution of the Town of Brookhaven, 2015.