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Joseph A. Betz 


Professor & Former Chairman

Department of Architecture & Construction Management

Farmingdale State College

State University of New York

Course Material:

ARC 255 Architectural Design I

ARC 257 Architectural Design II

ARC 362 History of Western Architecture

ARC 350W Architectural Theory

Office Hours:

Spring 2024:

In-person Lupton 137B, Microsoft Teams, phone, or email

  • Monday: 8:25 - 9:15 AM (in-person)

  • Wednesday: 8:25 - 9:15 AM (in-person)

  • Friday: 9:00-10:40 AM (in-person)  

  • Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday: on-line (virtual) by appointment

Brookhaven HDAC: Tuesday 4:30-7-00PM (2nd of month)


Columbia University in the City of New York, NY 
  Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation 
  Master of Science, Architecture and Building Design, 1987 
  (Post-Professional Degree)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY 
  School of Architecture 
  Bachelor of Architecture, 1984 (5-Year Professional Degree) 
  Bachelor of Science, Building Science, 1983 
  - RPI Rome (Italy) Program, 1982


Professional Licensure:

Registered Architect, State of New York, No. 20214, 1989/active

Registered Architect, State of New Jersey, No. 11501, 1991/inactive

Licensed Architect, State of Connecticut, No. 7434, 1991/inactive


National Certification:

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), No. 39198, 1990/active

Awards (Teaching, Scholarship & Service):

  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2000

  • FSC Presidential CARES (Commendation And Recognition for Exceptional Service), Award 2016

  • FSC Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology, Innovative Pedagogy Award, 2022

  • Certificate of Appreciation for Service on the Planning Board by resolution of the Town of Brookhaven, 2015

  • 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 & Proceedings Editor 2003-05, 2005




  • 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 $257,376.00
         Co-Principal Investigator - Farmingdale State College (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 $599,785.00
         Project Coordinator / Campus PI - Farmingdale State College (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


Public Service:

  • Historic District Advisory Committee (HDAC), Town of Brookhaven (Nov. 2018 - present)

  • Planning Board, Town of Brookhaven (March 2012 - Jan 2015)

  • Program Advisory Committee, AAS in Architecture/Const. Tech., ​Suffolk County Community College

  • Three Village Civic Association, Executive Committee, (2008 - present) 

  • Long Hill Civic Association, Vice President, (1994-2008)

Courses & Degrees:

Courses I teach in the Department (design, theory and history of architecture)

  • Architectural Design I [ARC 255 - 4 credit]

  • Architectural Design II [ARC 257 - 4 credit]

  • History of Western Architecture [ARC 362 - 3 credit]

  • Architectural Theory & Design Factors [ARC 350W - 3 credit]

  • Applied Research Topics [ARC 399]

Degree Programs in the Department of Architecture & Construction Management

  • Master of Science in Technology Management - Construction Management track

  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology

  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Management Engineering Technology


Awareness of Self: Learning Styles & Typologies:



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