Architectural Technology Program (T109)

Architectural Technology
School of Architectural Studies
Casa Loma Campus
3 years (6 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
As a graduate of the Architectural Technology program, you will have the ability to contribute to the changing built environment with a knowledge of design, functionality and technology. Architectural technologists are key members of the project team and play a vital role in turning the design ideas of architects and engineers into practical and successful buildings. This three-year program prepares you to work with architects, engineers, designers and project managers to design our living and working environments, using sustainable building practices.

Full Program Descriptions


Learning in state-of-the-art architectural studios with the most up-to-date equipment and software, you will develop a solid foundation of architectural, technical and administrative skills grounded in sustainable design. The Architectural Technology program prepares you to apply current practices of the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, including construction law and contracts, technical writing, specifications, project design and cost planning. In addition to technical design, you will also develop and apply skills in computer-aided drafting, 3D rendering and digital modeling, building codes and regulations.

In a simulated office environment, students collaborate in teams to complete projects involving site visits, proposals and designs for both new and existing facilities.

*If you enrol in the program in January, you are required to complete semester 2 in the summer (May to August) of the same year in order to continue into semester 3 in the fall.

Part Time Study Options  

Part-time study options are not available for this program; however, our Continuing Education department offers evening courses and part-time certificate programs in AUTOCAD and Building/Construction Technologies. See

Your Field Study Options 

A co-operative work experience component in the Architectural Technology Program (T109) will be available for a selected number of students. The intake for this co-op program is limited and applications are subject to approval by the academic department (Centre for Construction & Engineering Technologies).

Those who enter the program will complete semester 5 during the May to August semester and co-op placement will take place from September to December. The 6th semester will be offered through a blend of in-person and online studies, allowing students to graduate in April of their final year of study. It will also allow students the opportunity to continue part-time work while completing their final semester of studies. More details are available through the department.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Printable Curriculum Planner 2016-2017PDF icon


semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH1005 Arch. Technology & Design Studio 1 – Fundamentals
BLDG1048 Structure in Architecture – Form, Space, Order
CADE1012 CAD Drawing 1
COMM1007 College English**
GHUM1106 History of Architecture
MATH1136 Mathematics for Building Technologies 1


semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH1006 Arch. Technology & Design Studio 2 - Residential
BLDG1013 Zoning and Building Regulations
BLDG1070 Sustainable Materials and Methods 1
BLDG3003 Construction Safety Practices
CADE1014 CAD Drawing 2
GSCI1022 Building Science and Environment
MATH1146 Mathematics for Building Technologies 2


semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH2004 Arch. Technology & Sustainable Design 3 - Small Buildings
BLDG1027 Structural Systems – Timber
BLDG1109 Building Systems – Mechanical and Electrical 1
BLDG1164 Fundamentals of Building Science
BLDG2012 Building Code
CADE2001 BIM for Architectural Technology 1
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH2005 Arch. Technology & Sustainable Design 4 - Commercial
BLDG2022 Law and Construction Contracts
BLDG2034 Structural Systems – Steel
BLDG2062 Portfolio Development
BLDG2070 Sustainable Materials and Methods 2
CADE3001 BIM for Architectural Technology 2
COMM1113 Professional Communications
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course name
BLDG3109 Building Systems - Mechanical and Electrical 2
ARCH3007 Arch. Technology & Sustainable Design 5 - High Rise
BLDG3070 Sustainable Materials and Methods 3 
BLDG3021 Structures Systems - Concrete
BLDG3036 Small Business Management
CADE3002 BIM for Architectural Technology 3
BLDG2172 Technical Report Writing


semester courses
Code Course name
ARCH3008 Arch. Technology & Sustainable Design 6 - Restoration and Renovation
BLDG3008 Specifications and Documentation
BLDG3013 Sustainable Materials and Methods 4
BLDG3026 Sustainable Building Rating Systems
BLDG3037 Project Cost Estimating
CADE3003 BIM for Architectural Technology 4

**Based on the results of your placement tests, you may be required to take COMM1003 (English Skills) or CESL1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM1007. COMM1003/CESL1003 does not count as a course required for graduation, and you will be charged for this extra course. Please visit for more information.

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates are qualified for employment in many areas of the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. Architectural technologists typically hold important roles with advanced responsibilities as part of a team of professionals in the building design, project delivery and management process.

They are employed as computer drawing technologists, project administrators and coordinators, sales and marketing professionals, municipal plans examiners and building inspectors. Graduates may also choose to become entrepreneurs and own architectural drafting and building design businesses.

Future Study Options 

Qualified graduates may be eligible for advanced standing in the George Brown College Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree program. Bridge courses may be required for advanced standing. For more information, see

Graduates of the program have the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in Architectural Technology and Construction Management from the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA) in Denmark upon completion of two semesters of study and an internship. The Copenhagen School of Design and Technology offers practice-oriented higher education for the business community in the form of both business academics and professional bachelor programs.

Tuition and Fees


$3,932.00 *

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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