Architectural Technician Program (T132)

Architectural Technician
School of Architectural Studies
Casa Loma Campus
2 years (4 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Diploma
As an architectural technician, you can participate in the design and development of the buildings that define our living and working environments using sustainable building practices. This two-year program will prepare you to work alongside architects, designers, contractors and builders.

Full Program Descriptions


The two-year Architectural Technician program will prepare you to work alongside architects, designers, contractors and builders. As an architectural technician, you can participate in the design and development of the buildings that define our living and working environments using sustainable building practices.

Learning in state-of-the-art architectural studios with the most up-to-date equipment and software, you will develop a thorough knowledge of architectural drawing and technical design skills, as well as an understanding of sustainable building design and construction materials grounded in current green principles.

Courses cover computer-aided drafting and design, construction drawings and architectural presentation, including design drawing, modelling and rendering. You will also learn and apply the concepts of building science, building systems, building codes and contracts. Teamwork in a project-based learning environment is emphasized.

*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

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has established Program Descriptions for college programs of instruction which do not operate under a specific provincial Program Standard. The Program Description typically describes the program purpose (a brief description of the program, potential employment opportunities and general admission requirements) and program goals (similar to program-level learning outcomes, which guide the curriculum).

View Program Descriptions by program.

Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website

Course Outline

Required Courses 

Printable Curriculum Planner 2015-2016PDF icon


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


Code Course name
ARCH1006 Architectural Technology & Sustainable Design 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
MATH1149 Mathematics for Building Technologies 2


Code Course name
ARCH2004 Architectural 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


Code Course name
ARCH2005 Architectural 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

**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 find employment in many areas of the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry working as technical assistants in the AEC or the building industry. As architectural technicians, they participate in the teams that produce design drawings, construction drawings, digital modeling, and fabrication drawings.

In addition to the architectural and construction industries, graduates work as sales representatives and also as technicians for manufacturers and suppliers of building products and government building departments.

Future Study Options 

This program shares the first four semesters with the three-year Architectural Technology program and graduates may qualify to transfer with advanced standing into the third year of the Architectural Technology program (T109).

Pathways to the Bachelor of Technology degree program are also available from the three-year Architectural Technology program. For more information, see

Tuition and Fees


$3,699.00 *

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 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 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 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U)
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

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.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Success Stories  

"I graduated from George Brown College’s Architectural Technician two-year program. After a couple of years of being an apprentice in an office, I’ve been managing my own design firm in the architectural business for the last five years. I have been delivering many projects, in and around the GTA, from small renovations to large custom home designs."

Gabriele Guiducci, geometraDesign Ltd.

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Architectural Studies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4398


The office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., room E228.

For more information, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.