Architectural Technologists are key members of a project team, and play a vital role in turning conceptual design ideas into technical construction documents and practical, buildable solutions. This three-year program provides you with the essential knowledge base and fundamental skills required to work as an Architectural Technologist within the many companies and sectors of the architectural and construction industry. Performing tasks of a technical nature, you will be part of a team of professionals and trades people involved in the building design, construction and management process.

T109 Gabriele Guiducci, Architectural Technician graduate and owner of Geomera Designs, unrolls a sheet of blueprints on a table.

Overview

Program name
Architectural Technology
Code
T109
Location
Experiential learning
Available in Year 3 through a Divisional Select process
Duration
3 years (6 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 Closed
May 2019 N/A
International students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 Closed
May 2019 N/A

Full Description

Learning in interactive studios with the most current equipment and software, you will develop a solid foundation of diverse and practical skills required to be involved in projects ranging from new construction to alterations and renovations in the residential, commercial and high-rise sectors of the architectural, engineering and construction industry. The Architectural Technology program prepares you to apply current practices of the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, including:

  • Building design
  • Sustainability
  • Building codes and regulations
  • Building science
  • Construction law and contracts
  • Technical writing
  • Specifications
  • Cost planning

In addition to technical design skills, you will also develop and apply skills in computer-aided drafting (CAD), Building Information Modeling (BIM), 3D rendering and digital modeling. Students collaborate in teams within a simulated office environment to complete projects involving proposals, designs and construction documents for both new and existing facilities.

Note: 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 coned.georgebrown.ca.

Experiential Learning

Available in Year 3 through a Divisional Select process

Your Field Study options

A co-operative work experience component in the Architectural Technology program 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 School of Architectural Studies academic department.

Those who enter the program will complete semester 5 from May to August, and co-op placement will take place from September to December. The final sixth semester will be offered through a blend of in-class 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

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate with clients, contractors, other building professionals, and approval authorities.
  2. Prepare, read, interpret, and revise drawings, and other graphical representations used in building projects.
  3. Obtain, analyze, prepare, and revise specifications and other project documents used in design and construction.
  4. Prepare estimates of time, costs, and quantity, and participate in the tendering process.
  5. Solve technical problems related to building projects through the application of principles of building science and mathematics.
  6. Collaborate with and coordinate information from structural, mechanical, and electrical building systems professionals.
  7. Contribute to the design of architectural projects.
  8. Contribute to the analysis, planning, and preparation of site planning documents.
  9. Comply with the legal and ethical requirements of an architectural technologist in the practice of building design and construction.
  10. Assess buildings and their interiors, and make recommendations for their repurposing and renovation.
  11. Ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of others in the workplace.
  12. Participate in sustainable design and building practices.
  13. Use and evaluate current and emerging technology to support building projects.
  14. Assist in the planning, scheduling, and monitoring of building projects.
  15. Apply business principles to design and building practices.

Required Courses

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SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ARCH1005Architectural Technology & Studio 1
ARCH1048Structural Systems 1
ARCH1050Visual Communications 1
ARCH1060Design Fundamentals
CADE1012CAD Drawing 1
COMM1007College English**
MATH1136Mathematics for Building Technologies 1

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ARCH1006Architectural Technology & Studio 2
ARCH1013Building Code & Regulations 1
ARCH1070Materials, Methods & Components 1
CADE1014CAD Drawing 2
GHUM1106History of Architecture
GSCI1022Building Science and Environment
MATH1146Mathematics for Building Technologies 2

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ARCH1058Structural Systems 2
ARCH2004Architectural Technology & Studio 3
ARCH2007Building Code & Regulations 2
BLDG1109Building Systems – Mechanical and Electrical 1
BLDG1164Fundamentals of Building Science
CADE2001BIM - Revit for Architectural Technology 1
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ARCH2005Architectural Technology & Studio 4
ARCH2006Practice Management
ARCH2033Visual Communications 2
ARCH2034Structural Systems 3
ARCH2035Materials, Methods and Components 2
CADE3001BIM - Revit for Architectural Technology 2
COMM1113Professional Communications for Building Technologies
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ARCH2172Technical Report Writing
ARCH3007Architectural Technology & Studio 5
ARCH3010Principles of Building Information Modeling
ARCH3021Structural Systems 4
ARCH3070Materials, Methods and Components 3
CADE3002BIM - Digital Design Tchnologies for Architecture 1
OPTIONS: Students Choose One 
ARCH3022Project Management 1
ARCH3019Concentrations in Architecture 1
ARCH3020Concentrations in Building Science 1

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ARCH3008Architectural Technology & Studio 6
ARCH3018Specifications and Documentation
ARCH3026Sustainable Rating Systems
ARCH3037Project Cost Estimating
ARCH3013Materials, Methods and Components 4
CADE3003BIM - Digital Design Technologies for Architecture 2
OPTIONS: Students Choose One 
ARCH3039Concentrations in Architecture 2
ARCH3040Concentrations in Building Science 2
ARCH3042Project Management 2

**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 georgebrown.ca/assessment for more information.

Career Options

Opportunities for Architectural Technologists vary within the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. Career options available to graduates of this program may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Self-employed Designer and/or Contractor
  • Project Director/Coordinator
  • Job Captain
  • Municipal Plans Examiner
  • Building Inspector
  • Architectural Document Production
  • Specification Writer
  • Property Developer
  • Property Manager
  • Architectural Technologist with builders/developers
  • Site Supervisor
  • Technical Representative for building/equipment suppliers

Your Career

Graduates are qualified for employment in many areas of the Architectural, Engineering and Construction 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. There are also job opportunities with the different levels of provincial and municipal bodies and other governing authorities.

Architectural Technology graduates have the advantage of understanding buildings from multiple perspectives, such as architectural and structural elements; mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems; contractual and managerial processes. 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 Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree program. Bridge courses may be required for advanced standing. For more information, see georgebrown.ca/T312_Diploma_to_Degree/

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

$4,196.00 *

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 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

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

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)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

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 georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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School of Architectural Studies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4365

Email: architecturalstudies@georgebrown.ca

Our office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., room D303

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