Architectural Technician Program (T132)

2021-20222022-2023
  • Program Name:
    Architectural Technician
  • Code: T132
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    2 years (4 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Architectural Studies
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,131.00 *
  • Fall 2021 Delivery:
    Semester 1, 3: Online
  • Winter 2022 Delivery:
    Semester 1: Online; Semester 2, 4: Hybrid

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Program Overview

This 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 and constructability techniques.

Full Description

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 2D and 3D computer-aided drafting, design, rendering and modelling, design and development drawings, construction drawings and architectural presentation. You will also learn and apply the concepts of building science, building systems, building codes and construction law. Teamwork in a project-based learning environment is emphasized.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate with clients, contractors, other building professionals and approval authorities.
  2. Assist in the preparation, reading and interpretation of drawings, and other graphical representations used in building projects.
  3. Read and assist in the preparation of specifications and other project documents used in design and construction.
  4. Assist in the preparation of estimates of time, costs and quantity.
  5. Assist in solving technical problems related to building projects through the application of principles of building science and mathematics.
  6. Collaborate with members of the building team.
  7. Assist in the development of architectural designs.
  8. Review and assist in the preparation of site-planning documents.
  9. Comply with the legal and ethical requirements of an architectural technician in the practice of building design and construction.
  10. Assist in the assessment of buildings related to repurposing and renovation projects.
  11. Ensure personal safety in the workplace.
  12. Identify sustainable design and building practices.
  13. Use current and emerging technology to support building projects.
  14. Assist in the administration of the construction phase of building projects.

Courses

Required Courses

Printable Curriculum Planner 2021-2022

SEMESTER 1

Code Course Name
ARCH 1005 Architectural Technology & Studio 1
ARCH 1048 Structural Systems 1
ARCH 1050 Visual Communications 1
ARCH 1060 Design Fundamentals
CADE 1012 CAD Drawing 1
COMM 1007 College English**
MATH 1139 Mathematics for Arch/IDT 1

SEMESTER 2

Code Course Name
ARCH 1006 Architectural Technology & Studio 2
ARCH 1013 Building Code & Regulations 1
ARCH 1070 Materials, Methods & Components 1
CADE 1014 CAD Drawing 2
GHUM 1106 History of Architecture
GSCI 1022 Building Science and Environment
MATH 1149 Mathematics for Arch/IDT 2

SEMESTER 3

Code Course Name
ARCH 1058 Structural Systems 2
ARCH 2004 Architectural Technology & Studio 3
ARCH 2006 Practice Management 1
ARCH 2007 Building Code & Regulations 2
ARCH 1109 Building Systems – Mechanical and Electrical
ARCH 1164 Fundamentals of Building Science
CADE 2001 Digital Practices for Architecture 1
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

Code Course Name
ARCH 2005 Architectural Technology & Studio 4
ARCH 2008 Practice Management 2
ARCH 2033 Visual Communications 2
ARCH 2034 Structural Systems 3
ARCH 2035 Materials, Methods & Components 2
CADE 3001 Digital Practices for Architecture 2
COMM 1113 Professional Communications for Building Technologies
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 georgebrown.ca/assessment for more information.

***COMM1003/CESL1003 courses will be replaced by COMM1000 Introduction to College Communication starting with Winter 2022 intake.

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate 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 an architectural technician, you participate in the teams that produce design drawings, construction drawings, digital modelling and fabrication drawings.

In addition to the architectural and construction industries, Architectural Technician graduates work as technical sales representatives and manufacturing technicians for product manufacturers and building material suppliers. Technicians may also be provided with opportunities within government building departments.

Career Options

Opportunities for Architectural Technicians vary within the AEC industry. Career options available to graduates of this program may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Technical Representative for building/equipment suppliers
  • Production of computer-aided technical drawings and modelling
  • Developer
  • Property Manager
  • Technician with builders/developers
  • Customer Service Agent with builders/developers
  • Site Supervisor

Future Study Options

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

This program shares the first two semesters with the three-year Interior Design Technology program (T170) and graduates may qualify to transfer with advanced standing into the second year of the Interior Design Technology program (T170).

Pathways to the Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree program are also available from the three-year Architectural Technology program. For more information, see georgebrown.ca/Diploma to Degree page.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$4,131.00 *

Additional Costs

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2020. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2021 and at later dates.

International Students

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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)

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 Transfer Guide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Student Success

Gabriele Guiducci

"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."

Contact Us

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

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

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

Do you have questions about this program or your career options? Join us for an on-campus Information Session. You'll have the opportunity to meet our friendly instructors and staff, ask questions and experience what it's like to be in a George Brown College classroom.

Sign up for an Information Session.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Architectural Technician Program (T132)

2021-20222022-2023
  • Program Name:
    Architectural Technician
  • Code: T132
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    2 years (4 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Architectural Studies
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,143.00 *
  • Fall 2020 Delivery Method:
    Online (on-campus activities will resume as soon as it is safe to do so)

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Program Overview

This two-year 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 and constructability techniques.

Full Description

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 2D and 3D computer-aided drafting, design, rendering and modelling, design and development drawings, construction drawings and architectural presentation. You will also learn and apply the concepts of building science, building systems, building codes and construction law. Teamwork in a project-based learning environment is emphasized.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate with clients, contractors, other building professionals, and approval authorities.
  2. Assist in the preparation, reading, and interpretation of drawings, and other graphical representations used in building projects.
  3. Read and assist in the preparation of specifications and other project documents used in design and construction.
  4. Assist in the preparation of estimates of time, costs, and quantity.
  5. Assist in solving technical problems related to building projects through the application of principles of building science and mathematics.
  6. Collaborate with members of the building team.
  7. Assist in the development of architectural designs.
  8. Review and assist in the preparation of site planning documents.
  9. Comply with the legal and ethical requirements of an architectural technician in the practice of building design and construction.
  10. Assist in the assessment of buildings related to repurposing and renovation projects.
  11. Ensure personal safety in the workplace.
  12. Identify sustainable design and building practices.
  13. Use current and emerging technology to support building projects.
  14. Assist in the administration of the construction phase of building projects.

Courses

Required Courses

Printable Curriculum Planner 2020-2021

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
ARCH1005 Architectural Technology & Studio 1
ARCH1048 Structural Systems 1
ARCH1050 Visual Communications 1
ARCH1060 Design Fundamentals
CADE1012 CAD Drawing 1
COMM1007 College English**
MATH1139 Mathematics for Arch/IDT 1

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
ARCH1006 Architectural Technology & Studio 2
ARCH1013 Building Code & Regulations 1
ARCH1070 Materials, Methods & Components 1
CADE1014 CAD Drawing 2
GHUM1106 History of Architecture
GSCI1022 Building Science and Environment
MATH1149 Mathematics for Arch/IDT 2

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
ARCH1058 Structural Systems 2
ARCH2004 Architectural Technology & Studio 3
ARCH2006 Practice Management 1
ARCH2007 Building Code & Regulations 2
ARCH1109 Building Systems – Mechanical and Electrical 1
ARCH1164 Fundamentals of Building Science
CADE2001 BIM - Revit for Architectural Technology 1
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
ARCH2005 Architectural Technology & Studio 4
ARCH2008 Practice Management 2
ARCH2033 Visual Communications 2
ARCH2034 Structural Systems 3
ARCH2035 Materials, Methods & Components 2
CADE3001 Digital Design Technologies for Architecture 2
COMM1113 Professional Communications for Building Technologies
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 georgebrown.ca/assessment for more information.

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate 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 an architectural technician, you participate in the teams that produce design drawings, construction drawings, digital modeling and fabrication drawings.

In addition to the architectural and construction industries, Architectural Technician graduates work as technical sales representatives and manufacturing technicians for product manufacturers, and building material suppliers. Technicians may also be provided with opportunities within government building departments.

Career Options

Opportunities for Architectural Technicians vary within the AEC industry. Career options available to graduates of this program may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Technical Representative for building/equipment suppliers
  • Production of computer-aided technical drawings and modeling
  • Developer
  • Property Manager
  • Technician with builders/developers
  • Customer Service Agent with builders/developers
  • Site Supervisor

Future Study Options

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

This program shares the first two semesters with the three-year Interior Design Technology program (T170) and graduates may qualify to transfer with advanced standing into the second year of the Interior Design Technology program (T170).

Pathways to the Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree program are also available from the three-year Architectural Technology program. For more information, see georgebrown.ca/T312_Diploma_to_Degree.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$4,143.00 *

Additional Costs

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.

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

International Students

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

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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)

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.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Student Success

Gabriele Guiducci

"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."

Contact Us

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

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

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

Do you have questions about this program or your career options? Join us for an on-campus Information Session. You'll have the opportunity to meet our friendly instructors and staff, ask questions and experience what it's like to be in a George Brown College classroom.

Sign up for an Information Session.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Architectural Technician Program (T132)

2021-20222022-2023

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Program Overview

This two-year 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 and constructability techniques.

Full Description

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 2D and 3D computer-aided drafting, design, rendering and modelling, design and development drawings, construction drawings and architectural presentation. You will also learn and apply the concepts of building science, building systems, building codes and construction law. Teamwork in a project-based learning environment is emphasized.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate with clients, contractors, other building professionals, and approval authorities.
  2. Assist in the preparation, reading, and interpretation of drawings, and other graphical representations used in building projects.
  3. Read and assist in the preparation of specifications and other project documents used in design and construction.
  4. Assist in the preparation of estimates of time, costs, and quantity.
  5. Assist in solving technical problems related to building projects through the application of principles of building science and mathematics.
  6. Collaborate with members of the building team.
  7. Assist in the development of architectural designs.
  8. Review and assist in the preparation of site planning documents.
  9. Comply with the legal and ethical requirements of an architectural technician in the practice of building design and construction.
  10. Assist in the assessment of buildings related to repurposing and renovation projects.
  11. Ensure personal safety in the workplace.
  12. Identify sustainable design and building practices.
  13. Use current and emerging technology to support building projects.
  14. Assist in the administration of the construction phase of building projects.

Courses

Required Courses

Printable Curriculum Planner 2019-2020

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
ARCH1005 Architectural Technology & Studio 1
ARCH1048 Structural Systems 1
ARCH1050 Visual Communications 1
ARCH1060 Design Fundamentals
CADE1012 CAD Drawing 1
COMM1007 College English**
MATH1136 Mathematics for Building Technologies 1

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
ARCH1006 Architectural Technology & Studio 2
ARCH1013 Building Code & Regulations 1
ARCH1070 Materials, Methods & Components 1
CADE1014 CAD Drawing 2
GHUM1106 History of Architecture
GSCI1022 Building Science and Environment
MATH1146 Mathematics for Building Technologies 2

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
ARCH1058 Structural Systems 2
ARCH2004 Architectural Technology & Studio 3
ARCH2006 Practice Management 1
ARCH2007 Building Code & Regulations 2
ARCH1109 Building Systems – Mechanical and Electrical 1
BLDG1164 Fundamentals of Building Science
CADE2001 Digital Practices for Architecture 1
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
ARCH2005 Architectural Technology & Studio 4
ARCH2008 Practice Management 2
ARCH2033 Visual Communications 2
ARCH2034 Structural Systems 3
ARCH2035 Materials, Methods & Components 2
CADE3001 Digital Practices for Architecture 2
COMM1113 Professional Communications for Building Technologies
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 georgebrown.ca/assessment for more information.

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate 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 an architectural technician, you participate in the teams that produce design drawings, construction drawings, digital modeling and fabrication drawings.

In addition to the architectural and construction industries, Architectural Technician graduates work as technical sales representatives and manufacturing technicians for product manufacturers, and building material suppliers. Technicians may also be provided opportunities within government building departments.

Career Options

Opportunities for Architectural Technicians vary within the AEC industry. Career options available to graduates of this program may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Technical Representative for building/equipment suppliers
  • Production of computer aided technical drawings and modelling
  • Developer
  • Property Manager
  • Technician with builders/developers
  • Customer Service Agent with builders/developers
  • Site Supervisor

Future Study Options

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

This program shares the first two semesters with the three-year Interior Design Technology program (T170) and graduates may qualify to transfer with advanced standing into the second year of the Interior Design Technology program (T170).

Pathways to the Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) degree program are also available from the three-year Architectural Technology program. For more information, see georgebrown.ca/T312_Diploma_to_Degree.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$4,335.00 *

Additional Costs

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

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

International Students

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

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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)

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.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Student Success

Gabriele Guiducci

"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."

Contact Us

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

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

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

Visit Our Campus

Do you have questions about this program or your career options? Join us for an on-campus Information Session. You'll have the opportunity to meet our friendly instructors and staff, ask questions and experience what it's like to be in a George Brown College classroom.

Sign up for an Information Session.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.