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.

T132 Student from the Architecutal Technician program smiling at the camera while standing next to a building  model

Overview

Program name
Architectural Technician
Code
T132
Location
Duration
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study
FT

Year of Study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 Open
May 2020 N/A
International students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 Opens Mar 2019
May 2020 N/A

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.

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.

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. 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.

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
ARCH1109Building 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 & Components 2
CADE3001BIM - Revit for Architectural Technology 2
COMM1113Professional Communications for Building Technologies
GNEDGeneral 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.

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

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.

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

$4,335.00 *

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 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.

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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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

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.

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