Architectural Technology Program (T109)

2021-20222022-2023
  • Program Name:
    Architectural Technology
  • Code: T109
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Architectural Studies
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,131.00 *
  • Experiential Learning:

    Available in Year 3 through a Divisional Select process

  • Fall 2021 Delivery:
    Semester 1, 3, 5: Online

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Program Overview

Design can change the world. 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 tradespeople involved in the building design, construction and management process.

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.

Your Field Education 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 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.

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 and Components 2
CADE 3001 Digital Practices for Architecture 2
COMM 1113 Professional Communications for Building Technologies
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

Code Course Name
ARCH 2172 Technical Report Writing
ARCH 3007 Architectural Technology & Studio 5
ARCH 3010 Principles of Building Information Modeling
ARCH 3021 Structural Systems 4
ARCH 3070 Materials, Methods and Components 3
CADE 3002 Digital Practices for Architecture 3
OPTIONS: Students Choose Two
ARCH 3015 Concentrations in Digital Technologies 1
ARCH 3022 Concentrations in Project Management – Planning
ARCH 3019 Concentrations in Architecture 1
ARCH 3020 Concentrations in Building Science – New Construction

SEMESTER 6

Code Course Name
ARCH 3008 Architectural Technology & Studio 6
ARCH 3018 Specifications and Documentation
ARCH 3026 Sustainable Rating Systems
ARCH 3037 Project Cost Estimating
ARCH 3013 Materials, Methods and Components 4
CADE 3003 Digital Practices for Architecture 4
OPTIONS: Students Choose Two
ARCH 3016 Concentrations in Digital Technologies 2
ARCH 3039 Concentrations in Architecture 2
ARCH 3040 Concentrations in Building Science – Renovation and Retrofit
ARCH 3042 Concentrations in Project Management – Procurement

**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 Assessment Centre for more information.

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

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.

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:

  • Architectural Technologist
  • Architectural Assistant
  • 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

Future Study Options

Eligible graduates of the School of Architectural Studies (SAS) Architectural Technology program have the opportunity to continue in an architectural-specific academic career and apply course credits completed at George Brown College (GBC) to earn a Master of Architecture Degree with either Boston Architectural College (BAC) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. or The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield, Michigan, USA. Both these opportunities are the result of Articulation Agreements signed between GBC and BAC as well as GBC and LTU.

Graduates of the program also 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.

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 the T314 program webpage.

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

Kimberlyn Lei, 2012 Graduate

"I am thankful that George Brown College provided portfolio classes. Having a portfolio is something that a lot of industries stress over and I think this class has helped me a lot in preparation for the interviews I had to go through before graduating. I got my first job right after graduation working as an Architectural Technologist on the Design Team at Q4 Architects Inc. I had considered going into university instead of college but what interested me more is being able to have the hands-on application that is given to you in college."

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 Technology Program (T109)

2021-20222022-2023
  • Program Name:
    Architectural Technology
  • Code: T109
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Architectural Studies
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,143.00 *
  • Experiential Learning:

    Available in Year 3 through a Divisional Select process

  • 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

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 tradespeople involved in the building design, construction and management process.

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.

Your Field Education 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 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.

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
ARCH1164 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 and Components 2
CADE3001 Digital Practices for Architecture 2
COMM1113 Professional Communications for Building Technologies
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
ARCH2172 Technical Report Writing
ARCH3007 Architectural Technology & Studio 5
ARCH3010 Principles of Building Information Modeling
ARCH3021 Structural Systems 4
ARCH3070 Materials, Methods and Components 3
CADE3002 Digital Practices for Architecture 3
OPTIONS: Students Choose One
ARCH 3015 Concentrations in Digital Technologies 1
ARCH3022 Concentrations in Project Management - Planning
ARCH3019 Concentrations in Architecture 1
ARCH3020 Concentrations in Building Science – New Construction

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
ARCH3008 Architectural Technology & Studio 6
ARCH3018 Specifications and Documentation
ARCH3026 Sustainable Rating Systems
ARCH3037 Project Cost Estimating
ARCH3013 Materials, Methods and Components 4
CADE3003 Digital Practices for Architecture 4
OPTIONS: Students Choose One
ARCH 3016 Concentrations in Digital Technologies 2
ARCH3039 Concentrations in Architecture 2
ARCH3040 Concentrations in Building Science – Renovation and Retrofit
ARCH3042 Concentrations in Project Management - Procurement

**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 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.

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:

  • Architectural Technologist
  • Architectural Assistant
  • 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

Future Study Options

Eligible graduates of the School of Architectural Studies (SAS) Architectural Technology program have the opportunity to continue in an architectural-specific academic career and apply course credits completed at George Brown College (GBC) to earn a Master of Architecture Degree with either Boston Architectural College (BAC) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. or The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield, Michigan, USA. Both these opportunities are the result of Articulation Agreements signed between GBC and BAC as well as GBC and LTU.

Graduates of the program also 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.

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 the T314 program webpage.

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

Kimberlyn Lei, 2012 Graduate

"I am thankful that George Brown College provided portfolio classes. Having a portfolio is something that a lot of industries stress over and I think this class has helped me a lot in preparation for the interviews I had to go through before graduating. I got my first job right after graduation working as an Architectural Technologist on the Design Team at Q4 Architects Inc. I had considered going into university instead of college but what interested me more is being able to have the hands-on application that is given to you in college."

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 Technology Program (T109)

2021-20222022-2023
  • Program Name:
    Architectural Technology
  • Code: T109
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School: Architectural Studies
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: January, September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,335.00 *
  • Experiential Learning:
    Available in Year 3 through a Divisional Select process

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Program Overview

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 tradespeople involved in the building design, construction and management process.

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.

Your Field Education 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 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.

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
ARCH1164 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 and Components 2
CADE3001 Digital Practices for Architecture 2
COMM1113 Professional Communications for Building Technologies
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
Code Course Name
ARCH2172 Technical Report Writing
ARCH3007 Architectural Technology & Studio 5
ARCH3010 Principles of Building Information Modeling
ARCH3021 Structural Systems 4
ARCH3070 Materials, Methods and Components 3
CADE3002 Digital Practices for Architecture 3
OPTIONS: Students Choose One  
ARCH3015 Concentrations in Digital Technologies 1
ARCH3022 Concentrations in Project Management 1
ARCH3019 Concentrations in Architecture 1
ARCH3020 Concentrations in Building Science 1

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
Code Course Name
ARCH3008 Architectural Technology & Studio 6
ARCH3018 Specifications and Documentation
ARCH3026 Sustainable Rating Systems
ARCH3037 Project Cost Estimating
ARCH3013 Materials, Methods and Components 4
CADE3003 Digital Practices for Architecture 4
OPTIONS: Students Choose One  
ARCH3016 Concentrations in Digital Technologies 2
ARCH3039 Concentrations in Architecture 2
ARCH3040 Concentrations in Building Science 2
ARCH3042 Concentrations in Project 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.

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

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.

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

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 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

Kimberlyn Lei, 2012 Graduate

"I am thankful that George Brown College provided portfolio classes. Having a portfolio is something that a lot of industries stress over and I think this class has helped me a lot in preparation for the interviews I had to go through before graduating. I got my first job right after graduation working as an Architectural Technologist on the Design Team at Q4 Architects Inc. I had considered going into university instead of college but what interested me more is being able to have the hands-on application that is given to you in college."

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

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