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.
Available in Year 3 through a Divisional Select process
3 years (6 semesters)
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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
- Building codes and regulations
- Building science
- Construction law and contracts
- Technical writing
- 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.
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:
- Communicate with clients, contractors, other building professionals, and approval authorities.
- Prepare, read, interpret, and revise drawings, and other graphical representations used in building projects.
- Obtain, analyze, prepare, and revise specifications and other project documents used in design and construction.
- Prepare estimates of time, costs, and quantity, and participate in the tendering process.
- Solve technical problems related to building projects through the application of principles of building science and mathematics.
- Collaborate with and coordinate information from structural, mechanical, and electrical building systems professionals.
- Contribute to the design of architectural projects.
- Contribute to the analysis, planning, and preparation of site planning documents.
- Comply with the legal and ethical requirements of an architectural technologist in the practice of building design and construction.
- Assess buildings and their interiors, and make recommendations for their repurposing and renovation.
- Ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of others in the workplace.
- Participate in sustainable design and building practices.
- Use and evaluate current and emerging technology to support building projects.
- Assist in the planning, scheduling, and monitoring of building projects.
- Apply business principles to design and building practices.
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Printable Curriculum Planner 2019-2020
|ARCH1005||Architectural Technology & Studio 1|
|ARCH1048||Structural Systems 1|
|ARCH1050||Visual Communications 1|
|CADE1012||CAD Drawing 1|
|MATH1136||Mathematics for Building Technologies 1|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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||Project Management 1|
|ARCH3019||Concentrations in Architecture 1|
|ARCH3020||Concentrations in Building Science 1|
|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 2|
|ARCH3042||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.
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
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
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 T312 Diploma to Degree webpage.
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This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.
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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.
College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.
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"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."
Kimberlyn Lei (Graduate 2012, Architectural Technology)
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