Architectural Technician (ARCH) Architectural Technology (ARCH)
Available as a two or three-year program; option for a one-year certificate in Residential Drafting and Design
- Program Code
Two-year Ontario College Diploma (Technician)
Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma (Technology)
- Start Date
Find your career
Loyalist graduates are well-respected by employers across Canada. Architectural technicians and technologists are prepared to find work as:
- Designers and project managers in architectural and consulting firms
- Project coordinators and estimators in construction
- Technical and sales representatives for manufacturers
- Municipal zoning and building plan examiners and inspectors
- Self-employed entrepreneurs
Get a career edge with professional certification:
- Your diploma satisfies all of the academic requirements for professional certification by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)
- Graduates of the two-year program meet OACETT’s academic requirements for professional certification as a Certified Technician (C.Tech.)
- Three-year graduates meet OACETT requirements for Applied Science Technologist (A.Sc.T.) or Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) certification
- Your diploma gets you started towards professional certification by the Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences (OAAAS) and pursuing qualification as a member of the Ontario Association of Architects as a Licensed Technologist OAA
Architectural Technology by the numbers:
- Average starting salaries range from $35,000 to $39,999 (Employment Profile 2013 Provincial Report, MTCU)
- 100% of 2013 Loyalist grads were working within six months of graduation (KPI Survey 2013, Forum Research Inc. for MTCU)
Our grads get great jobs
- Architectural Technologist, Quadrangle Architects
- Chief Building Official, Loyalist Township
- Junior Designer, Kavacon Inc.
- AutoCAD Technician, Canadian Safety Anchor Inspections
- Building Development Consultant, Greer Galloway Group
- Draftsperson and Estimator, Geertsma Construction
Is it for you?
Successful students in this program are people who:
- Want to figure out how things work or how they go together
- Like to sketch and design
- May have some drafting or construction experience
Form dictates function. In this program students gain an understanding of how physical space can influence behaviour, and the role of architecture in culture.
- Learning combines studio work, classroom instruction, and major construction and renovation projects, working independently and in teams
- Students develop skills in manual and computer-assisted design and drafting (CADD) and 3D modelling using the latest software in our state-of-the-art Design Studios
- During independent design projects students determine a structure’s physical needs, and design solutions that creatively address the use of space, costs, construction methods, zoning and the environment. Then they bring their concepts to life, creating a 3D scale model of their designs
- In their graduating year, Technology students use 3D modelling software to design a public facility in a local community – ranging from preliminary studies to schematics, landscape and interior design, cost estimates and written specifications, construction detailing, and production of a technical report, as well as presentation to an advisory committee of faculty and industry leaders
Learning at Loyalist goes beyond the classroom:
- Enjoy trips to professional trade shows including the Interior Design Show and Construct Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, with an attendance of over 24,000
- Each fall, senior students (Years Two and Three) go on a trip for an architectural tour of a major city. Past trips include New York, Washington DC, Buffalo, Albany, Chicago and Uniontown, PA
Third-year students cap off their studies with a one-month field placement:
- Students have completed placements with design firms, contractors and architectural firms in Kingston, Ottawa and Toronto
- Past placements include Greer Galloway Group, Hilden Homes and Bel-Con Design Builders
- Many students graduate into a job!
Outstanding faculty make the difference
- Learning is hands on, in brightly lit studios with dedicated teachers
- Professors have broad experience in architectural firms, working on everything from schools to seniors’ residences, churches and commercial renovations
- Learn from an accredited Architect and LEED AP, specializing in integrating sustainable techniques in architectural design
- A wide network of faculty contacts in the construction and design industries helps connect students with jobs
After the first two semesters, students earn a certificate in Residential Drafting and Design. Upon graduation, they have the option to continue into Year Two of Architectural Technician/Technology (see courses below).
- First Year - Semester One
- ARCH1000 Architectural Drafting Studio 1
- Students develop plans, elevation and sectional views of spaces in a single family residential building. Emphasis is placed on the use of instruments, line and lettering, dimensioning and drawing organization. This course will include a component of free studio time or self-directed learning.
- BLDG1001 Building Construction, Codes and Standards 1
- This course deals with site work, foundation systems, site services, floors, walls and trusses of wood-framed buildings. The Ontario Building Code is introduced and Part 9 of the Code is applied to the various aspects of small buildings and residential construction.
- BLDG1000 Building Methods & Materials
- Students learn the properties, characteristics and uses of common and leading-edge building materials. Students are able to research, analyze and select appropriate materials for various construction applications.
- CADD1000 CAD 1
- The course starts with an introduction to computer applications, Windows and Microsoft Office Suite, including Word and Excel. The development of basic drafting skills using AutoCAD software will occupy the bulk of the course. Students will also be introduced to Google SketchUp.
- MATH1002 Computations
- This course is designed to help students understand the application of basic mathematical concepts in the field of building technology. Emphasis is placed on basic arithmetic: algebraic operations, geometry and trigonometric functions.
- ARCH1001 Presentation 1
- Students experiment with a variety of architectural presentation techniques. Exercises include a final presentation drawing, an oblique drawing of a building interior and a one-point perspective of a residential interior.
- ARCH1002 Sustainable Design
- Students develop critical awareness of the role of design in society and the impact of design on the natural and built environments. Students gain knowledge of various design and problem-solving processes.
- GNED1022 Interpersonal Communication
- This course provides students with theory and practice in communication principles that will improve their ability to communicate effectively with clients, superiors and peers. Topics include listening, verbal and non-verbal communication, conflict management, assertiveness, self-disclosure, cross-cultural communication and critical thinking.
- First Year - Semester Two
- ARCH1003 Architectural Drafting Studio 2
- This course is a continuation of Architectural Drafting Studio 1. Students develop selected drawings for a multi-unit residential building.
- BLDG1007 Building Construction, Codes and Standards 2
- This course deals with the design and construction of exterior walls, roofs, and structure of residential wood-framed structures. Section 9 of the Ontario Building Code is specifically referenced. There is an emphasis on insulation and building membranes. Alternative residential construction techniques are also introduced.
- CADD1001 CAD 2
- This course is a continuation of CAD 1. Students learn techniques for scaled drawings, text and dimensions. Functions are applied to the preparation of a set of permit drawings for a house design.
- ARCH1004 Design 1
- Students develop a design for a small building that must meet program and code requirements. The project is developed and presented using architectural presentation techniques.
- SUST1001 Environmental Systems
- This course focuses on the principles of sound, heat, vapor transmission and light; their application to subjects such as acoustics, insulation, moisture protection, natural and artificial lighting; the establishment of selection criteria; the fundamentals of fire, corrosion, expansion and durability, including assessment through materials testing; the role of standards publishing agencies and the relationships to codes and standards.
- ARCH1005 Introduction to Architecture
- Students explore historical design masterpieces of our built environment. The course attempts to answer design and technical questions about our most famous structures and designers.
- BLDG1002 Statics
- Students solve and present solutions to problems of a practical nature related to elementary statics, including equilibrium of forces, moments and truss analysis.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Three
- CADD2000 Architectural CAD 3
A continuation of CAD 2, this course adds to the use of computer applications involving Windows 7 Pro as an operating system. The course provides students with the fundamental skills necessary to manipulate and manage electronic files on both a PC platform and the associated backup media.
Advanced 2D drafting skills will be developed through the use of a production-level CAD program (specifically AutoCAD). Drawing skills specific to the AEC industry will be highlighted as an extension of the Project Coordination course, as well as Building Construction, Codes and Standards. Students become acquainted with basic drafting standards and fundamental file organization techniques. Through the preparation of contract documents, students are introduced to the techniques needed to prepare scaled drawings, including appropriate use of symbols, text and dimensions. Advanced AutoCAD functions are discussed, specifically for Blocks and Wblocks. A partial set of working drawings is prepared for a commercial building, which is coordinated with drawings for the same building as prepared in Building Construction, Codes and Standards 3, Project Coordination and Research, and Architectural Drafting Studio 2.
- BLDG2000 Building Construction, Codes and Standards 3
Techniques for masonry construction are introduced (covering both concrete and burnt clay unit masonry), and include handling, weather, site and building design considerations. Detailing of wall connections, foundations and roof assemblies are also covered.
This course discusses the use of shear-wall structural systems that are utilized for the construction of small-scale commercial buildings, as described in Part 3 of the Ontario Building Code. The referenced structures are principally commercial in nature, although some medium-scale, multi-unit residential structures are also discussed. The discussion revolves around the physical requirements and procedures associated with window and door assemblies, and the methods used for their installation within different finishes, in conjunction with floors, walls and framing of pre-cast concrete and steel-framed roof systems. This discussion will also integrate the fundamental understanding of the functionality and use of vapour/air/moisture barriers and membranes.
There is further investigation into the use of the Ontario Building Code, requirements for fire rating for various interior assemblies, and the protection of structural assemblies. The differentiation between combustible and non-combustible materials is highlighted, and their potential impact upon the design of the building envelope and interior layout. The dynamics of the medium-scale structure are investigated, with particular attention to the rigours associated with the Canadian environment.
- BLDG2015 Mechanical and Electrical Systems
- A study of plumbing (water supply, sewage disposal, site drainage), mechanical (heating, ventilating, air conditioning) and electrical systems related to building design and construction.
- ARCH2000 Presentation 2
- Students develop skills in graphic communication for architectural design through the preparation of drawing and models of case study buildings, as well as the student's own design projects.
- ARCH2004 Project Coordination and Research 1
- This course involves the design and preparation of a set of working drawings for a small commercial building. This process will include the research of zoning by-laws, use of the Ontario Building Code and the study of load-bearing construction.
- BLDG2018 Strength of Materials 1
- This course provides students with an opportunity to solve and present formal solutions to problems related to elementary structural analyses. Topics include simple stress, properties of materials, geometry of cross section, shear force and bending moment diagrams and beam selection.
- HIST2000 World Architecture
- Students become familiar with and gain an aesthetic appreciation of the architectural, historical and cultural precedence of our built environment. Students also increase their own cultural vocabulary and apply this knowledge of the past to innovations of the future.
- Second Year - Semester Four
- CADD2001 Architectural CAD 4
- This continuation of CAD 3 develops the use of advanced functions within AutoCAD and adds to the use of computer applications involving Windows 7 Pro as an operating system. Emphasis is placed on drawing presentation, scaling and coordination. A partial set of working drawings is prepared for a commercial building, which is also coordinated with drawings for the same building, as prepared in Building Construction, Codes and Standards 4, Project Coordination and Research, and Architectural Drafting Studio 2.
- BLDG2002 Building Construction, Codes and Standards 4
- The use of structural steel framing and structural steel stud framing, combined with exterior veneers typical to multi-level commercial building design. All of this is applied to an in-depth analysis of an existing structure, and the study of renovating and "re-purposing" said structure. Non-standard foundation systems are introduced, along with requirements for water control around the building foundation. Students work on extensive drawing assignments and model making that enhance the understanding of building envelope and structure.
- BLDG2013 Contracts, Specifications and Estimating
- Students study the various forms of contracts used in the construction industry. The style, purpose and method of writing specifications are studied. Using the contract, specifications and drawings, students prepare estimates of quantities of materials and construction costs for residential and industrial buildings.
- ARCH2002 Design 2
- Students develop design problem-solving skills and enhance their skills at presenting architectural concepts through studio exercises. The focus will be on architectural design within an existing urban context.
- SURV2004 Introduction to Surveying
- This course provides an overview of surveying fundamentals and knowledge as required by an Architectural Technician or Technologist. It combines field and classroom exercises, introducing the student to the acquisition and application of data in topographic surveys. This is a one-week, five-day comprehensive course.
- ARCH2003 Project Coordination and Research 2
- This course is a continuation of Project Coordination and Research 1.
- BLDG2003 Structures and Drafting 1
- Students gain knowledge of structural systems and their components, the principles of structural stability and load transfer. Students develop skills in structural drawing for wood, steel and reinforced concrete structures.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Third Year - Semester Five
- HIST3000 Canadian Architecture
- Students become familiar with and gain an aesthetic appreciation for the historical and cultural influences that have shaped Canadian architecture.
- BLDG3013 Construction Management
- This course deals with the management of building construction projects. Subjects dealt with include planning and scheduling, sub-trade organization, inspection activities and site diaries and records, as related to the duties and responsibilities of the building construction manager.
- BLDG3000 Structures and Drafting 2
- In this course students study structural problems relating to the current core project assignment and prepares framing diagrams and structural details. Software for calculation and analysis are introduced.
- ARCH3000 Studio Project 1
- The design of a mid-sized institutional project for an urban setting, including understanding of predesign, schematic design, landscape design, and design development, AutoCAD is used throughout the design process.
- Third Year - Semester Six
- WKPL3007 Architecture Placement Yr. 3
- This course provides a one-month placement during May in which students gain hands-on experience.
- PROF3004 Career Research
- Certain tools and techniques have been proven to greatly improve success in finding the best job, and in maintaining or improving employability through ongoing development. Students use proven tools and techniques to help them get the best job.
- ENTR3002 Entrepreneurship
- This course will be a careful examination of the process of entrepreneurship. Students examine various sources of the collective wisdom and experience of many small business owners, and the characteristics and attitudes necessary to be a successful entrepreneur.
- BLDG3001 Structures and Drafting 3
- Students continue to study structural problems relating to the current core project assignment and prepare framing diagrams and structural details. Software for calculation and analysis are introduced.
- ARCH3001 Studio Project 2
- Students develop construction documents using advanced CAD techniques for the project designed in Studio Project 1. The design development of the interior, detailed cost estimates and specifications are produced, and presentation techniques using new media, including 3D computer modelling, are used.
Loyalist offers flexible learning
- Graduate after one, two or three years of study
- Earn a double diploma in another College program, in as little as two semesters
Turn your diploma into a degree
Many universities across Canada and abroad will provide credit recognition for your diploma studies at Loyalist. The following is a list of agreements that are currently in place. There are many more options, and new agreements are added annually. Contact your university of choice to make individual arrangements.
Two or Three-Year Diploma
- Athabasca University – Bachelor of Science
- Davenport University – Bachelor of Arts in General Business
- Conestoga College – Bachelor of Applied Technology
- George Brown College – Bachelor of Applied Technology in Construction Science and Management
- McMaster University – Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2013-14)
- Domestic Tuition/Ancillary Fees: $3,659 (Year One)
- Consumables Fee: $45 (Year One)
- Books and Supplies: $1,750 (Year One)
- Additional costs, such as travel and parking, may be incurred during placements.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
- Mature applicant
- Graduates with a certificate in Residential Drafting and Design gain admission directly into Year Two of the diploma program
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
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The first-year design class was challenged to create kindergarten designs considering the structure’s physical needs, and designing solutions that creatively address the use of space, costs, code requirements and the environment. These are some of the models they submitted.