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Architectural Technician (ARCH)
Architectural Technology (ARC3)

Available as a two or three-year program; option for a one-year certificate in Residential Drafting and Design

From underground malls to skyscrapers, low-footprint homes to sophisticated community recreation centres, you can help design residential and commercial spaces that will shape our communities and the way people live.
  • Program Code


  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma (Technician)

    • Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma (Technology)

  • Start Date

    September entry

Find your career

Loyalist grads 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.
• Average starting salaries range from $35,000 to $39,999.*
100% of 2014 Loyalist grads were working within six months of graduation.*

*Source: KPI Survey 2014, Forum Research Inc. for Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities & Source: KPI Survey 2014, Forum Research Inc. for Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

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

Experiential learning

Form dictates function. In this program students earn an understanding of how physical space influences 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.
• In their last year, Technology students use 3D modelling software to design a public facility in a local community.

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

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