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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

Bring design ideas to life! 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 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 2014 Provincial Report, MTCU)
  • 100% of 2014 Loyalist grads were working within six months of graduation (KPI Survey 2014, 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

Experiential learning

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 more than 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 in March:

  • 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

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