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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 Techniques

From sustainable houses to sophisticated office buildings and community recreation centres, you can help design and build residential, commercial and institutional 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.*

*Source: Employment Profile Provincial Report, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Architectural Designer, J.L. Richards & Associates Limited
  • Architectural Technologist, J.L. Richards & Associates Limited
  • 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 Ltd.
  • Architectural Technologist, Quadrangle Architects Ltd.

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

Creative problem solving and real-world skills will build the buildings and cities of the future. In this program, students will learn the significance of architecture to human culture and how buildings are designed, developed and constructed.

  • 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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