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
- Program Code
Two-year Ontario College Diploma (Technician)
Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma (Technology)
- Start Date
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
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.
After the first two semesters, students earn a certificate in Residential Drafting and Design Techniques. Upon graduation, they have the option to continue into year two of Architectural Technician/Technology (see courses tab).
- 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 is an introduction to the laws and regulations that govern construction within Ontario. Students examine the Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code. Emphasis is given to examining typical construction methods/standards of construction and how the code governs and shapes these practices. Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code is a major focus with particular attention to site work, footings, foundations, main floor systems and stairs. The roles and responsibilities of architectural and construction professionals are stressed and examined through the Building Code Act.
- 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.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- 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.
Prerequisite: ARCH 1000
- 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.
Prerequisite: BLDG 1001
- 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.
Prerequisite: CADD 1000
- 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.
Prerequisite: ARCH 1001
- 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.
Prerequisite: MATH 1002
- 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.
Prerequisite: CADD 1001
Co-requisite: ARCH 2004, BLDG 2000
- 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.
Prerequisite: BLDG 1007
Co-requisite: ARCH 2004, CADD 2000
- 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.
Prerequisite: ARCH 1004
- 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.
Prerequisite: ARCH 1003
Co-requisite: BLDG 2000, CADD 2000
- 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.
Prerequisite: BLDG 1002
- 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.
Prerequisite: CADD 2000
Co-requisite: ARCH 2003, BLDG 2002
- 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.
Prerequisite: BLDG 2000
Co-requisite: ARCH 2003, CADD 2001
- BLDG2019 Contracts, Specifications and Estimating
- Course description not available
- 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.
Prerequisite: ARCH 2000
- 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.
Prerequisite: MATH 1002
- ARCH2003 Project Coordination and Research 2
This course is a continuation of Project Coordination and Research 1.
Prerequisite: ARCH 2004
Co-requisite: BLDG 2002, CADD 2001
- 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.
Prerequisite: BLDG 2018
- 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.
Co-requisite: ARCH 3000, BLDG 3000, BLDG 3013
- 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.
Prerequisite: BLDG 2003, BLDG 2002
Co-requisite: ARCH 3000, BLDG 3013, HIST 3000
- 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.
Prerequisite: BLDG 2002, CADD 2001, BLDG 2002
- 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.
Co-requisite: PROF 3004
- 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.
Co-requisite: ARCH 3001, BLDG 3001
- 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.
Prerequisite: BLDG 3000
Co-requisite: ARCH 3001, PROF 3004
- 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.
Prerequisite: ARCH 3000
Co-requisite: BLDG 3001, PROF 3004
*Courses subject to change.
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
- Algoma University — B.A.; B.B.A.; B.Sc.; Bach. Computer Science
- Athabasca University – B.Sc.
- Brock University — various*
- Carleton University — various*
- Conestoga College — Bach. Applied Technology
- Davenport University – B.A. General Business
- George Brown College — Bach. Applied Technology
- Lakehead University — various*
- Laurentian University — various*
- McMaster University — Bach. Technology Civil Eng. Infrastructure Tech.
- Nipissing University — various*
- Seneca College — Bach. Interdisciplinary Studies
- University of Waterloo — various*
- Wilfrid Laurier University — various*
- York University — various*
- Conestoga College – Bach. Applied Technology
- George Brown College – Bach. Applied Technology in Construction Science and Management
- McMaster University – Bach. Technology in Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
- Queen's University — various*
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology — Commerce Bridge
- University of Windsor — various*
*Various potential degree pathways. Please confirm details with the receiving institution.
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2018 – 19)
- Domestic Tuition/Ancillary Fees: $4,322.54 (two semesters)
- Additional Program Costs: Year one: $436; Year two: $841; Year three: $692
- 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.
Recommended academic preparation
- Grade 12 Math
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.
Click here for information about how to apply, international student fees and more.
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