Architectural Technology

Program: ARTE
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 6 Semesters, plus 2 work terms
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Fall 2019, Winter 2020
Location: Barrie


Students in this program prepare for work with architects, engineers, designers, and project managers as an integral part of the team developing, presenting, and executing building designs. The program equips a student with comprehensive understanding of current competitive architectural and construction environments that challenge professionals in the field, including traditional and emerging construction technologies and materials, the current codes and standards, and business and entrepreneurial essential strategies. Various aspects of architectural design are present in a continuous stream throughout the curriculum, starting from design fundamentals and ending in the third year with the two-semester major architectural project. These projects are supported by courses dedicated to industry-standard computer applications, such as Autodesk® AutoCAD® and Revit®, and leading-edge technologies related to Building Information Modeling, such as virtual reality and building scanning.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find work in the private sector as assistants in architectural design offices, construction engineering or construction site offices. They may also find employment as estimators, purchasers, quantity surveyors or architectural / structural modelers, drafters, or detailers, using the latest CAD technology. In the public sector, they may find employment in many government agencies, as building inspectors, plans examiners, chief building officials, zoning examiners, and building code advisors.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. communicate with clients, contractors, other building professionals, and approval authorities;
  2. prepare, read, interpret, and revise drawings, and other graphical representations used in building projects;
  3. obtain, analyze, prepare, and revise specifications and other project documents used in design and construction;
  4. prepare estimates of time, costs, and quantity, and participate in the tendering process;
  5. solve technical problems related to building projects through the application of principles of building science and mathematics;
  6. collaborate with and coordinate information from structural, mechanical, and electrical building systems professionals;
  7. contribute to the design of architectural projects;
  8. contribute to the analysis, planning, and preparation of site planning documents;
  9. comply with the legal and ethical requirements of an architectural technologist in the practice of building design and construction;
  10. assess buildings and their interiors, and make recommendations for their repurposing and renovation;
  11. ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of others in the workplace;
  12. participate in sustainable design and building practices;
  13. use and evaluate current and emerging technology to support building projects;
  14. assist in the planning, scheduling, and monitoring of building projects;
  15. apply business principles to design and building practices;
  16. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

External Recognition

This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2019
  • Sem 2: Winter 2020
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2020
  • Sem 3: Fall 2020
  • Sem 4: Summer 2021
  • Work Term 2: Fall 2021
  • Sem 5: Winter 2022
  • Sem 6: Summer 2022

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2020
  • Sem 2: Summer 2020
  • Sem 3: Fall 2020
  • Work Term 1: Winter 2021
  • Sem 4: Summer 2021
  • Work Term 2: Fall 2021
  • Sem 5: Winter 2022
  • Sem 6: Summer 2022


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

43 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
2 Co-op Work Terms

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
ARCH 1000 Architectural Design - Fundamentals 42
ARCH 1001 Quantity Surveying 1 42
ARCH 1005 Architectural Drafting 1 42
CONS 1005 Construction Technology - Structures 42
ENVR 1008 Architecture and the Environment 42
MATH 1028 Mathematics for Constructions 42
SURV 1002 Surveying 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
ARCH 1002 Architectural Design - Residential 42
ARCH 1003 Quantity Surveying 2 42
ARCH 1006 Architectural Drafting 2 42
ARCH 1007 Drawing for Architecture 42
ARCH 2002 Architectural Codes and Standards 1 42
CONS 1006 Construction Technology: Interiors 42
MGMT 1002 Productivity Tools 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
ARCH 2000 Architectural Design - Commercial 42
ARCH 2004 Architectural Drafting 3 42
ARCH 2005 Architectural Codes and Standards 2 42
CONS 2005 Construction Technology: Building Envelope 42
CONS 3005 Building Services 42
MENG 2016 Statics 42
General Education Courses  
Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration. 84
Semester 4
Program Courses  
ARCH 2003 History of Architecture 42
ARCH 2006 Sustainable Design (new title 2019-20: Architectural Design - Sustainable Solutions) 42
ARCH 2008 Building Information Modeling 1 42
BLDG 2000 Ontario Building Code and Provincial Standards 42
CONS 2006 Building and Materials Reuse 42
MENG 2017 Strength of Materials 42
MGMT 2025 Project Management 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 5
Program Courses  
ARCH 3000 Architectural Project 1 42
ARCH 3002 Building Information Modeling 2 42
BLDG 3000 Legal Processes and Responsibilities in the Ontario Building Code Act 42
CONS 3000 Structural Analysis - Beams and Columns 42
CONS 3011 Construction Materials 42
CONS 3015 Site Planning 42
MGMT 3006 Contract Management 42
MGMT 3012 Site Management and Specifications 42
Semester 6
Program Courses  
ARCH 3001 Architectural Project 2 42
ARCH 3003 Building Information Modeling 3 42
ARCH 3004 Landscape Design Essentials 42
CONS 3003 Structural Analysis: Design 42
CONS 3010 Occupational Health and Safety Act Regulations 42
ENTR 1002 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 42
MGMT 3011 Business Management 42
MGMT 3015 Project Costing 42
 Total Hours2016
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermsHours
COOP 1013 Technology Work Term 1 640
COOP 2009 Technology Work Term 2 560
 Total Hours1200

Graduation Window 

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of three years (as stated above) may take a maximum of six years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission. 

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.  

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