Architectural Technology (Co-op and Non Co-op Version) - Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (2022)

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma


3 Years

Area of Interest

Construction and Skilled Trades

Program Code

0018X03FWO (Co-op), 0018X01FWO (Non Co-op)

Academic Year

Sept 2022 - Aug 2023

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Work Integrated Learning

Applied Research Field Projects

Build your career potential with an in-depth understanding of building and construction.

Architectural Technology is the third year of an Ontario College Advanced Diploma program that prepares you for a career in the architectural profession and the construction industry. The program gives you the credentials, the knowledge and the skills necessary to further define your career. Graduates of the two-year Architectural Technician Ontario College Diploma program may consider taking the third year, Architectural Technology program to build on their previous studies.

In the Architectural Technology program, you focus on commercial construction and large buildings. You participate in a team project that brings together all facets of building construction including:

  • design and technical resolution with the integration of building and material detailing
  • structural and mechanical layout design for a commercial building assembly

Revit Architecture is used to execute the design and technical resolution for the project.

Students also have the option to gain real-world experience through a paid co-operative education (co-op) work term (see Additional Information for more details). Please note that places in the co-op version of the program are subject to availability.

Graduates of this program may find work with:

  • architects` offices
  • contractors in multiple sectors
  • engineering offices
  • building materials sales representatives
  • municipal offices such as the City of Ottawa
  • federal and provincial agencies dealing with construction
  • drafting service offices using AutoCAD and Revit
  • real estate and facilities management companies
  • companies that provide construction, maintenance, and planning services

Graduates may also consider applying for advanced standing in several Algonquin College programs such as the Bachelor of Building Science Degree program, the Green Architecture Ontario College Graduate Certificate program or the Building Information Modeling - Lifecycle Management (BIM-LM) Ontario College Graduate Certificate program.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are detail-oriented, organized and committed to achieving excellence in their work.
  • Are creative and enjoy solving technical problems.
  • Thrive in a dynamic and technically-driven environment.
  • Think visually and creatively.
  • Work well in a team environment.

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.


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Graduates may find employment with architects, engineers and contractors, and in municipal, provincial and federal agencies dealing with construction, real estate and facilities management.


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Please note: There may be more pathways available for this program than are listed here. Please use our Pathways search tool to see every option.

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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 construct.
  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.
  15. Apply business principles to design and building practices.
  16. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

2022/2023 Academic Year

Tuition and related ancillary fees for this program can be viewed by using the Tuition and Fees Estimator tool at

Further information on fees can be found by visiting the Registrar`s Office website at

Fees are subject to change.

Additional program related expenses include:
Books and supplies cost approximately $1,200 in the first year and $450 in each of the second and third years. Most supplies can be purchased at the campus store. See for more information about books. Students may be required to purchase CSA-approved safety footwear and safety glasses to participate in site visit activities.

This is a Mobile Learning Program. As a student in this program you require a laptop computer. View the Mobile Learning Requirements for hardware and software on the Architectural Technology program website:

Admissions Next Steps

Program Eligibility

  • Students must successfully complete Levels 01 to 04 of the Architectural Technician program with a minimum GPA of 2.30 and must pass ARC8404C (Working Drawing IV), ARC8424 (Methods and Materials IV), ENG8491 (Structure I) and CAD8415 (Revit II) each with a minimum grade of C+. Students cannot fail ARC8404C more than once prior to registering to Level 05 of the Architectural Technology program. Students will be placed on the current program of study associated with Level 05 of the program.

The number of seats in the Technology program is limited. Should the number of students exceed the number of seats, selection will is based on academic performance in the program.

Application Information

Program Code 0018X03FWO

The two first years of the three-year Architectural Technology program is the Architectural Technician program. Students must initially apply to 0188X Architectural Technician or 0188W Architectural Technician (weekend offering). Upon completion of the Architectural Technician program, students who want to continue on to Levels 05 and 06 of the Architectural Technology program may apply directly with the Coordinator.

Note: Levels 05 and 06 of the Architectural Technology program are not offered on weekends.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632

Program Resources

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) RequirementsArchived Program InformationAcademic CalendarVirtual TourProgram Overview PDF

Cooperative education (Co-op) allows students to integrate their classroom learning with a real-world experience though paid work terms.With department approval, students who maintain a college-prescribed academic standing may take part in two cooperative placements.

Students must actively conduct a guided, self-directed job search and are responsible for securing approved program-related paid co-op employment. Students compete for co-op positions alongside students from Algonquin and other Canadian and international colleges and universities. Algonquin College`s Co-op Department provides assistance in developing co-op job opportunities and facilitates the overall process, but does not guarantee that a student will obtain employment in a co-op work term. Co-op students may be required to re-locate to take part in the co-op employment opportunities available in their industry and must cover all associated expenses; e.g., travel, work permits, visa applications, accommodation and all other incurred expenses.

Co-op work terms are typically 14 weeks in duration and are completed during a term when students are not taking courses.

International students enrolled in a co-op program are required by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to have a valid Co-op/Internship Work Permit prior to commencing their work term. Without this document, International students are not legally eligible to engage in work in Canada that is a mandatory part of an academic program.

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Architectural Technology graduates are eligible to apply to the following Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs: Green Architecture, Building Information Modelling - Lifecycle Management (BIM-LM).

Graduates may also be eligible for Advanced Standing in the Bachelor of Building Science degree program.

Degree Pathways allow graduates to use their college education towards the completion of a degree in partnership with a university. View current articulation agreements at:

This program requires a laptop with the minimum technical specification described at

For more information, please contact Marjan Ghannad, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5807 or

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How much does an architectural technologist make in Ontario? ›

Salary Recap

The average pay for an Architectural Technologist is $109,429 a year and $53 an hour in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The average salary range for an Architectural Technologist is between $75,616 and $133,504.

What is the difference between architectural technician and technologist? ›

There may be some overlap in their roles or expectations, but generally technologists tend to focus on the creative and diagnostic processes within a given project, while technicians focus on specific scientific and mathematical processes in the design of the project assigned to them by technologists.

How much do architectural technicians make in Canada? ›

The average architectural technician salary in Canada is $49,437 per year or $25.35 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $40,950 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $66,468 per year.

What does architectural technician do? ›

Architectural technologists develop, design and draft building plans based on the needs and requirements of the customer. They may work independently or under the supervision of an architect to bring the design into reality.

How much do architectural technologists make a year? ›

Wages*Low (5th percentile)Average

What is the difference between an architect and an architectural technologist? ›

An Architect is trained to be able to support a client from the beginning to the end of the project, including the construction phase, with particular skill in administering construction contracts. An Architectural Technologist, by comparison, is not trained so vigorously or intensively.


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