What to Expect
To prepare for the workplace, students receive extensive training in:
- building products and materials
- structural analysis and design
- building science
- mechanical and electrical systems
Due to the extensive use of industry-standard and graphics-intensive software in the Architectural Technology program, students are required to have capable laptop computers for the duration of their studies. Additional equipment, such as a power bar and USB memory stick, are also required.
Refer to our technology requirement document to ensure you have the tools you’ll need to succeed in this program.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend on average:
- 28 hours per week attending classes over the course of the two-year program.
Students are expected to attend classes to permit evaluation by the instructors and to facilitate learning within lab environments.
The Architectural Technology program is delivered in standard classrooms and studios with drafting tables, parallel rules, side tables and chairs.
Is This Program For You?
Skills you will acquire
- Architectural design, detailing and drafting
- Freehand drawing
- Engineering drafting and detailing
- Graphic and verbal communication and presentation
- Knowledge of building products and building science
- Specification writing, estimating, site inspection and project management
- Proficient computer skills in CAD and office automation
Year 1 students participate in a 2-day work experience with Habitat for Humanity. This work experience gives first-year students exposure to a construction site.
Year 2 students with good academic standing are placed in architectural offices for a one-week period to experience a professional work environment.
During the program, students may also participate in competitions as part of the program curriculum, providing students the opportunity to design real-life solutions for real business clients.
Architectural Technology student Melissa Christenson is pictured with her prize-winning design for refurbishing a block of store fronts along Edmonton's 118 Avenue. About 100 architectural students tool part in the competition, sponsored by Oxford Capital Funding Ltd, which was built into the program's curriculum.
Architectural Technology student Michelle Wiese shows off her winning designs for a Canadian Western Bank branch. Part of the program curriculum, the competition provided CWB with innovative ideas for creating an environmentally-sustainable facility.
Habitat for Humanity projects are part of the program curriculum for Environmental Design Technology. The hands-on learning gives students the chance to put theory into action and help the community at the same time.