This program is available in Vancouver and Calgary.
Careers in architecture design and technology give you the opportunity to combine form and function as you use your creativity and technical expertise to create amazing designs.
The Architecture Design & Technology program offers a solid education in architectural design principles and the technical skills needed to work in the building design and construction industries. To be successful in these areas, you will need a genuine understanding of industry standard software tools, building construction principles, and building code standards.
In this program, you will study the history of architecture, the environmental aspects of architectural design, and explore the theoretical and practical aspects of architectural practices in Canada. You’ll also explore project management, construction industry standards, and building materials and specifications.
Upon successful completion of the six terms of this program, you will be able to:
- Draw objects and spaces to scale
- Produce drawings using industry-standard software
- Understand and apply the principles of colour theory
- Create lighting concepts
- Manage project and time constraints
- Promote your own professional services
The program consists of six 12-week terms. Most courses are worth three credits. 91 credits are required to complete this diploma program.
Admissions Requirements in BC
- High school graduation or equivalent (from an English language teaching institution) OR
- Mature student status (19 years of age upon starting classes and pass the college's admission test).
This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
CM10D - Colour & Design
The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to the fundamental principles of design and color theory. Students will be introduced to the principle concepts of design such as layout, composition, and balance as well as the theories of color and how to use color creatively. These concepts will be presented in theory as well as reinforced through specific practical exercises and activities that will serve to demonstrate how each of the concepts is integrated into good design. Topical coverage includes terminology of design, composition, negative space, colour systems and theory, colour and light, tone, hue, saturation and value of colour, human element of colour.
ARCH102 - Architectural Design & Practice
This course will familiarize students with architectural design, and architectural practice. A variety of architectural design disciplines will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on urbanism and landscape as influenced by the rapidly changing landscape of the arts and sciences. Students will be introduced to ideas, principles, and architectural problem solving methodologies. Students will begin to develop critical design thinking skills and the ability to imagine solutions in four dimensions.
ARCH103 - History of Architecture
Throughout history engineers have created a buildings based on utility, structure, and strength. Architects on the other hand take the core of a building’s functionality and blend in art and design creating uniquely influencing styles. The course will examine how the design of the greatest structures and buildings have evolved and influenced each other, and what impact this has on design and building construction in the 21st century.
ARCH104 - Architectural Drafting
This course introduces students to the preparation of two-dimensional architectural drawings. Topics include identification and use of drafting equipment, drafting in scale, basic lettering, line weights, dimension techniques and standard notation conventions. The emphasis is on orthographic projections related to floor plans, elevations, and ceiling plans. Students will gain the skills and techniques necessary to express any design concept graphically. Students will prepare drawings of residential and commercial buildings that are used for construction and for obtaining building permits.
CM10B - Drawing I
This course is an introductory level drawing course designed to have students apply the fundamental concepts of drawing. Students will experiment with the use of basic shapes and techniques in drawing simple objects comprised of lines, shapes, forms and shading patterns. This course will cover the notions of perspective, scale, and proportions and their role in the production of realistic looking drawings. Students will gain an understanding of light source placement and shadow casting and how these translate into a final drawing. Students will also receive instruction on the basics of composition. Students will be able to practice the various techniques learned throughout the course by developing drawings in a progressive manner.
ARCH201 - Digital Drafting I
This course is an introductory level course that will explore the fundamental features of industry standard Autocad software. Students will learn to use the tools, features and commands to create simple drawings, in the context of developing a small design project.
ARCH202 - Design Studio I - Single Dwelling
This course aims to further develop a student’s architectural design skills and by providing them with their first opportunity to create imaginative design solutions working on a single dwelling design project, under Type V Construction.
ARCH203 - Planning Theory
In this course students will be introduced to the environmental aspects of architectural design and to the analysis of building landscape forms. Students will learn the creative, analytical and planning techniques and processes used in both small and large site development, how architects are able to convey their ideas and the values of society in built form, and how the purpose of architecture as a cultural artefact.
ARCH204 - Building Construction I
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of building construction and practices, the technology, materials, and techniques used in constructing small-scale buildings, the role of the environment, and the importance of considering what materials to use. Students will conduct practical structural modeling exercises and develop a basic understanding of the quantitative and qualitative behaviour of structures.
ID208 - Drawing II
This course is an intermediate level course where the student will continue to explore the use of more complex shapes and drawing techniques in drawing more complex objects. This course build upon Drawing I. Topical coverage includes drawing styles, observation of reality, plans, elevations and projections, perspective views, shading, forms and structure, drawing architecture and working with colour and black and white drawings.
ARCH304 - Building Construction II
This course builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in Building Construction I. Students will further and apply their growing technical expertise in designing small to medium-scale buildings focusing on structural systems, building elements, material, components, connections, construction methods and detailing. Students will develop a practical understanding of the materials and technical dimensions of building design, current trends in the construction industry, and collaborative practices when with a team of specialists.
ARCH301 - Codes & Regulation
This course will explore the basic residential, commercial and public building, fire and safety codes as they apply to external building features and the immediate building environment, and how they influence the application of building codes in a buildings internal design and construction. Students will learn how codes and standards impact the design process and how they must be applied to ensure that the final design is compliant.
ARCH302 - Design Studio II - Multi-Dwelling
This course leverages the knowledge and skills gained in Design Studio I by introducing students to additional design and building complexities in creating both conventional and nonconventional multi-unit buildings. Students will be challenged to take into consideration environmental and urban issues.
ARCH305 - Environmental Design
Human activity is having a significant impact on the planets’ resources, ecology and environment. This course introduces the student to the systems and ecologies that are being impacted by global climate change. Students will examine how this change is influencing resource management, building design and construction practices.
ARCH303 - Digital Drafting II
In this course students will explore the advanced features of AutoCAD. They will be required to create and modify complex digital design documents representing detailed 3D interior and exterior spaces. The course will begin by exploring the advanced draw and modify tools and techniques before moving onto the advanced drawing and modeling of 3D solids and surfaces.
ARCH401 - Building Technology I - Lighting
This course explores lighting as one of the fundamental elements in the design of interiors and exteriors. Students will learn the fundamental principles and techniques of working with lighting to create a desired impact on space. The course will explore light sources, daylight, the layer approach to lighting and the different types of lighting applications for residential, office, and other specialty institutions.
ARCH402 - Design Studio III - Commercial I
This course builds upon Design Studio II focusing on understanding the construction and designing of commercial buildings. The course will introduce students to the accepted processes and design stages; concept study, space planning, research, analysis, code requirements, materials specification, construction and sustainability. Students will prepare a design package that includes models, drawings and reports. Emphasis will be placed on the design, function, efficiency and buildable construction methods.
ARCH403 - Digital Modelling & Rendering I
This course introduces students to industry standard architectural rending software that allows the user to increase the level of detail in their 2D/3D drawings and renderings. Students will also be introduced to Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM is a process that facilities the generation, sharing and management of 3D visual representations of physical space and the functional components and systems found in them.
ARCH404 - Construction Detailing
This course introduces the next stage that comes after the design process is complete. When a building’s design intent has been established and approved, detailed technical drawings are then created. In this course students will transform the design using their knowledge of methods of construction into a series of technical drawings.
ARCH405 - Materials & Specifications
This course introduces the various materials, types, usages, properties of, and conformity to, in their application to exterior façade treatments. Students will research, analysis, sample source and cost materials, based on a set of specifications. The importance of material selection on the construction process is stressed.
ARCH501 - Building Technology II - Mechanical & Safety Systems
This course introduces students to the basics of the Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing System (MEP). Students will gain an indepth understanding and knowledge each system and how they play an integral part in the efficiency of a building. This will include the relationships between building envelope design and mechanical system design, particularly with regards to sustainability, energy use and human comfort. Mechanical systems include HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, and fire protection. Electrical and mechanical building codes are studied as well as indoor air quality, communications, life safety and security.
ARCH502 - Design Studio IV - Commercial II
Using a given high-rise mix-use commercial building with basement parking facilities, under Type 1 Construction, students will conduct research, analysis, and space and concept planning studies. Taking into consideration material specifications, methods of construction and sustainability principles, students will prepare a design presentation package that includes models, drawings and reports. Assessment emphasis will focus on the design, function, efficiency and buildable construction methods.
ARCH503 - Digital Modelling & Rendering II
This course introduces industry standard 3D computer rendering software. Students will use the software to produce three-dimensional renders.
ARCH504 - Construction Documentation
This course introduces the construction drawing documentation process. Students will become familiar with the process of developing the initial part of the documentation through tee-up sheets, drawing list, drawing contents, formats, sheet numbering, label, annotations and procedures as per Construction Industry Standards. Emphasis is placed on understanding the legal issues with respect to accurate documentation.
ARCH505 - Project Management
Students will be introduced to project management as it relates to building construction. Students will learn about the roles and responsibilities, procedures and protocols, meeting management, documentation, scheduling and inspections in a typical project from the initial phases of construction through to completion.
ARCH601 - Design Studio V – Thesis A
This course prepares you to successfully complete Final Thesis I, by introducing you to relevant research, methodology and, design themes. Students will be given a detailed project brief. Using and applying knowledge and skills acquired in the program students will produce an architectural design thesis, with emphasis being placed on design, planning, function, efficiency, buildable, and sustainability. Students will be mentored through the process. Students will present their final project to a review committee.
ARCH602 - Design Studio V – Thesis B
This course prepares you to successfully complete Final Thesis II, by introducing you to relevant research, methodology and, design themes. A series of short projects and/or studies will be undertaken to further deepen your critical and theoretical engagement with contemporary issues in interior design. Your thesis will be delivered as a completed final presentation package that includes all supporting drawings and documentations, demonstrating an innovative solution to a design problem. You will present and defend your thesis to a panel of instructors and industry professionals.
ARCH603 - Practicum
In this course students are prepared for the professional work place. They will gain practical work related experience by participating in an onsite practicum. This will give them the opportunity to integrate and apply their knowledge and skills in a real world environment. This experience will span a wide variety of the steps involved in the conception, design, specification and documentation of architectural projects, allowing them to link their classroom knowledge with professional practice. It may also involve administrative responsibilities.
ARCH604 - Contract Administration
Students will be introduced to the construction industry standards, the procedures and requirements owners, consultants, contractors, and trades are subject to on a construction project. Students will become familiar with the standards required for all contracts and specification agreements, with respect to the supply and installation services, materials and products, as well as the importance and implementation of liabilities, penalty damages and other legal issues.
ARCH605 - Portfolio
This course will prepare the student for graduation and final portfolio completion. The portfolio will showcase the strengths and talents of each student in a branded visually appealing presentation. Time will be spent focusing on content that showcases primary skills.