Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology is a three-year Ontario college advanced diploma program. Students will learn the principles of building design, contemporary building methods, and structural and environmental engineering. Graduates of this program will bring their knowledge and experience through a co-op program to their career as an architectural technologist.


Combining creativity with the hands-on world of construction, the Architectural Technology program will introduce you to the dynamic, exciting and always in-demand world of building design. 

The award winning Architectural Technology program will educate students in all aspects of the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industry.  The Architectural Technology program prioritizes project-based learning in a studio environment, offering students knowledge of Architectural Design, Technical Documentation, Engineered Building Systems, Planning, Building Regulations, Building Science and Project Delivery. Students will engage in the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) of small and large buildings of various types and use a variety of software such as Revit and AutoCAD to complete those documents. 

Program Overview

The program focuses on immersive studio simulations, leading edge technologies, sector relevant curriculum with a focus on project-based learning, and prepares graduates for the current construction industry.  Scenario-based industry simulation studios classes use the latest technologies and practices to prepare the student to participate in the full scope of construction projects.  Students engage in the virtual design and construction (VDC)  of small and large buildings of various building type while additionally exploring structural, mechanical and electrical system integrations. The Architectural Technology program consists of six academic terms and three paid work terms over a 3 year period.

CEWIL Canada: Co-operative education and work-integrated learning.This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.

Co-op Opportunities & Career Information

Co-op Opportunities

The Architectural Technology program offers a cooperative education component providing students the opportunity to gain first-hand workplace experience within professional firms, industrial and commercial corporations or government agencies. Co-op students are qualified for such positions as junior architectural assistant, junior architectural, structural draftsperson, junior CAD technologist, junior BIM technologists, Junior BIM manager, junior field supervisor, junior project coordinators, junior plans examiner/inspector and junior technical representative. 

Career Information

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario?

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Architectural Technology program:

Drafting Team Lead
Manage the daily drafting operation, drawing schedule and coordinate drawings with corporate drafting standards.

Designing new buildings or renovation projects, site visits for measurements. 

New Home Construction Coordinator
Put your skills to work in a fast-paced industry by coordinating residential construction projects, including managing databases and marketing information on new builds. 

Site Supervisors and Project Managers Manage the daily construction site operations and coordinate trades and completion schedules.


Program Progression

Fall (September) start date:

For students starting the Architectural Technology program in September, there are three different paths to completion illustrated in the chart below. Students will be divided into the A, B, or C streams following Level 2 in order to balance the number of students completing co-op in different terms. (Please scroll down for information on the January start date.)

Stream: ATY1-A

Fall Winter Summer
Start Level 1 Level 2 Co-op
Level 3 Level 4 Co-op
Co-op Level 5 Level 6/End

Stream: ATY1-B

Fall Winter Summer
Start Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Co-op Level 4 Level 5
Co-op Co-op Level 6/End

Stream: ATY1-C

Fall Winter Summer
Start Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Level 4 Co-op Co-op
Level 5 Level 6 Co-op

Winter (January) start date:

Stream: ATY1-D

For students starting the Architectural Technology program in January, the program progression is illustrated in the chart below.

Winter Summer Fall
Start Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Co-op Level 4 Co-op
Level 5 Co-op Level 6/End




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.


Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
2023 January

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
2023 January

Program Details

Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Kurt Vandenbroek

Day Time
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
3 years

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
- Mathematics ONE OF:
    - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) (preferred)
    - Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
    - Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
    - Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)
    - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics* (C) (Note: minimum final grade required is 60)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
- Mathematics ONE OF:
    - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) (preferred)
    - Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
    - Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
    - Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)
    - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics* (C) (Note: minimum final grade required is 60)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above


  • Applicants who lack required courses may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.
  • *Students entering with Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) will be required to take additional preparatory mathematics as part of their program of study.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Construction Engineering Technology (C)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Secondary School (U) level courses will prepare applicant for program instruction
  • Word Processing and Computer Application Skills 
  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.
Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

  • Credit for any course in the program will be given to students who can demonstrate that they have the required skills to meet the objectives of the course.
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Architectural Technology program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Architectural Technology program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Architectural Technology program.

Tuition Summary


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.



Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ARCH-1001Architectural Design 13
This course is an introduction to the elements and principles of design as they relate to Small Buildings. The basic design elements and principles of architectural language, scale, function, circulation, spatial relationships and activities will be studied through stand-alone and project assignments.
BIMM-1001Architectural Software 13
This course will develop student's knowledge of Building Integrated Modelling (BIM) techniques and using BIM software. Students will perform and develop architectural BIM models. Using BIM software, the students will develop architectural BIM models for various building construction types.
WRIT-1039Reason & Writing 1-Technology3
This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
DRAF-1059Architectural Fundamentals 13
In this course, students will develop the skills necessary to read and produce architectural working drawings. Exercises and small projects will be produced using industry standards of practice. Blueprint exercises will be completed to practice reading/interpreting industry standards and construction methods.
MATS-1002Materials & Methods 13
This introductory course allows students to gain technical knowledge of common building materials and methods used in the architectural, engineering and construction industry. Students will identify; list; assess and qualify common building materials used for building construction used for various types of construction projects.
In this course, the student will study forces, types of force systems, vectors, resultants, components, equilibrants, simple structures, method of joints, force diagrams, moments, equilibrium, beam and truss reactions, concentrated loads, and distributed loads.
ARCH-1006History of Architecture3
This course is a study of architectural development beginning with ancient and classical architecture, continuing with medieval and renaissance architecture, and concluding with post renaissance, international and modern architecture. Significant developments in style, technology, and techniques of construction will also be studied.
MATH-1036Mathematics in Technology 13
Students explore the following topics: scientific notation, estimation, basic algebra, trigonometry and radian measure applications solutions of right triangles and carry out mathematical applications in Architectural, Civil and Construction Technology.
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