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Program Code: 03371 Credential: Advanced Diploma Program Length: 6 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Architectural Technology advanced diploma program will train you to use your logical and critical thinking skills as you apply architectural technology to construction and building design.

You will learn from award-winning professors and licensed architects who bring real-life perspective and valuable industry contacts to you. The curriculum is designed with industry collaboration, ensuring you are learning current and relevant material. In the program, you will learn:

  • computer-aided drawing, building methods and project management using the most current computer programs such as Revit (Building Information Modelling), AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign and SketchUP
  • construction technologies with materials such as wood frame, steel, masonry and precast concrete, mass timber, and hybrid systems 
  • hands-on skills including building code, building specifications, estimating, construction contract administration, and structural and environmental systems 
  • sustainable architecture, passive house design and net zero design and construction methods needed to reduce carbon emissions and the impact of climate change in the architectural technology field

Courses include instruction in visual representation, history of architecture, building science, site planning and technical communications. Electives can include bath and kitchen, interior detailing, building code (legal), small building residential design and more.

Courses Program Standards


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  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. Assess buildings and their interiors, and make recommendations for their repurposing and renovation.
  10. Comply with the legal and ethical requirements of an architectural technologist in the practice of building design* and construction.
  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.


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Work Placement

Get hands-on experience in the architectural technology industry during an optional architectural field placement. The placement normally takes place from May through August following Semester 4 (minimum 400 hours).

Humber provides a range of services to support students including working with business, industry and government to identify work placement opportunities.

The Humber Advantage

Software & Technology

In this program students will learn how buildings are constructed and how to prepare technical construction documents and design presentation drawings. Students use state-of-the-art computer facilities and the most current software including AutoCAD, Building Information Modelling, and 3D software Google SketchUp. Learning is based on lectures, seminars, small groups, team assignments, and labs.

The Humber Experience

2017 OAAAS Provincial First Place Winners

The Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences Awarded the 2017 Student awards on May 26th at the Westin Hotel Ottawa during the RAIC/ OAA conference. We are pleased to announce that Humber College Placed First in both the Large Building Group category and First in the Large Building Individual category. This competition is open to all final year graduating students from all the Community Colleges in Ontario.

Humber Architectural Technology students Albert Thomson, Kevin Martindale and James Wilson placed First in the Large Building Group category with their Caledon Village Center. In fact this project was so strong that it was announced on stage that no second place was awarded. This is unprecedented.

Humber Architectural Technology student Lenny Petrilli placed first in the Large Building Individual category with his Alton Arts Center project. The jury commended his working drawing skills.

On behalf of the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology, Dr. Farzad Rayegani, Humber College congratulates all of the winners!

Faculty Highlight

Professor Elizabeth Fenuta has an impressive background in art and architecture. With her unique inter-disciplinary approach to spatial practices, she has worked at many award-winning architecture firms in Toronto, studied architecture in Italy, and co-founded her own architectural company – Hout Architecture.

Notably, she has participated in the National Holocaust Monument Competition and was selected from 73 teams as one of six finalists and she has also curated several exhibitions such as In-Progress at the LRC Gallery in Humber College. Elizabeth Fenuta’s work and research has been featured in various peer-reviewed journals such as Metropolis Magazine and Spacing Magazine. Her work has also been featured twice in Korea at the BAUKAIK International Architecture Exhibition at the Busan International Architectural Cultural Festival.

Your Career

Build a strong future for yourself with a career in architectural technology.

Building construction is rapidly changing, and that new reality for the whole sector will emerge soon.  New material technologies have transformed Architectural Technology into a promising career field combined with energy-affected design and building information modelling software, providing a need for new graduates to enter the architectural technology field.

Our graduates work:

  • in building Information Monitoring (BIM), Parametric modeling for Construction and architectural firms
  • as architectural team leaders, producing design and construction documents for architectural offices
  • as virtual reality (VR), immersive architecture designers
  • as licensed housing sustainable designers for design firms
  • as building inspectors, and plan and zoning examiners for municipalities

The rapid growth in construction and building in Toronto and southern Ontario, combined with Humber’s strong reputation in the industry, provides graduates with strong employment opportunities.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO)

The Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO) recognizes Humber’s Architectural Technology program as meeting the academic requirements for acceptance to the internship program leading to certification as an Accredited Architectural Technologist – Member of the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (MAATO) upon completion of the official Lecture Series and the passing of the provincial Accreditation Examinations.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
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September 2022 North Open
January 2023 North Open
Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
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September 2022 North Closed
January 2023 North Open

Architectural Technology Program

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent)
      • Two Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

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    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Word Processing and Spreadsheet Proficiency

Proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet applications is required.

Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i7 (Quad 4) Intel i7 (Quad 4 or higher)
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
Memory 16GB of RAM Expandable to 32 GB (Required for 2nd and 3rd semester NEST students)
Dedicated video processor Nvidia Quadro, or AMD Radeon Pro 5300M
Video Display Resolutions 500 GB storage space Solid State Drive 1 TB (SSD) preferable
Monitor 1680 x 1050 with true color 1920 x 1200 with true color
Other Wireless 802.11 b/g/n/ac Built-in Etherert port (strongly recommended), Three-year warranty (recommended), Theft and damage insurance (recommended), Long battery life (strongly recommended)
Accessories USB thumb drive (32 GB) USB storage hard drive/backup (500 GB–1 TB)

Contact Information

Michael Guido, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4014
michael.guido@humber.ca

Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $3,867.86
  • international: $19,615.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Extra fees apply for optional field experience.

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Michael Guido, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4014
michael.guido@humber.ca

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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