Overview

Architectural Technologies is crafted to empower you with the skills and knowledge to excel as an architectural technologist.

This program caters to the evolving demands of architectural firms, residential builders, and the broader construction industry, providing a solid foundation for a career in architectural design and construction. 

This two-year program emphasizes project-based learning that mirrors real-world architectural practices, with access to state-of-the-art technology and software used in the industry. You will develop critical thinking and practical skills focusing on integrating theory with hands-on application.  

You will learn:  

  • the science and practice of architectural technology through a mix of lectures, labs, and collaborative projects
  • how to navigate and apply building codes, bylaws, and regulations effectively
  • advanced skills in building science and building systems
  • proficiency in 3D and 4D Building Information Modeling (BIM) for various project stages
  • project management, including costing, scheduling, proposal development, and documentation. 

As a graduate, you’ll be prepared for roles such as architectural technologist, BIM coordinator, or project manager. You’ll have had the opportunity to build a portfolio of work demonstrating competencies to potential employers. 

If you’re interested in the intersection of architecture, technology, and construction or are seeking a career change or advancement in the field of architectural technology, this SAIT program is for you. 

Between new builds and renovations, Danielle Murrison, a 2017 graduate and 2023 Outstanding Young Alumna, is bringing her creativity, innovation, construction expertise and problem-solving skills to the male-dominated construction industry to make a positive impact in the community.

Architectural technologists are innovative, methodical and objective.  

You need:  

  • high moral and ethical standards 
  • precision, persistence, and accuracy 
  • an interest in design and aesthetics 
  • an aptitude for math and science 
  • spatial awareness 
  • the ability to see objects in 3D 
  • graphic, oral, and written communication skills 
  • the ability to work well under pressure to meet deadlines 
  • proficiency in architectural drawing/rendering software
  • the ability to generate 3D renderings for presentation purposes 
  • knowledge of applicable building codes and zoning regulations. 

You should enjoy working with a team, analyzing and finding solutions to problems, taking a systematic approach to your work, and using instruments and equipment for precision tasks. 

The opportunity to advance your education by transferring into this program or gain credit for previous postsecondary courses may be available.

There may also be opportunities to further your education by transferring to another institution once you graduate.

Learn more about program and institution transfer options.

Throughout the program, you’ll engage in individual and team projects each semester.

In the final semester of this program, you’ll participate in a capstone project with the support of a coach or mentor, where you’ll implement all the skills you’ve acquired to solve a real-world problem.

Upon successfully completing this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Architectural Technologies diploma.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

people icon 91% graduate employment rate

salary icon $51,000 average starting salary

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Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 20011, 21200, 21300, 22210, 22212, 22233, 22300, 22303, 70011.

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Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

Courses

The Architectural Technologies diploma requires 60 credits (20 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two semesters each year.

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Course Credits

This course is designed to develop technical writing and presentation skills to ensure workplace readiness. Students will learn how to evaluate communication situations, analyze documents, assess research sources and develop organizational skills to apply in their work. They will learn about and practice designing, formatting and writing a range of professional documents. Students will also develop confidence (through practice) in the development and delivery of effective and engaging presentations

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This course is an introduction to essential aspects of the regulations, contracts, codes and costing pertaining to a small scale structure. Students will learn how to navigate, analyze, interpret and apply technical provisions as outlined in relevant building codes and municipal bylaws following industry standards. Additionally, students will explore product research and costing strategies.

3

In this introductory course, students learn how to identify, determine and integrate a variety of industry-standard building systems pertaining to residential construction. Students will learn relevant principles in order to effectively explore, refine and resolve problems in building systems and science. Additionally, students will learn characteristics of common building materials; their properties, manufacture, and installation. Students will produce drawings and analysis for a building project.

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This course is an introduction to the purpose, practice and scope of architectural drawing, representation and visualization. Students will learn various graphic drawing languages, fundamental tools and media used in industry. Students will learn how to identify, navigate, analyze, interpret and apply technical provisions as they pertain to the basic design and drafting of a simple residential project. Students will produce partial documentation for a small structure following industry standards.

3

In this course students learn to develop, document and defend an architectural design. The student will be able to synthesize an architectural design that considers historical, social and functional intent. The learner will devise, systematize, and specify critical technical solutions to an architectural design, in order to defend a design choice. This course will encourage the student to explore the creative process of design through a series of reading, investigation, and analysis of ideas in architectural form and relationships.

3

In this course students will apply more complex principles with the intent of integrating factors such as site influences, building systems and material choices into a final project. Aspects of sustainability are identified and mechanical systems are introduced. Competent architectural detailing is emphasized.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARCH 200
  • ARCH 201
  • ARCH 205
  • ARCH 203
3

This course expands on the foundation set up in Documents and Regulations I. Similar to the foundation course, students will study further aspects of the regulations, codes, and bylaws related to architectural projects. In this course, Documents and Regulations II, students examine the documentation involved in a project such as contracts, materials lists, estimates and reports. The coursework will again be directed at a semester project in which the student will incorporate the basic elements from the semester 1 project and integrate the new concepts and learnings from this course into a project.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARCH 200
  • ARCH 201
  • ARCH 205
  • ARCH 203
3

This course advances the knowledge that students gained in Technology I. Students are introduced to Building Information Modeling (BIM). The concept and application of the interoperability between different software platforms is an emphasis. Students will produce partial documentation for a building project.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARCH 200
  • ARCH 201
  • ARCH 205
  • ARCH 203
Equivalents:
  • ARCH 275
3

In this course, students will elaborate and refine the skills learned in the first semester on structures and apply them to the concept of dwellings. Students will examine architectural case studies as they pertain to precedents and the evolution of dwellings. Greater emphasis will be placed on students identifying and resolving design issues and representing work to stakeholders through graphics and presentations.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARCH 200
  • ARCH 201
  • ARCH 205
  • ARCH 203
3

Students will learn how to apply regulations, codes, and bylaws to commercial construction. Material covered includes further studies of fire safety, multiple occupancy requirements; building size and occupancy requirements; spatial separation and means of egress and exits for commercial projects. Contract documents and contract administration provides an insight into the commercial construction process from “cradle to grave”.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARCH 262
  • ARCH 261
  • ARCH 263
  • ARCH 285
3

Students expand the scale and scope of science and systems to light industrial and commercial systems. Application in this course will focus on more complex building systems, higher building performance, intensive systems integration and exact product specification. Critical thinking and the ability to synthesize multi-faceted problems are paramount. In this course students will establish an integrated foundation of skills as they relate to commercial buildings. These skills will provide the framework to represent architectural intentions for stakeholders to understand and use.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARCH 262
  • ARCH 261
  • ARCH 285
  • ARCH 263
3

This course builds on the Building Information Modeling (BIM) knowledge gained in the previous course and applies it in a commercial or light industrial setting. Students will learn intermediate and advanced techniques to gain deeper control of the BIM environment. Students will use this knowledge to produce documentation for a modest commercial or industrial project.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARCH 262
  • ARCH 261
  • ARCH 263
  • ARCH 285
3

Design principles and methodology are applied to commercial structures by analyzing client needs, site considerations, case studies and schematic design. The design process will be similar to semester two though the task at hand will be more complex. Emphasis will be placed on representing the work to stakeholders. This course will guide students through the additional complexities of a commercial structure.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARCH 285
  • ARCH 263
  • ARCH 261
  • ARCH 262
3

This course examines the various considerations and components which interact with building systems. The student will not only determine how best to integrate building systems with each other but also consider the sustainability and resilience of building systems. The student will explore new technologies in building systems and perform simulations to determine the design of the final semester project.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARCH 305
  • ARCH 303
  • ARCH 301
  • ARCH 300
3

In this course, students will expand their knowledge of the tools and technologies explored in the previous courses. They will also explore new and emerging tools and trends which can be integrated into their semester project. An integral component of this course is the use of simulation tools to test performance and refine projects. The student will be expected to use an interdisciplinary and innovative approach in their use of tools and technologies within their project.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARCH 305
  • ARCH 303
  • ARCH 301
  • ARCH 300
3

Students will learn how to adapt and refine regulations, codes, and bylaws to a multifaceted project. Topics include meeting the requirements of fire safety, occupancy, and safety as well as energy compliance. Students will learn the iterative nature of contract administration and the management of a project.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARCH 305
  • ARCH 303
  • ARCH 301
  • ARCH 300
3

Design principles and methodology will be applied to a multifaceted project. Students will use their foundational knowledge of research and design to identify a problem and then research and develop solutions. The students will be encouraged to find viable, creative and innovative solutions. This process will be documented within the semester project from project conception, interpretation and through to realization and delivery to relevant stakeholders.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARCH 305
  • ARCH 303
  • ARCH 301
  • ARCH 300
3

Technical Mathematics I covers a variety of mathematical methods for solving problems in architectural, structural and construction applications. The study of ratios and variation, algebraic functions, and plane analytic geometry is addressed. Trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions and graphs are analyzed and applied to solving problems. Systems of linear equations are solved using algebraic methods and matrices. The evaluation of limits and calculation of rates of change using first principles are also explored.

Equivalents:
  • MATH 1011
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The capstone course is intended to encourage you to think critically and solve challenging problems. It is a course that is predominantly self-directed. Your project will develop and evolve with the supervision of a coach or mentor. The capstone project is intended to be interdisciplinary. It requires you investigate issues across many different subject areas or domains of knowledge. It should encourage you to connect your project to community issues or problems, and to integrate outside-of-school learning experiences. Your project should be unique and aim to integrate and synthesize your collective learning to date. You are allowed and expected to apply your creativity and problem-solving abilities to a real-world context. Capstone projects are a chance for you to demonstrate your competencies to both the faculty from which you will be graduating and to the world you hope to join.

Pre-requisites:
  • ARCH 305
  • ARCH 303
  • ARCH 301
  • ARCH 300
Corequsites:
  • ARCH 386
  • ARCH 353
  • ARCH 351
  • ARCH 362
3

STAT 245 is an introductory course in data analysis for students in engineering technology programs. Students apply techniques to organize, display, analyze and report data. Outcomes include methods of descriptive and inferential statistics. Students will be exposed to software-based methods in laboratory sessions using industry-grade data. Some advanced topics of analysis are selectable toward the end of the course.

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Progression

You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure >

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Explore your options!

Some courses in this program are available through Open Studies. You can complete courses via Open Studies to get a head start on your education, reduce your course load once accepted into a credentialed program, or determine which career path best suits you before you fully commit. 

You may also take courses for general interest or personal and professional development.

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • at least 50% in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2, and,
  • at least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, and,
  • at least 50% in a Grade 12 Science.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

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Academic Upgrading

Missing an admission requirement for this program? Upgrade your prior education to help you receive admission into one of SAIT's career programs.

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Transfer agreements

At SAIT, we evaluate post-secondary credit you have previously earned and apply it to your SAIT credential. Explore our formal transfer agreements available for this program.

We can evaluate your prior education, even if we don't have a formal agreement in place.

Submit a transfer credit application

There are no formal transfer agreements currently in place for this program.

Transfer options for graduates

Build on the knowledge you’ve learned at SAIT. The opportunity to advance your education at an accredited post-secondary institution may be available.

🔗 Visit Transfer Alberta search tool for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

Griffith University

Program name
Bachelor of Architectural Design
Available credits:
30

Upon successful completion of this program, you'll be eligible to receive up to 30 credits (one year) toward Griffith's Bachelor of Architectural Design.

This degree is a three-year program offered on-campus beginning in February each year.

Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Waitlisted
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024

Winter 2025

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: Oct. 25, 2024
International students: Open
  • Application deadline: Sept. 30, 2024

Costs

2024/25 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year. 
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $6,000 $1,680 $7,608
2 2 $6,000 $1,680 $7,608
Total cost:
$15,216

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year. 
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $19,320 $1,608 $20,928
2 2 $19,320 $1,608 $20,928
Total cost:
$41,856

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a power-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page. It must be a Windows PC. Mac-based laptops are not supported in this program. 

This program doesn't require any textbooks.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

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Financial aid

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Application process

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Communication during admission

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Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

Contact us

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Phone
403.284.8367
Email
construction.info@sait.ca

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Phone
403.284.8852
Email
international@sait.ca
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