Architectural Technology (Co-op)

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Program Code: 3115

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 3 years/ 9 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Morningside Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8123

Centennial College's Architectural Technology program will prepare you for a variety of careers in the building industry. For example, as an employee of an architectural firm, where you will apply your technical knowledge and skills to create building designs, analyze building code requirements, prepare construction drawings, and carry out contract administration tasks during the construction phase. Or you may offer building design and drawing services directly to clients on small building projects, where permitted by legislation.

This diploma program places a strong emphasis on energy-efficient, sustainable design and construction strategies, and protecting the environment. During this program, you will learn to use state-of-the-art computer technology, as well as prepare designs and construction drawings for residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional buildings. You will also learn about building materials, construction methods, structural design, mechanical and electrical services, building codes and zoning by-laws, contracts, specifications, and the business environment for providing design and construction services.


Academically qualified students can enhance their education and gain valuable career contacts by working as paid employees in the architectural technology field for up to 12 months.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ARCH-101 Design and Computer Aided Drafting Project 1 Morningside Campus
ARCH-102 Architectural CAD 1 Morningside Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
ENVR-101 Environment 1 Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
MATH-111 Mathematics for Architecture 1 Morningside Campus
MATM-101 Materials and Methods 1 Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
ARAP-124 Applied Physics Morningside Campus
ARCH-121 Design and Computer Aided Drafting Project 2 Morningside Campus
ENVR-123 Environment 2 Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus
MATH-112 Mathematics for Architecture 2 Morningside Campus
MATM-122 Materials and Methods 2 Morningside Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
ACHS-204 Construction Health & Safety Morningside Campus
ARBC-205 Builders and Contractors Morningside Campus
ARCH-201 Design and Computer Aided Drafting Project 3 Morningside Campus
ARCH-206 History of Architecture Morningside Campus
COOP-821 Employment Pre-placement Morningside Campus
ENVR-203 Environment 3 Morningside Campus
MATM-202 Materials and Methods 3 Morningside Campus

Semester Note

COOP-222 Co-op Work Term 1 (3115)

Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
ARBS-222 Building Services 1 Morningside Campus
ARCH-221 Design and Computer Aided Drafting Project 4 Morningside Campus
ARGR-224 Architectural Graphics Morningside Campus
ARST-305 Structures Morningside Campus
ENVR-223 Environment 4 Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus

Semester Note

COOP-331 Co-op Work Term 2 (3115)

Semester 5
Course Code Course Title Location
ARBS-302 Building Services 2 Morningside Campus
ARBW-307 Technical Writing Progress Campus
ARCH-301 Design and CAD Complex Project Morningside Campus
ARPM-225 Project Management Morningside Campus
ARPT-304 Advanced Presentation Techniques Morningside Campus
ARST-306 Advanced Structures Morningside Campus
ENVR-303 Environment 5 Morningside Campus

Semester Note

COOP-332 Co-op Work Term 3 (3115)

Semester 6
Course Code Course Title Location
ARBL-324 Building Within the Municipality Morningside Campus
ARCH-321 Design and CAD Multi-Use Project Morningside Campus
ARCL-322 Contracts, Law and Professional Practice & Ethics Morningside Campus
ARPE-326 Understanding the Ontario Building Code Morningside Campus
ARSW-325 Specification Writing and Contracts Progress Campus
ENVR-323 Environment 6 Morningside Campus

Companies Offering Jobs

Cassidy & Company, Architectural Technologists; Hunt Design Associates Inc.; Romanov Romanov Architects; LaPointe Architects

Program Highlights

  • The Architectural Technology (Co-op) program's project-based curriculum focuses on a different building type each semester and offers a strong foundation in technical knowledge.
  • Strong emphasis is placed on energy-efficient, sustainable design and construction strategies, and protecting the environment.
  • Program faculty members, among whom are many current industry practitioners, have advanced degrees, licenses and credentials in architecture and related fields.
  • All students are strongly encouraged to complete the full, three-year Architectural Technology program. However, students who successfully complete the first two years of this program may apply to graduate from the two-year Architectural Technician program.

Articulation Agreements

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Educational Partners

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Professional Associations

You can apply to obtain:

  • Ontario Association of Applied Architectural Sciences (OAAAS) membership, which can lead to Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) membership as a Licensed Technologist OAA

  • Membership in the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO)

  • Building Code Identification Number (BCIN)

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professional credential


Please visit our website at for a full listing of our current accreditations.

Career Outlook

  • Architectural technologist
  • Architectural CAD operator
  • Architectural drafter
  • Design/builder
  • Building inspector
  • Municipal plans examiner
  • Specifications writer
  • Building material sales representative

Academic Requirements

Co-op Requirements

  • Minimum of 80% of courses completed from year one
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of Semester 2 (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
  • Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will apply to transfer to the co-op program at the end of Semester 2
  • Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for COOP221 in Semester 3

Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,935.50 $1,043.00 $3,978.50
International $14,140.00 $2,326.00 $16,466.00