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Architectural Building Technology at Pacific Design Academy


Architecture influences the way we feel about the space in which we live. It forms the background of our perceptions and influences the way we do things. Architecture is a blending of art, technology and space manipulation. If you enjoy drawing, working with spatial concepts, and have a technical interest in structures, this program is for you.

Three semesters in length, the Architectural Building Technology program provides students with the technical skills needed to create design and construction drawings for commercial and residential buildings. Students learn the principles of planning, the impact of zoning bylaws, project management and model building. Hand drafting techniques are combined with rendering to enable students the ability to present their ideas graphically to clients. Project management, estimating and material take-off, as well as portfolio preparation are incorporated into the program.

Students learn to create detailed plans using the latest computer aided design software and three-dimensional modeling simulations to enforce spatial concepts. The theories of construction, current products technology and building codes, taught throughout the course, are implemented into their drawings. Detailed construction documents are prepared from the students work to convey information to the building trades and municipal governments.

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Course descriptions


Construction Documentation (CAD)

Students work through the process of creating construction documents and building permit application drawings in this technical course designed to increase construction knowledge and computer proficiency. Beginning with a step by step walk through of a typical small residential building, students develop the drawing skills required to produce construction documents. Developing on these fundamentals, students will create technical drawings based on their own design input. PDA prides itself on using Apple computers and the latest Macintosh operating system in all of our Lab environments. All CAD work is done using the cross platform, multi faceted application VectorWorks.

Construction Theory

Technical systems play a primary and defining role in architectural design at the conceptual stage. Students will be introduced to structural forces, building loads, types of skeletal systems, foundations and building envelope technology. The course will also cover specifications, environmental issues, mechanical and electrical systems, codes and by-laws.

Green Building

Alternative approaches that can be used in todays residential buildings to lessen our global footprint are examined in this lecture course. Students will be informed of current green building trends and products. They will also be shown how to incorporate these ideas into their design for a more environmentally sensitive approach to construction.

Architectural Drawing

Using manual drafting tools, students learn to understand the various methods of presenting drawings. Students will use this knowledge to present their ideas in various mediums using various techniques.

Design Development

Students learn to develop individual designs given a set of criteria. Space planning residential interiors, exterior treatments and presentation are covered in this course. Municipal bylaw adaptation and designing within environmental / client constraints become a primary focus > as students develop and present their design ideas.

History of Architecture

This survey course will enable students to understand various styles - from classic to modern,and the way they affect the buildings of today.

Blue Print Reading

Students will examine the language of construction, and its delivery through construction and design documents.

Model Building

Design and construction considerations become more apparent when physical scale models are created. A model expresses visually the relationship between the elements of a building, the floor plan and the site. Students will construct several types of models using a variety of materials.

Building Code (Part 9)

Building codes set standards for which all buildings within a given jurisdiction must be designed. Students learn to understand and apply code requirements. They will familiarize themselves with accessibility, fire protection and occupant safety in housing and small buildings.

Project Management & Estimating

Students will examine contract administration as it applies to the construction of a building. They will investigate time lines, the scheduling of trades and consider the tendering process. Learn to estimate building costs and using the basic "per square foot" method, as well as an accurate material supply count. Consideration is given to current market prices and the cost advantages/disadvantages of various building and finishing materials.

Portfolio Preparation

Your ability to market yourself will greatly enhance your success in your profession. A good portfolio is an essential tool in today's marketplace. Students will organize and re-touch their work for inclusion in their portfolio.