Architectural Building Technology

Full-Time One Year Diploma. Next intake September 23rd, 2019.

Architecture influences the way we feel about the space in which we live. It 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.

Why you should study with us:

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.

Tuition and Lab Fees:
Fees for all the programs are listed on page 3 of our Application Form.

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About the Program

"I had a great experience at PDA. They provided an excellent balanced education in the classes they provided and the instructors were very knowledgeable. I now have a great portfolio to go out and look for work."

Student 1

"My experience here at PDA was life changing, I learned many new skills I will never forget."

Student 2

"I took a chance on following my dream at PDA and it was honestly the best decision of my life. The program is amazing and the people you meet will become your forever friends!"

Student 3

Course Description:

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, 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 today's 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.

Samples of Student work:

Hand Renderings
Floor Plans
3D Renderings


Head of Building Technology
An alumnus of the Pacific Design Academy and the Building Technology Program, Carmen brings over a decade of experience in the design industry. Her experience ranges from conceptual design, permit application, progress monitoring, and completing the finishing touches. Her diverse background gives her a great understanding and appreciation for each step involved in bringing an idea of home and space into form and function.