May 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Architectural Technologies

Location(s): In Person (Main Campus), Blended (Main Campus & Online)

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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. 

Traits, skills and aptitudes

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. 

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities

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.

Program length

2 years

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible

This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 

Not eligible for CAJG

This program is not eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

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

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Architecture and science managers (20011)
  • Architects (21200)
  • Civil engineers (21300)
  • Architectural technologists and technicians (22210)
  • Drafting technologists and technicians (22212)
  • Construction inspectors (22233)
  • Civil engineering technologists and technicians (22300)
  • Construction estimators (22303)
  • Home building and renovation managers (70011)

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.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

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 accepted educational documents and assessment options

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

Program outline

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

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

Suggested schedule of study


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 > 

Books and supplies

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. 

Construction program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our School of Construction.

Phone: 403.284.8367

Program outcomes

  1. Use verbal, graphic, and written skills and supporting technology to effectively communicate in the architectural industry.    
  2. Apply principles of mathematics, physical and natural science to solve technical problems in the architectural industry.    
  3. Apply research, critical thinking and ingenuity to create solutions within the architecture industry.    
  4. Demonstrate professionalism through ethical behaviour, workplace responsibility, safety principles, and applicable environmental policies.    
  5. Apply architectural principles in assessing, designing and detailing construction projects.    
  6. Apply applicable codes, zoning bylaws and regulations, and project management industry practices in designing architectural projects.    
  7. Use current and emerging technology and practices to solve complex problems.    
  8. Create working drawings, specifications and estimates incorporating building science, structural, mechanical, electrical and sustainability principles.    
  9. Interpret, analyze and create bid/contract documents.

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