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If you want to enter the dynamic field of architecture, or if you already work in architecture and want to improve your skills and credentials, you may be interested in the Certificate in Architecture.

Develop skills in architectural drawing and drafting, design, space planning, and human-interface and environmental systems. Learn more about building construction methods and materials, codes and regulations, and the interconnected systems that make up buildings. Build on your practical architecture competencies through studio and workshop courses. Explore related topics through electives in entrepreneurship and strategy, sustainability, project management, and more.

With additional courses, this six-course certificate is recognized by the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO) as meeting the educational requirements for membership as a Probationer Technician.

What Will You Learn?

The required courses will provide an introduction to architectural knowledge and skills, including:

  • architectural drawing and drafting
  • architectural representation
  • perspective, isometric, and orthographic drafting
  • technical drafting
  • methods and materials of building construction
  • construction systems and components
  • codes and regulations governing planning, design, and construction in Canada
  • municipal planning by-laws
  • Ontario/National Building Codes, standards, and other regulatory documents
  • the application process in obtaining permits and approvals for development
  • architectural design and space planning
  • spatial and functional planning
  • human-interface and environmental systems
  • architectural representation and presentation

You can then choose two electives that meet your professional goals.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

If you want to enter the field of architecture, or if you already work in architecture and want to improve your skills and credentials, you may be interested in the Certificate in Architecture.

Note: To become an architect, you must obtain an accredited degree from a program that is approved by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). Completing this certificate will not allow you to represent yourself as an architect.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Many of our instructors are leading architects and faculty members in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University. They bring real-world expertise to the courses they teach.

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Industry and Careers

The high demand for architectural technicians is tied to Canada’s construction industry, which contributes close to 7 percent of Canada’s GDP.

Our students work in a variety of fields. This certificate can help you build skills that may help you move into job roles related to:

  • drawing and drafting
  • building materials and methods
  • municipal planning, codes, and standards
  • development

If you already have post-secondary experience in a relevant field, this certificate can give you a robust introduction to technical architectural knowledge.

Professional Designations and Accreditation

With additional courses, this six-course certificate is recognized by the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO) as meeting the educational requirements for membership as a Probationer Technician.

Classes of Membership

Student
Student membership is available to all persons who are working toward the educational requirements of the Probationer Technician or Probationer Technologist membership.

Probationer Technician
A graduate of an approved two-year program or equivalent.

Probationer Technologist
A graduate of an approved three-year program or equivalent.

Accredited Building Technologist
A graduate of an approved three-year program or equivalent, who, since graduation, has completed a three-year probationary period of work experience acceptable to the certification board. An Accredited Building Technologist has the right to place the letters M.A.A.T.O. after his/her name.

Accredited Architectural Technologist
A graduate of an approved three-year program or equivalent who, since graduation, has completed a three-year probationary period of work experience acceptable to the certification board. Such work experience must include at least one year of Canadian experience under the direction of an architect in the province of Ontario. An Accredited Architectural Technologist has the right to place the letters M.A.A.T.O. after his/her name.

Further Information

Information and application forms may be obtained from: Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario, 1515 Matheson Boulevard East, Suite 207, Mississauga, Ontario L4W 2P5, 905-238-7594 (Toll Free: 1-866-805-2286), aato.ca.

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses
  • 2 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+
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Recommended Course Sequence

We recommend that the required courses be taken in the following order:

  1. CKAR 300 - Architectural Drawing
  2. CKAR 310 - Materials and Methods
  3. CKAR 205 - Building Codes and Regulations
  4. CKAR 103 - Architectural Studio - Fundamental

Admission Criteria

Recommended:

  • A post-secondary undergraduate education (university or college) in a relevant field of study (including programs related to architecture and/or environmental sciences)

Awards and Financial Aid

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are courses offered?

Courses in the Certificate in Architecture are offered year-round, in the Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer terms. However, not all courses are offered every term. Check course descriptions for details.

Can I enrol directly into the Certificate in Architecture?

Yes. The Certificate in Architecture is open admissions. No previous background is required. Visit How to Register for a Certificate Program for details.

To be admitted to the Certificate in Advanced Architecture, you must have successfully completed the Certificate in Architecture or have equivalent academic qualifications and work experience.
 
Please email Anne-Marie Brinsmead, Program Director, at a2brinsm@ryerson.ca if you have further questions about what that entails.

Does the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO) recognize the Certificate in Architecture for AATO membership, which is frequently required to be hired as an architectural technologist in Ontario?

The Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO) recognizes successful completion of the Certificate in Advanced Architecture as fulfilling the academic component of the Probational Technologist membership requirements. Once you complete the Certificate in Architecture AND the Certificate in Advanced Architecture, you can apply to AATO with your official Ryerson University academic transcript.
 
Note: There are a number of elective courses in the Certificate in Architecture which are also offered as part of the Certificate in Advanced Architecture. Up to two of these elective courses completed in the Certificate in Architecture may be used to count for electives in the Certificate in Advanced Architecture.
 
For further questions, please email Anne-Marie Brinsmead, Program Director, at a2brinsm@ryerson.ca.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact Yew-Thong Leong, Academic Coordinator.

Phone:  416-979-5000, ext. 6498
Email:  ytleong@ryerson.ca

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