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If you have completed your Certificate in Architecture or are actively engaged in an architectural field, this advanced certificate can help take your career to the next level.

Develop skills in communication, computer-aided architectural drawing using AutoCAD, sustainable building practices, and architectural preservation and conservation. Explore related topics through electives in entrepreneurship and strategy, specifications, modeling and rendering, project management, and more.

This certificate fulfills the educational requirements for accreditation as an architectural technologist through the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO). You may also be interested if you hold a non-Canadian diploma and are seeking Canadian qualifications in the architectural field.

What Will You Learn?

The required courses explore advanced architectural knowledge and skills, including:

  • communication challenges in the engineering professions
  • architectural drafting and technical drawing using AutoCAD
  • sustainable development of buildings
  • building processes, materials, methods, components, and systems
  • building science
  • biological, chemical, and physical properties of the building envelope
  • components of building structures as impacted by the internal and external environments
  • proper material selection and methods of assembly of building envelope
  • components for durability, sustainability, and serviceability

You can choose electives that meet your professional goals.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

Many of our students are actively engaged in architecture or a related field and are seeking the educational requirements for accreditation as an architectural technologist through the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario (AATO).

You may also be interested if you hold a non-Canadian diploma and are seeking Canadian qualifications in the architectural field.

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. However, it does fulfill the educational requirements for accreditation as an architectural technologist through the AATO.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Many of our instructors are leading architects and faculty members in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University. The 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

Professional Designations and Accreditation

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 Advanced Architecture, you can apply to AATO with your official Ryerson University academic transcript.

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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Admission Criteria

Required:

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  • Equivalent academic qualifications and relevant work experience

Awards and Financial Aid

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are courses offered?

Courses in the Certificate in Advanced 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.

What is the criteria to be accepted into the Certificate in Advanced Architecture?

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 for AATO membership, which is frequently required to be hired as an architectural technologist in Ontario?

Yes. 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 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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