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Architectural Technology and Design

Architectural Technology and Design

The modern, computer-age version of traditional drafting makes use of architectural CAD. The term CAD stands for Computer Aided Design, a tool which can be used in many adaptations of architectural design. A CAD draftsperson is responsible for developing working drawings, plans, diagrams or layouts based on the sketches, calculations, specification sheets and other data supplied by architects and engineers. These plans describe the size, shape, mechanics and function of structures for the use of construction teams and will be used to prepare detailed blueprints.

A CAD draftsperson must ensure that their drawings conform to precise specifications by using their knowledge of architectural materials, practices and conventions and by closely checking their drawings for errors. CAD has replaced traditional drafting as it is faster, more accurate and allows for simulations while providing all the storage, filing, memory and duplicating advantages of the modern computer. However, draftspersons using CAD still make use of the same knowledge of building construction theory and drafting and design standards traditionally required by this occupation.

Main dutiesArchitectural technologists and technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assist in the development of architectural designs
  • Analyze building codes, by-laws, space requirements, site requirements and other technical documents and reports
  • Prepare manual and CAD (computer-assisted design) drawings, specifications, cost estimates and listings of quantities of material from conceptual drawings and instructions
  • Construct architectural and display models, and 3-D virtual models of architectural designs
  • Prepare contract and bidding documents
  • May supervise drafters, technicians and technologists on the architectural team
  • May supervise construction projects and co-ordinate, monitor and inspect work done by others.

Who do they work for?

  • Information Technology companies
  • Architectural firms
  • Interior design
  • Forestry and landscaping
  • Urban design

Sample titles

  • Technical Illustrator
  • Mechanical draftsperson
  • Architectural design technician

Essential Skills

  • Document use
  • Digital technology
  • Thinking: Problem solving, critical thinking

How to join the field

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year college program in architectural technology or a related subject is usually required.
  • Certification in architectural technology or in a related field through provincial associations of architectural or engineering/applied science technologists and technicians may be required by employers.
  • A period of supervised work experience, usually two years, is required before certification.
  • In Quebec, membership in the regulatory body is required to use the title of Professional Technologist.


Annual salaries between $35,000 to $66,000

For more information, contact:

Skills/Compétences Canada
294 Albert Street, Suite 201
Ottawa, ON K1P 6E6
Tel: 877 754 5226
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