Architectural technology is a bridge between pure design theory and construction practice. This program will broaden the knowledge and skills of the architectural technologist in areas of current interest to the building community, increase opportunities for job placement within the industry, and improve graduates' opportunities for career advancement.
The Bachelor in Architectural Science is a full-time, four-year program that delivers a broadly based, technically current curriculum on the theoretical and applied aspects of architectural science.
The degree will enable students to:
Applications accepted November 1st* to April 15th.*
*or next business day
Competitive entry: Two-step process
Preference will be given to applicants with:
Step 1: Meet the entrance requirementsApplicants must meet the requirements for one of the entry options outlined below.
*Applicants currently enrolled in the final term of the Diploma in Architectural and Building Technology program must be on track to graduate prior to the start of the intake and may be conditionally accepted based on successful completion of their diploma.
**Graduates of the Economics / Construction Operations elective stream will be required to complete additional electives from the Architectural or Building Science streams prior to program entry.
*BCIT will assess architectural technology, building technology or other engineering technology diplomas from other institutions for equivalency on an individual basis.
Step 2: Department assessment
All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.
All applicants will be required to submit the following:
Students are encouraged to have a familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite of programs, particularly Word and Excel, prior to their September start date.
Post-secondary academic experience and/or construction industry experience will enhance the application of those applicants who have the preferred grades.
Students who have withdrawn from the program must apply for re-admission when they are ready to resume full-time study. BCIT recommends that you apply as early as possible. However, space is limited and when a program area receives more eligible applicants than there are seats available, the department may select those applicants considered to have the strongest chance of success in the program.
BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:
You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.
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You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.
Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.
Level 1: $1,195; Level 2: $485; Level 3: $600; Level 4: $350; Level 5: $950; Level 6: $1,050; Level 7: $750; Level 8:$ 750 (general estimated cost, and subject to change)
In addition, all students prior to continuation into 3rd year of the program are required to purchase a laptop computer suitable to run software used in their courses. Costs for such a computer will vary depending on configuration chosen but will likely range from approximately $1500 to $2500. Software purchases will increase this cost. Contact the Program Head for specifications on software and hardware requirements
Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
|Level 5 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Architectural Foundation Studio
This course intends on bridging technology and design theory through the architectural design process. In a series of exercises, this course introduces students to the foundation principles of architectural design. Students are introduced to contemporary architecture through precedent studies. The students will progress from explorations of two and three-dimensional compositions to investigations of space and form, to the incorporation of a functional program involving users and the multiple constraints of an actual site. Student design work will build on skills acquired in previous course work to address the many concerns and intentions that inform the architectural design process, and that provide the basis for making meaningful architecture. Prerequisite: ABET diploma or equivalent.
History of Materials and Building Systems
This course explores the history of building materials, technology and structural systems, following a roughly chronological path from the emergence of First Civilizations to the present day. These explorations take place within the context of the prevailing social, political and economic forces. Students will research and write one term paper on a topic of their choice, focusing on the materials and technology used in a particular building type, geographic or cultural context or at a particular time in history. One mid-term and one final slide exam will test the students’ knowledge of building practices at different periods in history, and their ability to identify and describe significant built examples.
Introduces graphic representation as an exploratory design tool. As a means of communicating one's design intent, this exploration is to be simultaneously open-ended and rigorous as the students work through a process of curiosity, discovery, (self) criticism and understanding. The course will be structured around a series of drawing exercises, building in complexity, many of which will incorporate the work underway in the technology design studios. The emphasis will be on the making of meaningful representations using both manual and computer based media. The course is intended to complement the Architectural Foundation Studio. Note: This course was formerly available as BLDG 5140. Prerequisite: Completion of ABET diploma.
Through a series of lectures and work sessions presenting learning resources, case studies, green building rating systems and other related materials, students will have the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of environmentally responsible design in the construction industry. This understanding will consider both the technical performance of individual buildings and the social context within which sustainability is now being framed. Prerequisites: BLDG 4000 or BLDG 4100 or 60% in ARSC 7002
This course focuses on the functions of environmental separators - such as the building envelope - which are critical to creating a controlled environment within a space or building. The five key functions covered are Heat, Moisture, Air, Light, and Sound. The topic of Heat covers how typical separator assemblies (walls, windows, roofs) deal with temperature differences between the spaces. Conduction, convection, and radiative heat transfer are discussed, and how typical assemblies incorporate insulation, convective barriers, thermal breaks, and radiative barriers to manage heat transfer. In the moisture and air topics, students will learn how moisture and air moves into and through many common separator assemblies, and through lab work and case studies will gain experience in design, construction, and quality control of these assemblies to maximize their effectiveness. The light and sound modules concentrate on window design and construction and include effective use of daylight, passive and active control of light and radiation passing through windows, and design and construction techniques for minimizing sound transmission through windows. Students will be expected to create detail drawings and specifications demonstrating their understanding of the concepts presented, and to use software packages to simulate performance of specific separator assemblies. Laboratory work may include constructing specific assemblies, measuring and testing their performance, case studies, and tours to construction sites. Prerequisite: ABET diploma or equivalent.
Critical Reading and Writing
Develops advanced skills in critical analysis, close reading and composition through lectures, discussion and group activities in which students analyze and evaluate materials from various disciplines. Readings might come from professional journals, reports, newspapers, magazines and literature. Multimedia such as video, music and the Internet may also be included. Prerequisite: BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.
|Level 6 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Architectural Technology Studio 4
This course offers students an opportunity to broaden their skills and knowledge from previous architectural courses and other coursework in the context of a series of increasingly complex architectural design problems. Each design problem will require the student to initiate the development of conceptual frameworks to explore and resolve issues of site, context, program, scale, organization, space, form, structure, and the role of building technology to mediate the environment. In addition, during the term, the student's design intentions will be investigated and tested at the scale of the detail with drawings and models. Prerequisites: ARSC 7002
Tectonics Architecture and Design/Build
This course explores tectonics in architecture; relating form to materials, construction and structure. It is the study of architecture as a spatial concept expressed through the relative order of structure, detail and environmental context. The course investigates and tests the design with a built form, further refining the evolution of detail based on aesthetics, function, durability and current construction practice . Prerequisites: 60% in ARSC 7002
Technical Language of Architecture
This course investigates the connection between the poetry and prose of architectural language: how ideas expressed in words, images and models are translated into built form. This is achieved through an examination of multiple aspects of the design and implementation process from concept to detail: ideas and intention; program organization and problem solving; designing ‘places’ for people; practice conventions and design innovation among others. The course also looks at the roles and responsibilities of architects as public figures who shape the social and physical environments of their communities and cities. Prerequisites: ARSC 7140
Building Envelope Performance
This course introduces students to the issues surrounding building envelopes for Part 9 buildings, high rise residential, commercial and institutional buildings. Topics include common cladding, windows and doors, interior conditions, energy use, assessment techniques and equipment, rehabilitation, and roofing. The emerging trends and their effect on building science are also discussed. Students will be assigned a term project consisting either of a condition assessment of a high-rise, commercial, or institutional building (in collaboration with an industry partner) or a rehabilitation or new building envelope design including complete specification of principles, materials and details. Prerequisites: ARSC 7250
|Level 7 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Building Envelope Lab
The course will consist of laboratory assignments on topics of current relevance, such as: (may change over time) Scope of work, sample selection, survey instruments, equipment checkout, safety and WCB requirements, scheduling and timing of building envelop condition assessment work. Interpretation of readings and openings, documentation of results. Field review sampling - setting up a valid sample, interpreting results (applicable to sealant installation quality, membrane installation, wood MC sampling, window leakage testing, etc.). Wood preservatives - current changes to materials and processes and their effects. Roofing condition assessment - include infrared scanning, cut tests, flood tests. Design, construction, and testing of building envelope details using a wide variety of materials and assemblies. Material compatibility issues in building envelope details - Peel & Stick on vinyl windows for example. Safety and WCB requirements for working in and around building envelopes - Fall protection, fall arrest, use of bosun's chair, boom lift, ladders, swingstage, dust protection, scaffolding, etc. Prerequisites: ARSC 7250
Systems Integration Studio
This course permits students to experience the challenge and reward of integrated design. Projects involve the culmination of various applied architectural and engineering concepts dealing with architecture, structure and systems integration. Environmentally responsible design provides a means to achieve unprecedented building performance levels through the application of sustainable design principles to schematic design and thorough consultant coordination. Prerequisites: ARSC 7100 and ARSC 7102 and ARSC 7250 and ARSC 7300
Graduating Project - Project Proposal
The graduation project is comprised of two parts: ARSC 8280 is the design and technical research that provides the basis for design work in the second term. This is presented in the form of a written document. ARSC 8800 is the theoretical design of a medium sized building on an existing site in the lower mainland presented as a series of ongoing design drawings and models which illustrate a design sensibility, construction knowledge, and strategies for systems integration, sustainability, and building performance. ARSC 8280 comprises the first part of the graduation project and is intended to establish project direction and the basis for design through research, information collection, client collaboration, site studies, programme analysis, and idea generation. This class is structured by a series of assignments, seminars and discussions that provide a staged progression through the various brief topics. This context will provide the structure of a shared learning environment as students research and write this important document. Students are required to consider codes and regulations, quality assurance, sustainability, project management and history during their research for the proposal. The curriculum is linked to the learning outcomes. In order to most accurately reflect a professional design scenario, graduating projects are limited to a pre-selected set of approved topics and types on specific sites. In principle the graduating project might be seen as a competition in which each student in the class proposes a unique strategy for the same condition. Prerequisites: ARSC 7100 and ARSC 7102 and LIBS 7001
Management Skills and Applications
The course provides an overview of the basic skills of a manager and applies these skills through a series of projects and case studies. It examines the evolution of management and the organizational culture and environment. It also teaches the decision-making skills and the skills involved in planning, organizing, leading and controlling, including planning and facilitating change, teamwork, applying motivational techniques and effective communication.
|Liberal Studies Electives:
All students will be required to achieve an additional 6.0 credits of Liberal Studies electives in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements. As part of the program, 3.0 of these credits will be offered in Level 7. Program head approval is required.
|Level 8 (15 weeks)||Credits|
This course will enable the student to understand the processes involved in successful management of a project in the context as an Architectural Technologist in an architectural firm. The student will be able to apply goal seeking strategies and overcome impediments in the daily routine of practice management. Prerequisites: BUSA 7250
This ARSC 8800 Graduating Project continues the project initiated in ARSC 8000. The course is structured in 2 distinct parts. Part 1 focuses on refinement of the design projects developed in ARSC 8000 . Students will be asked to interpret and respond to the critical feedback received from the final design reviews. In addition students will consider the needs of and to incorporate appropriate responses with respect to the various building systems – architectural (envelope, code, materiality), structure, mechanical, energy, water etc. Part 2 will focus on the documentation of the design project. Students will develop a detailed set of documents which fully describe the building including plans, sections, elevations, materiality and construction details. Individual projects as researched by the student in ARSC 8280 will be developed, detailed and incorporated in the student’s projects. The Detailed Design development is intended to demonstrate the extent of the student’s understanding of how technical and/or functional requirements of their selected topic can influence the design process. The course is structured as a simulated work experience for the graduating project based on previous design studio. Prerequisites: ARSC 7300 and ARSC 8000 and ARSC 8200 and ARSC 8280
Fosters abilities and values required for ethical decision making at work. Develops skills in logical analysis, a working knowledge of moral principles and theories, and the ability to diagnose and resolve moral disagreements commonly found at work. Examines and applies moral principles to historically famous cases in manufacturing, human resources, management, engineering, health care, and computing. Prerequisite: BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.
|Liberal Studies Electives:
All students will be required to achieve an additional 6.0 credits of Liberal Studies electives in accordance with the BCIT policy on Liberal Studies course requirements. As part of the program, 3.0 of these credits will be offered in Level 8. Program head approval is required.
|Professional Electives (6.0 credits):||Credits|
|All students are required to complete 6.0 credits of Professional Electives which can be taken any time in Levels 5, 6, 7 or 8.
Directed Studies in Architectural Science
Directed Studies enables the students to propose an area of study that would lend itself to increased learning through the exploration of study in Selected Topics areas. This Technical Elective course of study may vary from term to term and may include subjects such as: technology and design; environmental ethics; Studies abroad, architectural workshops; Evaluation, Communication and Monitoring of Project deliveries. The student must submit a Statement of Intent which is to be reviewed and approved by the Program Head prior to the student's ability to register for this elective.
This course provides an introduction to an increasingly important aspect of architectural practice: the expanded opportunities for the use of wood in large scale, non-traditional building applications. This renewed focus on wood is driven by a variety of factors, but most importantly by the fact that an increase in wood use can make a significant contribution to the long term mitigation of climate change. As design professionals intensify their focus on reducing the environmental impact of buildings, and as governments and other public institutions look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, increasing the use of wood in non-traditional applications has emerged as a key component in meeting these objectives. New engineered wood products, new manufacturing technologies, changes to building codes and other legislation are combining to create new possibilities for wood construction. These changes offer the prospect of a future in which our wood structures could rival the iconic architectural and engineering achievements of past centuries: such as Japanese temples, Norwegian stave churches, grain elevators, railroad trestles and the like. This course will: (a) provide an introduction to the unique attributes of wood as a building material, (b) · give an overview of the emerging technologies of mid-rise frame, mass timber and composite construction in British Columbia, (c) explain how wood fits within the broader context of environmental, economic and social sustainability and, (d) discuss the physical and psychological benefits to be gained from the greater use of wood in buildings.
Heritage Conservation Principles and Practice
This course provides a general overview of the principles and practice of Heritage Conservation, and provides the student with an understanding of values-based methodology and techniques for addressing the conservation of heritage structures and sites. Based on global best practices, the course provides a familiarity with the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, an understanding of the broader framework of cultural heritage, and knowledge of the development of the local built environment. Further, the course addresses the different levels of authority in approaching the conservation of the built environment, tools necessary to carry out the research, recording and surveying of heritage structures, and analysis of historical building materials with consideration of long-term restoration and maintenance techniques. Prerequisites: ARSC 7010
|Note: ARSC 7110 and ARSC 7050 are only available in Level 6. ARSC 7040 is only available in Level 8. Contact the program head for additional elective options and for approval.|
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The Bachelor of Architectural Science is a full-time, four-year program.
In order for students to continue onto the fifth term, they must have a 70% course average over the first two years, present a portfolio for evaluation, and have a minimum of 14 weeks of work experience prior to entry into third year with a 12 week practicum prior to graduation. Upon completion of the first two years of study, students will have the opportunity to exit and receive a Diploma in Architectural & Building Technology.
A student who fails or withdraws from one to three courses in a specific term may be required to move from "set" registration to course-by-course registration. In these cases the student will be notified by mail at the end of term in which the failures or withdrawals occurred. Students will be required to meet with their program head during the first week of the following term to create an approved registration plan.
Students on "set" registration will be given first priority for course placement; students who are registering on a course-by-course basis and who are registering for at least 60% of a standard term course load will be given second priority; and students registering course-by-course with less than 60% of a standard term course load will be given third priority for course placement.
A student who fails or withdraws from four or more courses in any one term will be required to withdraw from the program. Prior to applying for re-acceptance the student must complete the failed course(s) successfully through BCIT Part-time Studies or an alternate route approved in writing by the program head. Completion of the missing course(s) does not guarantee re-acceptance into the program.
A student who fails to complete a first-year course for a second time may be required to withdraw from the program for a period of one academic year. Prior to applying for re-acceptance, the student must complete the failed course successfully through BCIT Part-time Studies or a program head-approved alternate route. Completion of the missing course does not guarantee re-acceptance into the program.
A student who fails to complete a second-year course for a second time will be required to enter into a re-admission contract with the program head of the department. This contract may require the student to repeat prerequisite courses (even if they had previously been completed successfully) prior to a third, and final, attempt to complete the second-year course. The student would not qualify for continuation into the third year of the degree and could exit out of the program at the diploma level.
The Architectural and Building Technology Diploma program is accredited by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC). Full-time students may apply for Student Associate status with AIBC. Graduates are eligible for membership and may apply for registration as an Architectural Technologist after completing two years of relevant experience and the registration examination. Please refer to the AIBC website for further information.
The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors will accept graduates as Probationary Members and gives credit in a similar manner. Information on this professional development possibility is available from the program head. Please refer to the CIQS website for further information.
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The Bachelor degree in Architectural Science will prepare graduates with the skill set needed for advanced placement within the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.
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