Green Architecture – Algonquin College

Program Info

School: Algonquin College
Faculty: Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (Ottawa)
Degree: Post-diploma
Field of Study: Architecture and Related Services, Other
Description: Pursue a career that makes our built environment more sustainable.

The one-year Green Architecture Ontario College Graduate Certificate program, gives you the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to stay up-to-date on sustainable building design strategies. The field of green architecture is heavily expanding. This program complements your knowledge of building design, technology and construction with a range of design strategies that reduce our ecological footprint.

Learn how to design buildings that are healthy and liveable while being environmentally responsible. Some design strategies learned in this program are sustainable site development, managing material resources, and conservation of energy and water. Study sustainable practices that help make the world a more eco-friendly place.

During the program, you complete Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) courses and workshops. These help prepare you to write the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate (GA) exam toward the LEED (GA) credential. (You are responsible to arrange and pay for the exam separately if you so choose.) Doing so gives you an added credential that many employers are seeking. The program also provides opportunities for you to participate in student design competitions, design charrettes or client projects that challenge your knowledge and experience.

In your final term, you have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to a sustainable design project. Once completed, you present your project to a panel of sustainable design professionals.

Graduates are able to evaluate and analyze current practices in building design, and are well positioned to be considered for significant roles working on sustainable projects. Graduates have the opportunity to be employed in a number of fields.

URL: Green Architecture at Algonquin College
Course Based: Yes
Length: 1 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $16,258



LOCATION: Ottawa, Ontario
ENTRANCE DATES: January, May, September
TELEPHONE: (613) 727-4723 – 7031
TOLL FREE: (800) 565-4723
FAX: (613) 727-7665
ADDRESS: 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology was established in 1967, and is located on the unceded territory of the Algonquin People. The College has served over 50 years as a leader in post-secondary education and undergone significant growth since its establishment. Algonquin students are sought out by employers in every industry due to the hands-on skills and career focus they gain from learning in realistic lab and classroom environments. By the time students graduate, they are ready to take on the work world.


Algonquin College provides on-campus housing for students, with a variety of room options to choose from. Whether you are looking for a female only room or a male only room, we have something that will fit your needs. Rooms are all shared occupancy, so you will be able to meet new people and make friends during your time here. Plus, our mandatory Meal Plan ensures that you always have access to food when you need it. Payment options are available, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with the school if you have any questions. 


Prerequisites:* These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
Ontario College Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology OR Ontario College Diploma in Architectural Technician, Building Construction Technician or Building Engineering Technology OR Post-secondary degree in Architecture or Interior Design.This is an applied program that builds on knowledge and skills learned in previous studies or in the workplace. Applicants without the required diploma or degree may be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants should have the following skills and knowledge:

  • Architectural building design fundamentals (site planning, floor planning, massing, and working with a building program).
  • Architectural drawing skills, both by hand and using Architectural computer software such as AutoCAD and Revit Architecture.
  • Fundamental knowledge of building science, materials, technology and systems (architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical).
  • Fundamental knowledge of building codes and regulations.

Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 88]
Application Notes : Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency.
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Portfolio

Applicants are required to submit a resume and a portfolio of their Architectural work (in PDF format) that demonstrate the required knowledge and skills. These documents can include work experience, drawings, photos, projects, reports, etc. If an applicant is weaker in one or two of the four areas noted above, they may still be considered for the program, but a review of their work, skills and experience is necessary before a final decision is made.


Fees & Scholarships

International student:$18,114

Notes for Canadian Students:

College fees are set in accordance with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ policies. Fees must be paid each term for you to officially register for your classes. Your costs will vary depending on your program of study, lifestyle and other variables.

Notes for International Students:

A differential fee will apply to international students. Please contact International at for current fee information.

Scholarships, prizes and awards are given in recognition of academic excellence, and can include money, plaques, books, medals, etc, or any combination thereof. They are given in recognition of achievement at a variety of levels (program, department, school), for various areas (subject, program, activity, student government, etc.) and often reflect the interest and commitment of donors from the community. Visit Financial Aid page for more information.

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