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How to Choose a Good Building Design Program: Student Checklist

Apr 6, 2020 12:19:25 PM

Updated November, 2020

This is a very good time to become a building design technician in Toronto.  

Investment in commercial and residential building projects is driving demand for design technicians, and employment is expected to remain stable over the next several years (jobbank.gc.ca). 

But this is a competitive field. There are plenty of colleges producing architectural designers each year, and only so many design firms and construction companies available to hire them. 

How do you position yourself as a competitive job candidate, and get your career off to a strong start? 

Meet Dorian: My Experience in Herzing's Building Design Program

Jan 2, 2020 1:21:45 PM

Updated November, 2020

Dorian Pai enrolled in Herzing's Building Design Technician program when he discovered his architecture degree was too theory-based to get him hired.

Dorian needed practical knowledge of the Ontario Building Code and design software to be taken seriously as a job applicant and break into the architecture field.

Like so many other students, he was looking for fast, affordable training that delivered job-ready skills. Did Herzing measure up?

Check out Herzing's New Building Design Technician Program

Dec 13, 2019 2:13:59 PM

Updated May 2021.

Seriously considering a career in building design? You’re probably looking around and noticing many different training options in the GTA. 

Should you do a university degree in architecture? Would it make more sense to take a shorter diploma program in drafting? What about getting licensed as an architectural technologist?

Which path should you choose?

What’s it Like to Study Building Design at Herzing?

Oct 3, 2019 10:17:24 AM

Updated November, 2020

Thinking about becoming a building design technician or drafter? Love the idea of working with architects and construction teams to bring new buildings to life? 

Or, maybe you already have some experience in design, but need additional technical skills to take your career to the next level.

Whether you’re just starting out—or looking to upgrade your skills—quality building design training is the next logical step. 

But what exactly can you expect in class? Which technical skills and computer software will you focus on, and how long will training take? 

Meet Albino Jr: How I Started My Building Design Career in Canada

Aug 5, 2019 2:36:08 PM

Examples of architectural renderings done by Albino Jr Geanga

Updated May 2021

Albino Jr Geanga immigrated to Canada several years ago, hoping to start a career in building design.

But even though he already had an Architecture degree from the Philippines, he couldn't get hired without additional training in Canadian building codes and specifications.

Albino decided to take the Building Design Technician program at Herzing College Toronto. He graduated last year, and has successfully re-launched his career here in Canada.

We interviewed Albino to learn more about his story, and find out what he thought of Herzing's Building Design program.  

He told us about the skills he learned, his experience in class, and the design jobs he got after graduation.

He also shared some great advice for new students who want to start careers in building design. Here are the highlights from our interview.

Meet Ikenna: Building Design Grad Lands Unique Job as Lighting Designer

Jul 3, 2019 10:43:17 AM

Image courtesy of Zaneen where Ikenna works as a lighting designer/tester

Would you ever guess that a building design graduate could end up specializing in high-end lighting design and quality testing?

Meet Ikenna Okpara. Ikenna is a perfect example of how diverse the field of design truly is—and the many (unexpected) things you can do with a Building Design diploma.

Starting a Career in Building Design: Your First 5 Steps

Mar 22, 2019 3:54:52 PM

Updated November, 2020

Interested in architecture, building design, and the construction process? Like the idea of being part of a design team, and watching your concepts come to life as real buildings?

You've got a few different options, in terms of design training and careers. You can go to university and complete a bachelor's or master's degree in architecture.

Or, you can focus on the inside of buildings and homes, and become an interior designer.

Another option is to become a building design technician. This typically involves a 1-2 year diploma program in drafting and design technology.

If you're looking for a shorter training option, becoming a building designer makes more sense than becoming a licensed architect. 

Let's take a closer look at what it takes to start a career in this field.

9 Reasons to Choose a Career in Architectural Design

Nov 13, 2018 1:59:39 PM

Frankly, there are so many reasons to choose a career in architectural design, we had a hard time narrowing it down to just 9.

5 Keys to Successful Architectural Design: An Intro for New Students

Oct 5, 2018 12:21:50 PM

What are some of the challenges you'll face as a new building designer? What steps will you go through when creating new building concepts from scratch?

Key questions for anyone considering a career in architectural design.

On the surface, architectural design might seem like a purely technical occupation. You work with computer-aided-design software all day, do a lot of calculations, and produce highly detailed drawings and blueprints.

But the truth is, building design is about much, much more than plugging measurements into a computer program. It's truly an art and a science.

6 Key Skills for a Successful Career in Architectural Design

Jul 18, 2018 2:50:58 PM

What does it take to do well in architectural design training, and build a successful career in the field?

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