School of Architectural

National Diploma in Architectural Technology Level 6

Construction Projects require people with a broad range of technical skills.
This is a two year full time programme (part-time programme options also available) consists of the core subjects of the National Diploma in Architectural Technology, Construction Management, and Quantity Surveying.

Program Overview
This programme offers you the opportunity to gain the skills and qualifications necessary to become an Architectural Technician.
The National Diploma in Architectural Technology meets the academic requirements for membership of the New Zealand Institute of Building and an Associate of the Design Association of New Zealand.

Programme Content

  • Establish a design brief for a building project
  • Prepare a preliminary design
  • Prepare a developed building concept
  • Prepare working drawings for residential buildings
  • Prepare working drawings for commercial buildings
  • Prepare working drawings for industrial buildings
  • Evaluate principles of architectural design

These programmes are New Zealand based with teaching materials and assessments provided by the Wellington Institute of Technology. The programmes are both recognised by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and TTI's advisory board.  The TTI Advisory board monitors the success of the programme by ensuring that the Institution is well equipped with qualified lecturers, appropriate resources and relevant services.

National Diploma in Architectural Technology (Yr 1) 


Topic 1 

Topic 2 

Topic 3 

BD5000 Building Science. 

Feasibility study

Materials Technology

BD5001 Residential Construction.

Domestic Construction

BD5002 Residential Services.

Domestic Services

Write a report

BD5003 Built Environment.

The Built Environment

Presentation Skills

BD5005 Building Law.

Building Law

Read texts to research information

BD5007 Working drawings 1

Prepare architectural working drawings for small buildings

BD5009 Design Brief.

Design Brief

Tendering Processes

Write in Plain English

BD6006 Contract Administration

Contracts and value building work

Formal Meeting

BD6013 Preliminary Design. 

Preliminary architectural design

Prepare a developed building design from a given preliminary design

 National Diploma in Architectural Technology (Yr 2)

BD5006 Commercial Services.


BD6001 Commercial Construction

Commercial Construction

Plan and write a technical text

BD6212 Working Drawings 2. 

Prepare architectural working drawings for medium buildings

BD6014Working Drawings 3. 

Location drawings for large buildings

BD6015 Principles of Design. 

Principles of architectural design


 Career Option

Architectural Designer
Architectural Technician
Building Inspector
Construction Manager
Financial Manager
Property Manager
Quantity Surveyor
Quantity Survey Technician