In this article, the author discusses their experiences in the Architectural Technologies program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). They share details about the structure of the program and how it is tailored for foreign-trained architects, including the courses offered and the focus on Canadian building codes and regulations. The author also highlights how the program emphasizes the unique Canadian climate and construction methods, and how it requires students to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios. They express their excitement about the new ideas and knowledge they are learning, but also note that some foreign-trained architects may need to put in more time and effort in certain areas.
In this article, the author continues to share their experiences as a foreign-trained architect navigating the process of licensure in Canada. They discuss their recent success in obtaining a LEED Green Associate certification and their ongoing efforts to fulfill the remaining requirements for full certification with the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). They also share their experiences with taking an online course at Athabasca University to gain an in-depth understanding of architectural practice and management in Canada. Additionally, the author offers advice to other internationally-trained architects on how to improve their chances of securing a job in their field.