The Master’s degree in Architecture is unique in Canada.
The Master’s degree in Architecture (MArch) is unique in Canada. The program draws heavily upon the study of northern community needs coupled with an integrated approach to building systems for northern climates. Building with wood, design for climate change and digital fabrication are three areas of study for advanced graduate work, including a final design Thesis.
The program length is two-years, with continued focus on experiential learning through design-build and community-design projects. Design studio options include ‘Architecture and Craft,’ ‘Indigenous Design’ or ‘Community Building.’ Two terms are devoted to co-operative education, placing students in design related offices locally, nationally and internationally.
Specialized research is presented through research seminars while professional practice is emphasized through co-operative education and an advanced course in architectural practice. Courses on fabrication further expose students to the relationship between architecture and industry through making. A design Thesis forms the spine of the second year. Design courses (including Thesis) and co-operative placements are offered in both French and English.
The program strives to become recognized nationally for Indigenous Design at the graduate level. Indigenous worldviews and knowledge are present throughout the program, delivered in particular courses and through various community settings. The knowledge and skills gained in the professional program prepare students to enter into the profession of architecture. Graduates can expect to find employment or enter into a variety of related design fields including urban design, community planning, sustainable design, environmental design, or digital fabrication.
The Master's portion of the Architecture degree is anticipated for delivery in 2017.
The McEwen School of Architecture will have a unique curriculum based upon four related subjects:
- Design Studio
- Culture (including histories, material culture)
- Technology (including ecology, sustainability, structures)
- Professional Practice (including work-terms for credit)
The spine of every architecture program is the Design Studio, which will follow an intended sequence that is drawn from building in a Northern Canadian context:
Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS)
- Year 1: Place
- Year 2: Landscape
- Year 3: Northern Building Studio
- Year 4: Comprehensive Design
Master of Architecture (MArch)
- Year 5: Craft & Community (choice of graduate studio)
- Year 6: Thesis Research and Design (individual design)
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