Architecture (M.Arch.)

Laurentian University's Master’s degree in Architecture is unique in Canada.

The McEwen School of Architecture offers a unique curriculum based upon four related subjects:

  1. Design Studio
  2. Culture (including histories, material culture)
  3. Technology (including ecology, sustainability, structures)
  4. 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:

Master of Architecture (MArch)

  • Year 5: Craft, Community & Indigenous Design (choice of graduate studio)
  • Year 6: Thesis Research and Design (individual design)

Academic Advisor

Tammy Gaber, PhD, Associate Professor and Graduate Co-ordinator

Telephone: 705-675-1151 ext. 7204

Email: tgaber@laurentian.ca

Office: Administrative Assistant: Victoria Edwards, ext. 7201, McEwen School of Architecture

How to Apply
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Due to accreditation requirements, all applicants to the MArch Program must have a pre-professional architecture degree (i.e. BAS, BES, BEDS, etc.) The paths leading to the MArch Program, for those applicants with a pre-professional degree, are as follows:

 

Deadline to apply: February 1st each year. (please enquire at architecture@laurentian.ca regarding rolling deadlines). If this falls on a weekend, then the application is due on the following business day.

 

Application Process

Step 1. Click here to submit the online application. Once students have applied, they will receive instructions (typically within 48 hours) from the Office of Admissions leading them to the MyLaurentian portal. Students can access the portal at my.laurentian.ca; sign in credentials will be provided in the correspondence received from the Office of Admissions upon successful completion of an application. The following documents will be required in order to complete an application.

 

For those continuing on after the BAS program at Laurentian:

This package will be reviewed by the School of Architecture Admissions Committee :

  • Three (3) references (to begin the process at my.laurentian.ca click on "Reference Submission" on the left-hand navigation menu – you will need to send the electronic form provided on the portal to your referees)
  • A current curriculum-vitae/resume (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • A 1-2 page letter expressing what area(s) of design you wish to focus upon for graduate work including any particular professors you may want to work with (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian). Please note that M.Arch Thesis advisors are assigned after entry into the program.
  • A Design Portfolio showing your creative and design skills, technical knowledge and relevant professional experience. Portfolios can be submitted in physical format directly at the School of Architecture or electronically via the platform Issuu (https://issuu.com  – send the link of your online portfolio to architecture@laurentian.ca)

An overall average of at least 70% (min. GPA 5.5) is required to be admitted in the M.Arch program.

 

For those applying to the MArch program from outside of the BAS program:

Sbumit the following accompanying documentation at my.laurentian.ca to the Office of Admissions:

  • Official transcripts, indicating their previous pre-professional architecture degree*
  • Three (3) references (to begin the process at my.laurentian.ca click on "Reference Submission" on the left-hand navigation menu – you will need to send the electronic form provided on the portal to your referees)
  • A current curriculum-vitae/resume (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • A 1-2 page letter expressing what area(s) of design you wish to focus upon at the McEwen School of Architecture for graduate work (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian). Please note that M.Arch Thesis advisors are assigned after entry into the program.
  • A Design Portfolio showing your creative and design skills, technical knowledge and relevant professional experience. For each project in your portfolio please note if it was completed for school, extra-curricular or during employment. For each project in your portfolio also indicate for which climate and what location it was designed for. Portfolios can be submitted in physical format directly at the School of Architecture or electronically via the platform Issuu (https://issuu.com  – send the link of your online portfolio to architecture@laurentian.ca)

*Please note that official transcripts or WES course-by-course (for institutions attended outside of North America) must come directly to the Office of Admissions from the previous post secondary institution by requesting at the time of your application or by contacting the institution's Registrar's Office.

 

Step 2. Once the Admissions Office receives all information and the application is deemed complete, the application will be forwarded to the department.  An Admissions Committee meets to review the applications.

 

Step 3. The Admissions Committee will review all applications on file and make a decision regarding the suitability of each applicant.  The Admissions Committee will then make a recommendation to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Laurentian University. The Graduate Studies office will verify the dossier and if satisfactory, the Dean of Graduate Studies will forward the recommendation to the Office of Admissions at Laurentian University for admission. 

 

Step 4: If approved for admission, the Office of Admissions will send the student an Offer of Admission via MyLaurentian.  Applicants wishing to accept the offer of admission must indicate their response on MyLaurentian within 3 weeks of receiving the offer. Once the student has accepted the offer, a transition to the registration process occurs.

 

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Students must follow these regulations while in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Master of Architecture

Year 5 

Term 1  (Fall)
     ARCH 5505     Architecture and Craft / Architecture et artisanat

        OR

     ARCH 5515     Studio 9: Community Building / Édifice communautaire

        OR

     ARCH 5525     Indigenous Design / Conception autochtone

ARCH 5306     Fabrication I

ARCH 5906     Architectural Practice
 

Term 2  (Winter)

ARCH 5915     Co-Operative Term 3 / Enseignement coopératif 

 

Term 3 (Spring-Summer)

ARCH 5925     Co-Operative Term 4 / Enseignement coopératif 4 

 

Year 6

Term 4 (Fall)

ARCH 5006     Architectural Theory Seminar

ARCH 5316     Faculty Research Seminar

ARCH 5555     Thesis Studio 1 / Thèse I

 

Term 5 (Winter)

ARCH 5086     Material Culture

ARCH 5326     Fabrication 2

ARCH 5565     Thesis Studio 2 / Thèse 2

 

Master of Architecture (Professional Degree)                                                     

NOTE: EL/FL signifies that the course is offered in both English and French.


FIFTH YEAR  [18 credits] 

(MArch 1)


FALL

 1a. ARCH 5505 EL/FL

Architecture and Craft

(6 cr.)

 1b. ARCH 5515 EL/FL

Community Building

(6 cr.)

 1c. ARCH 5525 EL/FL

Indigenous Design

(6 cr.)

 2.   ARCH 5306

Fabrication 1

(3 cr.)

 3.   ARCH 5616

Architectural Practice

(3 cr.)

 

WINTER

 4.   ARCH 5506 EL/FL

Co-operative 3

(6 cr.)

 

SIXTH YEAR  [30 credits] 

(MArch 2)
 

SUMMER

 5.   ARCH 5606 EL/FL

Co-operative 4

(6 cr.)


FALL

 6.   ARCH 5555 EL/FL

THESIS STUDIO 1

(6 cr.)

 7.   ARCH 5316

Faculty Research Seminar

(3 cr.)

 8.   ARCH 5006

Architectural Theory Seminar

(3 cr.)


WINTER

 9.   ARCH 5565 EL/FL

THESIS STUDIO 2

(6 cr.)

 10. ARCH 5326

Fabrication 2

(3 cr.)

 11. ARCH 5086

Material Culture

(3 cr.)


SUMMER

 12. ARCH 5565 EL/FL

THESIS STUDIO 2

(Continuing for those incomplete)

 

Year: