Build your community and earn an education that will train your hands as well as your imagination.
The philosophy of the Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture is founded upon pride of place.
This philosophy embraces the resiliency of northern people and the unique beauty of the northern Ontario landscape. Located at the crossroads of the City of Greater Sudbury in the downtown core, Canada’s first new architecture curriculum in over 45 years opened at Laurentian University in 2013. The McEwen School of Architecture is an unfolding experiment in emerging pedagogies and diverse cultures.
The study of architecture generally raises our awareness of the holistic and aesthetic nature of the design of the built environment. Architecture students take electives on the main Laurentian University campus, while Design Studio and other mandatory architecture courses are held at the McEwen School of Architecture, Laurentian's downtown site.
Our French, English, Métis, and Anishinabek faculty and student body is unique to Laurentian’s tri-cultural mandate; conducting design studios in both French and English, as well as working with Elders and guests who are First Nations and Métis, provides a further array of cultural and educational perspectives.
Finally, our new architecture buildings (costing $30 million) complete an innovative facility that is both dynamic and environmentally sustainable.
Jean-Philippe Saucier, Master Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator
Telephone: 705.675.1151 ext 7274
Office: McEwen School of Architecture
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- Extensive practical applications through Design Studio;
- Ongoing Design-Build and Community-Design projects;
- Design Studio, electives and work-term experience offered in French;
- 28-week (two 14–week placements) paid co-op internship experience;
- Inclusion of diverse cultural backgrounds, including Franco-Ontarian, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit course content;
- Access to Elders and/or Knowledge Carriers in Residence;
- Unique tri-cultural architecture curriculum where you will experience the spectacular Northern Ontario landscape;
- A $30M facility comprised of four buildings forming a courtyard that offers unique teaching opportunities onsite in building performance and sustainability;
- Design-Build projects will include structures such as ice stations and birch bark canoes in first and second year.
Candidate School for CACB Accreditation
The McEwen School’s M.Arch. in conjunction with its BAS is currently being reviewed for accreditation:
The CACB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within six years of achieving candidacy if its plan is properly implemented.
Architectural studies is a limited enrolment program. Selection is based upon overall admission requirements, and not solely on grade averages. In addition to meeting the academic requirements below, applicants must submit:
- A portfolio to demonstrate their creativity and skills (portfolio guidelines)
- A statement of interest (1-2 page) to explain their interest in architecture as well as their choice of Laurentian University
- The name and contact information of 2 references (when possible, at least one from a current teacher)
All documents must be sent in one package to the School of Architecture, whether physical (by mail) or electronic (email@example.com). See the portfolio guidelines (link above) for more information.
1 grade 12 English U/M course
2 grade 12 U/M Math courses
3 other grade 12 U/M courses
A minimum overall average of 75% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses
Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses
Applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate
Applicants from outside an Ontario High School
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.
ARCH 1006EL Design Thinking
ARCH 1007EL Sacred Places
ARCH 1505EL/FL Design Studio I: Place
ARCH 1515EL/FL Design Studio II: Place II
ARCH 0100EL/FL Co-operative Term 1 (summer term)**
12 credits of electives in Arts or Sciences
ARCH 0100EL/FL Co-operative Term 1 (summer term)**
ARCH 2036EL Canadian Art and Architecture
ARCH 2306EL Design for Climate Change
ARCH 2316EL Structures 1: Wood
ARCH 2326EL Architecture and Ecology
ARCH 2505EL/FL Design Studio 3: Landscape
ARCH 2515EL/FL Design Studio 4: Landscape II
6 credits of electives in Arts or Sciences
** ARCH 0100E will be taken either in the summer of the first or second year of the program
ARCH 0300EL/FL Co-operative 2 (summer term)
ARCH 3006EL Indigenous Precedents
ARCH 3017EL Writings in Architecture
ARCH 3306EL The Well-Tempered Environment
ARCH 3316EL Structures 2: Connections
ARCH 3505 EL/FL Design Studio 5: Northern Building
ARCH 3515 EL/FL Design Studio 6: Northern Building II
6 credits of electives in Arts or Sciences.
ARCH 4006EL Building Case Studies
ARCH 4016EL Cultural Sustainability
ARCH 4306EL Digital Fabrication
ARCH 4316EL Structures 3: Building Systems
ARCH 4505EL/FL Studio 7 Integrated Design
ARCH 4515EL/FL Studio 8: Integrated Design 2
ARCH 4526EL Architectural Communications
To be in good academic standing in a BAS program, a student must:
1. have satisfied all conditions of admission;
2. have failed no more than 6 of the previous 30 credits;
3. have achieved a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 in the previous academic year or in the previous 30 consecutive credits.
A BAS student is subject to a probationary period of one year (or no more than 30 consecutive credits) if he or she has:
1. failed more than 6 credits in an academic year or in a sequence of 30 credits;
2. failed to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 in an academic year or in a sequence of 30 credits.
The student must repeat any failed required courses during the probationary year if available. Students are not normally permitted more than one probationary year in their program without the approval of the Senate Committee on Academic Regulations and Awards.
A student is required to withdraw from the university if he or she:
1. does not satisfy all conditions of admission after one year or 30 consecutive credits;
2. fails more than 42 credits;
3. has not achieved good academic standing in two consecutive years or 60 consecutive credits.
Students required to withdraw may submit a request for readmission to the Senate Committee on Academic Regulations and Awards after one calendar year. Students must obtain a recommendation from the School Director prior to submitting their request. If readmitted, these students must complete a program of study outlined by the School Director, which includes all courses in which the student achieved less than 60% during the failed year or their current equivalents.
To graduate with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree, a student must:
1. satisfy all stated requirements for the degree;
2. complete 120 credits after no more than 162 credit attempts (all repeated and/or failed courses are included), with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 (only courses taken at Laurentian University or its affiliated universities are included in the calculation of averages);
3. complete all courses designated by the program as requiring a minimum grade with the specified minimum grade after no more than two attempts;
4. not exceed 48 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level.
Co-operative Term 1A/B
Co-Operative Term 1
History 1: Sacred Geography
Design Studio I - Place
Atelier d'architecture I: Lieu
Design Studio II - PLACE II
Atelier d'architecture 2: Lieu II
Canadian Art and Architecture
Structures 1 : Wood
Architecture and Ecology
Design Studio 3: Landscape
Atelier de Conception 3: Paysage
Design Studio 4: Landscape 2
Atelier de Conception 4: Paysage 2
Writings in Architecture
The Well-Tempered Environment
Structures 2: Connections
Bâtiment du nord
Northern Building 2
Bâtiment du nord 2
Building Case Studies
Structures 3:Building Systems
Studio 7:Integrated Design
Studio 7:Integrated Design
Atelier de conception 7 Design complet
Studio 8:Integrated Design 2
Atelier 8:Design complet 2
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