Architectural Studies

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. 

Academic Advisor

David Fortin

Telephone: 705.675.1151 ext 7207


Office: TE-219, Architecture Building Sudbury Campus

How to Apply
By land area, Greater Sudbury is the largest city in Ontario and as such, the great outdoors beckon with its vast expanse of lakes and waterways, varied terrain, forests and comprehensive network of trails.

  • Extensive practical applications through Design studio;
  • Ongoing Design-Build and Community Design projects;
  • Design studio, electives, and work-term experienced offered in French;
  • 28-week (two x 14 weeks) paid co-op internship experience;
  • Inclusion of individual cultural backgrounds, including Ontario Francophone, First Nations, 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.

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 ( See the portfolio guidelines (link above) for more information.


Ontario High School Applicants

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 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

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.

First Year

   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


Second Year

   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


Third Year

   ARCH 0300EL/FL   Co-operative Term 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.


Fourth Year

   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 


Promotion Requirements

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.


Graduation Requirements

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.


ARCH-0100EL - Co-operative Term 1A/B ARCH-0100EL - Co-Operative Term 1 ARCH-1006EL - Design Thinking ARCH-1006EL - Design Thinking ARCH-1007EL - History 1: Sacred Geography ARCH-1007EL - Sacred Places ARCH-1505EL - Design Studio I - Place ARCH-1505FL - Atelier d'architecture I: Lieu ARCH-1515EL - Design Studio II - PLACE II ARCH-1515FL - Atelier d'architecture 2: Lieu II ARCH-2036EL - Canadian Art and Architecture ARCH-2306EL - Design for Climate Change ARCH-2316EL - Structures 1 : Wood ARCH-2326EL - Architecture and Ecology ARCH-2505EL - Design Studio 3: Landscape ARCH-2505FL - Atelier de Conception 3: Paysage ARCH-2515EL - Design Studio 4: Landscape 2 ARCH-2515FL - Atelier de Conception 4: Paysage 2 ARCH-0300EL - Co-Operative 2
ARCH-3006EL - Indigenous Precedents ARCH-3017EL - Writings in Architecture ARCH-3306EL - The Well-Tempered Environment ARCH-3316EL - Structures 2: Connections ARCH-3505EL - Northern Building ARCH-3505FL - Bâtiment du nord ARCH-3515EL - Northern Building 2 ARCH-3515FL - Bâtiment du nord 2 ARCH-3906EL - Independent Study ARCH-4006EL - Building Case Studies ARCH-4016EL - Cultural Sustainability ARCH-4306EL - Digital Fabrication ARCH-4316EL - Structures 3:Building Systems ARCH-4505EL - Studio 7:Integrated Design ARCH-4505FL - Atelier 7: Design complet ARCH-4515EL - Studio 8:Integrated Design 2 ARCH-4515FL - Atelier 8:Design complet 2 ARCH-4526EL - Architectural Communications

Sessional Instructors:
Kemal Alladin
Amber Baechler
Roch Belair
Kate Bowman
Denis Castellan
Christian Elliott
Jennifer Harvey

Izabel Amaral

School of Architecture

Mark Baechler

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Shannon Bassett

School of Architecture

Steven Beites

School of Architecture

Aliki Economides

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David Fortin

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Tammy Gaber

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Terrance Galvin

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Patrick Harrop

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Randall Kober

School of Architecture

Kai Wood Mah

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Émilie Pinard

School of Architecture

Jean-Philippe Saucier

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Eladia Smoke

School of Architecture

Thomas Strickland

School of Architecture

William Edward Wilson

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