Discover History & Theory of Architecture at Carleton

HTA explores how our built environment reflects human needs, values and ideas throughout history. Students learn to ‘read’ buildings as dynamic documents that interact with all aspects of human life. As well as offering a rich variety of courses, the program organizes regular field trips, invites guest speakers from outside the university and creates study abroad opportunities in locations such as Venice, Rome and England. Our unique practicum program gives students academic credit for working in organizations like Parks Canada and the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada, or firms like PR-TY Architects.

It all adds up to an exciting education that opens many doors. History and Theory of Architecture is an excellent first step toward careersin heritage conservation, planning, architectural criticism or architectural practice. It fosters intellectual skills that are invaluable in any profession in which critical thinking and communication skills are important. Our unique program also enables you to meet and learn with people who share your passion for architecture.

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ARTH 1200 Introduction to Architectural History

See what it’s like to be in a first-year lecture in the History and Theory of Architecture program. This excerpt is from one of our first-year introductory courses taught by HTA Supervisor Prof. Peter Coffman


A degree in History and Theory of Architecture can be an excellent launching pad for a wide variety of careers. Prof. Peter Coffman, the HTA Supervisor, has discussed this in two blog posts that you should check out if you’re considering HTA:

Happy New (academic) Year! Now, remind me why we’re here again…. Part 1

Remind me why we’re here again (Part2)

A Global Perspective

Students interested in transnational and transcultural art history are welcome to join the manifold activities of the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis (CTCA). CTCA is an interdisciplinary research hub that brings together students and scholars working with transcultural and transnational approaches to studies in the humanities.

Study Abroad Opportunities

We put a lot of effort into giving students opportunities to study abroad. It’s a great experience, but don’t take our word for it: see what the students themselves have to say in these blogs from Venice and England:

Blog: English Gothic Live
Blog: A semester in Venice

Meet the Art and Architectural History Community

Meet some of the faculty, students and graduates of Art & Architectural History, with our new series of short AAH Audio Snapshots.

Keep up with this informal conversation about buildings, school and sundry things architectural at the HTA Blog. It now includes the brand-new HTA Podcast – check out the Hallowe’en edition on spooky places!

Logo of the Carleton Art History Undergraduate Socieety

Art & Architectural History have a very active student society, known as CAHUS. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

And see what our graduates have to say about their experiences at Carleton.

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