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Interested in the 3-year Master of Architecture degree program? Build your portfolio in our 5 week summer program, STUDIO FIRST.

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The Master of Architecture is an accredited professional degree program committed to preparing future architects for a culturally rich, technologically dynamic, and globalized world.  A rigorous studio and research pedagogy invites students to take critical positions on design, culture, technology, and the city.

“In Canada, all provincial/territorial associations/institutes/orders recommend a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit Canadian professional degree programmes in architecture, recognizes two types of accredited degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.

 Master’s degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.” [source: CACB website]

At the Azrieli School of Architecture, the accredited sequence consists of either of the following:

  • The 4-year BAS-Design degree plus the 2-year M.Arch curricular sequence or
  • The 4-year BAS-Urbanism or BAS-Conservation & Sustainability degree plus the 3-year M.Arch curricular sequence
  • A 4-year honours undergraduate degree other than the BAS plus the 3-year M.Arch curricular sequence

CACB Conditions for Accreditation

CACB Student Guide

We recognize that students come from a wide range of academic and life experiences.

2-year M.Arch stream: the two-year curriculum is designed for those holding a four-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent in architecture, with significant studio experience in architectural design.

3-year M.Arch stream: Our three-year curriculum is intended for individuals holding an undergraduate degree from diverse backgrounds, and wishing to pursue careers in architecture. Prospective students in this category may consider taking our STUDIO FIRST Program to gain some experience in studio culture prior to applying.

For New Applicants: Instructions for Required Documents

The Azrieli School emphasizes architectural design as a form of critical inquiry.  Advanced studios offer exciting opportunities to study with the Visiting Critics from Canada and abroad, who annually bring cutting-edge international design and research expertise to bear on the M.Arch.  We also offer opportunities for studios abroad, and in the setting of award-winning professional offices. In winter 2016, one studio will travel to study in Lisbon Portugal, and another to the office of DIALOG Architects in Toronto.

In their final year, students spend two full semesters working on a Thesis project; these make innovative contributions to architectural, technological and humanistic research.  Courses in the history and theory of architecture, advanced building systems, and digital tools and techniques contribute to a rich curriculum of creative and intellectual exploration.  In conjunction with the M.Arch, students may also pursue a Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation (GDAC)

The Azrieli School prepares students for engaging a culturally rich, technologically dynamic, and globalized world.  Together, our graduate students and faculty are shaping a provocative and socially-minded space for design and debate.  We hope that you will join this ever-changing experiment.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the M.Arch Folio and Student Gallery or to come and visit the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism.  A Graduate Exhibition and Open House is typically held in January. Please contact the school for more information or visit our Events page

Admissions information:

For more information contact:
Graduate Administrator
Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism
Carleton University
202 Architecture Building
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 5B6
+1 613 520 2600, ext. 8226

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