Canada has close to 25,000 properties designated as architectural heritage sites. In addition, over 200,000 sites are listed on heritage inventories with an average of 2,000 properties being added each year. There is a growing demand for qualified specialists to shepherd these valuable cultural resources. Building on Carleton’s international reputation in the heritage field, the Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation (GDAC) augments the existing professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch) with a focus on architectural conservation. The Graduate Diploma is taught by a team of multidisciplinary experts and consists of four credits dealing specifically with the theory and practice of architectural conservation, challenges in adaptive reuse, advanced digital technology and condition assessment, evaluation of heritage properties, urban studies and repairing historical structures. The program is designed to provide graduates with specific knowledge and skills in the process of decision making in architectural conservation.

Diploma students will have access to important resources and participate in relevant projects at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), an innovative centre dedicated to hybrid forms of representation. Among other efforts, CIMS is currently involved in the New Paradigm/ New Tools for Architectural Heritage in Canada Grant by SSHRC, assisting the Parliamentary Precinct Rehabilitation effort and developing a building information model. In addition, partnerships with key government agencies, including Parks Canada and National Trust Canada as well as other departments at Carleton University provide important opportunities for scholarly exchange and material support for students. Carleton’s location in the National Capital Region and existing architecture programs make this diploma unique in Ontario.

Offered courses: (fall and winter)

  • Heritage Conservation I: History, Principles, and Concepts
  • Canadian Architecture
  • Workshop: Urban Studies in Heritage Conservation
  • Architectural Conservation Philosophy and Ethics
  • Heritage Conservation II: Theory in Practice
  • Representation and Documentation in Architectural Conservation
  • Evaluation of Heritage Properties
  • Workshop: Technical Studies in Heritage Conservation

Admission Requirements – Online application deadline: May 1*

Direct Entry (DIP-AC)

  •      Bachelor degree with an average of B+ or higher
  •      Statement of Intent: outline why you wish to pursue a diploma in conservation
  •      Short CV
  •      Two confidential letters of reference

Admission from both Masters of Architecture Program (DAC-31)

Students may apply to the Graduate Diploma in Architectural conservation during the first year of study in the Master of Architecture Professional program or the Master of Architectural Studies program

  • Statement of Intent: outline why you wish to pursue a diploma in conservation

Admission is offered on a rolling basis. International students are encouraged to apply early in order to allow time for their visa applications.

For more information contact:

Coordinator of the Graduate Diploma –