Master of Architecture Studies (MAS)

The Master of Architectural Studies (MAS) is a 6 credit non-professional degree for students interested in pursuing in-depth architectural research. Students holding a MAS may be considered for admission to the PhD program in Architecture.

PhD. Program

The PhD in Architecture and Master in Architectural Studies (MAS) are innovative and comprehensive programs inviting students to engage critical forms of historical research and architectural practice.  The M.A.S. is intended for students wishing to pursue in-depth research on matters of architectural concern.  The PhD rigorously prepares graduates for academic and professional fields.  Both programs aim at developing multidisciplinary approaches to individual scholarship.

The PhD and MAS are distinguished by fostering the development of multidisciplinary approaches to individual research questions.  Students are encouraged to create links to the School for Studies in Art and Culture, the School of Industrial Design, and the departments of geography, literature, and Canadian Studies, among many others.  The Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), a centre dedicated to state-of-the-art and hybrid forms of representation, provides an important base for doctoral projects.  Carleton’s “Capital Advantage” offers a host of local resources including libraries and laboratories at the National Gallery of Canada, Library and Archives Canada, National Research Council, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the National Research Council, National Arts Centre, and the Canadian Museums of Civilization, Nature, Contemporary Photography, Aviation and Science and Technology.

PhD and MAS projects draw on a range of faculty research interests including: theories and histories of architectural representation; ethno-cultural methods of construction; phenomenology and architecture; the conservation of modern architecture; Canadian architectural modernism; housing and urbanization; and comparative methods on architectural historiography.  Broadly, the school supports detailed research on the history and historiography of modern architecture and architectural practice from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, including the ways in which these aesthetic, cultural, and professional forces have engaged the so-called “non-West”.

PhD students are supported by generous scholarships based on academic excellence.  Prospective applicants are highly encouraged to visit the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism and to discuss their proposed research, as well as precise admissions requirements, with Dr. Stephen Fai, PhD/MAS program Chair.

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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