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One Degree, Three Specializations

Your choice of one of three majors will allow you to specialize in a particular aspect of the architectural profession

BAS: Frequently Asked Questions →

Carleton’s undergraduate program in architecture is unique in Canada. Students applying to the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) program choose from among three majors: 1) Design, 2) Urbanism, and 3) Conservation & Sustainability. The three majors follow parallel, but specialized, curricula.

While each is design-oriented, the majors focus on different aspects and scales of the built environment. All three BAS majors offer Directed Studies Abroad (DSA) opportunities in the third year of studies and include a co-op option. All three majors prepare students to continue on to professional studies in Architecture at the Masters level – or to advanced degrees in related disciplines.

For prospective students: please note that application to the BAS Program is a two-stage process. Initial applications to the university are due by February 1.  Applicants must then follow up with a portfolio by March 1. Portfolio requirements and topics (which include a succinct biographical curriculum vitae, a short piece of writing, and visual material showing applicant’s work) are updated during the summer for the following year. Each year, the submission deadline for portfolios is on March 1 at 4 p.m. EST and portfolios are submitted via our online submission program named Slideroom.

Prospective students looking to gain skills that would be helpful when putting together their portfolio should check out the Imagine Architecture Summer Program.

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“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 programs 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 MArch curricular sequence or;
  • The 4-year BAS-Urbanism or BAS-Conservation & Sustainability degree plus the 3-year MArch curricular sequence;
  • A 4-year honours undergraduate degree other than the BAS plus the 3-year MArch curricular sequence.

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B.A.S (Design)


Design will appeal to those interested primarily in a professional career in architecture with an emphasis on design.

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B.A.S (Urbanism)


Urbanism explores architecture in the larger context of the city and raises awareness and promotes stewardship of the built environment through an examination of mass urbanization in the 20th century.

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B.A.S (Conservation & Sustainability)

Conservation & Sustainability

Conservation and Sustainability is for those interested in the conservation of historic architecture and in sustainable design. Students in this program develop the skill-sets to design for contemporary life within historic contexts.

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