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The Bachelor of Architectural Studies – Conservation & Sustainability program offers a specialization unique among all undergraduate architecture programs in Canada. Since 2009, this stream has focused on the conservation of historic architecture, paired with a study in the principles of sustainable design.

A growing proportion of architectural work – particularly in sustainable design – involves renovations with sustainability upgrades, or the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Following the Understanding, Planning, and Intervening method set out in the Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places, students in this program learn to study and assess existing architecture so that they can formulate creative and compatible design solutions for historic built fabrics. Conservation studio projects are founded on strong historical and social understanding, along with deep knowledge of conservation theories.

Benefiting from collaborative course delivery between the School of Architecture and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, students in the BAS Conservation and Sustainability program receive in-depth technical education on integrated building systems, architectural materials and assemblies, green building techniques, and hands-on practice with heritage documentation. Through the study of conservation theory, ethics, and best practices, students also learn to research and analyze existing architecture.

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Portfolio Requirements

BAS Conservation

Suggested Program Sequencing for current C+S students registering current academic year. Please note that Core and Free Electives may be taken in any order. Scroll down to see lists. To see the complete grid for your own calendar year, click on appropriate Entry Year below

Entry Year 2017 Entry Year 2018 EntryYear 2019 Entry Year 2020

For course grids for students who entered the BAS prior to 2017, please email

First Year (for students under 2020 calendar)

ARTH 1200 History and Theory of Arch 1: Prehistory to 1600 ARTH 1201 History and Theory of Arch 2:       1600 to Present
ARCH 1000 Intro. to Architecture ARCC 1202 History of Structures
ARCN 2106 Introduction to Multimedia ARCS 1105 (1.0 cr) Studio 1
ARCS 1005 Drawing ARCC 3501 Fundamentals of Conservation
.5 Free Elective

Second Year (for students under 2019 calendar)

ARCH 2300 Intro. to Modern Architecture ARCU 3100 Morphology of the City
ENVE 1001 Architecture and Environment CDNS 2400 Heritage Conservation in Canada
ARCC 2202 Architectural Technology 1 RCN 2105 Computer Modeling of Form
CIVE 2700 Civil Engineering Materials CIVE 2005 Architectural Technology 2
ARCN 4100 Historic Site Recording Core Elective


Third Year (for students under 2018 calendar)

ARCC 3301 Conservation in Practice I ARCC 3302 Conservation in Practice II
ARCH 4200 Arch’l Conservation Philosophy and Ethics ARCN 4200 Building Pathology & Rehabilitation
ARCC 2203 Architectural Technology 3 ARCC 3202 Architectural Technology 4
CIVE 2200 Mech. Solids 1 Core elective

Fourth Year (for students under 2017 calendar)

ARCC 4301 Conservation in Practice 3 ARCC 4302 Conservation in Practice 4 or 2 x core electives
ENVE 4105 Green Building Design ARCC 4207 Advanced Building Assessment
Free Elective ARCC 4500 Design Economics
ARCH 4002 Canadian Architecture


First-year Architecture Students,

There are particular courses associated with your fall and winter terms that are TUTORIALS – and these courses must also be registered in.  Actually, it is not likely that the system will allow you to register in the LECTURE without a TUTORIAL associated with it (or vice versa) which will cause you registration problems.

For all students of the three streams, Design, Conservation and Urbanism in the FALL term:

When you register in your lecture in Art History ARTH 1200 CRN 30260, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 30261 to CRN 30270
When you register in your lecture in Architecture ARCN 2106 CRN 30208, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 30209 to CRN 30214

For all students of the three streams, Design, Conservation and Urbanism in the WINTER term:

When you register in your lecture in Art History ARTH 1201, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 10250 to CRN 10259

C&S Core Electives

Free Electives (including Workshops)