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B.A.S. (Urbanism)

The BAS (Urbanism) program explores architecture as a component of the larger built environment. The curriculum is designed to promote stewardship of the built environment by examining the forms it takes and the forces that produce it. Courses examine the implications of urbanization on both the traditional core and the expanding periphery. Students analyze patterns of human settlement over time in relation to culture, climate, technology, political systems and global ecology.

Drawing and computer modeling courses in the lower years prepare students to explore urban design in upper-level design studios. Projects challenge students to consider the designer’s role in accommodating diversity, contributing to the quality of life and promoting the health of both society and the natural environment. Support courses cover housing, urban intensification, greenfield development, the impact of transportation and communication technologies, informal suburbanization, urban ecology, and municipal infrastructure. The role of government is examined – from direct building to the impact of policies, incentives, approval processes, zoning and covenants on the shape, density, and overall quality of the built environment.

In addition to discipline-specific courses, the Urbanism stream includes courses common to all BAS programs and key courses from other disciplines (Sociology, Geography, History, Canadian Studies, etc.). The third year of studies includes a Directed Studies Abroad (DSA) option. As with all BAS streams, Urbanism students may opt to participate in the Co-Op program. It is anticipated that students completing this program will pursue graduate studies in Architecture, Planning or Urban Design.

Please consult the Undergraduate Calendar for a list of program requirements for the BAS-Urbanism program. Please also select the Suggested Course of Study link to review the program course grids.

Portfolio Requirements PDF

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Suggested Course Sequencing – for students who entered the program in 2017/18

(students who entered the BAS Urbanism in 2014 are advised to follow the 2015/16 Course Sequence)

First Year

ARCS 1005 Drawing ARCS 1105 (1.0) Studio 1
ARTH 1200 History and Theory of Arch 1: Prehistory to 1600 ARTH 1201 History and Theory of Arch 2: 1600 to Present
ARCN 2106 Introduction to Multimedia GEOG 2300 Space, Place and Culture
ARCH 1000 Intro. to Architecture .5 Free Elective
GEOG 1020 People, Places and Environments

Second Year 

ARCU 3501 Fundamentals of Urbanism ARCU 3100 The Morphology of the City
GEOG 2200 Global Connections ARCN 2105 Computer Modeling of Form
ARCH 2300 Intro. to Modern Architecture GEOM 2007 Geographic Information Systems
ARCC 2202 Architectural Technology 1 GEOG 2400 Cities & Urbanization
.5 Free Elective OR CIVE 4303 Urban Planning .5 Free Elective

Third Year

ARCU 3303 (1.0) Urbanism in Practice 1: Urbanism in the Core ARCU 3304 (1.0) Urbanism in Practice 2: Urbanism on the Periphery
ARCC 2203 Architectural Technology 3 ARCU 4300 History of Theories of Urbanism (or ARCU 4700 Urban Utopias)
ARCU 4801 Selected Topics in Urbanism ARCH 4201 History of Modern Housing OR ARCU 4600 Post WWII Urbanism
CIVE 4303 Urban Planning OR Free Elective .5 Core Elective


Fourth Year

ARCU 4303 (1.5) Urbanism in Practice 3 ARCU 4304 (1.0) Urbanism in Practice 4
ARCC 4500 Design Economics ARCU 4300 History of Theories of Urbanism OR ARCU 4700 Urban Utopias
ARCC 3202 Architectural Technology 4 ARCU 4600 Post WWII Urbanism OR ARCH 4201 History of Modern Housing
.5 Core Elective


Urbanism Core Electives

ARCC 1202 [0.5] History of Structures
ARCH 4105 [0.5] Theories of Landscape Design
ARCH 4502 [0.5] Research and Criticism
ARCU 3405 [0.5] Urban Design
ARCU 3902 [0.5] Urban Studies
ARCU 4400 [0.5] City Organization and Planning
ARCU 4808 [0.5] Independent Study
ARCU 4901 [0.5] Topics in Applied Urbanism
ARCN 4100 [0.5] Historic Site Recording and Assessment
CDNS 2300 [0.5] Critical Nationalism
CDNS 2400 [0.5] Heritage Conservation in Canada
CDNS 3600 [0.5] Cultural Politics and Identities in Canada
CDNS 4400 [0.5] Cultural Landscape and Cultural Identity in Canada
CIVE 2005 [0.5] Architectural Technology 2
ENST 2001 [0.5] Sustainable Futures: Environmental Challenges and Solutions
GEOG 3021 [0.5] Geographies of Culture and Identity
GEOG 3023 [0.5] Cities in a Global World
GEOG 4021 [0.5] Seminar in Culture, Identity and Place
GEOG 4023 [0.5] Seminar in Sustainable Urban Environments
GEOG 4304 [0.5] Transportation Engineering and Planning
HIST 3209 [0.5] Canadian Urban History