About the School

The Azrieli School of Architecture is one of Canada’s premier schools of Architecture. With a long history embedded in the culture and tradition of design and craft – our schools offers offers intense training in architectural thinking and studio culture. 

The School of Architecture is housed in a purpose built building and has been home to many students, faculty, and ideas. As one of the most competitive departments to receive admission from at Carleton University we are dedicated to producing students capable of dealing with architecture as an ethical, artistic, and critical practice. 

Director's Message

woman with glasses smilingThis is an exciting time at the Azrieli School of Architecture + Urbanism. Now in my fifth year as Director, I am fully committed to the special qualities that have guided the school’s growth and development since the first class entered in 1968. Our students bring creative energy, diverse talent, and a passion for learning about the world. Our faculty members are profoundly dedicated to teaching and are engaged in ground-breaking and cross-disciplinary research at the forefront of aesthetic, environmental, and social questions. We work hard, and we have fun.

In 2018, we celebrated our 50th anniversary, welcoming over 200 alumni back to the school. Many have made significant contributions to the new Nan Griffiths Memorial Seminar Room and other current initiatives. Looking ahead, we have engaged LGA Architectural Partners, of Toronto, to develop with us a visionary master plan for the renewal of the architecture building.

The future of the school is bright. We continue to expand our horizons as we collaborate with our talented alumni, partner with other institutions locally, across Canada, and abroad, and invite visiting scholars to debate and explore the most provocative issues of our time. Here at the Azrieli School of Architecture + Urbanism, our students continue to invent new possibilities and to imagine a world that looks different from the world of today.

Jill Stoner

Director

Programs

Information for current and prospective students regarding our undergraduate BAS (Conservation & Sustainability, Design & Urbanism) programs, our graduate M.Arch, MAS and PhD. degrees, and our Signature programs.

→ MAS/PhD

→ GDAC (Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation)

→ Special Programs

→ Azrieli Continuing Ed

Our Building

The Architecture Building - Building 22

Designed by Carmen Corneil and Jeff Stinson in 1970, the Architecture Building at Carleton University is much more than a fine example of late ‘60’s brutalist architecture. Its strict tartan grid contains dynamic spatial relationships that display a clear commitment to the exchange of ideas, the vitality of community and basic democratic ideals. A purpose built architecture school, it acts both as a pedagogical tool and as a model environment for creative learning.

The central Pit, two perpendicular ‘streets’ on different levels, and complex visual transparencies lend an urban quality to the interior. These spaces host both formal and informal events, and small transformations over time have honored the architects’ original vision of ‘building as laboratory.’ Now fifty years old, the School and the campus are exploring possible renovation strategies to prepare the building for its next half-century.

History

The Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

The School of Architecture was established in the fall of 1968 with twelve students and four faculty under the Directorship of Douglas Shadbolt. The purpose-built architecture building followed four years later as the program grew in size and significance. A pivotal period in the school’s history was under the directorship of Alberto Perez-Gomez (1983-86), one that defined an era for the school’s pedagogy and left a lasting legacy of design thinking and production. These ideas have left a tangible layer onto the otherwise brut concrete walls.

Resources

Pedagogy & Objectives

2nd Year Studio Space

The Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism is renowned for its dedication to the process and practice of design. With facilities that cater to both analog and digital production, the School is a hub for artistic, technological, and design-based education.

Our Facilities Include:

→ Dedicated Studio Spaces

→ Fabrication Lab

→ Technical Data Room Library

→ Lightroom Gallery

→ Woodshop

Our People

We Have Faculty Expertise in:

→ Fabrication

→ Urban Design

→ History and Theory

→ Conservation and Sustainability

→ Critical Theory

M.Arch 1 Studio Space

With a diverse set of faculty from various parts of the world and various backgrounds our School offers a contemporary education addressing some of the most challenging opportunities in architecture and the environment at large. 

Our City

Ottawa - Our Nations Capital

Community Ties

downtown ottawa in winter

The Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism continues to increase its profile and strengthen ties with Canada’s National Capital Region – home to some 1.5 million people.  Community interaction, key to the School’s mission, occurs in a variety of ways.  In addition to providing advice and advocacy, the School’s Local Advisory Board (LAB) keeps us informed about community-based initiatives to which the School can contribute.  Interaction with the community occurs through collaborative projects, sponsorships, research, an expanding array of continuing education programs, and public programming, including the School’s Forum Lecture Series and exhibitions in its Lightroom Gallery.  

In turn, the School uses the Ottawa region as a design laboratory, working with community associations, developers, design professionals and local governments to promote design excellence and advocate on behalf of the built environment.

As a large number of the architects practicing in the region are Carleton alumni, good community relations are also good alumni relations.  Alumni, and other design professionals, play an important role in the ongoing review of student work, which takes place in a very public forum.

Ottawa is home to many renowned centres of art and culture. As Ottawa’s capital it also hosts some of the most critical pieces of Canadian architecture.

“Here at Carleton, students in architecture and urbanism are not afraid to imagine a future that is different from the world of today.”

– Director Jill Stoner