M.Arch 1 and M.Arch: The Master of Architecture is an accredited professional degree program committed to preparing future architects for a culturally rich, technologically dynamic, and globalized world. A rigorous studio and research pedagogy invites students to take critical positions on design, culture, technology, and the city. In their final year, students spend two full semesters working on a Thesis project; these make innovative contributions to architectural, technological and humanistic research. Courses in the history and theory of architecture, advanced building systems, and digital tools and techniques contribute to a rich curriculum of creative and intellectual exploration. Options for the M.Arch course of study include the 2 year M.Arch with Advanced Standing (M.Arch; for students with pre-professional undergraduate degree in Architecture), and the 3 year M.Arch (M.Arch 1; for students without a pre-professional undergraduate honors degree in Architecture)

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 (pre-professional), 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.


Master of Architectural Studies (Non-Professional)

The Master of Architectural Studies (MAS) is a six-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 in Architecture

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 MAS 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 contemporary 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, and Dr. Federica Goffi, program co-chairs.


Graduate Diploma in Architecture

Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation: The Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation (GDAC) augments the existing professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch) with a focus on architectural conservation. The Graduate Diploma is taught by a team of multidisciplinary experts and consists of four credits dealing specifically with the theory and practice of architectural conservation, challenges in adaptive reuse, advanced digital technology and condition assessment, evaluation of heritage properties, urban studies and repairing historical structures. The program is designed to provide graduates with specific knowledge and skills in the process of decision making in architectural conservation.