University of Calgary
Master of Architecture Program, Faculty of Environmental Design
To provide a world class professional architecture program within an interdisciplinary graduate design setting.
The Master of Architecture Program is housed in the interdisciplinary graduate Faculty of Environmental Design which includes professional degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning. The Faculty also offers a post-professional Master's degree in Environmental Design (MEDes) and a Ph. D. The Faculty has strong links to other units in the university, the professions, and the community. The Faculty is an integral part of a number of university design initiatives.
There is a pressing need for our built environments to be comprehensively designed and integrated across scales, fostering better social relations and infrastructure systems. Our approach to architecture seeks an ecological integration of the forces that impact the design, construction, and inhabitation of buildings and related environments.
The curriculum comprises three years of study: a Foundation year and two years in the Master of Architecture Program. The first four semesters are organized around the theme of "ecology," as students progress through studios and courses that develop their skills and knowledge base. The fourth semester involves the Comprehensive Design studio which addresses a medium sized building and its technical resolution; the studio is integrated with several building science courses. The final two semesters are devoted to senior option studios and elective courses and allows students to customize their programs of study. The Faculty of Environmental Design offers two study abroad programs, one in Barcelona and the the other in Melbourne. During the semester abroad students address urban scaled projects and take elective courses on urban systems. The program also offers a generous range of visiting programs (Gillmor, Somerville, and Taylor Visiting Lectureships), field trips, and lecture series. The Faculty of Environmental Design also offers the Minor in Architectural Studies (ARST) which is designed as a pre-professional degree option for those students wishing to pursue the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program at the University of Calgary, or other related graduate programs. The Minor in Architectural Studies includes courses equivalent to the architectural component of the first year of Faculty of Environmental Design's three-year Master of Architecture professional degree program. For students intending to apply to the Faculty of Environmental Design, consult the University of Calgary calendar, contact an Undergraduate Program Advisor, contact the Faculty of Environmental Design, or contact the Associate Dean (Academic - Architecture). The Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) is a three year program that prepares students for practice as a registered architect in North America. The M.Arch. degree also provides a foundation for other career opportunities in design, the construction and management of the built environment, and other advanced areas of study and practice. The curriculum is accredited and provides a structured introduction for those without a previous architectural education. Those admitted to the Master of Architecture Program who hold an acceptable pre-professional degree, including the University of Calgary's Minor in Architectural Studies, will be admitted to the second year.
- Building Technologies
- Digital Fabrication
- Ecological Design
- Graphics And Visualization
- History, Theory, Criticism
- Public Health