Academic Programs



Bachelor of Architectural Studies

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. 


⟶ MArch

Master of Architecture (CACB Accredited Professional Program)

MArch 1 and MArch: 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 MArch course of study include the 2-Year MArch with Advanced Standing (MArch; for students with pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture), and the 3-Year MArch (MArch 1; for students without a pre-professional undergraduate honors degree in architecture).

⟶ PhD in Architecture

The PhD in Architecture and Master in Architectural Studies (MAS) are innovative and comprehensive programs inviting students to engage in critical forms of historical research and architectural practice. The PhD rigorously prepares graduates for academic and professional fields. The MAS is intended for students wishing to pursue in-depth research on matters of architectural concern. Both programs aim at developing multidisciplinary and multimethod approaches to individual scholarship.

The PhD and MAS are distinguished by exploring individual research questions through diverse media that combine visual and textual research methods of scholarship and design. In addition to a written dissertation, students develop an “epistemic object” (a project of architecture) that becomes an integral part of the doctoral dissertation. Students are encouraged to create links to other units on campus. Current and past students have engaged several of the Departments and Faculty at Carleton as well as other institutions nationally and internationally.

The program is enriched by research opportunities in the ASAU’s research labs and by extracurricular activities such as a biennial Open Colloquium, where PhD candidates present their research in a school-wide setting with invited critical respondents, as well as a biennial Agora Symposium.

The Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), a centre dedicated to state-of-the-art and hybrid forms of representation, provides an important base for doctoral projects, along with the Carleton Research | Practice of Teaching | Collaborative (CRIPTIC), the Carleton Sensory Architecture and Liminal Technologies Laboratory (CSALT), and the Carleton Urban Research Lab (CURL).

PhD and MAS projects draw on a range of faculty research interests and expertise, with attention to the ways in which these aesthetic, multicultural, cross-cultural and professional forces have engaged the world at large through a diverse range of geographical conditions, political systems, and technological traditions.

PhD students are supported by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) and ASAU scholarships based on academic excellence. PhD students receive Teaching Assistant positions and can be considered for up to 2.0 credits of teaching at the Instructor level after becoming PhD Candidates. Scholarships and teaching assistantships are guaranteed for the years of the program, as per individual admission offers.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism and to discuss their proposed research, as well as admissions requirements, with Dr. Stephen Fai, and Dr. Federica Goffi, program co-chairs.


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.


Graduate Diploma in Architecture

The Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation (GDAC) augments the existing professional Master of Architecture (MArch) 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.