Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS)

One Degree, Three Specializations

Your choice of one of three majors will allow you to specialize in a particular aspect of the architectural profession.

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, 2) Urbanism, and 3) Conservation & Sustainability. The three majors follow parallel, but specialized, curricula. Scroll down for more details on each of the three majors.

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.

For prospective students: please note that application to the BAS Program is a two-stage process. Initial applications to the university are due by February 1.  Applicants must then follow up with a portfolio by March 1. Portfolio requirements and topics (which include a succinct biographical curriculum vitae, a short piece of writing, and visual material showing applicant’s work) are updated during the summer for the following year. Each year, the submission deadline for portfolios is on March 1 at 4 p.m. EST and portfolios are submitted via our online submission program named Slideroom.

Prospective students looking to gain skills that would be helpful when putting together their portfolio should check out the Imagine Architecture Summer Program.

Interested in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program? Gain hands-on experience in creative design thinking and making in our summer program, Imagine Architecture.

BAS FAQs

BAS Town Hall: Q and A

 

In July and August we had a series of three online undergraduate town hall meetings. At these meetings we discussed the upcoming academic year including online studio, online non-studio courses, available university services and resources and the 2021 winter term. The documents are provided in pdf format.

 

First Year Town Hall

Second Year Town Hall

Third and Fourth Year Town Hall

 

If you have any additional questions please contact the Undergraduate Administrator Michelle Fotheringham

(michelle.fotheringham@carleton.ca), or the Associate Director Undergraduate Johan Voordouw (johan.voordouw@carleton.ca).

Specializations

⟶ (BAS) Design

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Design) program provides students who are seeking a professional career in architecture with an emphasis on design. The program lies in its ability to deliver an architectural education through an exploration of diverse disciplines that influence the built environment. This model of architectural education is, by necessity, a comprehensive one. It not only prepares students for a future in the profession of architecture but also provides a broad-based foundation for a multitude of interdisciplinary and related design fields. Students learn to handle the conflicting demands of function, aesthetics, technology and economy, but are trained in a variety of means of expression including writing, model-making, drawing, photography, video, digital media, and verbal presentations.

Students pursue intensive, studio-based studies supported by courses in Architectural History and Technology complemented with Directed Studies Abroad programs (DSA) in the second-term of the third year. Co-Op option is available.

 

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Suggested Course Sequencing for current BAS Design students registering in the 2020-21 year. Please note that HT, Core and Free Electives may be taken in any order. Scroll down to see lists. To see the complete grid for your own calendar year, click on appropriate Entry Year below.

 

Entry Year 2017

Entry Year 2018

Entry Year 2019

Entry Year 2020

 

For course grids for students who entered the BAS prior to 2017, please email architecture@carleton.ca.

 

First-Year Architecture Students,

 

There are particular courses associated with your fall and winter terms that are TUTORIALS – and these courses must also be registered in. It is not likely that the system will allow you to register in the LECTURE without a TUTORIAL associated with it (or vice versa) which will cause you registration problems.

For ALL students of the three streams, Design, Conservation and Urbanism in the FALL term:

When you register in your lecture in Art History ARTH 1200 CRN 30260, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 30261 to CRN 30270When you register in your lecture in Architecture ARCN 2106 CRN 30208, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 30209 to CRN 30214.

For ALL students of the three streams, Design, Conservation and Urbanism in the WINTER term:

When you register in your lecture in Art History ARTH 1201, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 10250 to CRN 10259.

 

Approved History/Theory Electives (HT Electives)

Free Electives and Workshops

Core Complimentary Studies Electives

⟶ (BAS) Urbanism

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies (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.

 

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 Learn More on Portfolio Requirements

 

Suggested Course Sequencing for current BAS Urbanism students registering in the 2020-21 year. Please note that Core and Free Electives may be taken in any order. Scroll down to see lists. To see the complete grid for your own calendar year, click on appropriate Entry Year below.

 

Entry Year 2017

Entry Year 2018

Entry Year 2019

Entry Year 2020

 

For course grids for students who entered the BAS prior to 2017, please email architecture@carleton.ca.

 

First-Year Architecture Students,

 

There are particular courses associated with your fall and winter terms that are TUTORIALS – and these courses must also be registered in. It is not likely that the system will allow you to register in the LECTURE without a TUTORIAL associated with it (or vice versa) which will cause you registration problems.

For ALL students of the three streams, Design, Conservation and Urbanism in the FALL term:

When you register in your lecture in Art History ARTH 1200 CRN 30260, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 30261 to CRN 30270. When you register in your lecture in Architecture ARCN 2106 CRN 30208, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 30209 to CRN 30214.

For ALL students of the three streams, Design, Conservation and Urbanism in the WINTER term:

When you register in your lecture in Art History ARTH 1201, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 10250 to CRN 10259.

Students for whom ARCU 4600 Post WWII Urbanism is still a requirement are advised to take an extra Core Elective instead, since the class is no longer part of the curriculum. The only condition is that the class must be at the 4000 level. It is recommended that students take ARCU 4103 Cities.

 

Urbanism Core Electives
Free Electives (including Workshops)

⟶ (BAS) Conservation & Sustainability

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Conservation & Sustainability) program offers a specialization unique among all undergraduate architecture programs in Canada. Since 2009, this stream has focused on the conservation of historic architecture, paired with a study in the principles of sustainable design.

A growing proportion of architectural work – particularly in sustainable design – involves renovations with sustainability upgrades, or the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Following the Understanding, Planning, and Intervening method set out in the Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places, students in this program learn to study and assess existing architecture so that they can formulate creative and compatible design solutions for historic built fabrics. Conservation studio projects are founded on strong historical and social understanding, along with deep knowledge of conservation theories.

Benefiting from collaborative course delivery between the School of Architecture and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, students in the BAS Conservation and Sustainability program receive in-depth technical education on integrated building systems, architectural materials and assemblies, green building techniques, and hands-on practice with heritage documentation. Through the study of conservation theory, ethics, and best practices, students also learn to research and analyze existing architecture.

 

 →Learn More on Admissions

 Learn More on Portfolio Requirements

 

Suggested Program Sequencing for current C+S students registering current academic year. Please note that Core and Free Electives may be taken in any order. Scroll down to see lists. To see the complete grid for your own calendar year, click on appropriate Entry Year below.

 

Entry Year 2017

Entry year 2018

Entry Year 2019

Entry Year 2020

 

For course grids for students who entered the BAS prior to 2017, please email architecture@carleton.ca.

 

First-Year Architecture Students,

 

There are particular courses associated with your fall and winter terms that are TUTORIALS – and these courses must also be registered in. Actually, it is not likely that the system will allow you to register in the LECTURE without a TUTORIAL associated with it (or vice versa) which will cause you registration problems.

For ALL students of the three streams, Design, Conservation and Urbanism in the FALL term:

When you register in your lecture in Art History ARTH 1200 CRN 30260, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 30261 to CRN 30270
When you register in your lecture in Architecture ARCN 2106 CRN 30208, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 30209 to CRN 30214.

For ALL students of the three streams, Design, Conservation and Urbanism in the WINTER term:

When you register in your lecture in Art History ARTH 1201, you must also choose one Tutorial from CRN 10250 to CRN 10259.

 

C&S Core Electives
Free Electives (including Workshops)

Workshops Offered

Workshops Offered

 

Workshops are hands on, specialty courses which students may apply to take and use as a “free elective”. Complete the following steps to apply for the workshop of your choice:

 

Step One: Review the workshop offerings and descriptions, and ensure you meet the prerequisites of the course.

Step Two: Submit required application via email to instructor by the application deadline.

Step Three: Await a decision via your Carleton email

Step Four: If you are given approval to take the requested workshop, please forward the email to the Undergraduate Administrator. As well, you will need to fill out and submit an override request form on Carleton Central requesting a seat in the course.

 

Please note: Application to a workshop does not guarantee course access. All applications are reviewed by the instructor after the submission deadline. Students are encouraged to secure alternate registration in the event they are not accepted into a workshop.

Submissions may be electronic or paper and addressed to the attention of the instructor. Students will be notified within three weeks of the application deadline whether they have been accepted.

How to Apply

In addition to submitting a regular application to the University, applicants to the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) program are required to submit a portfolio.

To learn more about the portfolio requirements, please select the link below. Please note that if you are checking this link after March 1st of a given year, the page may not yet be updated.

CACB Accreditation

 

“In Canada, the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) is the sole agency authorized by the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) to accredit Canadian professional degree programs in architecture for the purposes of architectural licensure.” Source: CACB

CACA may grant a program a six-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards. In 2017, the CACB granted the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism a full 6-year renewal of accreditation. The School’s next accreditation review will be in 2023. 

Master’s degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree (at Carleton, the 4-year BAS-Design) and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.  For more information on CACB accreditation, see CACB Conditions for Accreditation

 

At the Azrieli School of Architecture, the accredited sequence consists of either of the following: 

 

• The 4-year BAS-Design degree plus the 2-year MArch curricular sequence or;

• The 4-year BAS-Urbanism or BAS-Conservation & Sustainability degree plus the 3-year MArch curricular sequence; 

• A 4-year honours undergraduate degree other than the BAS plus the 3-year MArch curricular sequence.

 

CACB Conditions for Accreditation