Graduate Programs

Graduate FAQs

Once you’ve chosen your program, you will need to request an application account through Carleton University. Instructions can be found at http://graduate.carleton.ca/apply-online/

January 15 – guarantees your application will be reviewed for consideration of admission and funding, if applicable.
July 15 – your application file will be reviewed if funds and space remain.

No – our admission is to the fall semester only.

M.Arch 8 credit:
Successful completion of a four-year undergraduate degree in architecture or its equivalent with a minimum academic average of B minus

 

M.Arch 15.5 credit:
an honours degree in another discipline with a minimum academic average of B+

OR

Successful completion of Carleton’s Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Urbanism, Conservation & Sustainability) degree with a minimum academic average of B+

 

MAS:
Successful completion of a degree in architectural studies with a minimum academic average of B-

 

PhD in Architecture:
Master of Architecture or a recognized equivalent in a discipline related to the strengths of the program with a minimum GPA of A-

 

Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation:
BAS or equivalent degree in architecture with an average of B+ or higher 

Programs

⟶ MArch

The Master of Architecture (MArch) 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.

 

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

 

We recognize that students come from a wide range of academic and life experiences.

 

MArch Streams

 

We have two MArch streams that you may apply to. The MArch admissions committee may recommend admission to either stream based upon a holistic review of your application.

 

2-Year MArch stream (MArch): Our two-year stream with advanced standing is intended for those holding a four-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent in architecture, with significant studio experience in architectural design.

MArch 2-Year Course Sequencing

3-Year MArch stream (MArch 1): Our three-year stream is intended for individuals holding an undergraduate degree from diverse backgrounds, and wishing to pursue careers in architecture.

MArch 3-Year Course Sequencing

 

Learn more at Architecture Next, a blog about the three-year Master of Architecture program.

Prospective students wishing to enter the three-year MArch stream may consider taking our 5 week summer program STUDIO FIRST to gain some experience in studio culture and build their portfolio prior to applying.

 

The Azrieli School emphasizes architectural design as a form of critical inquiry. Advanced studios offer exciting opportunities to study with Visiting Critics from Canada and abroad, who annually bring cutting-edge international design and research expertise to bear on the MArch. We also offer opportunities for studios abroad, and in the setting of award-winning professional offices. In winter 2020, more than 100 students travelled to Japan, Portugal and Spain, Israel, Istanbul, Barcelona, Bolivia and Chile.

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. In conjunction with the MArch, students may also pursue a Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation (GDAC).

The Azrieli School prepares students for engaging a culturally rich, technologically dynamic, and globalized world. Together, our graduate students and faculty are shaping a provocative and socially-minded space for design and debate. We hope that you will join this ever-changing experiment.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the MArch Folio and Student Gallery or to come and visit the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism. A Graduate Exhibition and Open House is typically held in January. Please contact the school for more information or visit our Events page.

 

For more information please visit (https://graduate.carleton.ca/cu-programs/architecture-masters/) OR contact our Graduate Administrator Ewa Mroz (architecturegrad@carleton.ca).

 

Please read the attached MArch Application Information from the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs at Carleton University.

 

After you have submitted your online application and paid the non-refundable application fee, Carleton will email you instructions on how to access Carleton Central. Your Carleton ID that you will need to access Carleton Central, will be assigned and sent to you in that email. Please note that it may take 1-3 business days for you from the time your application fee has been processed to receive this email.

At that time, you may need to upload any outstanding documents in Carleton Central that you did not upload within the online application. When you access Carleton Central, go to Student Records and click on the Graduate Admissions link. Here you can view a list of required documents and will be able to upload any outstanding documents required for your particular program. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documents uploaded can be read by an assessor.

 

How to Apply

 

The application process is completed in four steps:

 

1. Complete the online admissions document.

2. Pay the $100.00 CAD non-refundable fee.

3. When you have received your Carleton User ID, sent via e-mail, submit required documents to Carleton University’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. The required documents are in the checklist below.

4. Submit your portfolio via the SlideRoom application via this link (http://asoaau.slideroom.com). Please note that SlideRoom will charge $10.00 USD to use their online Application Management service.

 

Checklist:

 

1) Transcripts

2) Letters Of Reference

3) Statement Of Intent

4) Resume

5) Writing Sample

6) Portfolio

7) Language Proficiency (If Applicable)

 

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⟶ PhD and MAS

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 (C-SALT), 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 and Urbanism and to discuss their proposed research, as well as admissions requirements, with Dr. Stephen Fai, and Dr. Federica Goffi, program co-chairs.

 

PhD Architecture (10 credits) and MAS (6 credits) curriculum

 

List of PhD Supervisors:

 

Greg Andonian

Catherine Bonier

Natalia Escobar Castrillón

Mariana Esponda

Stephen Fai

Federica Goffi

Suzanne Harris-Brandts

Lisa Moffitt

Inderbir Singh Riar

Ozayr Saloojee

Mario Santana Quintero

 

PhD Graduates, Candidates and Students

Carleton University’s PhD in Architecture is an innovative, comprehensive doctoral program that fuses research with critical practice in architecture. Talented and thoughtful individuals are invited to undertake original, speculative, and experimental research in a broad range of fields. Doctoral projects at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism (ASAU) draw on the interrelated performative and reflective aspects of architecture, design, and material processes. Students are encouraged to engage in a number of related academic and research units on campus (many housed within ASAU) as well as major institutions in Ottawa.

 

Read this message from Jill Stoner, Director of the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism.

 

Research Labs at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism

 

• Research in the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) explores and develops innovative symbiotic relationships between the digital and fabricated 2D and 3D modes of representation.
• The Carleton Research | Practice of Teaching | Collaborative (CRIPTIC) pursues research in the humanities with a diverse agenda reflecting the interests of the collaborators through publications, exhibitions, and symposia.
• Research in the Carleton Sensory Architecture and Liminal Technologies Laboratory (C-SALT) focuses on the understanding, application, and invention of the material nature of architecture, construction, and design.
• Research at the Carleton Urban Research Lab (CURL) supports design-based thinking and collaborative projects centred on the entwined issues of water, cities, and equity.

 

The National Capital Advantage

 

Doctoral students benefit from the proximity of organizations situated in the National Capital Region such as the National Gallery of Canada (which includes the National Photography Institute) and the Canadian Museums of History, Nature, Aviation, Science and Technology. Ottawa is also home to Library and Archives Canada, the National Research Council Canada, the National Capital Commission, the National Arts Center, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

 

Program Information

 

PhD Architecture (10 credits) curriculum

PhD Course Sequencing

 

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Length: 5 years
Entry Terms: Fall
Fall Application Deadline: January 15

 

More Deadline Information 

 

Contact: PhD and MAS Programs Co-chairs
Steve Fai: steve.fai@carleton.ca OR sfai@cims.carleton.ca
Federica Goffi: federica.goffi@carleton.ca
Pathway Options: Coursework and Dissertation

 

Learn More on Application Information

The Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism prepares students for a future in the profession and provides an extraordinary foundation for a multitude of interdisciplinary and related design fields. Our Master in Architectural Studies (MAS) program is a 6-credit, non-accredited degree for students interested in pursuing in-depth investigations of matters of architectural concern as a preparation for academic research. The program aims at developing multidisciplinary and multimethod approaches to individual scholarship. The MAS can serve as a prerequisite to enter the PhD in Architecture. All of our programs emphasize creativity and innovation within theoretical and practical parameters. Graduates within the Azrieli School can also pursue a Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation.


Read this message from Jill Stoner, Director of the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism.


The National Capital Advantage


MAS students benefit from the proximity of organizations situated in the National Capital Region such as the National Gallery of Canada (which includes the National Photography Institute) and the Canadian museums of History, Nature, Aviation, Science and Technology. Ottawa is also home to Library and Archives Canada, the National Research Council Canada, the National Capital Commission, the National Arts Center and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.


Research Labs at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism


• Research in the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) explores and develops innovative symbiotic relationships between the digital and fabricated 2D and 3D modes of representation.
• The Carleton Research | Practice of Teaching | Collaborative (CRIPTIC) pursues research in the humanities with a diverse agenda reflecting the interests of the collaborators through publications, exhibitions, and symposia.
• Research in the Carleton Sensory Architecture and Liminal Technologies Laboratory (C-SALT) focuses on the understanding, application, and invention of the material nature of architecture, construction, and design.
• Research at the Carleton Urban Research Lab (CURL) supports design-based thinking and collaborative projects centred on the entwined issues of water, cities, and equity.

 

Program Information

 

MAS Course Sequencing


Degree: Master of Architectural Studies
Length: 2 years
Entry Terms: Fall
Fall Application Deadline: January 15

 

More Deadline Information 


Contact: PhD and MAS Programs Co-chairs
Steve Fai: steve.fai@carleton.ca OR sfai@cims.carleton.ca
Federica Goffi: federica.goffi@carleton.ca
Pathway Options: Coursework and Thesis

 

Learn More on Application Information

Learn More on Graduate Admissions

 

⟶ GDAC

The Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation (GDAC) program is taught by a multidisciplinary team of experts. The partnership between the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, and the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, in running this program allows students to gain perspectives in conservation from both a theoretical and technical framework. Students become well-versed in the global discourse of heritage conservation while developing the skills to assess and document heritage sites.

Canada has close to 25,000 properties designated as sites of architectural heritage. In addition, over 200,000 sites are listed in heritage inventories, with an average of 2,000 properties being added each year. There is a growing demand for qualified specialists to shepherd these valuable cultural resources. Carleton University already has an established international reputation for excellence in the field of heritage conservation. The GDAC diploma program builds on this foundation by augmenting our existing professional degree with a focus on architectural conservation.

The program consists of four credits dealing specifically with the theory and practice of architectural and heritage conservation, including in these areas:

 

• Challenges in adaptive reuse
• Advanced digital technology and condition assessment
• Evaluation of heritage properties
• Tangible and intangible heritage
• Indigenous rights and heritage
• Historic urban landscape conservation
• Heritage conservation and sustainability
• Repairing historical structures

 

Diploma students will have access to resources such as the NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering Annual Forum and workshops and participate in relevant projects at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS). CIMS is currently involved in the SSHRC New Paradigm / New Tools for Architectural Heritage in Canada Partnership Grant, assisting the Parliamentary Precinct Rehabilitation effort, and developing a building information model for the project. Students will also participate in organizing the Annual Heritage Conservation Symposium in collaboration with colleagues from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.

Carleton’s location in the National Capital Region make this diploma unique in Ontario. Partnerships with key government agencies, including Parks Canada and National Trust Canada, as well as other departments within Carleton University, provide important opportunities for scholarly exchange and material support for students.

 

Required courses: (fall and winter)

 

CDNS 5401 Heritage Conservation I: History, Principles, and Concepts
ARCC 5401 Workshop: Technical Studies in Heritage Conservation
ARCU 5402 Workshop: Urban Studies in Heritage Conservation / CDNS 5403 Heritage Conservation and Sustainability
ARCH 4200 Architectural Conservation Philosophy and Ethics
CDNS 5402 Heritage Conservation II: Theory in Practice
ARCN 5100 Representation and Documentation in Architectural Conservation
ARCH 5402 Evaluation of Heritage Properties
ARCH 4002 Canadian Architecture

 

There are two ways to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation:

 

(1) The Direct entry (DIP-AC) is for students with a professional degree in architecture or related discipline.

• Full time study: 8 months (September to April)
• Part time: up to 3 years to complete

 

(2) For students currently enrolled in Carleton’s Master of Architecture (DAC 31).

Students may apply to the Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation during the first year of study.

 

Online application deadline: February 1

 

Admission Requirements for all applicants:

 

• Bachelor degree with an average of B+ or higher
• Statement of Intent outlining why you wish to pursue a diploma in conservation
• Short Curriculum Vitae or Résumé
• Two confidential letters of reference
• Transcripts (international students must submit transcripts for evaluation by World Education Services). The process could take several months
• Portfolio (showing personal and/or professional work)
• English language proficiency if your first language is not English https://graduate.carleton.ca/international/english-second-language/

 

Admission is offered on a rolling basis. The deadline for application is February 1. International students are strongly encouraged to apply early so that visas and WES transcripts are received before the term starts.

 

Useful Links:

 

School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies (SICS)

International Students 

 

Learn More on Application Information

Learn More on Conservation Graduate Admissions

 

For more information please contact our Graduate Diploma Coordinator Mariana Esponda (mariana_esponda@carleton.ca).