Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation: Now accepting applications

January 22, 2022

The Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism is currently accepting applications for the Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation program. 

The four-credit diploma runs from September 2022 to April 2023 at Carleton University. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until July 15, 2022. International applicants are welcome. 

The GDAC program is suited to people with backgrounds in architecture, planning, urban studies, history and theory of architecture, history, landscape, or trades. This includes professionals wanting specialized training or to change careers; master’s students seeking to focus on architectural conservation; students pursuing a first job or applying for graduate studies. 

The program provides graduates with knowledge and skills to assess and document heritage sites and make decisions regarding architectural conservation. Students will become well-versed in the global discourse of heritage conservation. 

Multidisciplinary experts deliver the courses, covering theory and practice of architectural conservation, adaptive reuse challenges, advanced digital technology, condition assessment, evaluation of heritage properties, urban studies, and repairing historical structures. 


Building on Carleton’s international reputation in the heritage field, the GDAC offers opportunities for scholarly exchange and access to valuable resources through partnerships with government agencies and research partners. 


The diploma helps graduates establish a career in the growing field of architectural conservation in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. 


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“The GDAC ended up being a good addition to my previous architecture studies. It was a good balance of theoretical and practical classes that I still reference every day with the work that I’m doing. I don’t think I would be able to work so comfortably in heritage with just my normal architecture studies without having done the GDAC.”


Architectural Intern, Ottawa, Canada 
Master of Architecture, University of Laval 



“I’m very pleased to say that I am working in a field directly related to GDAC. I work as a heritage consultant in an architectural firm that specializes in heritage and adaptive reuse projects. I really do use an awful lot of what I learned — especially the classes I found challenging in BIM and engineering —on a weekly basis in my job.” 


Heritage consultant, Melbourne, Australia 
PhD in History, Monash University 



“GDAC gave me the opportunity to switch career paths to a field that reflects who I am and what I am passionate about; for that, I will always be grateful. I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in structural engineering at the University of Trinidad and Tobago part-time. I also work full time at the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago in the facilities and maintenance department. We and the construction department are responsible for the restoration and maintenance of our heritage sites, among other commercial buildings.”   


Facilities Project Coordinator, Trinidad and Tobago 
Bachelor of Arts in History and Theory of Architecture, Carleton University