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Architecture

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The School

Director of the School, Gulzar Haider

Supervisor of Graduate Studies, Michael Jemtrud

The School of Architecture offers programs of study and research leading to the Master of Architecture Professional degree and a specialized Master of Architecture Post-professional degree.

M.Arch. Professional

The Master of Architecture Professional degree is awarded upon the successful completion of a full two-year program of studies. The program is studio-based with a strong theoretical focus, culminating in a two-credit thesis. The thesis is expected to include both a written text and a design component with appropriate modes of two and three-dimensional representation, including digital. Candidates should note that only work of the highest calibre will be accepted. It is expected that students will take a minimum of two terms to complete their thesis requirement. Final submission of all thesis work must be in a publishable format.

The Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) recognizes this degree as an academic prerequisite for registration in the Intern Architect Program. Further information on professional registration can be obtained from the CACB or from one of the provincial associations.

M.Arch. Post-Professional

Theoretical Issues in Architecture and Culture

The Master of Architecture Post-Professional degree is a three-term specialized program that allows students with a professional degree in architecture or equivalent to pursue advanced research at a graduate level. The program is research oriented and culminates with the completion of a thesis. Inter-departmental collaborations are encouraged. Thesis proposals are developed under the tutelage of a prospective thesis supervisor and are expected to address issues of architecture and cultural diversity and/or design and technology outlined below. The thesis is expected to include a written text and appropriate modes of two and three-dimensional representation, including digital. Final submission of all thesis work must be in a publishable format.

Please note that the M.Arch. Post-Professional degree is not recognized by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board as an academic prerequisite for professional certification. Students wishing to pursue professional studies in architecture are referred to the Professional M.Arch. discussed above.

Research in the Post-Professional M.Arch. is organized around two areas of inquiry:

1. Architecture and Cultural Diversity

'Architecture and Cultural Diversity' is concerned with the patterns and interrelationships of cultural issues and processes as they are manifest in built form and as they inform architectural design. For specific areas of faculty research, please consult the School's Web site.

The positioning of these research topics within the broader discourse on the history and theory of architecture is the subject of two core seminars offered consecutively in the fall and winter terms of the first year. The core seminars are supplemented with studies in cultural and architectural history and theory.

2. Design and Technology

Electronic technologies and screen-based interfaces extend and challenge traditional modes of visual expression. Simulated realities, expert systems, electronic modeling, visualization, and CAD applications open infinite possibilities in visual, written, and interactive communications. Moreover, the convergence of data as digital information allows for an unprecedented mixing and integration of media.

'The Design and Technology' area of the program addresses the need to engage technically-advanced tools in design studies and to bring design expertise to bear on new media, interfaces, software and technology products. The design of physical environments has long been the purview of architects; the Design and Technology specialization brings principles of architectural and graphic design to bear on virtual spaces, environments and graphic interfaces.

Please note that the M.Arch. Post-Professional is not recognized by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board as an academic prerequisite for professional certification. Students wishing to pursue professional studies in architecture are referred to the Professional M. Arch.

Qualifying-Year Program

Candidates with deficiencies in certain areas may be required to take additional prescribed courses as prerequisites to their graduate work. Applicants who do not possess a professional degree in Architecture may be required to register in the qualifying-year program (normally 5.0 credits at the 4000-level). All courses must be approved by the graduate admissions committee of the School in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Upon successful completion of these courses, students may be permitted to proceed to the M.Arch. Post-Professional program.

Admission Requirements

M.Arch. Professional

Students may be admitted to the M.Arch. Professional program following the successful completion of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies at Carleton University (see Undergraduate Calendar). All applicants are expected to have maintained a minimum academic average of B- in their undergraduate studies. In addition to these academic credentials, applicants must submit for review two examples of academic writing and a portfolio of creative work demonstrating facility in architectural design and methods of representation. Professional experience may be taken into consideration.

Where applicants do not hold a B.A.S., but hold a four-year undergraduate degree with a concentration in architecture, equivalence may be considered on the basis of a demonstrated, exceptional design ability and high academic standing (B+ minimum average). Applicants are required to submit a complete portfolio of artistic and design work produced during their undergraduate studies and two examples of academic writing. Professional experience also may be taken into consideration.

When professional work is included as part of an applicant's portfolio, a precise description of the applicant's involvement and responsibilities in the completion of the project must be included.

All applicants must provide two confidential letters of reference on the prescribed forms and a statement of academic and professional objectives.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires applicants whose native tongue is not English to be tested for proficiency in English, as described in Section 3.6 of the General Regulations of this Calendar. Note, however, that students with a TOEFL score below 600 will not be considered for admission to the M.Arch. Professional.

An admissions committee, which includes the supervisor of graduate studies, will determine the merits of each candidate on the basis of academic record, evidence of visual and architectural design ability, and, where applicable, professional experience. Enrolment is limited. The School's admission policy is governed by the availability of graduate student space. Possession of the minimum academic admission requirement does not, in itself, guarantee admission.

The deadlines for submission of applications for graduate studies (professional) in Architecture are as follows: March 1 for students requesting financial assistance; June 1 for students who are not seeking financial assistance but who are seeking admission in September. Applications are not accepted for admission in January.

M.Arch. Post-Professional

Students are admitted to the post-professional stream of the M.Arch. program on the basis of a first professional degree in architecture. Students are expected to have maintained a minimum academic average of B-. In addition to these academic credentials, applicants must submit for review two examples of academic writing and a portfolio of creative work demonstrating facility in architectural design and methods of representation. Professional experience may also be taken into consideration.

Where applicants do not hold a professional degree in architecture but possess either a professional degree in a related design discipline or an Honours B.A. in Fine Arts or the Humanities, equivalence will be considered on the basis of a demonstrated, exceptional design ability and a high academic standing (B+ minimum average). Applicants are required to submit a complete portfolio of artistic and design work produced during their undergraduate education and two examples of academic writing. Professional experience may also be taken into consideration.

All applicants must provide two confidential letters of reference on the prescribed forms and a statement of academic and professional objectives.

An admissions committee, which includes the supervisor of graduate studies, will determine the merits of each candidate on the basis of academic record, evidence of visual and architectural design ability, and, where applicable, professional experience. Enrolment is limited. The School's admission policy is governed by the availability of graduate space. Possession of the minimum admission requirements does not, in itself, guarantee acceptance.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research requires applicants whose native tongue is not English to be tested for proficiency in English, as described in Section 3.6 of the general regulations. Note, however, that students with a TOEFL score below 600 will not be considered for admission to the Post-Professional M.Arch.

The deadlines for submission of applications for graduate studies (post-professional) in Architecture are as follows: March 1 for students requesting financial assistance; June 1 for students who are not seeking financial assistance but who are seeking admission in September; October 1 for students who are seeking admission in January.

Program Requirements

M.Arch. Professional

General requirements:

  • 2.0 core course credits
  • 1.0 elective course credits
  • 3.0 studio credits
  • 2.0-credit thesis which must be defended at an oral examination

A list of approved electives is available from the Program Administrator at the School of Architecture. All non-core courses must be approved by the Supervisor of Graduate Studies.

Specific requirements:

Year 1
Fall Term
ARCH 5200, ARCC 5100, ARCS 5105
Winter Term
ARCH 5201, ARCS 5106
ARCU 4200 or 0.5 credit elective**

Year 2
Fall Term
0.5 credit elective**, ARCS 5909***
Winter Term
ARCU 4200* or 0.5 credit elective**
ARCS 5909***
*ARCU 4200 is a core course. It can be taken in the winter term of either year 1 or year 2.
** An advanced course at the 4000-level or above, chosen from a selected list of approved electives.
*** ARCS 5909 is expected to extend over two terms. By the end of the first term of thesis registration, students will submit a report for which an interim grade will be awarded. This report will follow guidelines prescribed by the Supervisor of Graduate Studies.

M.Arch. Post-Professional

1. Architecture and Cultural Diversity

General requirements:

  • 1.5 core course credits
  • 1.5 elective course credits
  • 2.0-credit thesis which must be defended at an oral examination

A list of approved electives is available from the Graduate Administrator at the School of Architecture. All non-core courses must be approved by the Supervisor of Graduate Studies.

Specific requirements:

  • ARCH 5001 (0.5 credit)
  • ARCH 5002 (0.5 credit)
  • ARCH 5003 (0.5 credit)
  • 0.5 credit in the area of architectural theory (an advanced course at the 4000-level in the theory of architecture offered by the school of architecture)
  • 0.5 credit in the area of cultural theory at the 5000-level or above in the general field of cultural theory
  • 0.5 credit elective chosen from an approved list of courses in the area of cultural studies, cultural theory, cultural production, the built environment and related subjects.
  • ARCH 5909 (2.0-credit thesis)

The program is normally completed in four terms of full-time study.

2. Design and Technology

General requirements:

  • 2.5 core course credits
  • 0.5 elective credits
  • 2.0-credit thesis which must be defended at an oral examination

A list of approved electives is available from the Program Administrator at the School of Architecture. All non-core courses must be approved by the Supervisor of Graduate Studies.

Specific requirements

  • ARCC 5001 (0.5 credit)
  • ARCC 5002 (0.5 credit)
  • ARCN 5101 (1.0 credit)
  • ARCN 5102 (0.5 credit)
  • 0.5 credit elective chosen from an approved list of courses in the area of culture and technology at the 4000-level or as approved by the Graduate Supervisor.
  • ARCC 5909 (2.0-credit thesis)

The program is normally completed in four terms of full-time study.

Academic Regulations

See the General Regulations section of this Calendar.

Graduate Courses

Course Designation System

Carleton's course designation system has been restructured. The first entry of each course description below is the new alphanumeric Carleton course code, followed by its credit value in brackets. The old Carleton course number (in parentheses) is included for reference, where applicable.

Not all of the following courses are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings for 2003-2004 and to determine the term of offering, consult the Registration Instructions and Class Schedule booklet, published in the summer and also available online at www.carleton.ca/cu/programs/sched_dates/

Qualified students in other departments may, with permission of the School, enrol in ARCH 5001, ARCH 5002, ARCH 5003, ARCC 5001, ARCC 5002, ARCN 5101 and ARCN 5102.

ARCH 5001 [0.5 credit] (formerly 76.501)
Architecture Seminar 1
An introduction to the intellectual frameworks connecting design and culture as manifest in theories of culture and architecture. The seminar builds on previous undergraduate studies, and is not an introduction to these fields. The field of inquiry is both historical and contemporary.
ARCH 5002 [0.5 credit] (formerly 76.502)
Architecture Seminar II
A continuation of ARCH 5001, this seminar follows the same general description, but concentrates more on architectural design, on the contemporary condition, and on the ways of thinking that characterize embodiment of cultural content in architecture and other artifacts.
ARCH 5003 [0.5 credit] (formerly 76.503)
Design and Culture Workshop
The prime objective of the workshop is experimental and provides an opportunity to investigate cultural issues in architectural design. The workshop operates as a directed study with specific content, objectives, and scheduling arranged between student and academic advisor.
ARCH 5200 [0.5 credit] (formerly 76.520)
Graduate Seminar 1: Introduction to Critical Thought in Architecture
Critical theories and research approaches relevant to the field of architecture. Identification of issues through a coordinated series of lectures and readings. Development of analytical and interpretative skills through seminar discussions and writing culminating in a scholarly position paper by the student.
ARCH 5201 [0.5 credit] (formerly 76.521)
Graduate Seminar 2: Contemporary Theoretical Perspectives in Architecture
Lectures, readings, and case studies on contemporary issues in architecture and allied fields of study. Critical analysis of current trends and possibilities set against traditional modes of architectural thought and practice. This course serves as a forum for a preliminary articulation of the thesis proposal.
ARCH 5909 [2.0 credits] (formerly 76.599)
M.Arch. Post-Professional Thesis (Architecture and Cultural Diversity)
A scholarly, written thesis supported by appropriate methods of two and three-dimensional representation. Research undertaken by the student is expected to engage one of the research topics outlined above. Documentation must be in a publishable format. All proposals must be approved by the graduate committee of the School of Architecture.
ARCC 5001 [0.5 credit] (formerly 77. 501)
Introduction to Design and Multimedia
Multimedia and interactive design as they relate to architecture and the field of design. Special topics include virtual environments, user interface in software, Web and product design, perceptual and cognitive science, navigation, film/video and sound editing and animation technologies.
ARCC 5002 [0.5 credit] (formerly 77. 502)
Topics in Design and Multimedia: Information Architecture and the World Wide Web
Introduction to the design of Web-based applications, focusing on process, site architecture, usability testing, and Web functionality. Students synthesize and customize software applications. Client and server-side functionality. Introduction to relational database design, JavaScript, cgi scripts, and "middleware" products such as WebObjects and ColdFusion.
ARCC 5100 [0.5 credit] (formerly 77. 510)
Advanced Building Systems
Introduction to advanced design in building technology and systems integration. Leading edge building materials, technologies and philosophies will be explored through intensive case study research and analysis, comparing, and critically evaluating, traditional methods with current computer modeling and analysis techniques.
ARCC 5909 [2.0 credits] (formerly 77. 599)
M.Arch. Post-Professional Thesis (Design and Technology)
Basic or applied research in architectural, industrial, and digital design. Areas include interactive education/training, product/interface design, programming/scripting, culture/technology, or research as defined by the student. Documentation must be in a publishable format. Topics must be approved by the graduate committee of the School of Architecture.
ARCU 4200 [0.5 credit] (formerly 78.420)
Introduction to Professional Practice
The practice of architecture. Professional organization and conduct, the architect's services, business law, office organization and management, contract documents, building codes, contract management, cost control, accounting and site supervision. Guest speakers and case studies.
ARCN 5101 [1.0 credit] (formerly 79.511)
Interactive Design Workshop I
An intensive introduction to the design of interactive environments, using multimedia software including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Macromedia, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Director, 3D Modeling programs, and sound editing. Basic design, graphic design, and software literacy. Presentations by design professionals.
ARCN 5102 [0.5 credit] (formerly 79.512)
Interactive Design Workshop II
An introduction to the logistic aspects of producing multimedia products with an emphasis on usability testing and user interface design. Topics include: storyboarding and graphic design, instructional design, rapid prototyping, project streaming, management and marketing, technical writing and product evaluation. Organized as a seminar. Work is done in teams.
ARCS 5105 [1.5 credit] (formerly 80.515)
Graduate Studio 1
An architectural investigation within a contemporary urban setting, usually dealing with central-city sites and complex programs. Projects address the question of urban architecture both from practical and theoretical perspectives. Architecturally relevant building technology and systems will be introduced in the Studio as required.
ARCS 5106 [1.5 credit] (formerly 80.516)
Graduate Studio 2
The design of a large-scale and culturally significant building project, set within a prominent urban or natural landscape. Integrated resolution of the combined issue of site, program, and expression is expected. Architecturally relevant building technology and systems will be introduced in the Studio as required.
ARCS 5909 [2.0 credits] (formerly 80.599)
M.Arch. Professional Thesis
Student-initiated design investigation, developed in association with a thesis supervisor, supported by written text and appropriate methods of two and three- dimensional representation. Documentation must be in a publishable format. All proposals must be approved by the graduate committee of the School of Architecture.

Other Course Offerings

The School offers graduate-level courses that can be used towards degree programs in the Faculty of Engineering, the School of Canadian Studies, and the Faculty of Public Affairs and Management at Carleton University. In addition, there is an understanding with the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, the Centre for Building Studies at Concordia University, and the Faculté de l'Aménagement at the Université de Montréal, recognizing graduate course work undertaken at Carleton University's School of Architecture. Members of the School may also supervise graduate research at these institutions.

Faculty interest and expertise lie in the following areas:

  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • Scholarly studies in architectural thought of late antiquity, early Christianity, the Renaissance, baroque, the modern movement, post-modernism, as well as Canadian Architecture and the architecture of Islam.
  • Architecture and Society
  • Ethnicity, multiculturalism and architectural expression; international development and indigenous architecture; heritage and preservation; evolution of the architectural profession.
  • Architecture and Technology
  • Building envelope and construction detail; design economics; structures; energy; lighting; acoustics; integration of systems.
  • Architecture and the City
  • Urban morphologies, architectural content of urban planning and design; social, cultural, economic, and political matrix in the urban society and the contemporary architectural reality.
  • Computer-Aided Design and Management
  • Design and modeling, visual communication, computer graphics; computers and architectural practice.
  • Architecture and Morphology
  • Studies in form, space, structure, and order; geometric and symbolic orders in architecture.
  • Design/Build
  • Applied architectural research, prototype development.

The following courses are available to students from other departments who hold an honours degree or equivalent in a related academic discipline. Permission of the School is required for registration.

ARCH 5000 [0.5 credit] (formerly 76.500)
Directed Studies in History and Theory of Architecture
Reading and research tutorials.
ARCH 5100 [0.5 credit] (formerly 76.510)
Directed Studies in Architecture and Society
Reading and research tutorials.
ARCC 5000 [0.5 credit] (formerly 77.500)
Directed Studies in Architecture and Technology
Reading and research tutorials.
ARCC 5401 [0.5 credit] (formerly 77.541)
Workshop: Technical Studies in Heritage Conservation
(Also listed as Canadian Studies 12.541)
ARCU 5000 [0.5 credit] (formerly 78.500)
Directed Studies in Architecture and the City
Reading and research tutorials.
ARCU 5402 [0.5 credit] (formerly 78.542)
Workshop: Urban Studies in Heritage Conservation
(Also listed as Canadian Studies 12.542)
ARCN 5000 [0.5 credit] (formerly 79.500)
Directed Studies in Computer-Aided Design
Reading and research tutorials.
ARCN 5001 [0.5 credit] (formerly 79.501)
Directed Studies in Architecture and Morphology
Reading and research tutorials.
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