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Please visit the Architectural Studies website to view the curriculum for each program.

Conservation and Sustainability

Specialized courses in the Conservation and Sustainability major address both the conservation of historical architecture and the principles of sustainable design as applied to architecture and the urban fabric. While emphasis is placed on historical practices, these students explore contemporary theories of adaptive reuse, the integration of new and historical structures, traditional building methods and construction materials, historic site recording, conditional assessment, monitoring and structural modeling. Conservation and Sustainability students develop an in-depth understanding of integrated building systems, methods of historical analysis, and the ethical and philosophical approaches to sustainable design and historical conservation. Courses are offered in collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Canadian Studies.

Design

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies in Design is for students who are seeking a career in architecture with an emphasis on architectural design. The program explores the theory, practice and culture of architectural design and its relationship with the environment through studio courses, workshops, and lecture courses. The model of architectural education is comprehensive in nature. It prepares students for a future in the practice of architecture but also provides a broad-based foundation for a multitude of interdisciplinary and related design fields. Students in Design learn to handle the conflicting demands of function, aesthetics, technology, fabrication and the economics in building design, and are trained in a variety of representational tools including drawing, model-making, writing, verbal presentations, photography, video and other emerging digital media. Students pursue intensive, studio-based studies supported by courses in Architectural History and Technology.

Urbanism

We shape our communities and they shape us. The form of the built environment determines how we live—our interactions with others, the quality of our lives, and the impact of our lifestyles on the environment. The Urbanism major explores the architect’s role in shaping the built environment. Working with politicians, urban planners, developers and community stakeholders, Urbanism students examine the form of the city and the complex network of forces that produce it such as climate, technology, politics, transportation and economics. Project-based design courses explore the impact of urbanization on both the traditional core and the expanding periphery and create proposals for the sustainable (re) development of large tracts of land and of ensembles of buildings. The design courses of the curriculum are supported by lecture courses and workshops in urban studies offered within the School and in the Department of Geography.

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