Bachelor of Architectural Studies: Majors

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

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies has three programs: Conservation and Sustainability, Design and Urbanism. All three programs are creative, studio-based curricula where students work on increasingly complex projects. All BAS students learn to thoughtfully manage the competing demands of function, aesthetics, technology, and construction and are trained in a variety of representational tools including drawing, (digital) model-making, writing, verbal presentations, and media such as photography, video, and other emerging digital techniques. Below are brief descriptions on what makes each program unique.

Conservation and Sustainability

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies in Conservation and Sustainability program addresses both the conservation of historic architecture and principles of sustainable design as applied to buildings and the urban fabric. C&S students explore contemporary theories of critical conservation, adaptive reuse, integration of new and historic structures, and traditional and emerging construction methods to reconsider our past for tomorrow. C&S courses are supported within the School and by the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.


The Bachelor of Architectural Studies in Design program explores the development of new buildings and programs. Design is increasingly focused on community engaged, and environmentally responsive work. Projects explore the impact of buildings on existing communities and their surroundings. Studios are supported by a robust sequence of technology, history, and media courses to form a comprehensive understanding of building design practices, and its social, technical, and regulatory context. Design courses are supported within the School and by the Department of Architectural History and Theory.


The Bachelor of Architectural Studies in Urbanism examines the form of the city and the complex network of forces, such as climate, technology, politics, transportation, and economics, that produce our built environment. Project-based studio courses explore the impact of urbanization on both the traditional core and the expanding periphery. Students in Urbanism can pursue a range of careers from planning to urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture. Urbanism courses are supported within the School and by the Department of Geography.

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