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Program Summary

Sustainability has become a key consideration in both society and engineering. There is a growing need for engineers with expertise in the closely related areas of heritage conservation and sustainable building design. Carleton’s program in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering teaches students a modern approach for the design and retrofit of buildings that holds sustainability as the guiding objective while respecting architectural history and significance. Students learn to consider the life cycle costs and environmental impacts of building materials, energy demand, and the effective reuse and conservation of existing structures. Students in the program work closely with Carleton’s architecture students and have the option between following a Structural stream or an Environmental stream after their second year.

Carleton’s Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering is a multidisciplinary program that blends engineering and architectural studies. You will study within a top-notch engineering Faculty and be enriched by the program’s close association with Carleton’s well-known architecture program. The BEng in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering offers:

  • the opportunity to follow one of two study streams suited to your background and interests;
  • a challenging final-year project that brings together knowledge, skills and expertise gained in the program;
  • integrated and collaborative approaches to projects with architecture students;
  • generous scholarships to high-standing applicants.

In addition, Carleton offers all the benefits of studying in the nation’s capital, including the university’s proximity to key industry and government partners, such as the Heritage Conservation Directorate, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), the Canada Green Building Council, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Our laboratory and research facilities

At Carleton, you will benefit from:

  • a wealth of well-equipped engineering laboratories and computer rooms on campus;
  • the excellent resources of Carleton’s state-of-the-art architecture facilities, considered among the finest in North America;
  • our proximity to, and association with, the National Research Council Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Environment Canada.

Co-op opportunities

As a student in the Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering program you will have the opportunity to apply to the Co-operative Education Program. Co-op integrates degree-related, paid work terms into your degree program. A minimum of four work terms are required to obtain the Co-op designation on your degree. Often, the four consecutive work terms following third year take place with the same employer. Our program is closely associated with government departments and agencies as well as private firms, giving students valuable work experience and contacts that will benefit them in the future.

Ottawa is a global technology leader. Sharing a city with some of the world’s best tech companies and government laboratories offers excellent opportunities for co-op and internship placements, as well as a high number of prospects for future employment. Nearly 79,000 people in the national capital are employed by more than 1,800 tech companies, including multinational giants who lead the way in telecommunications, software, computer systems, aerospace, sensor technologies, the environment, security and defence, construction, semiconductors, and wireless technologies.

The BEng in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. Students in both the structural and environmental streams begin with a similar core of courses in engineering, math, science and introductory architecture. In the third and fourth years of the program, the streams become more specialized. As a structural stream student, you will concentrate on conservation and sustainability in the design of new structures, and the assessment and retrofit of existing structures. The environmental stream allows you to develop sustainable building practices with a focus on water quality and conservation, air quality, life-cycle analysis, and disposal of materials and waste streams.

As a graduate in this field, you will have acquired a skill set that industry has identified as lacking in current postsecondary school education in Canada. Graduates from the Structural Stream will be to design a building just like a structural or civil engineer and will benefit from specific expertise in green building design and heritage conservation. Graduates from the Environmental Stream have a unique blend of expertise in water and air quality, waste and resource management complemented by sustainable building design and conservation.