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M.Arch. (Post-professional), Ph.D.

  1. Introduction
  2. Programs
  3. History and Theory of Architecture
  4. Urban Design and Housing
  5. PhD (Architecture)
  6. Fellowships and Financial Aid (also see Scholarships, Prizes and Fees)
 

Post-professional M.Arch. students with Profs. Mellin, Tureli, Friedman, Bhatt and Luka, October 2015 (Juan Osorio)Post-professional M.Arch. students with Profs. Mellin, Türeli, Friedman, Bhatt and Luka, October 2015 (Juan Osorio)

 

Post-professional M.Arch. students with Prof. Vikram Bhatt, October 2014 (Juan Osorio)Post-professional M.Arch. students with Prof. Vikram Bhatt, October 2014 (Juan Osorio)

Introduction

The School of Architecture at McGill University offers a post-professional Master of Architecture program and a Ph.D. program for study beyond the professional degree in architecture. These programs have been conceived to respond to the needs of graduates with some professional experience who wish to acquire more specialized knowledge in architecture. The M.Arch. (Post-professional) programs reflect a McGill tradition of academic inquiry and research, and provide an opportunity for a select number of students and staff to work together. The programs are organized in such a way as to meet the needs of the professional practitioner and the researcher, and are intended to extend traditional architectural education as well as address new issues. Students with academic backgrounds other than architecture but with relevant experience or training are occasionally admitted to our post-professional programs.

Poster for 2014 Annual Conference - Post-Professional Research Projects (Anastasia Grigoryeva)Poster for 2014 Annual Conference - Post-Professional Research Projects (Anastasia Grigoryeva)

Poster for 2013 Conference (Sanjeevan Tharmaratnam)Poster for 2013 Conference - Post-Professional Research Projects (Sanjeevan Tharmaratnam)

Poster for 2012 Annual Conference (Elisabeth Bouchard)Poster for 2012 Annual Conference - Post-Professional Research Projects (Elisabeth Bouchard)


Programs: M.Arch. (Post-professional) and Ph.D.

The School of Architecture offers post-professional graduate programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Architecture (Post-professional) degrees. Each of the post-professional programs reflects McGill's tradition of advanced academic inquiry and research, and is structured to meet the needs of both the practicing professional and the researcher.

UDH students in studio with Profs. Bhatt and Friedman, October 2016 (Juan Osorio)UDH students in studio with Profs. Bhatt and Friedman, October 2016 (Juan Osorio)

UDH students with Prof. Avi Friedman at Bois Franc, October 2015 (François-Luc Giraldeau)UDH students with Prof. Avi Friedman at Bois Franc, October 2015 (François-Luc Giraldeau)

 

The main areas of study are the History and Theory of Architecture, and Urban Design and Housing.

  • History and Theory of Architecture: Teaching and research concentrates on the exploration and understanding of the complex connections between history, theory, design and interdisciplinary concerns, particularly in the areas of philosophy and epistemology.
  • Urban Design and Housing: Urban Design emphasizes the acquisition of skills pertaining to the analysis and design of the built environment, whether in existing urban districts or in newly-built areas. Our Urban Design component has a strong commitment to reflexive practice: conducting research that can inform and improve design quality, involving those who are affected by city design decisions, and promoting a long-range perspective on the consequences of actions that shape the urban environment. The Housing component is comprised, historically, of two streams: Affordable Homes and Minimum Cost Housing. Affordable Homes focuses on the knowledge and design skills necessary to understand the relationship between the architect and the external forces that influence the production of affordable housing in North America. Minimum Cost Housing addresses problems and philosophies of shelter in relatively poor areas and in developing countries. Students in Urban Design and Housing also have the opportunity to study architecture using concepts and theories from the history of architecture, cultural landscapes, vernacular architecture, and from other fields, including the social sciences, material culture, visual culture, and media and technology studies.

Poster for 2011 Annual Conference - Post-Professional Research Projects (Brighita Lungu)Poster for 2011 Annual Conference - Post-Professional Research Projects (Brighita Lungu)

Poster for 2009 Annual Conference- Post-Professional Research Projects MASOOMEH KALANTARI

Poster for 2008 Annual Conference- Post-Professional Research Projects ANDREA COHEN

 

Requirements for the Master of Architecture (Post-professional)

The Post-professional Master's program is open to applicants who have a professional degree in architecture. Students holding a B.Arch. or the M.Arch. (Professional) degree or an equivalent professional qualification, with a CGPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale, are eligible for admission to the graduate programs. In special cases, applicants with a degree in a related field may be considered. The primary requirement for the M.Arch. Post-professional program is 30 credits of course work, completed in the first two terms, and a 15-credit research report (depending on particular area of study requirements) that is completed during the summer. The residence requirement for the M.Arch. (Post-professional) degree is three consecutive academic semesters (September to December; January to April; May to August) leading to a degree in twelve months.

The statement of research interest is a key component of the application. Applicants should include a clear description of their research interest, as well as a detailed explanation of why they wish to study at McGill University’s School of Architecture.

Applicants to the Post-professional M.Arch. program are strongly encouraged to become familiar with the research interests of the faculty before submitting an application and may indicate a preference for an advisor. If no preference is indicated, an advisor will be assigned prior to Fall registration.

Poster for 2007 Annual Conference- Post-Professional Research Projects LIAN ZHOU & OLIVER SCHANZ

 

Requirements for the Ph.D. in Architecture

Candidates with high standing in McGill's M.Arch. (Post-professional) options, or those who hold an equivalent degree from another university, are eligible to apply to the doctoral program. The primary requirement for the Ph.D. is an original thesis that makes a substantial contribution to knowledge in the field of architecture; the minimum residence requirement is three years.

The research proposal is a key component of the application. Ph.D. applicants should include a clear, four-page description of their research topics, as well as a detailed explanation of why they wish to study at McGill University’s School of Architecture. Ideally, the proposal should also name the potential advisor and articulate the relationship between the proposed dissertation research and the scholarship of the faculty member.

Poster for 2006 Annual Conference- Post-Professional Research Projects REZA ALIABADI



History and Theory of Architecture

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Faculty: Annmarie Adams, Martin Bressani, Ricardo Castro, Alberto Pérez-Gómez, David Theodore

The History and Theory option is concerned with the reconciliation of ethics and poetics in architectural practice. The Master’s curriculum, which in most cases is also a required foundation year for a Ph.D. in the field, is simple in terms of course requirements, but demanding in terms of personal commitment to reading and writing. It is particularly suited to students with a professional background in architecture who want to explore and understand the complex connections between history, theory, and design. A thorough understanding of architecture as a cultural phenomenon, leading to a more serious definition of its true essence as it appears in history, is now regarded as crucial by practitioners and teachers who wish to come to terms with the present predicaments of architecture vis-à-vis the contradictions of the contemporary world.

History and Theory students with Profs. Pérez-Gómez, Castro, Mellin, and Theodore, October 2016 (Juan Osorio)History and Theory students with Profs. Pérez-Gómez, Castro, Mellin, and Theodore, October 2016 (Juan Osorio)

History and Theory students with Profs. Pérez-Gómez, Theodore, Bressani, Castro and Mellin, October 2015 (Juan Osorio)History and Theory students with Profs. Pérez-Gómez, Theodore, Bressani, Castro and Mellin, October 2015 (Juan Osorio)

History and Theory students, October 2013 (Juan Osorio)History and Theory students with Prof. Alberto Pérez-Gómez, October 2013 (Juan Osorio)

The course of studies consists of four seminar courses in architectural history and theory, a seminar course in critical writing, a project preparation course, one elective course, and a final project. Proficiency in spoken English and written English or French are requirements for admission.

Architectural theory is viewed not as methodology but as philosophical orientation. Crucial issues of contemporary culture are explored through readings of phenomenology and continental European philosophy. Key notions in architecture, such as technology, perception, theory and practice, meaning and symbolization, and the nature of history, are discussed through the presentation of carefully selected readings. One of the seminars is dedicated to the exploration of nineteenth-century architectural theory and practice in Europe and North America.

History and Theory students with Prof. Alberto Pérez-Gómez (Juan Osorio)History and Theory students with Prof. Alberto Pérez-Gómez, October 2012 (Juan Osorio)

History and Theory examines architectural intentions, particularly through primary sources in the form of treatises, starting with pre-classical Greece and finishing in the nineteenth century. The questions addressed are always placed in the context of a worldview through a “hermeneutical” method, and are, therefore, related to the clarification of real problems facing architecture in the modern world. History is not seen as an independent or gratuitous discipline conveying neutral or specialized information, but understood as the only authentic ground for theory and practical reason in the making of architecture. Students are expected to make oral presentations to the seminar group and to produce a scholarly paper based on personally selected topics.

All graduate students entering the program must audit two lecture courses coordinated with ARCH 651 and ARCH 654: Architectural Intentions from Vitruvius to the Renaissance and Origins of Modern Architecture.

The Project Preparation and Summer Project courses are run on an individual basis with an assigned advisor from the faculty members in the History and Theory option.

McGill University’s History and Theory of Architecture option has a long-standing international reputation. Students are able to draw from the wide-ranging expertise of the faculty of the School and the University. McGill’s Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art which includes the John Bland Canadian Architecture Collection is one of the best in Canada for this specialty. The course of studies is further enriched by the presence of distinguished visitors, which have included architects, theoreticians, historians and philosophers such as Juhani Pallasmaa, Dalibor Vesely, George Hersey, Karsten Harries, David Levin, Edward Casey and Richard Kearney, among others. The program is greatly enhanced by the proximity of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, a unique institution that attracts internationally recognized scholars and with which the program works in close collaboration. The multiple resources of the Centre’s library and archival collections are available for students doing thesis research.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENT / COURSES:

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) Post-professional (Non-Thesis): Architectural History & Theory (45 Credits)


History and Theory students with Prof. Alberto Pérez-Gómez, October 2010 CARRIE HENZIE
 

CMT & UDH students with Profs. Annmarie Adams, Ricardo L. Castro & Avi Friedman, November 2010 - Carrie Henzie


Post-professional students with Prof. Annmarie Adams, November 2009

Post-professional students in Knowlton with Prof. Annmarie Adams, October 2008

Post-professional students in Knowlton with Profs. Annmarie Adams and Robert Mellin, February 2007

Post-professional students in Knowlton with Prof. Annmarie Adams, October 2005

Post-professional students in Knowlton with Prof. Annmarie Adams, October 2004


Urban Design and Housing

Faculty: Vikram Bhatt, Avi Friedman, Nik Luka, Robert Mellin, Ipek Türeli

(Website)

The UDH program enables students to develop specialized skills for contemporary practice in housing, urban design, the interpretation of cultural landscapes, and the management of human settlements. The 12-month program comprises three consecutive terms of coursework. Intensive seminars held during the first two terms focus on contemporary theory and research methods in urban design and housing. Students take ARCH 603 (Urban Design + Housing Studio) as an applied synthesis of the material discussed in the two core seminars. Nine credits of complementary coursework round out the fall and winter terms along with ARCH 623 (Project Preparation), in which students develop the strategy for a major independent report (ARCH 632, Urban Design and Housing Research Report) to be completed in the summer term. Students interested in architecture studies leading to professional registration should apply to the Professional M.Arch. program.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENT / COURSES:

Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) Post-professional (Non-Thesis) Urban Design and Housing (45 Credits)

Site visit by UDH students to Benny Farm with Prof. Avi Friedman, October 2016 (Eloise Barry)Site visit by UDH students to Benny Farm with Prof. Avi Friedman, October 2016 (Eloise Barry)

 

Site visit by UDH students to the Cavendish Condominium Project with Prof. Avi Friedman (3rd from right) and architect Stephano Domenici (far left) in April 2016 (photo: Samina Mazumder Tuli)Site visit by UDH students to the Cavendish Condominium Project with Prof. Avi Friedman (3rd from right) and architect Stephano Domenici (far left) in April 2016 (photo: Samina Mazumder Tuli)

 

Prof. Vikram Bhatt with UDH students, October 2012 (Juan Osorio)Prof. Vikram Bhatt with UDH students, October 2012 (Juan Osorio)




Ph.D. in Architecture

Our Ph.D. is a research-based degree, with a primary requirement of an original dissertation that makes a substantial contribution to knowledge in the field of architecture. The minimum residence requirement is three years. Every year only a few students are accepted into the Ph.D. program, which means that all incoming Ph.D. candidates compete for places as Ph.D.2 students. The most qualified students enter into their first research seminar in September.

Entrance Requirements

Candidates with high standing in McGill's M.Arch. (Post-professional), or those who hold an equivalent degree from another university, are eligible to apply to this program. The primary requirement for the Ph.D. is an original thesis that makes a substantial contribution to knowledge in the field of architecture; the minimum residence requirement is three years.

The research proposal is a key component of the application. Ph.D. applicants should include a clear, four-page description of their research topics, as well as a detailed explanation of why they wish to study at McGill University’s School of Architecture. Ideally, the proposal should also name the potential advisor and articulate the relationship between the proposed dissertation research and the scholarship of the faculty member.

Residence Requirements

The residence requirement is six full-time terms, but for students who hold a McGill M.Arch. (Post-professional) degree, this requirement is reduced to four full-time terms.

Advisory Committee

Each Ph.D. candidate works with a specially selected advisory committee. The Committee has three members: the research director, an internal member (from within the School of Architecture) and an external member (from outside the School, but not necessarily outside the University) who is a specialist in the area of research. The research director will chair the Committee. Its function is to indicate additional courses (where required), evaluate the student in the comprehensive oral exam, and periodically to review the student's progress in the program. The Committee is appointed when the thesis advisor has approved the dissertation proposal (301-700).

In addition, an elective Ph.D. seminar is usually offered. This seminar is designed around students' research topics, and provides enriching feedback by professors, other advanced students and distinguished guests.

Language Requirements

There is no specific second language requirement. However, students are expected to study and possess a reading knowledge of the language(s) appropriate to their area of research before presenting their comprehensive examination (ARCH 701). In certain cases, the research director may recommend that the student fulfil a language examination requirement.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENT / COURSES:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Architecture

Dissertation Examination
An internal examiner and an external examiner must both accept the dissertation before the student may defend his or her work at a formal oral examination. Every doctoral dissertation at McGill must represent an original contribution to the field of research.

Doctoral Oral Examination
Once the dissertation is accepted, the student must submit to an oral defence before a committee. The committee is usually composed of two faculty members of the School of Architecture including the research director, an external expert other than the external examiner, the director of the School, and others who may be appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.


Fellowships and financial aid

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Fellowships and Awards

Students accepted to the Post-professional Masters and Ph.D. programs will automatically be considered by the School of Architecture Fellowships Committee for any awards available in that admission year. Registered Ph.D. and Masters students who are planning to pursue doctoral studies and meet the university’s eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for a SSHRC Fellowship. Information on SSHRC funding can be found at: www.mcgill.ca/gps/students/fellowships/sshrc.

Differential Fee Waivers are no longer offered to Masters students.

School of Architecture Awards and Teaching Assistantships

The School of Architecture offers a small number of awards to both entering and registered graduate students. Entrance awards are based on academic merit. There are no application forms, as all applicants are automatically considered.

A number of teaching assistantships are also offered by the School to students enrolled in the Masters or Ph.D. programs. Positions are posted on the bulletin board opposite the reception desk in the main office (Room 201) in late August (for the Fall term) and in November (for the Winter term). The appointment process is handled by the Administrative Officer of the School, in Room 204.

Since sources of funding are limited, applicants are strongly urged to seek support from aid agencies and foreign governments.

For a full listing of fellowships and awards, please click here.


Application procedures

The deadline for Post-Professional M.Arch. and Ph.D. applicants is JANUARY 15.

For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents on McGill’s online application system (uApply), please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare.

The Post-professional Masters program begins in September and is 12 months (three semesters) in duration (September – December; January – April; and May – August). Because of the sequence of courses, it is impossible to admit students in our programs during the Winter term.

To apply, the following items are required:

1. Application (Online)

Please complete and submit an online web application at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/ready.

2. Application fee

A non-refundable application fee of CAD$105.80 is required, payable by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) after completing the online application.

3. Curriculum Vitae

4. Transcripts

Applicants are required to upload unofficial transcripts from all universities previously attended. If you are recommended for admission you will later be required to supply official transcripts. Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript or by a certified translator.

Please refer to the following webpages: http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare/checklist/documents and http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/ready/submit/upload

5. Electronic letters of reference

Two confidential letters of reference are required for your application. Once you have identified your referees (you must provide a valid institutional e-mail address for each referee), McGill will send them an e-mail asking for a reference in support of your application (Gmail or Yahoo domains cannot be accepted).  Additionally, uploaded letters must be on university or company/business stationery and the referee must indicate his/her position and full contact information at the institution.

Please refer to the following webpage: http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare/checklist/documents.

6. Statement of research interest (Post-professional M.Arch.) or Research proposal (Ph.D.)

Statement of research interest / Post-professional M.Arch. applicants: a one-page statement of research objectives indicating the option chosen and the reasons for that choice. Applicants should include a clear description of their research interest, as well as a brief explanation of why they wish to study at McGill University’s School of Architecture. Applicants to the Post-professional M.Arch. program are strongly encouraged to become familiar with the research interests of the faculty before submitting an application and may indicate a preference for an advisor. If no preference is indicated, an advisor will be assigned prior to Fall registration.

Or:

Research proposal / Ph.D. applicants: a four-page research proposal, as well as a detailed explanation of why and with whom they wish to study at McGill University’s School of Architecture.

7. Portfolio

A digital portfolio (pdf format) of not more than 15 MB must be submitted containing at least five examples of the applicant's work. Doctoral applicants should submit evidence of research accomplishments, which could, in some cases, replace the portfolio requirement.

8. Writing sample (Post-professional M.Arch.) or Written work (Ph.D.)

Writing sample / Post-professional M.Arch. applicants: a recent sample of the applicant’s written work, on any topic (not necessarily within the desired field of graduate study) and not necessarily previously submitted for evaluation or publication.

Or:

Written work / Ph.D. applicants:  a sample of the applicant’s written work, drawn from essays, papers, or other work previously submitted for academic evaluation or publication, and falling within the desired field of graduate study.

9. Proof of English language proficiency

Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 567 is required on the paper-based test (PBT), or a minimum overall score of 86 with each component score (i.e. reading, writing, speaking, listening) not less than 20 is required on the internet-based test (iBT). (The TOEFL Institution Code for McGill University is 0935.) For the IELTS, a minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required (Academic Module). Please refer to the webpage: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare/requirements/proficiency.

Submission deadline

The deadline for submission of your online application and all supporting documents (curriculum vitae, statement of research interest or research proposal, letters of reference, unofficial transcripts, e-portfolio, writing sample or written work, and a TOEFL/IELTS score [if required]) is January 15.

Recommended applicants will be notified by Enrolment Services to provide official documents. For information on sending official documents: http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/ready/submit/send.

 

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Questions should be addressed to:

M.Arch. (Post-professional)
Ms. Marcia King, Graduate Secretary
Tel. 514 398 6700
Fax 514 398 7372
postprofmaster [dot] architecture [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Or:

Ph.D.
Ms. Luciana Adoyo, Ph.D. Program Administrator
Tel. 514 398 6716
Fax 514 398 7372
phd [dot] architecture [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)