The McGill School of Architecture is one of the oldest in North America. Established in 1896, the School is part of the Faculty of Engineering and has strong links with the School of Urban Planning. Throughout the School's history, it has stressed competence in both the art and the science of building design and building construction. Its objective to instill in students the pursuit of excellence in the practice of architecture has produced architects who have distinguished themselves across Canada, the United States and abroad.
Architects provide the community with professional services for the design, construction, maintenance and renovation of buildings. The scale of work varies from modest home extensions to the redevelopment of entire city blocks.
Individuals interested in the design and construction of the built environment discover a broad scope of career opportunities in architecture. They can choose to work with the world's finest materials and most sophisticated construction techniques or can select simple local materials and products and design for self-help labour.
Programs in Architecture
The School of Architecture offers programs leading to five different degrees at the Bachelor, Master's and Ph.D. levels:
- Bachelor of Science in Architecture: B.Sc. (Arch.)
- Professional Master of Architecture: M.Arch. I
- Post-professional Master of Architecture: M.Arch. II
- Diploma in Housing: Dip. (Housing)
- Doctor of Philosophy: Ph.D. (Architecture)
The professional program is structured as a four-and-a-half-year (nine-semester) course of study divided into two parts. The first part, for students with the Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies in Pure and Applied Science or the equivalent, is a three-year (six-semester) program that leads to the B.Sc. (Arch.) degree. Most students from outside Quebec are admitted to an eight-semester B.Sc. (Arch.) program. The second part is a one-and-a-half-year (three-semester) program for those with the McGill B.Sc. (Arch.) and leads to the professional M.Arch. I degree which is fully accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board and by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards in the US.
The School of Architecture offers research-oriented post-professional graduate programs leading to the Graduate Diploma in Housing, the Master of Architecture (M.Arch. II), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The programs include the History and Theory of Architecture, Affordable Homes, Minimum Cost Housing, Domestic Environments, and Medicine by Design. Each program reflects McGill's tradition of advanced academic inquiry and research, and is designed to meet the needs of both the practicing professional and the researcher.