cultural mediations and technology
The History and Theory option will not be offered in 2014-2015 due to the sabbatical leave of Prof. Alberto Pérez-Gómez (pending confirmation), but it will be offered as usual in 2015-2016
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M.Arch. (Professional) (Non-Thesis), M.Arch. (Post-professional) (Non-Thesis), Ph.D.
The School of Architecture at McGill University offers a professional Master of Architecture program, a post-professional Master of Architecture program, and a Ph.D. program. The M.Arch. (Professional) requires the equivalency of the B.Sc. (Architecture) degree for admittance. There are two options for the completion of this Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB)-accredited degree: Design Studio (45 credits) and Design Studio Directed Research (60 credits). The M.Arch. (Post-professional) and the Ph.D. programs are 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) program reflects a McGill tradition of academic inquiry and research, and provides an opportunity for a select number of students and staff to work together. The program is organized in such a way as to meet the needs of the professional practitioner and the researcher, and is intended to extend traditional architectural education as well as address new issues.
The M.Arch. (Professional) program is accredited by the CACB and is recognized as accredited by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in the U.S.
There are three areas of study in the M.Arch. (Post-professional) and Ph.D. programs: Architectural History and Theory; Cultural Mediations and Technology; and Urban Design and Housing.
Information concerning the duration of programs, documents required of applicants, etc., may be obtained at www.mcgill.ca/architecture.
Architectural Certification in Canada
In Canada, all provincial associations recommend a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The CACB, which is the sole agency authorized to accredit Canadian professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of accredited degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master of Architecture. A program may be granted a five-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.
Master’s degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
Since all provincial associations in Canada recommend any applicant for licensure to have graduated from a CACB-accredited program, obtaining such a degree is an essential aspect of preparing for the professional practice of architecture. While graduation from a CACB-accredited program does not assure registration, the accrediting process is intended to verify that each accredited program substantially meets those standards that, as a whole, comprise an appropriate education for an architect.
Please note that the M.Arch. (Post-professional) degree is not a professional degree and does not satisfy the requirements for certification with the CACB.
There are two options for the completion of this CACB-accredited degree: Design Studio (45 credits) and Design Studio Directed Research (60 credits).
|Master of Architecture (M.Arch.); Professional (Non-Thesis) — Design Studio (45 credits)|
|The Master of Architecture (Professional) Non-Thesis – Design Studio concentration requires a minimum of three terms (45 credits) for completion according to an intensive design studio-based curriculum. This option is a three-term consecutive degree (Fall, Winter, Summer) requiring full-time residence for one calendar year. For further information regarding admission eligibility and requirements, please see: www.mcgill.ca/architecture/programs/professional.|
|Master of Architecture (M.Arch.); Professional (Non-Thesis) — Design Studio-Directed Research (60 credits)|
|The Master of Architecture (Professional) Non-Thesis – Design Studio Directed Research concentration is a four-term (60-credit) option, which, as a modified version of the regular three-term (45-credit) stream, remains a project-based investigation with an intensive research component. Candidates within this concentration option are assigned a faculty adviser and engage in project-based directed research through an approved curriculum. It concludes with a two-term final project that includes a written component to the project-based investigation. Areas of research interest must be specified as indicated in the application form. Complementary and elective courses are approved in consultation with the adviser. For further information regarding admission eligibility and requirements, please see: www.mcgill.ca/architecture/programs/professional.|
The Post-professional master’s programs are open to applicants who have a professional degree in architecture. Students holding the McGill B.Arch. (former) or M.Arch. (Professional) (current) 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 post-professional programs. In special cases, applicants with a degree in a related field may be considered. The primary requirement for the M.Arch. (Post-professional) degree is 30 credits of coursework, to be completed in the first two terms, and a 15-credit research report (Cultural Mediations and Technology, Urban Design, and Housing) or 15-credit project (Architectural History and Theory) that is completed in the Summer term. The residence requirement for the M.Arch. (Post-professional) degree is three academic terms, making it possible for students to obtain their degree after 12 calendar months in the program.
|Master of Architecture (M.Arch.); Post-professional (Non-Thesis) — Architectural History and Theory (45 credits)|
|Teaching and research in the History and Theory of Architecture program 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. This 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.|
|Master of Architecture (M.Arch.); Post-professional (Non-Thesis) — Cultural Mediations and Technology (45 credits)|
|The Cultural Mediations and Technology concentration explores the way in which architectural practices are mediated by the broader contexts in which they are rooted and how they in turn shape our understanding of built, cultural, social, technological, and political environments. Studies focus on contemporary theory and cultural practices in an interdisciplinary context of architectural, artistic, vernacular, and community-based activities. This concentration also investigates the impact of technology on our way of creating architectural models that subsequently shape and form the world. It capitalizes on the expertise of the architect-researcher to move freely between art and science, between content-based and empirical research, and to facilitate robust interdisciplinary teams of engineers, technologists, media artists, and social scientists to understand, explain, and create today’s built environment. It is suited for those with a professional trajectory interested in understanding the impact of technologies on creative processes, as well as for those candidates who aim to pursue Ph.D.-level studies and research. The concentration offers a unique intertwining of intense theoretical and historical investigation with empirically based project research that culminates in a Project Report.|
|Master of Architecture (M.Arch.); Post-professional (Non-Thesis) — Urban Design and Housing (45 credits)|
|Urban Design and Housing at McGill is comprised of Urban Design, Affordables Homes, and Minimum Cost 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, to conducting research that can inform and improve design quality, to involving those who are affected by city design decisions, and to 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 devises philosophies of shelter in developing countries. The general aim is to provide professionals with the knowledge and imagination that they will need to engage individuals and the community in meaningful debates on the nature of housing and urban space and generate creative and sustainable solutions for cities. This option is particularly attractive to students who wish to pursue careers in public agencies and private consulting firms where a credential in Urban Design is important.|
Ph.D. in Architecture
|Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Architecture|
Our Ph.D. is a research-based degree, with a primary requirement of an original thesis 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 a place as Ph.D. 2 students. The most qualified students enter into their first research seminar in September.
Doctoral candidates must have their thesis proposal (ARCH 700) approved by their adviser before embarking on their research. A Thesis Advisory Committee is then struck and is responsible for monitoring the student’s research. For course ARCH 701, a comprehensive research proposal is required, as well as a demonstration of broad knowledge in the field. Candidates will submit two further reports in formal meetings with the Advisory Committee, who will review the work in progress (ARCH 702 and ARCH 703). The final meeting takes place after the Committee has reviewed the full draft of the dissertation. If approved, the dissertation will then be submitted in its final form to the Thesis Office. Acceptance of the thesis by the examiners is followed by an oral defence.