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

Offered by: Architecture     Degree: Master of Architecture

Program Requirements

The program consists of three semesters of coursework, to be completed in 12 months. Intensive weekly seminars held during the first two terms focus on urban design and housing theory and research methods. ARCH 603 Urban Design Studio is taken in tandem with ARCH 623 Project Preparation during the winter term, culminating in the Urban Design and Housing Research Report (ARCH 632).

Research Report (15 credits)

Required Courses (21 credits)

  • ARCH 602 Urban Design Seminar 1 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Introduction to urban design and housing: general preoccupations, theoretical antecedents, epistemological foundations, and practical techniques pertinent to contemporary theory and practice.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Vikram Bhatt (Fall)

    • (3-1-8)
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken URBD 611.
  • ARCH 603 Urban Design Studio (6 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Advanced concepts and methods used in urban design, focusing on epistemological debates, practical techniques, and philosophical concerns that shape contemporary theory and practice in the field.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Vikram Bhatt (Fall)

    • (6-1-11)
    • Prerequisites: ARCH 602 or URBD 602 (or equivalent course at Université de Montréal).
    • Corequisite: ARCH 604
    • Restrictions: Open only to students enrolled in the M.Arch. (Post-prof.) Urban Design and Housing option or the Maîtrise individualisée en design urbain offered by Université de Montréal. Not open to students who have taken URBD 613.
  • ARCH 604 Urban Design Seminar 2 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Advanced concepts and methods used in urban design, focusing on epistemological debates, practical techniques, and philosophical concerns that shape contemporary theory and practice in the field.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Nicholas Luka (Winter)

    • (4-0-8)
    • Prerequisites: ARCH 602 or URBD 602 (or equivalent course at Université de Montréal).
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken URBD 614.
  • ARCH 623 Project Preparation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Guided background preparation for the project.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Vikram Bhatt, Robert Mellin, Abraham Friedman, Annmarie Adams, Aaron Sprecher, Aysenur Türeli, Alberto Perez-Gomez (Winter)

    • (2-1-6)
  • ARCH 627 Research Methods for Architects (4 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : An intensive course in research methods for students with professional training in architecture. Topics include how to set research questions, establish hypotheses, engage methodologies, produce literature reviews, organize fieldwork, and present findings.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Annmarie Adams (Fall)

    • (4-0-8)
    • Restriction: Open only to students enrolled in the M.Arch. (Post-professional) programs.

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

  • ARCH 515 Sustainable Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : This course will address sustainable design theory and applications in the built environment with students from a variety of fields (architecture, urban planning, engineering, sociology, environmental studies, economics, international studies). Architecture will provide the focus for environmental, socio-cultural and economic issues.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • (3-0-6)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 377 or permission of instructor.
  • ARCH 517 Sustainable Residential Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Design strategies of sustainable residential environments at the community and the unit levels. Historic references, siting principles, high density, healthy developments, green homes, urban renewal, circulation and parking, open spaces and implementation approaches.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • (3-0-6)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 377 or equivalent
  • ARCH 520 Montreal: Urban Morphology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Historical, geographical, demographical, and regional evolution of the metropolis of Montreal. Topics include: important quartiers, the Montreal urban grid, industrialization, reform movements, geographical diversity, urban culture, local building techniques and materials. Basic concepts of urban morphology and their relationships to the contemporary urban context will be explored.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • (2-1-6)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 251
    • Given alternate years, alternating with ARCH 521
  • ARCH 521 Structure of Cities (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Nature, pattern and life of modern cities. Urban networks, special areas, problems and prospects.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Aysenur Türeli (Winter)

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 202 or permission of instructor
    • Given alternate years, alternating with ARCH 520
  • ARCH 523 Significant Texts and Buildings (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Critical study of significant architectural thought since 1750 as it has been expressed in buildings and texts (treatises, manifestos, criticisms). A specific theme will be addressed every year to allow in-depth interpretations of the material presented and discussed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 251
    • Given alternate years, alternating with ARCH 524
    • Restriction: Departmental permission required
  • ARCH 526 Philosophy of Structure (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Philosophy of Structure aims to investigate structure in its broadest sense. The course is divided in two halves; the first one gives an overview of the development of theoretical structural frameworks such as mathematics and geometry, while the second one highlights physical structures constructed by nature (geology, turbulence), man or animals.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 202 or permission of Instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ARCH 374
  • ARCH 527 Civic Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : The elements of form in buildings and their siting design in the urban setting.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 378
  • ARCH 528 History of Housing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Indigenous housing both transient and permanent, from the standpoint of individual structure and pattern of settlements. The principal historic examples of houses including housing in the age of industrial revolution and contemporary housing.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Pieter Sijpkes (Winter)

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 251 or permission of instructor
  • ARCH 529 Housing Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : A review of environmental alternatives in housing; contemporary housing and the physical and sociological determinants that shape it; Canadian housing.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 528 or permission of instructor
  • ARCH 531 Architectural Intentions Vitruvius - Renaissance (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Architectural intentions embodied in buildings and writings of architects from antiquity to the Renaissance. Special emphasis is placed on the cultural connections of architecture to science and philosophy.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Alberto Perez-Gomez (Fall)

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 251
  • ARCH 532 Origins of Modern Architecture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Examination of architectural intentions (theory and practice) in the European context (especially France, Italy and England), during the crucial period that marks the beginning of the modern era.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Alberto Perez-Gomez (Winter)

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 251
  • ARCH 533 New Approaches to Architectural History (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : An exploration of the aims, tools, and methods of Architectural History as a discipline; the use of primary sources from the Canadian Centre for Architecture and other archives.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 251 or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Departmental permission required
  • ARCH 535 History of Architecture in Canada (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : French, British and American influences in the history of Canadian architecture, with particular emphasis on the Eastern Provinces. Site visits and case studies.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Julia Gersovitz (Fall)

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 251 or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ARCH 372
    • Given alternate years, alternating with ARCH 536.
  • ARCH 536 Heritage Conservation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Historic attitudes and terminologies of conservation; historic research techniques. Restoration technology of building materials and principles of interior design in the 19th and 20th century; current preservation planning.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • (3-3-3)
    • Given alternate years, alternating with ARCH 535
    • Site visits and case studies.
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 251 or permission of instructor.
  • ARCH 540 Selected Topics in Architecture 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : A course to allow the introduction of new topics in Architecture as needs arise, by regular and visiting staff.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Pieter Sijpkes (Summer)

    • (2-0-7)
  • ARCH 541 Selected Topics in Architecture 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : A course to allow the introduction of new topics in Architecture as needs arise, by regular and visiting staff.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Nancy Hawley Dunton (Fall)

    • (2-0-7)
  • ARCH 550 Urban Planning and Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : A survey of municipal, regional and provincial actions to guide urban development in Canada, with a particular emphasis on Montreal and Quebec. It also introduces students to concepts in real-estate development and highlights the relationship between developers and planners.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Jose Otero (Winter)

    • (3-0-6)
    • Prerequisite: B.Sc.(Arch.) or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Not normally open to Urban Planning students
  • ARCH 561 Affordable Housing Seminar 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Issues affecting housing delivery systems. Site selection; dwelling forms and prototypes; interior design construction methods; products and utilities; land subdivision; roads, pathways and infrastructure; open spaces; infill housing; selected built case studies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: Undergraduate students: permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ARCH 630.
  • ARCH 562 Affordable Housing Seminar 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Ideas and built prototypes of new paradigms in residential architecture. Adaptability; net-zero energy dwellings; prefabrication; recycling; narrow-front; green roofs; design for reduced mobility and affordability.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 561. Undergraduate students: permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ARCH 631.
  • ARCH 564 Design for Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Designing for sustainable development to meet the Millennium and its new environmental goals. Approaches, strategies and projects that meet these goals in areas of economic empowerment, food security, gender equity, health and sanitation, and shelter sectors.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Vikram Bhatt (Winter)

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
  • ARCH 566 Cultural Landscapes Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Overview of cultural landscapes studies, methodologies, and resources. Comparative studies of the connection between people, place, and artifact systems through a critical examination of architecture, regional context, and material culture. Examination of precedents for the interpretation of cultural landscapes by architects, ethnologists, anthropologists, folklorists, historians, writers, filmmakers, photographers, and artists.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Robert Mellin (Winter)

    • (3-0-6)
  • ARCH 622 Critical Writing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Seminar to critically review an architectural topic.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Ricardo L Castro (Fall)

    • (2-0-7)
  • ARCH 680 Field Sketching (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Observation, notebook recording, sketching in a range of media in the field in Montreal and other urban sites. Eight days of supervised field sketching outside Montreal, followed by local fieldwork and coursework examining architectural sketching as a process that develops an intellectual and physical framework for encounters with the urban environment.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: David Covo, Robert Mellin (Fall)

    • (0-0-3)
  • URBP 501 Principles and Practice 1 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : This six-week intensive course exposes students to issues and techniques that are applicable in diverse professional planning contexts. The subject matter, geographic area, scale of intervention and institutional location of planning varies from semester to semester. The course focuses on a specific case study and is taught by a visiting lecturer with professional experience in the selected subject matter.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • (2-0-4)
  • URBP 504 Planning for Active Transportation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : The importance of transit, walking, and cycling as modes of transportation in sustainable urban environments. Planning, design, and operation of mass transit systems, bikeways, and footpaths.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Ahmed Elgeneidy (Winter)

    • (3-0-6)
  • URBP 505 Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : An introduction to fundamental geographic information system (GIS) concepts and a range of GIS applications in urban and regional planning.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: David Brown (Winter)

    • (0-2-7)
  • URBP 506 Environmental Policy and Planning (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Analytical and institutional approaches for understanding and addressing urban and other environmental problems at various scales; characteristics of environmental problems and implications; political-institutional context and policy instruments; risk perception and implications; cost-benefit analysis, risk assessment, multiple-objectives approaches, life-cycle analysis; policy implementation issues; case studies.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Madhav Govind Badami (Winter)

    • (3-0-6)
    • Restriction: This course is open to students in U3 and above
  • URBP 530 Urban Environmental Planning (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Urban environmental planning with a focus on sustainability and smart growth. Consideration is given to the tools, techniques and processes that planners use to promote sustainable urban development. Local applications and community initiatives are addressed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Note: Not open to students who have taken URBP 614.
  • URBP 536 Transportation Seminar 1 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Current transportation issues and topics are addressed from practitioner and academic perspectives.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Ahmed Elgeneidy (Fall) Ahmed Elgeneidy (Winter)

    • (1-0-2)
  • URBP 537 Transportation Seminar 2 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Current transportation issues and topics are addressed from the perspectives of both professional practitioners and academics.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Ahmed Elgeneidy (Fall) Ahmed Elgeneidy (Winter)

    • (1-0-2)
    • Prerequisite: URBP 536
  • URBP 538 Transportation Seminar 3 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Current transportation issues and topics are addressed from the perspectives of both professional practitioners and academics.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Ahmed Elgeneidy (Fall) Ahmed Elgeneidy (Winter)

    • (1-0-2)
    • Prerequisite: URBP 537
  • URBP 616 Selected Topics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Special topics related to Urban Planning will be presented by staff and visiting lecturers.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • URBP 617 Selected Topics 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Special topics related to Urban Planning will be presented by staff and visiting lecturers.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Madhav Govind Badami (Winter)

  • URBP 618 Selected Topics 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Special topics related to Urban Planning will be presented by staff and visiting lecturers.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • URBP 619 Land Use and Transportation Planning (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Analysis of transportation and land use interactions in urban areas. Study of the impacts of transportation systems on travel behaviour, residential and work location decisions, and urban form; discussion of implications for planning practice.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Ahmed Elgeneidy, Kevin Manaugh (Winter)

    • (2.5-0.5-6)
  • URBP 625 Principles and Practice 2 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Urban Planning : This six-week intensive course exposes students to issues and techniques which are applicable in diverse professional planning contexts that vary in terms of their subject matter, location, scale and the role played by planners. The course focuses on a specific case study and is taught by a visiting lecturer with experience in the selected subject area. Course topics are systematically varied over a two-year cycle.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Lisa Bornstein (Winter)

  • URBP 626 Principles and Practice 3 (2 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Urban Planning

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Kevin Manaugh (Winter)

  • URBP 629 Cities in a Globalizing World (3 credits)

    Offered by: Urban Planning (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Urban Planning : Cities and planning in comparative perspective; focus on the developing world. Topics covered include: global and local processes shaping cities worldwide, urban problems in developed and developing regions, and the impacts of planning and governance on urban form, economic growth, and equity.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • (3-0-6)
    • Prerequisite: URBP 622 or permission of instructor.
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