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The Urban Design and Housing program enables students who have already completed their professional M.Arch. degree (or equivalent) to develop specialised skills for contemporary practice in housing, urban design, and the management of human settlements. It is open to students with a professional degree in Architecture, although applicants with a studio-based degree in a related field (landscape architecture, urban planning, environmental design) can be considered for admission in certain cases. All courses and studio projects are conducted in English; knowledge of French is useful in the bilingual context of Montreal but it is not a requirement. Successful applicants must meet the general requirements of the post-professional M.Arch. program as outlined here.


Program structure and courses

The post-professional M.Arch. Urban Design and Housing option involves a 12-month, 45-credit program of study, organised into 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 and 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 project (ARCH 632 Urban Design and Housing Research Report) to be completed in the Summer term.

Please note that we are currently revising the curriculum; minor changes will take effect in the 2015-16 academic year, and these will be announced on this page early in 2015.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES

ARCH 602 Housing Seminar 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ARCH 603 Urban Design & Housing Studio 6 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ARCH 604 Urban Design Seminar 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ARCH 623 Project Preparation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ARCH 627 Research Methods for Arch 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ARCH 632 UD&H Research Report 15 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

COMPLEMENTARY COURSES

Group A : Students must complete 6 to 9 credits from among the following courses.

ARCH 514 Community Design Workshop 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ARCH 517 Sustainable Residential Dev 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ARCH 520 Montreal: Urban Morphology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ARCH 521 Structure of Cities 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ARCH 562 Innovative Homes & Communities 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ARCH 564 Design for Development 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ARCH 566 Cultural Landscapes Seminar 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Group B : Students can complete 0 to 3 credits from any courses at the 500 level or higher, approved by an adviser.