B.Sc. (Arch.) and M.Arch. (Professional): Mary Lanni-Campoli


U0, U1, U2, U3 (B.Sc.(Arch.)) Students, Exchange Students, Special Students, and M.Arch. (Professional))




It is necessary that B.Sc.(Arch.) and M.Arch.(Professional) architecture students who have made changes to their courses for the Winter 2014 session and/or who are expected to graduate this year, meet with Mary Lanni-Campoli, Student Advisor/Program Administrator, Room 202, Macdonald-Harrington Building, during this time.    If there are no changes in your registration, you do not have to make an appointment during the add/drop period.  It can be scheduled at a later date, as required.

New Students (including Returning, Special and Exchange students):  Registration on Minerva is already available as per the conditions of your acceptance. 

Course Add/Drop Period

The course add/drop period allows for changes or corrections to the original registration.  The course add/drop period for Winter 2014 term will take place between December 1, 2013 and January 21, 2014.


For any updates on the schedule of courses, please refer to the Minerva Schedule.

Confirmation of Course Changes - Procedure

  1. Please help yourself to the information sheets provided on the table, located in the 2nd floor corridor, next to the bulletin board. 
  2. Review your choices, make any changes or corrections on the appropriate form.  B.Sc.(Arch.) students will use the Faculty of Engineering Course Authorization form, while the M.Arch.(Prof.) students will use the Minerva Course Selection form!.
  3. See Mary, with your completed form, to review your choices, confirm your graduation potential, etc.!
  4. M.Arch. (Professional) students must also register for the Registration Confirmation course “REGN RCGR” for Winter 2014 (CRN #2262).

Design Studios

The design studio grouping lists will be available by the 1st week of classes in January 2014. Please make sure you are registered in the correct design studio section (according to the official Minerva class list)  before the end of the Course Add/Drop period.

Appointment Schedule

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, starting Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by appointment, and drop-in between 2:00-4:00 p.m. for those short questions!    A sign-up sheet to reserve a time is located on the counter in Room 201 (School reception).

Verification Period

Verification period via Minerva for all students in all faculties will take place between January 20 and 24, 2014.  Verify your entire record on Minerva (address, personal data, courses, program, etc.) and consult with Mary if there are any problems.  It is especially critical that graduating students verify their records prior to the start of their final term of study.

This is also the final opportunity to correct any errors regarding the wrong design studio section.  Are you on the correct Minerva design studio class list section? 


Students expecting to complete their programs by April 2014 or Summer 2014 will need to correct their Date of Expected Graduation by using the Minerva Registration System.   Please verify your status, and meet with Mary during the course/add drop period, in order to confirm your eligibility for graduation. 

  • Deadline for Winter 2014 (Spring 2014 convocation) is:  February 1, 2014 (tentative).
  • Deadline for Summer 2014 (Fall 2014 convocation) is: March 1, 2014 (tentative).

Student Exchange Programs (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Students wishing to participate in a student exchange during the 2014-2015 academic year, are reminded of the following:

Application deadline: January 15, 2014. Please provide all information required on the web application form.

The following is a list of current School of Architecture Bi-Lateral Student Exchange partners:

  • Universita Iuav di Venezia, Venice, Italy.
  • Fakultat fur Raumplanung und Architektur, Technische Universitat Wien, Vienna, Austria
  • Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL, Tournai), Belgium
  • Ecole superieure d’architecture de Grenoble, Grenoble, France.
  • Ecole superieure d’architecture Clermont-Ferrand, Clermont-Ferrand, France
  • Scuola di Architettura Civile, Politecnico di Milano (Bovisa)
  • The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture (graduate level only)

The complete list of McGill University Bilateral Student Exchanges and CREPUQ Student Exchanges may be viewed here.

Extra; Pass/Fail

If you wish to take a course pass/fail, please note that this is only possible with outside electives in the B.Sc.(Arch.) program.  Sometimes students wish to pursue courses for personal interest which they do not  need or wish to count in their program.  In this case the course would be marked extra.  If you wish to take a course pass/fail or extra, please discuss it further with Mary Lanni-Campoli, Student Advisor. 


Students wishing to pursue a Minor during their Undergraduate Studies may discuss this further with Mary.

Architectural Complementaries/Outside Electives

B.Sc.(Arch.) students must take courses starting at the 200-level.  100-level courses, or courses whose content is similar to our required courses, will NOT count as fulfilling the program’s requirements.

M.Arch.(Prof.) students must take courses starting at the 500-level within McGill University; external courses must be taken at the graduate level (equivalent McGill 600-level).

The following architectural complementaries will be given in Winter 2014:

  • ARCH 383  Geometry and Architecture (R. Zuk)
  • ARCH 515  Sustainable Design (M.Jemtrud)
  • ARCH 523  Significant Texts & Buildings (R. L. Castro).  Limited  enrolment.
  • ARCH 526  Philosophy of Structures (P. Sijpkes)
  • ARCH 532  Origins of Modern Architecture (A. Perez-Gomez)
  • ARCH 564  Design for Development (V.Bhatt)
  • ARCH 566  Cultural Landscapes Seminar (I. Tureli)
  • ARCH 604  Urban Design Seminar 2 (V. Bhatt) (Limited enrolment).
  • ARCH 626  Critical Design Strategies (M.Jemtrud) (Limited enrolment- priority DSR students)
  • ARCH 685  Contemporary Theory 2 (M.Bressani) (Limited to M.Arch. students only)

Limited Enrolment Courses

Students interested in taking a limited enrolment course should send an e-mail to Mary, to “preregister”.  Students are expected to attend the first lecture, where permission to register will finally be confirmed.

Selected Topics Courses

There is a limited opportunity to pursue an independent Selected Topics. However, final approval will be granted by the Director and Associate Directors.  Please submit your proposals, Room 202, at least two weeks prior to the commencement of term.

Three selected topics courses are available:

  • ARCH 490 Selected Topics in Design (reserved for special projects involving the use of the computer lab, workshop lab, or photolab)
  • ARCH 540  Selected Topics in Architecture 1 (reserved for competitions)
  • ARCH 541  Selected Topics in Architecture 2  (reserved for special course offerings)

A “Selected Topics Proposal Form” may be picked up from Room 202.  B.Sc.(Arch.) students can only use  a particular Selected Topics course number once.    

Plans of Study

  • B.Sc.(Arch.) students: please examine the appropriate B.Sc.(Arch.) Plan of Study (based on entry year)
  • M.Arch. (Professional) students:  please examine the M.Arch. (Professional) Design Studio Coursework Plan of Study - 2013-14
  • M.Arch. (Professional) students:  please examine the appropriate M.Arch. (Professional) Design Studio Directed Research Plan of Study (based on year of entry)

Permissible Course Load

The normal course load is 15 or 16 credits per term.  With special permission, this load may be increased to 18 credits.

Language Courses

B.Sc.(Arch.) students wishing to take a language course may do so; up to 6 credits in a language course may count towards the outside electives requirement for the B.Sc.(Arch.) program.  Students must take the placement test, as permission is conditional to students registering for the appropriate “level”.

Please note:  M.Arch.(Prof.) students wishing to take a language course may do so; however, no credit will be granted.  Additional tuition fees will be charged.

Education in Art Courses

Credit for courses taken at the McGill Faculty of Education, such as Painting, Sculpture, will be restricted to one course for its full value (i.e. 1-3 credit course) to be counted towards the outside elective requirement for the B.Sc.(Arch.) program.  Students wishing to take more than 1 course may do so on condition that the course will not count towards fulfilling the degree requirements and will be marked “extra”.

Travel Registry and Pre-Departure Orientation

The University provides semi-annual presentations to help prepare undergraduate students for University-related travel activities, such as student exchanges, research and conferences.  If you are required to travel outside of Canada, for any of these activities, then you are encouraged to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation. 

In addition, a Travel Registry on-line form will be created so that the student can complete the online form.  Please see Mary Lanni-Campoli for further assistance.

The following websites will provide more detailed information:

Summer 2014 Courses

  • ARCH 325* Sketching School (Dates:  TBA; location: outside Montreal)
  • ARCH 379 Summer Course Abroad, Section 001 (R. Zuk). (Dates: TBA; Location: Italy)
  • ARCH 519 Field Course Abroad, Section 001 (R. Zuk).  (Dates: TBA; Location: Italy)
  • ARCH 677 Architectural Design 3 (Required course for M.Arch. (Prof.) Design Studio Coursework) (TBA)
  • ARCH 680* Field Sketching (Dates: TBA; Location: outside Montreal)

Registration for summer courses becomes available in early March 2014.  Please visit https://mcgill.ca/summer/calendar for further information.

*Please register for ARCH 325 (B.Sc.(Arch.) program), and ARCH 680 (M.Arch. program) for the Fall 2014 semester.  Though the field component (8 days) will take place during the end of summer, the courses will continue through the entire Fall 2014 semester.  Attendance for the 8-day field component is mandatory.

Work Experience

Students wishing to apply to the M.Arch. (Prof.) program are reminded that six months of relevant work experience is required; it is an admissions requirement to the M.Arch. (Prof.) program. Work Experience Guidelines and Report Forms are available in Room 202 as well as on the School of Architecture website. Please note that the work experience requirements are currently being reviewed.  Further information will be announced at a future date.

Employment opportunities are posted on the job notice board on the 2nd floor, near the water fountain.  Letters of introduction may be provided if necessary (see Mary).  MECC (McGill Engineering Career Centre) provides many workshops such as writing of CV’s, interview techniques, etc., and will on occasion also receive job notices which are forwarded to the School of Architecture for posting.

Web Bulletin Board

The School of Architecture’s website is www.mcgill.ca/architecture.  This bulletin board has been activated and will be used during the course of the year (and summer!) to “post” important notices to students.  The  main bulletin board located on the 2nd floor will also be maintained.


In order to be eligible for the prizes, scholarships and fellowships awarded by the School of Architecture, the following regulations must be met:

  1. Only those students who have completed at least 27 graded credits (excluding Summer Session) in the academic year preceding the award will be eligible for the scholarship.
  2. Scholarships will be awarded only if an adequate scholarship standard is attained.

Please consult our Scholarships listing and Mary Lanni-Campoli, Student Advisor, for further information.

Information Technology Resources

Please refer to the Information Technology Resources webpage in the School of Architecture for further information.

Student responsibility for their record

The following excerpt has been taken from the Faculty of Engineering Course Authorization Form:

  • Students are responsible for making and confirming all course changes on MINERVA.
  • All students must see an advisor prior to registering or making course changes.  Advisors are available to provide guidance.  However, it must be understood that the responsibility for completeness and correctness of course selection, for compliance with and completion of program and degree requirements, and for observance of regulations and deadlines rests with the student.  It is the student’s responsibility to seek guidance if in doubt.
  • It is against University regulations to register in a course for which prerequisites have not been satisfied.
  • Students may change a course for which they are registered provided this is done BEFORE the end of course change period.   See the undergraduate or graduate program calendars, where appropriate, or the web for deadlines and regulations.
  • Students must complete at least 27 credits, excluding courses taken under the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option, to be eligible for scholarship consideration.

January 2014