Architecture is the art and science of creating space — this can be space in furniture, a room, a building, groups of buildings, or an entire city. Architects use art, science and technology to shape how we interact by designing environments that are aesthetically pleasing, structurally sound, and responsive to the needs of the people who use them.

As an Architecture student, you will apply your skills in math and physics while harnessing a passion for drawing and design. This combination is what allows architects to reveal their ideas about the built environment.

Established in 1896, the McGill School of Architecture is one of the oldest on the continent, and its goal remains simple: to encourage excellence in the practice of architecture by developing skills in both the art and science of building design and construction.


You will need a professional degree in architecture in order to practice as an architect. At McGill, the professional degree is the Master of Architecture (Professional), a 1.5-year program that follows the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree.

However, an architecture education can lead in many different and sometimes surprising directions. You may discover interests and aptitudes in a variety of other fields, such as computer graphics, film, industrial design, and of course, construction, and move directly into graduate studies or jobs in these areas.

You can become a professional:

  • Landscape architect
  • Urban planner
  • Restoration architect
  • Graphic designer


Together, instructors in the Architecture program are experts in every step of the design process, from concept. They’ve come to McGill from institutions around the world with the common goal of advancing the field and serving as mentors for students.

Students working at long desks in a large room.

Student experience

The School of Architecture is well known for its intimate atmosphere, with about 250 students. As a student, you get access to 24-hour computer, photographic and workshop facilities, a building-wide wireless network, an extensive slide collection, the John Bland Canadian Architecture Collection, and the Blackader-Lauterman Library of Architecture and Art.

Two new research facilities exist to further enhance your experience: FARMM (Facility for Architectural Research in Media Mediation), which provides an opportunity to network and work with next generation technologies, and LIPHE (Laboratory for Integrated Prototyping and Hybrid Environments), which offers fabrication services to professors, researchers and graduate students.

Possible minors

Minors are a great way to customize your academic experience. Many students use minors to pursue interests outside their major, while others choose minors to complement their degree.

Minors that complement this program:

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Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Engineering.

See full admission requirements for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application. 

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