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Architectural Studies

Build your community and earn an education that will train your hands as well as your imagination.

The philosophy of the Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture is founded upon pride of place.

This philosophy embraces the resiliency of northern people and the unique beauty of the northern Ontario landscape. Located at the crossroads of the City of Greater Sudbury in the downtown core, Canada’s first new architecture curriculum in over 45 years opened at Laurentian University in 2013. The McEwen School of Architecture is an unfolding experiment in emerging pedagogies and diverse cultures.

The study of architecture generally raises our awareness of the holistic and aesthetic nature of the design of the built environment. Architecture students take electives on the main Laurentian University campus, while Design Studio and other mandatory architecture courses are held at the McEwen School of Architecture, Laurentian's downtown site.

Our French, English, Métis, and Anishinabek faculty and student body is unique to Laurentian’s tri-cultural mandate; conducting design studios in both French and English, as well as working with Elders and guests who are First Nations and Métis, provides a further array of cultural and educational perspectives.

Finally, our new architecture buildings (costing $30 million) complete an innovative facility that is both dynamic and environmentally sustainable. 

Conseiller ou conseillère aux études

Jean-Philippe Saucier, Master Lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator

Téléphone : 705.675.1151 ext 7274

Courriel : bas@laurentian.ca

Bureau : McEwen School of Architecture

Comment faire une demande Ce programme vous intéresse?
Vue aérienne de l'Université Laurentienne
Le Grand Sudbury est la plus vaste ville en Ontario par superficie terrestre, où les activités de plein air ne manquent pas grâce aux lacs et cours d’eau, terrains variés, forêts et réseaux complets de pistes et de sentiers.
Méthode de livraison : Sur campus
Langue du programme : Anglais

  • Extensive practical applications through Design Studio;
  • Ongoing Design-Build and Community-Design projects;
  • Design Studio, electives and work-term experience offered in French;
  • 28-week (two 14–week placements) paid co-op internship experience;
  • Inclusion of diverse cultural backgrounds, including Franco-Ontarian, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit course content;
  • Access to Elders and/or Knowledge Carriers in Residence;
  • Unique tri-cultural architecture curriculum where you will experience the spectacular Northern Ontario landscape;
  • A $30M facility comprised of four buildings forming a courtyard that offers unique teaching opportunities onsite in building performance and sustainability;
  • Design-Build projects will include structures such as ice stations and birch bark canoes in first and second year.

 

Candidate School for CACB Accreditation

The McEwen School’s M.Arch. in conjunction with its BAS is currently being reviewed for accreditation:

The CACB grants candidacy status to new programs that have developed viable plans for achieving initial accreditation. Candidacy status indicates that a program should be accredited within six years of achieving candidacy if its plan is properly implemented.

Architectural studies is a limited enrolment program. Selection is based upon overall admission requirements, and not solely on grade averages. In addition to meeting the academic requirements below, applicants must submit:

  • A portfolio to demonstrate their creativity and skills (portfolio guidelines)
  • A statement of interest (1-2 page) to explain their interest in architecture as well as their choice of Laurentian University
  • The name and contact information of 2 references (when possible, at least one from a current teacher)

All documents must be sent in one package to the School of Architecture, whether physical (by mail) or electronic (bas@laurentian.ca). See the portfolio guidelines (link above) for more information.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, please prioritize electronic submissions.

 

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

2 grade 12 U/M Math courses

3 other grade 12 U/M courses

A minimum overall average of 75% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses

 

 

Applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses

Applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

Note pour les étudiants actuels

Les options de grade ci-dessous seront offertes lors de la prochaine année universitaire et ne le sont pas cette année. Si vous cherchez les cours à suivre afin de compléter les options d'un programme d'une année universitaire antérieure, svp consultez avec un conseiller académique.


First Year

ARCH 1006E     Design Thinking
ARCH 1007E     Sacred Places
ARCH 1505E/F     Design Studio I: Place / Atelier d'architecture I: Lieu*
ARCH 1515E/F     Design Studio II: Place II / Atelier d'architecture 2: Lieu II*
ARCH 0100E/F     Co-operative Term 1 / Stage d'enseignement coopératif 1A/1B  (summer term)**
12 credits of electives in Arts or Sciences

 

Second Year

ARCH 0100E/F     Co-operative Term 1 / Stage d'enseignement coopératif 1A/1B (summer term)**
ARCH 2036E     Canadian Art and Architecture
ARCH 2306E     Design for Climate Change
ARCH 2316E     Structures 1: Wood
ARCH 2326E     Architecture and Ecology
ARCH 2505E/F     Design Studio 3: Landscape / Atelier de conception 3: Paysage*
ARCH 2515E/F     Design Studio 4: Landscape II / Atelier de conception 4: Paysage 2*

ARCH 2526E     Architectural Communications
3 credits of electives in Arts or Sciences
** ARCH 0100E will be taken either in the summer of the first or second year of the program

 

Third Year

ARCH 0300E/F     Co-operative 2 / Stage d'enseignement coopératif 2 (summer term)
ARCH 3006E     Indigenous Precedents
ARCH 3017E     Writings in Architecture
ARCH 3306E     The Well-Tempered Environment
ARCH 3316E     Structures 2: Connections
ARCH 3505 E/F     Design Studio 5: Northern Building / Bâtiment du nord*
ARCH 3515 E/F     Design Studio 6: Northern Building II / Bâtiment du nord 2*

6 credits of electives in Arts or Sciences.

 

Fourth Year

ARCH 4006E     Building Case Studies
ARCH 4016E     Cultural Sustainability
ARCH 4306E     Digital Fabrication
ARCH 4316E     Structures 3: Building Systems
ARCH 4505E/F     Studio 7 Integrated Design / Atelier de conception 7: Design complet*
ARCH 4515E/F     Studio 8: Integrated Design 2 / Atelier 8: Design complet*
3 credits of electives in Arts or Sciences 

 

* a minimum grade of C is required in Design Studio courses

 

 

Promotion Requirements

To be in good academic standing in a BAS program, a student must:

1. have satisfied all conditions of admission;

2. have failed no more than 6 of the previous 30 credits;

3. have achieved a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 in the previous academic year or in the previous 30 consecutive credits;

4. successfully complete all required ARCH courses;

5. achieve a minimum grade of C in Design Studio courses.

Please note: BAS students must achieve an overall minimum GPA of 5.5 to be considered for the graduate M.Arch program at Laurentian University.

 

Probationary Status

A student is subject to a probationary period of two academic terms of full-time study (or no more than 30 consecutive credits) if he or she has failed to meet any of the conditions above for good academic standing.

 

The student must repeat any failed required courses during the probationary period if available.  A student will be released from academic probation when the following criteria have been met in completing a minimum of 24 credits over two academic terms: 1) the student has met the conditions for good academic standing, and 2) the student has not failed any additional courses during their probationary period.

 

Students are not normally permitted more than one probationary year in their program without the approval of the Senate Committee on Academic Regulations and Awards. Failure to meet these conditions will lead to a request for the student to withdraw from the BAS Program (see section 5 below).

 

Note: When on probation, if required to repeat a Design Studio, a student may take non-studio courses in the next year of the program. However, it may be recommended to take a year off the BAS program, depending on specific circumstances, since required courses are offered only one term per calendar year. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.

 

Withdrawal from BAS Program

A student will be required to withdraw from the MSoA BAS Program is he or she: 

1. does not satisfy all conditions of admission after one year or 30 consecutive credits;

2. fails more than 42 credits;

3. does not satisfy all of the individual terms of probation as determined by the MSoA by the end of their probationary period;

4. fails to obtain the minimum grade (as outlined in section 3) in any required course on a second attempt.

 

Application for Readmission into the BAS Program

Students required to withdraw may submit a request for readmission to the Senate Committee on Academic Regulations and Awards after one calendar year. Students must obtain a recommendation from the School Director prior to submitting their request. If readmitted, these students must complete a program of study outlined by the School Director or the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.

BAS students in good academic standing, who choose to discontinue their studies at the end of the first or any other year, with successful completion of that year, may apply for readmission with advanced standing. The Undergraduate Program Coordinator will consider cases on an individual basis.

 

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree, a student must:

1. satisfy all stated requirements for the BAS degree within 7 years of enrolling in the program;

2. complete 120 credits after no more than 162 credit attempts (all repeated and/or failed courses are included), with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5.  Only courses taken at Laurentian University or its affiliated universities are included in the calculation of averages.

3. complete all courses designated by the program as requiring a minimum grade with the specified minimum grade after no more than two attempts;

4. complete the BAS program requirements, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 in all ARCH courses, including Design Studios and Co-Op courses.

5. not exceed 48 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level.

 

BAS Overall Structure and Professional Program Sequencing

As a pre-professional program the BAS degree is structured in a specific way, year by year, to ensure the pedagogical content is sequenced by academic year and coordinated within each year. Some courses have specific prerequisites, however, all courses are interrelated and therefore courses cannot be taken out of sequence. Design studio courses must be successfully completed before being allowed to register for the following year of Design. All mandatory courses in a given year must be successfully completed to proceed in the program.

 

Co-Op courses, ARCH 0100 and ARCH 0300, must be successfully completed before the beginning of the third and fourth years, respectively.  Students are responsible for completing Co-Op courses as outlined in the MSoA Co-Op Handbook.

 

Students are responsible for tracking their elective credit progress throughout the BAS program (24 total elective credits).

 

Independent Study (ARCH 3906) requires the permission of a faculty adviser and the Undergraduate Program Coordinator before registering for the course.

 

Exceptional cases will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.

ARCH-0100EL - Co-operative Term 1A/B ARCH-0100EL - Co-Operative Term 1 ARCH-0100FL - Stage d'enseignement coopératif 1A/1B ARCH-1006EL - Design Thinking ARCH-1006EL - Design Thinking ARCH-1007EL - History 1: Sacred Geography ARCH-1007EL - Sacred Places ARCH-1505EL - Design Studio I - Place ARCH-1505FL - Atelier d'architecture I: Lieu ARCH-1515EL - Design Studio II - PLACE II ARCH-1515FL - Atelier d'architecture 2: Lieu II ARCH-2526EL - Architectural Communications ARCH-2036EL - Canadian Art and Architecture ARCH-2316EL - Structures 1 : Wood ARCH-2326EL - Architecture and Ecology ARCH-2505EL - Design Studio 3: Landscape ARCH-2505FL - Atelier de Conception 3: Paysage ARCH-2515EL - Design Studio 4: Landscape 2 ARCH-2515FL - Atelier de Conception 4: Paysage 2 ARCH-0300EL - Co-Operative 2
ARCH-3006EL - Indigenous Precedents ARCH-3017EL - Writings in Architecture ARCH-3306EL - The Well-Tempered Environment ARCH-3316EL - Structures 2: Connections ARCH-3505EL - Northern Building ARCH-3505EL - Northern Building ARCH-3505FL - Bâtiment du nord ARCH-3515EL - Northern Building 2 ARCH-3515FL - Bâtiment du nord 2 ARCH-3906EL - Independent Study ARCH-4006EL - Building Case Studies ARCH-4016EL - Cultural Sustainability ARCH-4306EL - Digital Fabrication ARCH-4316EL - Structures 3:Building Systems ARCH-4505EL - Studio 7:Integrated Design ARCH-4505EL - Studio 7:Integrated Design ARCH-4505FL - Atelier de conception 7 Design complet ARCH-4515EL - Studio 8:Integrated Design 2 ARCH-4515FL - Atelier 8:Design complet 2

Liste des membres du corps professoral

Sessional Instructors:

  • Jennifer Harvey
  • Amber Baechler
  • Kemal Alladin

Faculty members on sabbatical 2021-2022:

  • David Fortin
  • Patrick Harrop

Faculty members on leave 2021-2022:

  • Emilie Pinard
Mark Baechler

Mark Baechler

School of Architecture
Shannon Bassett

Shannon Bassett

School of Architecture
Steven Beites

Steven Beites

School of Architecture
Aliki Economides

Aliki Economides

School of Architecture
David Fortin

David Fortin

School of Architecture
Tammy Gaber

Tammy Gaber

School of Architecture
Terrance Galvin

Terrance Galvin

School of Architecture
Patrick Harrop

Patrick Harrop

School of Architecture
Randall Kober

Randall Kober

School of Architecture
Kai Wood Mah

Kai Wood Mah

School of Architecture
Émilie Pinard

Émilie Pinard

School of Architecture
Jean-Philippe Saucier

Jean-Philippe Saucier

School of Architecture
Eladia Smoke

Eladia Smoke

School of Architecture
Thomas Strickland

Thomas Strickland

School of Architecture
William Edward Wilson

William Edward Wilson

School of Architecture
Bruce Wrightsman

Bruce Wrightsman

School of Architecture