Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) Professional (Non-Thesis): Design Studio (45 credits)

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Offered by: Architecture     Degree: Master of Architecture

Program Requirements

This concentration is a 45-credit, three-term (Fall, Winter, and Fall) program based on a design-intensive professional curriculum and centred on the design studio. Students work in a traditional studio format for the first two terms and with individual advisers in the terminal design project course in the third (Fall) term. Complementary and elective courses are organized to provide flexibility in individual program design and create opportunities to both explore the discipline and focus on subject areas related to research and design interests.

Required Courses (32 credits)

  • ARCH 551 Urban Design and Planning (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Fundamentals of city-building in Canada relative to municipal, regional, and provincial actions used to guide urban growth and development. Contemporary urban design in major metropolitan centres as shaped by legal, political, and cultural realities. Current preoccupations in citybuilding: reurbanisation and adaptive reuse of infrastructure, collaborative multi-stakeholder projects, strategic initiatives, changing relationships between professional experts and grassroots actors. Introduction to specific aspects of practice: public participation and community engagement; land development and real estate; project feasibility and implementation; policy monitoring and evaluation; emergent city-building regimes.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Nicholas Luka (Winter)

    • (3-0-6)

    • Restrictions: Open only to M.Arch. students. Not open to students who are taking or who have taken ARCH 550 or URBP 550 or URBP 551.

  • ARCH 672 Architectural Design 1 (6 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Research and design-based graduate studio focused on program, site, construction, and urban design.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Morgan Carter, Sybil McKenna, Bruce Francisco (Fall)

    • (2-10-6)

  • ARCH 673 Architectural Design 2 (6 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Research and design-based graduate studio focused on the integration of skills in architecture and related disciplines.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Howard Davies, David Theodore, Gilles Saucier (Winter)

    • (2-10-6)

    • Continuation of ARCH 672.

    • Prerequisite: ARCH 672.

    • Restriction: Open only to students enrolled in M.Arch. (Professional) program.

  • ARCH 674 Professional Practice 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : The Professional Code, the Architect's Act and the architect's responsibilities to clients, colleagues and society, including professional ethics, responsibility in design, contractual arrangements, business conduct, construction supervision, issuing of certificates, construction and project management, concepts of architectural specification writing, building costs and life cycle costing.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: David Covo, Marc-André Plourde (Winter)

  • ARCH 677 Architectural Design 3 (9 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Research and design-based graduate studio focused on individual self-initiated investigation of architectural and urban issues.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Martin Bressani, Fabrizio Gallanti (Fall)

    • (2-10-15)

    • Prerequisite: ARCH 673

    • Restriction: Open only to students enrolled in M.Arch. (Professional) Non-Thesis; Design Studio.

  • ARCH 678 Advanced Construction (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : An exploration of construction in relation to architectural design; research in advanced methods of construction and structure related to design problems and built projects; appropriate technologies and alternatives.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Morgan Carter (Fall)

    • (2-0-7)

  • ARCH 680 Field Sketching (2 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Seven days of supervised field sketching in selected locations outside Montreal. The course reinforces traditional skills in observation, notebook recording and architectural sketching. Students are encouraged to approach the subject critically and thematically, and to treat sketching as a mechanism for documenting experience and expressing their knowledge of the environment.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: David Covo, Ricardo L Castro (Fall)

    • (15-40-6)

Complementary Courses

10-13 credits selected as follows:

Group A:
3-13 credits chosen from the following courses:

  • 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)

    • Prerequisite: ARCH 251

    • Given alternate years, alternating with ARCH 524

    • Restriction: Departmental permission required

  • ARCH 525 Seminar on Analysis and Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Analysis and evaluation of significant architectural projects with reference to contemporary architectural theories.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)

    • Prerequisite: ARCH 202 or permission of instructor

    • Given alternate years, alternating with ARCH 383

  • 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 2017

    Instructors: Alberto Perez-Gomez (Fall)

  • 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 2018

    Instructors: Alberto Perez-Gomez (Winter)

  • ARCH 626 Critical Design Strategies (4 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Study of specific contemporary design practices with particular reference to their affinities with the development and current role of architectural criticism, art, literature, and philosophy.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: David Theodore (Winter)

    • (3-0-9)

    • Restrictions: Departmental permission required. Not open to students who have taken ARCH 524.

  • ARCH 684 Contemporary Theory 1 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Critical readings in architectural design and research.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Aysenur Türeli (Fall)

    • (3-0-9)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Open to students enrolled in all M.Arch. programs.

    • Note: A variety of topics will be chosen for the seminar each year.

  • ARCH 685 Contemporary Theory 2 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Critical readings in architectural research.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • (3-0-9)

    • Prerequisite(s): ARCH 684 and permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Open to students enrolled in all M.Arch. programs.

    • Note: A variety of topics will be chosen for the seminar each year.

Group B:

0-10 credits chosen from the following courses:

  • ARCH 512 Architectural Modelling (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Architectural modelling using advanced applications in digital media. Topics include: 3-D modelling and rendering; image editing; digital animation; hypertext and the World Wide Web; issues of representation and methodology; comparison of publishing applications. Projects complement design studio courses and independent studies that are student or instructor initiated.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Theodora Vardouli (Winter)

  • ARCH 514 Community Design Workshop (4 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Context-focused community-based architectural projects undertaken in collaboration with external partners. Exploration of challenges, needs, and opportunities in architectural and urban-design interventions on real sites through interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial collaboration.

    Terms: Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Nicholas Luka, Jaimie Cudmore (Winter) Robert Mellin (Summer)

    • (2-4-6)

    • Prerequisite(s): ARCH 202 or URBP 551 or permission of instructor.

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken or are taking URBP 514.

    • Passing grade of B- in prerequisites for registration.

  • 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 2018

    Instructors: Michael Jemtrud (Winter)

    • (3-0-6)

    • Prerequisite: ARCH 377 or permission of instructor.

  • 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)

    • Prerequisite: ARCH 202 or permission of instructor

    • Given alternate years, alternating with ARCH 520

  • 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: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Pieter Sijpkes (Winter)

    • (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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • (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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)

    • Prerequisite: ARCH 528 or permission of instructor

  • 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 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)

    • Prerequisite: ARCH 251 or permission of instructor

    • Restriction: Departmental permission required

  • 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 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Annmarie Adams (Fall) Adrian Sheppard, Ricardo L Castro, Clothilde Caille-Levesque (Winter)

    • (2-0-7)

    • Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fourth lecture day.

  • 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 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Nancy Hawley Dunton (Fall) Ricardo L Castro, Michael Jemtrud (Winter)

    • (2-0-7)

    • Due to the intensive nature of this course, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the second lecture day and withdrawal is the fourth lecture day.

  • ARCH 622 Critical Writing (4 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Seminar to critically review an architectural topic.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Annmarie Adams (Fall)

    • (2-0-7)

  • ARCH 626 Critical Design Strategies (4 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Study of specific contemporary design practices with particular reference to their affinities with the development and current role of architectural criticism, art, literature, and philosophy.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: David Theodore (Winter)

    • (3-0-9)

    • Restrictions: Departmental permission required. Not open to students who have taken ARCH 524.

  • ARCH 679 Writing in Architecture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : The development of critical writing skills, focusing on current architectural themes and issues.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • ARCH 684 Contemporary Theory 1 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Critical readings in architectural design and research.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Aysenur Türeli (Fall)

    • (3-0-9)

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Open to students enrolled in all M.Arch. programs.

    • Note: A variety of topics will be chosen for the seminar each year.

  • ARCH 685 Contemporary Theory 2 (4 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Architecture : Critical readings in architectural research.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2017-2018 academic year.

    • (3-0-9)

    • Prerequisite(s): ARCH 684 and permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Open to students enrolled in all M.Arch. programs.

    • Note: A variety of topics will be chosen for the seminar each year.

Note: Courses taken are to be used to fulfil one group only.

Elective Courses

0-3 credits

Up to 3 credits (at the 500 or 600 level) may be taken outside the School of Architecture, with the approval of an assigned faculty adviser.

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