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Mission & values
The Department of Architecture encourages the intellectual, artistic, technical and professional development of students through exceptional teaching, scholarship and community service in architecture and emerging areas of design and practice. The Department aims to foster excellence in an open and equitable teaching and learning environment; to support diverse positions and interests; to promote research excellence; to cultivate critical thinking and making; to provide opportunities for self-determinacy; to empower students to take creative and intellectual risks that lead to self-actualization and professional growth; to support interdisciplinarity and open discourse; to engage regional professionals and partners; and to advance societal and environmental well-being.
The University of Manitoba is western Canada’s first university, established in 1877, and located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. With two main campuses in Winnipeg and over 100 programs across multiple faculties, schools and colleges, we are Manitoba’s only research-intensive university, and one of the country’s top research institutions. We have more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 145,000 alumni living in 140 countries. Winnipeg is a vibrant prairie city of 750,000, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a rich architectural history. Winnipeg has a remarkable range of arts and cultural institutions, actively promoting design within and beyond the city.
We explore, discover and learn through making. The core of our curriculum is the design studio. This is where thinking and doing converge in heuristic acts of making and world-making. Design studio enables students to experiment widely, while ultimately making responsible design decisions for local situations in a dynamically interconnected world. Supported by international field trips, electives and courses in technology, history/theory and professional practice, students work through a variety of challenging questions, media and scales to explore vital relations between technical and natural processes, cultural and artistic practices, experiential qualities and worldly phenomena. Students are fueled by their own expanding curiosities and convictions, guided and challenged by professors engaged in diverse research, and invigorated by conversations and collaborations with professionals, industry partners, community members, and international leaders.
The Faculty of Architecture is comprised of an undergraduate Environmental Design Program; four accredited professional programs in Architecture, City Planning, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture; a Cooperative Education / Integrated Work program option; and a Doctorate of Philosophy program in Design and Planning. The Department of Architecture offers a two-year graduate curriculum leading to a fully accredited professional Master of Architecture degree (M.Arch). Students entering this program typically have a four-year pre-professional degree in architectural design, or environmental design with an architecture focus. The Department of Architecture also offers an Architecture Master Preparation program option for students with non-design backgrounds, and delivers the curriculum for the architecture-option years of the Bachelor of Environmental Design program.