University of British Columbia



Architecture degrees

Undergraduate / pre-professional:
Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism
Graduate / Professional:
Master of Architecture
Dual degree in Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Graduate / Post-Professional:
Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture


School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture

Class size ratio

Number of full time students

Application deadlines

Mission & values

Deeply committed to the quality of the built and natural environment, we are a close-knit community of scholars, designers, and makers brought together by a shared collaborative spirit. In world where the global and the local are frequently in tension, SALA sees complementarity. We offer a design education that navigates the perspective, diversity, and vitality of a global economy and the ecology, materials, technologies, and culture of a particular place. Our academic programs teach students to become creative leaders, effective collaborators, and progressive agents of change. Our courses and design studios engage real materials, people, places, and communities.

University setting

SALA is part of the University of British Columbia, located in Vancouver, situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world, UBC is a global leader in taking action to combat climate change and its impacts, as well as research into resilient and sustainable cities. Our campus and our city are ideal laboratories to respond to the urgent human and environmental issues of our times. Our position in Vancouver, where snow-capped mountains meet the Pacific Ocean, plays a fundamental role in our school and connects us to a number of communities, from Cascadia to the Pacific Rim.

School philosophy

SALA offers a distinctive design education in a close-knit, community- and internationally-oriented school. We teach design across scales from hand held objects to buildings, public spaces, cities and landscapes. Our courses and design studios engage real materials, people, places, and communities. Our students are academically accomplished, intellectually curious and engaged people from around the world. Our academic programs teach the design, technical, theoretical and historical knowledge to contribute to a built environment supportive of civil and sustainable patterns of living. Our academic culture cultivates desire and capacity to become intellectual and creative leaders, articulate spokespersons and progressive agents of change in society.

Areas of focus

Art and design
Building technologies
Digital design
Digital fabrication
Ecological design
Energy modeling
History, theory and criticism

Student opportunities

Interdisciplinary courses
Study abroad
Lecture series


Fabrication lab
3D printing
CNC milling
Laser cutter
Robotic arm
Architecture library
Material library