University of Calgary

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Architecture degrees

Undergraduate / pre-professional:
Minor in Architectural Studies (ARST)
Graduate / Professional:
Graduate / Post-Professional:
Master of Environmental Design (MEdes)
Ph.D. in Environmental Design


School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Class size ratio

Number of full time students

Application deadlines

Mission & values

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape strives to inspire students to be thinkers and makers who ultimately engage the discipline of architecture with the grounding of a rigorous professional education and the confidence to dream. We value the dialogue between critical thinking, designing, and making. We strive to instill in students the power of doing and an ability to adapt and succeed in different environments. We strive to reaffirm the values of social and environmental responsibility.

University setting

The University of Calgary is situated in Calgary, Alberta, a midsize city one hour west of the Rocky Mountains. The school has approximately 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape is one of 13 faculties in the university, and offers three professional programs: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning with a number of degrees offered within those areas of study.

School philosophy

We believe in bold thinking for the built environment. We research the future of architecture, planning and landscape architecture, prepare our students for exciting and meaningful professional careers, and curate public conversations about city building. Together, our students and faculty explore disruptive design strategies and social innovations that will help make the world more resilient, equitable, vibrant and healthy. It is important work that will make a real, long-lasting difference. We deliver a distinctly different design school experience that combines a rich, interdisciplinary design-based philosophy with an entrepreneurial mindset and a deep commitment to working with industry stakeholders, community leaders, at local, national, and international levels to address some of society’s biggest challenges in new, creative ways. 

School programs

The Master of Architecture is an accredited architecture program in Canada, with reciprocity agreements in the United States and the European Union. We prepare our students in the realities of design and construction yet also able to think critically and act confidently to advance the professional discourse. Our undergraduate pre-professional program is rigorous and provides students with the tools that form the language of architecture.

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


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