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The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) graduate degree program offers an accredited three-year curriculum. This professional course of study is highly demanding with a large proportion of the curriculum being required coursework. Read more
The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) graduate degree program offers an accredited three-year curriculum. This professional course of study is highly demanding with a large proportion of the curriculum being required coursework. Design studios are integrated with courses in landscape history and theory, site analysis and planning, and management of environments. Within this challenging program, opportunities to develop individual identity and special skills are made possible through the selection of specialized topic design studios, thoughtful engagement with electives, and especially through the execution of the Graduation Project.
The academics are coupled with experience in the contemporary profession with internships available for credits. By working in firms or agencies related to student's areas of interest, design development, and documentation skills are honed for future practice. Students build and expand their professional network through these positions and small student-faculty ratios.
The School coordinates a public lecture series with students, faculty, and guests from local landscape architecture affiliates. These informal discourses offer feedback and advice from a broad audience for students presenting their initiatives and projects.

Our full-time faculty and local professional design community are actively involved in studio reviews, graduation project committees, and mentorship programs. Within the Faculty of Applied Science, students have access to a research library ranked among the best in Canada and other faculty in engineering or community and regional planning. With Study Abroad, there are opportunities to be engaged with the ever-changing cultural concerns in architecture and landscape architecture.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Landscape Architecture
- Specialization: Landscape Architecture
- Subject: Science
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
- Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
- School: School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Program Requirements

The Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) degree is designed for students seeking admission to the profession. Full-time students normally complete this program in three years. Students with a UBC-recognized undergraduate degree in Architecture, Environmental Design, or Landscape Architecture may apply for admission to a two-year 72-credit variant of the professional M.L.A. Program, comprised of the final two years of M.L.A. design studio courses, as well as courses required for professional degree accreditation by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. The particular course requirements will be determined by the student's advisor for each student upon acceptance and entry into the program, based on prior experience and a portfolio review.

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The dual degree option is a four-year program to pursue the Master of Architecture and the Master of Landscape Architecture at the same time. Read more
The dual degree option is a four-year program to pursue the Master of Architecture and the Master of Landscape Architecture at the same time. The dual degree is certified with both the Canadian Architectural Certification Board and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. The dual degree program harmonizes architectural design with ecological consciousness to create an inclusive understanding of built and natural environments.

Innovation

We are the first, and so far the only, school in Canada to offer you the opportunity to pursue both degrees at the same time.

Tradition of excellence

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Our school is recognized for its commitment to sustainable research, ranking 20th in the 2015 and 27th in the 2016 QS World University Rankings, the highest of all Canadian architecture schools.

The place

Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for liveability and quality of life. With diverse geographic regions and climates, a rich, multi-cultural history and a dynamic arts and culture scene, Vancouver is an amazing place to work and study.

Award-winning faculty

Our faculty are internationally renowned experts in their fields and have chosen to teach here in part because of our school’s reputation for excellence in research. Join us and you will learn from the people who are changing the way we think about design.

Tight-knit community

With low student-faculty ratios, we get to know you by name. We are proud of our small studios, intimate seminars, and personalized learning opportunities. Our support structure ensures that you have a successful experience. From academic guidance to health and wellness, we have an array of services to help you achieve your personal, academic and professional goals.

Mentor program

When entering our program, we pair you with a professional mentor. Our mentor roster includes many of the most prominent pracitioners in Vancouver. Paired with you through to licensure, your mentor will not only contribute to your experience while at SALA, but will help make your transition from school to practice smoother.

International experiences

As a SALA student, you will be able attend summer electives and studios set abroad. These courses range from 3 weeks to a full semester. In recent years, we have taken students to Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, and the Netherlands. For a more immersive experience, you can also spend up to a year at one of our partner universities.

Employment opportunities

We have a wide variety of employment opportunities. We currently offer 90 annual teaching assistantships and nearly as many research, administrative, and technical positions. Whether it is leading an undergraduate seminar, analysing data in the lab, or assisting in the workshop, you will find a position that is right for you.

Our students get involved

Our students organize lunchtime lectures, host weekly social events, and curate gallery exhibitions of their work. They create public art on campus, organize design builds and attend conferences around the world. They are passionate about what they do, and we hope you will be too.

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The Master of Architecture (MArch) graduate degree program offers an accredited three-year curriculum. This professional course of study is highly demanding with a large proportion of the curriculum being required coursework. Read more
The Master of Architecture (MArch) graduate degree program offers an accredited three-year curriculum. This professional course of study is highly demanding with a large proportion of the curriculum being required coursework. Design studios are integrated with courses in architecture history and theory, technical and material systems, and design media and representation. Within this challenging program, opportunities to develop individual identity and special skills are made possible through the selection of special topic design studios, thoughtful engagement with electives, and especially through the execution of the Graduation Project.
Architecture coordinates a Co-op program where academic education is accompanied by opportunities to practice in architectural firms or agencies. Students actively advance their skill sets in the contemporary environment of the profession. Students build and expand their professional network through these positions and through our small student-faculty ratios in lectures and design studio settings.
Each student furthers their network by working with full-time faculty and local professional design community who are active participants in studio reviews, graduation project committees, and the mentorship program. Within the Faculty of Applied Science, students have access to a research library ranked among the best in Canada and other faculty in engineering or community and regional planning. With Study Abroad, there are opportunities to be engaged with the ever-changing cultural concerns in architecture and landscape architecture.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Architecture
- Specialization: Architecture
- Subject: Specialty
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
- Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
- School: School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

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The Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture (MASA) is a post-professional research degree offered in a two-year curriculum. Students work in independent design or research-based studies in collaboration with faculty members engaged in certain research themes. Read more
The Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture (MASA) is a post-professional research degree offered in a two-year curriculum. Students work in independent design or research-based studies in collaboration with faculty members engaged in certain research themes. This immersive program is for those who wish to synthesize existing knowledge in architecture and progress contemporary concepts in the field. Within the wider University community, students engage themselves in a focused research environment enriched by resources and support from related disciplines such as community and regional planning, civil engineering, geography, and art history, visual and theory.
The MASA program is intended for qualified applicants with a previous professional degree and a capacity for independent research. The main criterion for admissions include a comprehensive proposal for their research and prior consultation with individual faculty members to discuss the applicant's ambitions and research topics. In due course, successful applicants will select a primary faculty member as their Thesis Committee Chair and a supervisory committee will be established.

Research

Usually by the end of the two terms of study, and in consultation with their faculty mentor, MASA students create their thesis proposal. The proposal will describe, in detail, the thesis research and methodology. Their research should be aligned with their faculty supervisor's work.
When the proposal is accepted by their supervisory committee, the student may begin work on the MASA thesis.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture
- Specialization: Architecture
- Subject: Specialty
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
- School: School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

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Come and be part of Canada’s newest school of Landscape Architecture. The University of Calgary launched the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) in the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) in September 2015. Read more
Come and be part of Canada’s newest school of Landscape Architecture. The University of Calgary launched the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) in the Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) in September 2015. This is the first graduate program in landscape architecture in Canada to be launched since 1980, and is situated in the geographically and culturally dynamic context of Alberta and Western Canada. Our program is strategically positioned to engage with the critical sociocultural and ecological challenges of place- making, climate change and resilience. Our MLA is intended as a program for the 21st century - to be leaders and to train leaders in becoming catalysts for positive local and global change.

The Master of Landscape Architecture program complements the existing professional, accredited programs in Architecture and Planning to create a strong, robust and inter-related triad of graduate programs dealing with the built environment. The MLA is a three-year course-based program consisting of a foundation year plus two years at the Master’s level, and we will be seeking accreditation through the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA).

The MLA Program at the University of Calgary is a member of the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council (LAAC) Candidacy
program, which is specifically designed to allow the LAAC to work closely with the program to position it for a successful initial accreditation. Immediately following the graduation of our first cohort in the spring of 2018, we will be applying for accreditation.
Assuming that the review is successful, the program will be formally accredited, and this will be retroactive to all graduates of the first class from the spring of 2018. We are working closely with the LAAC to ensure that our curriculum addresses the requirements of accreditation, and anticipate a preliminary review visit in early 2017 to help us to prepare.

The program in EVDS is unique and distinctive:
-It is a program for the 21st Century and aims to sustainably address the critical issues facing settlements, societies and environments, using a landscape-based approach
-It emphasizes and builds on the faculty’s strengths in the areas of urban design, ecological design, regional planning, and cultural landscapes
-Our faculty emphasis on interdisciplinary is expressed through the overlapping relationships with the Master of Architecture and Master of Planning programs
-Our faculty structure, which allows a student to ladder from a course-based professional degree program to a thesis-based research degree (MEDes or PhD), facilitates the further development of creativity and innovative approaches to critical issues into the future

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The Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture (MASLA) is a post-professional research degree offered in a two-year curriculum. Read more
The Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture (MASLA) is a post-professional research degree offered in a two-year curriculum. Students work in independent research-based studies in collaboration with faculty members engaged in certain research themes. This immersive program are for those who wish to synthesize existing knowledge in landscape architecture and progress contemporary concepts in the field. Within the wider University community, students immerse themselves in a focused research environment enriched by resources and support from related disciplines such as community and regional planning, civil engineering, geography, and art history, visual and theory.
The MASLA program is intended for qualified applicants with a previous professional degree with the capacity for independent research. The main criterion for admissions include a comprehensive proposal for their research and prior consultation with individual faculty members to discuss student’s ambitions and supported research topics. In due course, successful applicants will select a primary faculty member as their Thesis Committee Chair and a supervisory committee will be established.

Research

Usually by the end of the two terms of study, and in consultation with their faculty mentor, MASLA students create their thesis proposal. The proposal will describe, in detail, the thesis research and the methodology for that research and how it will be aligned with the work of the faculty supervisor.
When the proposal is accepted by their supervisory committee, the student may begin work on the MASLA thesis.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Advanced Studies in Landscape Architecture
- Specialization: Landscape Architecture
- Subject: Science
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Thesis required
- Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
- School: School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

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There are more than 100,000 vessels in the world’s fleet – designed, built, maintained and managed by naval architects and marine engineers. Read more

There are more than 100,000 vessels in the world’s fleet – designed, built, maintained and managed by naval architects and marine engineers. It’s a growing sector, and it’s growing here in BC. UBC is the only centre for naval architecture and marine engineering study on the Pacific Coast of North America. The university’s MEL in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering is a unique graduate program that empowers you to develop the sector-relevant cross-disciplinary technical skills in demand by top employers.

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering is an intensive one-year degree program intended for engineers three to five years or more into their careers. This program combines the engineering and physics of ship design with broad business and leadership training. Strong leadership and business skills are essential for career success. As we developed this program, our industry partners told us that they were looking for engineers who combined sector-specific technical skills with strong leadership skills. 60 per cent of your classes will focus on your technical specialization and will include a technical work experience placement in the summer. The remaining 40 per cent are leadership development courses that will enhance your business, communication and people skills. Delivery of the management and leadership courses are in partnership with UBC's Sauder School of Business.

For more recent engineering graduates, UBC also offers a more technical Master of Engineering degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

What Makes The Program Unique?

The MEL in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering degree was developed in close collaboration with industry partners, who told us they need to hire leaders with cross-functional technical and business skills to develop innovative solutions, manage teams and direct projects. The combination of technical expertise and leadership development makes the MEL in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering program unique and highly relevant in today’s business environment. UBC’s Vancouver campus offers a strategic coastal setting and state-of-the-art research and learning facilities. Program faculty members also maintain vigorous links to the regional marine industry.

To complement your academic studies, professional development workshops, delivered by industry leaders, are offered throughout the year-long program. These extra-curricular sessions cover a range of topics such as:

-Leadership fundamentals

-Giving and receiving feedback

-Learning how to deliver a successful pitch

-Effective presenting

The workshops also provide opportunities to network with professionals from a wide range of industries, UBC faculty and students in the MEL and MHLP programs.

Career Options

Our graduates will be in high demand locally, nationally and internationally by employers seeking technical experts who can also manage and lead teams. Job opportunities include working as a ship surveyor, in a shipyard engineering position, as a design engineer and as a class society representative.

There is a growing need for talented engineers who can bridge the gap between technical staff and business leaders. Graduates of the MEL program will be highly sought after for their ability to bridge this divide and for their unique combination of leadership and technical sector-specific skills.



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The Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (MEng NAME) involves 8 months of intensive coursework followed by a 4-month internship. Read more

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

The Master of Engineering in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (MEng NAME) involves 8 months of intensive coursework followed by a 4-month internship.

Students in this program take a specialized set of courses that draw material from Mechanical, Civil, and Materials Engineering, and that focus specifically on the design, construction, maintenance and operation of waterborne vehicles. This interdisciplinary, industry-focused program offers students an innovative education that will enable them to design and construct ships and other structures in the marine environment, and therefore prepare them for immediate and stimulating work in a vital and growing industry.

Applications are now open for September 2015 admission.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Engineering
- Specialization: Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
- Subject: Engineering
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework only
- Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science

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The MArch program was established at the university in 1971, and has evolved to develop a distinctive approach to architectural education, research, and practice. Read more
The MArch program was established at the university in 1971, and has evolved to develop a distinctive approach to architectural education, research, and practice. Our approach engages the contemporary challenges facing the discipline of architecture through our commitment to, and expertise in, critical practice, digital design and fabrication, building performance and responsiveness, and cultural theory. Situated within the Faculty of Environmental Design, the MArch program takes a broad approach to both design and sustainability, understanding and producing the built environment in relation to ecological concerns, economic realities, and social needs. We expect our students and alumni to be leaders in the field; to date, many of them have become exactly that.

Driven by an energetic and dedicated group of faculty members and supplemented by a very generous scholarship program for its students, the Master of Architecture Program is well poised to assume an ever more significant role in the coming decade. During the last several years faculty, students, and alumni have received widespread recognition for their achievements in local, regional and national media and awards programs.

An education in architecture can lead to many career opportunities.

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The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a professional degree program and provides a thorough base of knowledge in history, theory, technology, ecology, society, and professional practice, while developing skills in design through an intensive sequence of design studio courses. Read more
The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a professional degree program and provides a thorough base of knowledge in history, theory, technology, ecology, society, and professional practice, while developing skills in design through an intensive sequence of design studio courses. These are supported by courses in visual communication and architectural representation including computer modelling and other new media. The program aims to develop critical, creative, and independent thinking and research that responds to current design issues and societal changes. The Greater Toronto region is used as an urban laboratory for the development of new knowledge and forms of practice.

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Urban design is the discipline of the design and management of our ever-changing cities driven by urbanization, global economics, and advancing technologies. Read more
Urban design is the discipline of the design and management of our ever-changing cities driven by urbanization, global economics, and advancing technologies. The interdisciplinary curriculum fosters responsible graduates with design studios in varied scales from the region to block and courses in history, environment, policy, and economics. Master of Urban Design is a post-professional program for future planners interested in advancing the scholarship and design innovation of urban metropolises.

Quick Facts

- Degree: Master of Urban Design
- Specialization: Landscape Architecture
- Subject: Specialty
- Mode of delivery: On campus
- Program components: Coursework + Major Project/Essay required
- Registration options: Full-time
- Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
- School: School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Program Overview

The Master of Urban Design (M.U.D.) program curriculum synthesizes urban design theory and practice. It provides a foundation in the seminal works of urban design theory and offers a myriad of opportunities to test and critique theory through community-based projects and design studios. Students have the necessary space to think freely and openly about urban design problems and become equipped with the skills essential for producing innovative and creative solutions. In parallel, students are exposed to the realities of urban policymaking and property development, forcing them to address the challenges that impact the urban design process. This dynamic, yet structured, curriculum capitalizes on the Vancouver region's international reputation as a leader in sustainable urban design policymaking and implementation, offering a constructive forum for critical analysis, review, and reflection.

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The Minor in Architectural Studies (ARST) is an excellent opportunity for University of Calgary undergraduates to explore and experience the types of knowledge, skills, and activities that make up a career in architecture. Read more
The Minor in Architectural Studies (ARST) is an excellent opportunity for University of Calgary undergraduates to explore and experience the types of knowledge, skills, and activities that make up a career in architecture. The Minor consists of the courses taken in the Foundation Year of the MArch Program, and undergraduates take them alongside the graduate students. The courses range from architectural design studios and graphics workshops to history, building science, and sustainability theory.

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The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in High Performance Buildings is an intensive one-year degree program for engineers and architects who want to make a difference in the building sector. Read more

The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in High Performance Buildings is an intensive one-year degree program for engineers and architects who want to make a difference in the building sector. You’ll graduate from this program with a strong technical foundation in energy systems design modelling, equipping you to be a technical leader in the integrated design, construction and maintenance of green building energy systems. This technical foundation is balanced by courses in leadership and business, giving you a powerful skillset for overseeing the design of green buildings, from the initial planning stages through to implementation and operation.

The project-based curriculum has three primary areas of focus: architectural courses on green building design and regenerative development; engineering courses on energy modelling and design, and two interdisciplinary capstone projects where you will work with clients to develop real-world solutions to their design challenges. While 60 per cent of your classes will focus on your technical specialization, the remaining 40 per cent are leadership development courses that will enhance your business, communication and people skills. Delivery of the management and leadership courses are in partnership with UBC's Sauder School of Business.

Graduates of this program will have the technical and leadership skills to improve the energy performance of existing buildings and design integrated high-performance energy systems for new buildings.

What Makes The Program Unique?

The MEL in High Performance Building degree was developed in close collaboration with industry partners, who spoke to us of the high demand for high-performance building experts. Government and industry employers are seeking professionals who have the creative and visionary skills to develop the processes and systems that can lead to lasting change, and who have the cross-functional technical and business skills to propose innovative solutions, manage teams and direct projects.

To complement your academic studies, professional development workshops, delivered by industry leaders, are offered throughout the year-long program. These extra-curricular sessions cover a range of topics such as:

-Leadership fundamentals

-Giving and receiving feedback

-Learning how to deliver a successful pitch

-Effective presenting

The workshops also provide opportunities to network with professionals from a wide range of industries, UBC faculty and students in the MEL and MHLP programs.

Career Options

Energy use in buildings is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, making it a high priority to design more energy-efficient buildings and retrofit existing buildings. This is a growing sector, with opportunities in consulting, construction, manufacturing and government. With governments at all levels increasing the standards for energy conservation, there is a need for professionals who can take leadership in designing the integrated high-performing energy systems in our built environment. Examples of typical graduate job roles include Engineering consultant, LEED professional, city or municipal planner, code and bylaw developer, project manager in architectural & engineering firms, building energy auditor and energy manager.



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