The Hub Faculty of Science & Technology eyes new Master of Architecture program

Faculty of Science & Technology eyes new Master of Architecture program

The Faculty of Science & Technology (FST) at Athabasca University (AU) is looking to expand its innovative Architecture program to include a new Master of Architecture (MArch) degree.

Depending on approval from Alberta Advanced Education and other factors, the faculty hopes to open the program in 2022—helping put learners on the path to a career that will make a difference in our environment not just here and now, but for years to come.

Architecture is an exciting profession that brings together the best of the arts and sciences. Now, more than ever before, the world needs highly trained professionals and architects to deal with emerging problems such as global warming and sustainable design of structures.

AU’s Centre for Architecture within FST is pioneering new and innovative approaches to architectural education that can help advance a career in the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry.

Building on the success of the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a Master of Architecture program will provide a pathway for working professionals—and architectural technologists in particular—to obtain a graduate degree in architecture while continuing to work and to remain in their communities.

“The AEC industry is changing rapidly, with new technologies, new approaches, and new challenges,” said Dr. Douglas MacLeod, the program chair. “We need new ways of reaching learners to help them advance their careers, knowledge, and skills.”

The proposed program will feature academic and technical courses in a web-based independent-study environment and virtual design studios delivered. It will also include a 10-day residency in Alberta to introduce learners to the course of study and its unique approach.

“Sustainability will be a key focus of the new degree, just as it is in our undergraduate program,” MacLeod said. “Architects have the opportunity to play a leadership role in addressing global warming by designing more energy-efficient buildings.”

This flexible, self-paced and timely approach is ideal for those with career and family commitments and builds on Athabasca University’s proven track record as a global leader in online education.

For more information on this program, please follow @au.architecture on Instagram or contact us at 1-844-839-6095 to have your name added to mailing list for this program.

Published:
  • September 3, 2019