McEwen School of Architecture gains full accreditation

Laurentian University's McEwen School is now Canada's 12th accredited school of architecture.

McEwen School of Architecture, Laurentian University, Sudbury, LGA Architectural Partners
Canada’s first school of architecture of the North offers students a design education based on regional culture, with an emphasis on sustainability and on the development of expertise in wood. Photo by Bob Gundu.

The professional Master of Architecture program at Laurentian University’s McEwen School of Architecture in Sudbury, Ontario has gained accreditation for a term beginning July 1, 2021.

The accreditation process was completed by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board this spring.

McEwen is Canada’s 12th fully accredited architecture school. It opened in 2013, and since then, over 250 students have completed their four-year Bachelor of Architecture undergraduate degree at the school, and 100 students have graduated from the ensuing two-year Master of Architecture program. Accreditation allows McEwen’s graduating Masters students to pursue professional licensure as architects.

The school occupies a set of buildings designed by LGA Architectural Partners that showcase CLT, steel-and-concrete, and adaptive reuse construction techniques. Its curriculum embraces a tri-cultural Anglophone, Francophone, and Indigenous mandate.

On July 1st, Muslim-Canadian professor Tammy Gaber became the new Director of the McEwen School of Architecture, making her one of the first visible minority women to direct a Canadian architecture school.

“We are a community that has worked hard since the founding of the school in 2013 to embody, experiment and manifest new and inclusive ways of design; every one of our students and alumni are co-creators of this vision—along with our incredible staff, Knowledge Carriers and Faculty who have tireless contributed throughout with such dedication,” says Gaber. “We continue in our amelioration of architecture education to engender more empathetic and relevant contributions to the quality of our built environment.”