New Master of Architecture program to launch at Ryerson University

Ryerson Universitys Department of Architectural Science is set to launch Canada’s newest Master of Architecture program (MArch), commencing in September 2007. Ryersons MArch will be Canada’s first new professional program in architecture in more than 30 years.

The MArch degree program at Ryerson will accommodate up to 28 students per year in a two-year, six-semester, studio-based program. The program is a natural step in the evolution of architectural studies at the University one which the department hopes to follow up with masters programs in building science and project management over the next two years, pending approvals by all government and regulatory bodies.

Ryerson has a well-respected tradition of producing graduates who are technically well-versed and on top of current theory and practice, said George Kapelos, Chair of Ryerson’s Department of Architectural Science. The next step is to build on those competencies with a broader understanding of the impact of architecture. Ours is a school in critical practice. We aim to produce architects who will lead the profession in creative and innovative ways.

Located in downtown Toronto, the MArch degree program at Ryerson is situated in the heart of Canada’s fastest-growing urban areas, complete with its changing cultural, intellectual, environmental and spatial demands. As the home of many of the countrys largest architectural firms, financial institutions and construction companies, Toronto presents an ideal a laboratory for exploring issues and testing ideas.

The program has global ambitions. With a professional faculty undertaking projects around the world, the MArch will offer Intensive Research Studios in communities where architecture will be studied and developed in the context of emerging social, cultural, economic and environmental factors.

Ryersons undergraduate Architectural Science program began in 1948, and has consistently embraced building science and project management alongside the design aspects of architecture. The Departments faculty are on the cutting edge of architectural issues such as sustainability, the reuse of materials and architectures role in shaping Canadian culture.