Create the blueprints for a great career
In one of North America’s top schools of architecture, you’ll get a broad education that covers everything from building materials and construction techniques to cultural history, social context, green architecture, and more. Not to mention you'll combine it all with paid co-op work experience.
However, the core of this pre-professional program is design courses, starting right in year one. You’ll get your own dedicated space in our studio where you’ll develop your ideas and skills through a series of hands-on projects.
Learn about society and culture, the principles of physics, materials and techniques of construction, human interaction with the natural and built environment, critical thought, and the diverse forms of creative expression.
The School of Architecture is a beautiful historic building in the city of Cambridge, about 30 km (usually a 45-minute drive) from Waterloo's main campus. The campus in Cambridge is complete with studios, labs, exhibition galleries, and a world-class design library.
- Study in Rome. The Coliseum is calling! You’ll spend the fall of your fourth year at our studio in Rome, one of the world's great cities for culture and architecture.
- Kick-start your career as an architect. Join the only school of architecture in the world where you’ll get two years of paid co-op work experience in Canada and abroad.
- Offered as a co-op program only
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies
- Offered by the School of Architecture within the Faculty of Engineering
Build your Architecture degree at Waterloo
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take a mix of design, communication, and building courses. In upper years, most of the classes you'll take will be Architecture courses.
Learn more about courses you'll take for your Architecture degree.
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Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Architectural assistant
- Architectural student
- Intern architect
- Architectural designer
- 3D architectural visualization artist
What can you do with a degree in architecture?
Graduates commonly pursue careers in architecture, design, consulting, and project management. They often work in architectural firms, construction and design firms, engineering and manufacturing companies, and more.
- Associate Architect – Altius Architecture
- Project Manager – Millworks Manufacturing
- Architectural Design – Whiting Design
- Urban Designer – Stantec Architecture
- Product Designer – Facebook
- Architectural Assistant – Stantec Architecture
- Intern Architect – Levitt Goodman Architects
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How does the program relate to Architectural Engineering?
If you're strong in artistic and creative abilities and have a background in math and science, Architecture is for you. You'll focus on design that applies social and cultural aspects as well as science and engineering to construction projects, ranging from accessible public space to environmental approaches to sustainable building and landscape and urban design.
Architectural Engineering is closer to Civil Engineering than it is to Architecture. Students will cover mechanics, structural analysis, structural design, and in the first two years, a lot of math. You'll learn about the science and engineering behind good building design – not just the structural aspects, but also energy efficiency, sustainable building design, and smart/green building design.
Is the program accredited?
To become a licensed architect, one of the requirements is to possess a professional degree in architecture from an accredited program. Waterloo's Master of Architecture program is fully accredited through the Canadian Architectural Certification Board.
Waterloo's pre-professional Architecture (leading to a Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree) and the professional Master of Architecture provides a fully accredited professional education.
Architecture degree admission requirements
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- English (ENG4U) (A minimum final grade of 75% is required)
- Advanced Functions (A minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Calculus and Vectors (A minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Physics (A minimum final grade of 70% is required)
Recommended: Grade 11 or 12 art courses, independent art studies, creative and cultural studies such as visual arts and history
Admission average: Individual selection from the mid-80s
Selected students will be invited to submit a portfolio of creative work and to complete an English précis-writing exercise as part of the application process.
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How to apply
Apply directly to this program on your application.
- Visit our Architecture program website.