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University of Calgary Calendar 2009-2010 Faculty of Environmental Design 4. Program Descriptions
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Master of Architecture

The Master of Architecture (MArch) is a two year first professional degree program, accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board, that prepares students for practice as a registered architect in North America. The MArch degree provides a foundation for a range of career opportunities in design, construction and management of the built environment as well as a basis for subsequent advanced design and scholarly research.

The MArch curriculum offers an integrated foundation for developing skills and knowledge in design, communication, technology, history, and theory, cultivated within the program's teaching and research expertise in environmental stewardship, digital design and fabrication, architecture and the contemporary city, and critical/innovative practice. In the interdisciplinary design milieu of the Faculty of Environmental Design, architecture students explore innovation and creativity side-by-side with students interested in environmental design, urban design, planning and industrial design as integrated disciplines focused on a comprehensive understanding of the built and natural environments.

Architectural design studios provide structured opportunities for advanced design studies and projects in both an individual and collaborative context. Enrichment opportunities include a local, national and international lecture series, distinguished international guests delivering seminar and design charrette experiences, publications, and the award-winning Barcelona Studies Abroad, where students are immersed in Catalan design culture for one term.

Master of Environmental Design

The Master of Environmental Design is an interdisciplinary degree program concerned with designing, planning and managing human activities in the built and natural environments. As both a field of study and practice, environmental design involves creative problem solving and change management. Interdisciplinary design skills, research skills, communication skills, critical thinking skills and teamwork skills are critical for successful interventions into complex human environment systems at multiple scales. Environmental design represents a curriculum and research synthesis of four thematic areas: ecological design, urban systems design, human and cultural systems and technological systems design. The program is thesis based and student Program of Study driven. Therefore, a clear statement of design or research interest in one or more of these thematic areas is of particular importance in the admissions process. Students are admitted from a variety of backgrounds including interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees, first professional design or planning degrees, post professional degrees, undergraduate degree and work experience.