Canadian M.Arch Schools: Carleton?


I've been accepted into Carleton's 3 year M.Arch program beginning in Fall 2017. I like a lot about their architecture program and its opportunities for students, particularity the DSAs and the architectural conservation option. They also offered me a good funding package. I am about 90% sold on going there in the fall.  

However, I know that Carleton is known as one of the more artsy architecture schools, which I am a bit apprehensive about as I am coming from a B.Sc degree (ie non design background). I am also uncertain about Carleton's reputation with respect to to other architecture schools in Canada. Is it well known or well respected? I don't really know much about Carleton as a whole, let alone their architecture program.

I was also accepted to UBC's M.Arch program, which is ranked very highly in the world- if not at least well known. I know that rankings aren't everything, but the fact that UBC, U of T, etc rank so highly while Carleton doesn't show up makes me a bit nervous. 

I guess any other information about Carleton would be helpful for me. As I said, I'm pretty much sold on going there in the fall, so it would be nice to know what to expect. Thanks!

Mar 27, 17 2:18 am

I have no insight knowledge about the program. Though i have visited Carelton university and Azerial school of Architecture and i really loved the place. The university area is beautiful and a stream of Rideau Canal passes through the campus.I really like Ottawa because of its history and architecture (P.S. I am not a fan of Modern Architecture)

As i have also applied for the same i did some research. The comments i have received is Carelton M.arch program is bit Hypothetical like designing in concept stage and its more of theory.

Bdw when did you get you carelton acceptance ?

Also as far as i know UBC is far far better than carelton. I will say don't miss the opportunity if you are getting in UBC. Even the weather there is so much better and UBC is a renowned university. Though I cant comment much upon architectural Program there but it must be better than carelton

Mar 27, 17 2:43 am
Non Sequitur
Good comments above. I know carleton's program and faculty well and I believe their MArch is above UBC, slightly. The main reasons being that they have a very well respected digital lab (CIMS) and a Ph.D. Path. Unlike UBC, Carleton had a real architecture undergrad too small plenty of options for TAs and interaction with studio critiques.

With that said, BC and Vancouver are very nice compared to cold and sleepy Ottawa but Your portfolio will always go farther than the reputation of the school. UofT is only highly regarded by its students and those who see Toronto as the only city in Canada.
Mar 27, 17 6:27 am
Thank you for your comments smileandshine and Non Sequitur. I'm not so much concerned with the location of the university as I am with the actual architecture program. I've talked with some architects where I am from and they seem to agree that Carleton is a better option.

I received an offer from Carleton on March 7th.

Thanks again for your thoughts!
Mar 28, 17 1:44 pm

Hello dvwdrff, I know this forum has been there a while ago. However, would you mind telling me if you have an arch background during undergrad? I am asking as I do not have an arch background and wonder if I should take their Studio First option before the semester starts. Thank you!

Nov 14, 17 1:50 pm

hello guys, please tell me if it’s possible to get admitte for MArch as I having BTech mechanical in undergraduat.


Jun 25, 18 10:44 am
Justin Turdo

I know a few people that went there... heard nothing but good things

Jun 25, 18 12:30 pm

I graduated with a M.Arch from Carleton. Great school, good instructors, attracts good visiting lecturers, your degree can be largely self-directed if desired, building and campus are great, and Ottawa offers a great quality of living without being to crazy so you can focus on your studies (MTL is only 2 hours away if you need a bigger city for the weekend). I had no problem getting a good job after school and the firm I currently work for has several Carleton grads even though it is located halfway across the country (good reputation). 

Jun 28, 18 7:31 pm

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