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Is Laurentian a good choice for pursuing an undergrad architecture program in Canda ?

philippesanama1

Hi,

I actually intended to apply for an undergrad architecture program in Canada, and Ryerson and Laurentian are on my top list. However, I still have some concerns as I have seen some bad reviews of Laurentian's architecture program, and I'll like to have the opinions of professionals and current students (highly appreciated).

Taking into consideration I have high interests in the technical as well as the art/science aspect of architecture, which one will be the best choice ? Or which other school in Canada offers a solid undergrad architecture program ?

Thank you :)

 
Jan 30, 18 5:29 pm
Non Sequitur
Waterloo is by far the best. None come close. A distant second is McGill. After that, it’s a crap shoot with UofT catching up the rear.

RYU is better than laurentian however. Remember, you need a masters to become an architect so your undergrad needs to set you up for a good grad school.
Jan 30, 18 6:59 pm  · 
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Architect.her

I actually went to Laurentian for my undergraduate degree. I am now working full time in an architecture office, eventually going to go back to masters. I would say that if you are interested in the science aspect of architecture, go to Ryerson. It is a bachelor of architectural science, where Laurentian is a bachelor of architectural studies. Laurentian is a beautiful school, with great professors, however the world of architecture is most times reliant on mutual connections, or word of mouth and therefore this is when I have found Laurentian to fall short. It should be expected as it is a new school, but I found it hard going in to job interviews every time having to explain the program and where the school was. Whereas, going to an already established school employers will know the school and most likely the curriculum and can focus more on your work. I did enjoy my time at Laurentian but I do find the "new school" part of it to be a bit challenging at times.

Feb 3, 18 12:03 pm  · 
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sunnyday

Is Carleton architecture program good?

Apr 15, 21 11:16 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

Undergrad or Masters? Anyways, it's certainly better than laurentian.

Apr 15, 21 11:27 am  · 
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sunnyday

undergrad 

Apr 15, 21 11:41 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

which stream? Carleton has 3 options.

Apr 15, 21 11:46 am  · 
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whistler

I just read that Laurentian is having funding issues ( ie the whole university ).  You might want to dig a little deeper if you are really considering that program. I had a similar experience on the west coast many years ago.  Program almost got shelved while I was half way through, most stress I had ever undergone to that point, thought I would have to start all over again at some other school. Thankfully it was all saved and we all graduated.

Apr 15, 21 6:03 pm  · 
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bowling_ball

I haven't seen any architecture specific news but I did see a statement that all l none of the professional degrees would be affected. I am skeptical

Apr 15, 21 7:04 pm  · 
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bowling_ball

WTF autocorrect. "... statement that *none of..."

Apr 15, 21 7:05 pm  · 
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sunnyday

is ubc good? Comparable to Waterloo?

Apr 15, 21 7:23 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

No. Waterloo is top dog in this fight. Specially if looking at undergrad. It’s not even a fair fight.

Apr 15, 21 7:47 pm  · 
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sunnyday

why is Waterloo so much better than the other architecture schools? Is it due to the coop component?

Apr 15, 21 7:55 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Higher quality/difficulty courses plus super high competition for entry makes for a higher level of students = better studio projects. Mandatory coop helps.

Apr 15, 21 8:03 pm  · 
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sunnyday

thanks!  I am still waiting on the reply from Waterloo.  So far I got accepted into u of t and laurentian.   If I don’t get into Waterloo,  which school will be the next best to attend?  Let’s say I have ubc, ryerson, Carleton, Toronto, McGill, laurentian to choose from.  

Apr 15, 21 8:27 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

McGill is no.2, can’t real go wrong there. After that it’s more muddy. Carleton is decent, I have an undergrad from there (2002-07), but the way they structure their new program is weird. RYU pumps out decent students who can function in an office due to its higher than average technical approach. UofT does not produce, on average, competent undergrad students.

Apr 15, 21 8:48 pm  · 
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sunnyday

thanks again for your help!!!  Greatly appreciated!

Apr 15, 21 9:06 pm  · 
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