Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture

General

Programme Description

The Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture (MASA) is a post-professional research degree offered in a two-year curriculum. Students work in independent design or research-based studies in collaboration with faculty members engaged in certain research themes. This immersive program is for those who wish to synthesize existing knowledge in architecture and progress contemporary concepts in the field. Within the wider University community, students engage themselves in a focused research environment enriched by resources and support from related disciplines such as community and regional planning, civil engineering, geography, and art history, visual and theory.

The Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture is a two-year research degree. You’ll work within the school and the wider University community as you pursue independent design or research-based studies in collaboration with a faculty supervisor. You may enrich this research through related disciplines such as community and regional planning, civil engineering, geography, art history, and visual art.

This program does not fulfil the requirements for architectural licensure. If you already hold a professional degree in architecture or a related field and have a capacity for independent research, this program may be a good choice for you.

Quick Facts

  • Degree: Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture
  • Subject: Specialty
  • Mode of delivery: On-campus
  • Specialization: Architecture
  • Programme Components: Coursework + Thesis required
  • Faculty: Faculty of Applied Science
  • School: School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Curriculum

The Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture degree requires the completion of 30 credits, which includes your thesis. You will largely design your own trajectory and specialized studies through elective coursework in interdisciplinary fields. In your first year, you will broaden your knowledge in academic research and electives to prepare for your research thesis in the second year. The degree normally takes two years to complete.

  • ARCH 568 Research Methods
  • ARCH 598 Research Thesis
  • Electives

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Bass, John (Contested landscapes Globalization and Contested Territory, Infrastructure, Social Equity, Visualization, and Community Engagement)
  • Fujita, Mari (Globalization and contested territory, urbanism, contemporary theory, spatial and cultural effects of globalism, material studies, wearables, gallery installations, interiors, building designs, urban proposals);
  • Herrington, Susan (Children’s outdoor play environments, Playgrounds, Natural play environments, Risky play, Landscape architecture, Landscape architecture history, landscape theory, Contemporary theory, globalization, and contested theory, design, and history of landscapes)
  • Macdonald, Christopher (Design Thinking, housing, social equity, policy development, contemporary urban housing practices, early modern houses)
  • McKay, Sherry (Architectural history Contemporary Theory, Globalization and Contested Territory, Housing, Social Equity)
  • Meyboom, Annalisa (Transportation Infrastructure and Public Space; use of structural behavior algorithms in the generation of the architectural form)
  • Neumann, Oliver (Digital Fabrication, Concepts of Context, Wood Construction, Contemporary Architecture Discourse, Digital technology in the building process, contemporary fabrication technologies)
  • Roecker, Inge (Social Equity, sustainable forms of urban habitation, social and cultural entities, urban living and communities, contemporary programming, cultural context, sustainable building)
  • Satterfield, Blair (use of second stream materials in construction, providing designers and the community with greater access to digital design and fabrication processes, and the design and application of energy and material-efficient methods for construction)
  • Soules, Matthew (the relationship between contemporary capitalism and the built environment; three interrelated topics that collectively constitute a significant constellation within capitalism)
  • Stevens, Sara (history and theory of architecture and urban design, urban history, economic theory, and the history of infrastructure)
  • Van Duzer, Leslie (Body and Space, Contemporary Theory, Design Thinking)
  • Wagner, George Stuart (Housing, urbanism, contemporary theory, public space, architecture and modernism, North American City, urban form and its ideological implication, contemporary Japanese architecture)

Sample Thesis Submissions

  • Measuring social sustainability of the public realm: design of street frontages as a precondition for social sustainability.
  • The use and perceived value of green spaces: a comparison of two Vancouver parks.
  • Reimagining the contemporary office façade for hot climatic zones.

Requirements

TOEFL (IBT) overall score requirement

100

  • ibT Reading 22
  • ibT Writing 21
  • ibT Listening 22
  • ibT Speaking 21

IELTS overall score requirement

7.0

  • IELTS Reading 6.5
  • IELTS Writing 6.5
  • IELTS Listening 6.5
  • IELTS Speaking 6.5

GRE required?

Optional

Prior degree requirements

The MASA program is intended for qualified applicants with a previous professional degree and a capacity for independent research.

Last updated Sep 2020

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