The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) at the University of Calgary offers undergraduate and professional graduate studies in architecture, planning and landscape architecture, as well as research degrees and post-professional programs. SAPL delivers a distinctly different design school experience that combines a rich, interdisciplinary design-based philosophy with an entrepreneurial mindset and a deep commitment to working with industry stakeholders, community leaders, at local, national, and international levels to address some of society’s biggest challenges in new, creative ways. SAPL is home to the pilot satellite research hub in downtown Calgary called the City Building Design Lab.
The Master of Architecture program teaches students how to navigate contexts, think from multiple perspectives and develop innovative solutions to the world’s design challenges. Changes in climate, the demographics of urban and rural communities, mass migration, material availability, and the formal and responsive possibilities of architecture are all addressed through core courses, study abroad opportunities, focused research block weeks and a wide range of electives. Our educational model includes opportunities for applied research, supported by a number of design research labs with focuses on areas such as energy conservation, lifecycle analysis, artificial intelligence, robotics, digital fabrication, and innovation in structural design.
Students are expected to work as individuals and in teams to develop a critical and productive body of work demonstrating their commitment to design as an act of research and creativity. The program cultivates strong thinkers and persistent doers through a curriculum that moves between the historical and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline and the hands-on making and production opportunities of the practice of architecture.