Architecture is a key area of interest for many young adults considering a professional career path in a growing field. In order to train to be an architect in Canada, you will first need to complete an undergraduate degree and then apply to a Master of Architecture program. Following completion of the Masters degree (1-3 years depending on program), you will do a minimum three year internship followed by board examinations.
There are, however, undergraduate programs that are specifically designed to lead into the Masters of Architecture program. These programs contain coursework which would be helpful both in preparing for the rigour of the Masters program and in providing foundational studies in the field. You could, for example, complete a degree in City Studies (U of T), Urban & Regional Planning (Ryerson), Landscape & Environmental Design (UBC, Dalhousie), Visual Arts (Windsor), or Architectural Studies (U of T, McGill). In this document, UBC program notes , are some other suggested pathways and hints on applying offered up by the UBC School of Architecture.
One aspect of both the study and the work of architecture that is evolving is the emphasis on environment and green technology. You will see this as a focus in most of the programs that lead to the Masters of Architecture. For more detailed information about the field, follow this link to find out why architecture matters and explore the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada web pages.
See Architecture Program Comparisons for information about entry to architecture-related studies at the following universities: