Architecture is considered one of the best career options for young creative minds. Architecture revolves around planning, designing, constructing buildings. For young adults who wish to pursue a career in architecture, the first important step is to find the best architecture college there is to offer. The step of finding an architecture school is a crucial yet challenging step. Canada is a county located in North America known for its best educational colleges/institutions. Canada consists of many prestigious Architecture degree colleges for students to opt, to begin their first step towards a career in architecture.
QS university rankings give us a list of universities based on various factors such as academic reputation, education quality,etc. Here is a list of the 15 best institutions in Canada, based on QS world university rankings (2020-By Brandon Richard Auston) if you wish to pursue a bachelor’s in architecture.
The University of British Columbia is in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada, established year 1908. It is a well-renowned global institute for research and teaching. The university consists of two campuses in Vancouver and Okanagan. The main campus in Vancouver covers an area of about 400 acres. They offer various architecture programs both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The programs offered are in high demand, six graduate programs ranging from Master of engineering leadership to High-performance buildings and one dual degree. QS World University Rankings has placed UBC university under the list of the best architecture schools in the world.
2. University of Toronto, Ontario
The University is in Toronto(1827), Ontario(Canada) which offers, undergraduate and post-graduate programs in architecture through the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. It is considered one of the prestigious universities in the world ranked 21st best in the world. U Toronto has three campuses, located in Downtown Toronto, Mississauga, and Scarborough. They offer a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and eight master’s programs related to architecture. Some of the master’s programs offered are Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Urban Design, etc. The architecture programs both under and post-graduate at the University of Toronto are in high demand.
3. McGill University, Montreal (Quebec)
Located in Montréal, Québec is one of the top universities in Canada and the 44th best in the world, established in the year 1821. They offer various undergraduate and post-graduate programs. They are well known for conducting an annual sketching program for their students and faculty. The Peter Guo-Hua Fu School of Architecture does offer six-semester Undergraduate programs in Architecture and two non-thesis graduate programs, three and four-semester post-graduate programs with a Research component.It is an internationally diverse institute in the country, with students getting admitted from 150 countries.
4. The University of Waterloo, Cambridge (Ontario)
The School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo is one of the most recognized universities at national and international levels. It is along the banks of the Grand River in Cambridge, Ontario in Canada. It is one of the universities where it is impossible to get admission and graduate. The university offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs giving prominence to sustainability in their curriculum. The university stands out as the program also includes hands-on experience through its undergraduate co-op program.
5. Université de Montréal, Montreal (Quebec)
It is one of North America’s primary French-speaking educational institutions located in Montreal. The main campus occupies 160 acres of land in Montreal (Quebec), with seven campuses in many parts of the country. The university offers two-degree programs, undergraduate and postgraduate in Architecture, and including doctoral programs. It is one of the best universities in Montreal and ranks 73rd in the world’s best university list.
6. University of Alberta, Edmonton (Alberta)
The University of Alberta (UAlberta) is one of the top five Canadian universities and one of the top 150 universities in the world. The University is known as one of the best teaching and research universities well-known worldwide. The University offers around 500 graduate, 250 specialization, and 300 research programs. They are known for providing best courses like humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences programs. They offer various under and post-graduate courses(Graphic artist, Architectural critic, Furniture and Lighting designer, etc.) and allied courses related to art and design.
7. University of Calgary, Calgary (Alberta)
The University is the best architecture school in Canada in the top 10 of many lists. The main campus is in Calgary, with four campuses in the Calgary region and the fifth one in Doha, Qatar. It offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs, a total of 250 academic and research programs. The Architecture programs are operated through the Faculty of Environmental Design. The Postgraduate program is a three-year program mainly focusing on sustainable design.
8. Dalhousie University, Halifax
The University is in Halifax in Nova Scotia is one of the oldest universities that attracts many students to opt for this college. The University offers both undergraduate and post-graduate programs about 190 programs. They blend academic programs with pioneer research programs for students. They offer various architecture courses such as under and post-graduate( Building and Urban Design, Architectural criticism, etc.) and BEDS( Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies) courses.
9. Université Laval, Quebec
It is also one of the best Universities in Quebec in Canada. The University offers many undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The University aims to educate its students about history, culture, and modern architecture. One of the oldest higher education centers in Canada offers about 500 programs for students to opt for.
10. Carleton University, Ottawa (Ontario)
The University in Ottawa in Canada offers various undergraduate and postgraduate programs in arts, languages, history, psychology, philosophy, engineering, design, law, economics, journalism, etc. The programs offered by the college are recognized worldwide, the admission rate is higher for this university. Some of the acclaimed programs are Architectural Studies and Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering.
11. Ryerson University, Toronto (Ontario)
It is one of the best Canadian schools and universities located in Toronto in Canada. The University offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The Undergraduate program allows students to choose from three specialities in their fourth year; architecture, building science, and project management. It also offers graduate programs not only in architecture but also in building science.
12. Laurentian University, Sudbury
This unique university offers an architecture program that highlights design and culture as a part of its program scope. It is one of the most recognized universities in Sudbury in Canada. The university offers undergraduate and post-graduate courses which emphasize design, culture, technology, and professional practice.
The university teaches students the advanced level of learning and technology, one of the fastest-growing colleges in Ontario. The College offers many undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The important programs are Bachelor of Applied architecture and building systems.
14. OCAD University, Toronto
It is one of the oldest arts and design institutions where students from across the world opt. The university offers architecture programs for undergraduate and post-graduate programs such as Advertising, Contemporary Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design; Photography, etc. The university is known for offering programs mainly related to art, media, and design.
15. Algonquin College, Ottawa
It is a college of applied arts and technology that has three branches of the same college (Ottawa, Perth, Pembroke). It offers many undergraduate and postgraduate architecture programs, about 14 programs. Programs available are Building science, architecture and technology, HVAC, architecture technician, etc. It ranks in the top 50 research colleges in Canada.