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Architectural Science

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Architectural Science (Honours) (BArchSc (Hons))
Administered by: Department of Architectural Science
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.
Full-time, five-year co-op program.

O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses, including Grade 12 U courses in: English, Physics (SPH4U) and Mathematics (one of Advanced Functions (MHF4U) or Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U)).


  1. ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
  2. The grade(s) required in the subject prerequisites (normally in the 70 percent range) will be determined subject to competition.
  3. Applicants will be required to submit a collection of their own creative work for consideration and assessment. A digital submission process will be used to submit this portfolio. Further information regarding the above will be communicated by Undergraduate Admissions as part of the admissions process. Visit the Architectural Science program page for further details about the non-academic requirements.
  4. A non-academic assessment fee of $50 CAD (non-refundable and subject to change) is required.
  5. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.
Laptop Computer Recommendations

The architectural profession and construction industry extensively use computer technology for design visualization, performance simulation, construction documentation and management. In addition to Toronto Metropolitan University's e-mail account policy, many courses in the Department of Architectural Science include instruction and assignments relying on software delivery methods. The department recommends students have access to a personal computer while enrolled in the program. Please visit the IT Resources tab of the Forms & Resources page on the department’s website. Current recommended specifications for computers are available in the "Laptop Recommendations" section.

In the final two semesters, students can complete a general program with selection of courses and studios from across the curriculum, or choose one of three Concentrations – Architecture, Building Science or Project Management – and undertake intensive work in their chosen concentration. In addition, the program requires a number of courses in liberal studies, as well as a range of professional electives, offered by the Department and other Departments at the University.

Enrolment in any Concentration is optional and to be discussed with the department.

The Department offers a competitive co-operative program which provides top-performing students who have completed their third year in the architectural science program, with 16 months of work experience that enhances their acumen in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Although neither the Department nor the Co-operative Education Office can guarantee a placement, they provide major assistance in locating suitable positions and counselling of students in their search for suitable jobs. This co-operative program enables students to earn competitive wages to offset the costs of a university education. Students will work directly with architects, engineers and other skilled professionals from the AEC industry, gaining experience in several different settings.

The architectural science program promotes an integrated approach to architectural science, through studio and lecture courses. Students have the opportunity to apply theory learned in the lecture courses to studio projects which engage with real-life problems in design, construction, management, and the environment.

The Architecture Concentration offers a focus on in depth exploration of architectural design principles in society today. Through lectures, seminars, and hands-on studio projects, students learn program planning, design, presentation techniques, research, planning and the role of architecture today.

The Building Science Concentration offers a more detailed technical base of studies including the selection and design of building construction assemblies, the evaluation of their suitability and performance, and the development of construction and technical drawings.

The Project Management Concentration examines the managerial and economic aspects of construction projects, including the planning, organization, management, supervision and control of the process.

Graduates of this program will find career opportunities in:

  • the design, documentation, and management of projects in architectural, engineering, environmental management, and planning firms
  • the production, marketing, sales, research, development, testing, and evaluation of building products or systems in material fabrication, product manufacturing, and construction firms
  • office and field supervision in trade and general construction organizations
  • development and management of real estate/planning/conservation feasibility studies; environmental and management strategy planning
  • local, regional, provincial, federal, and international government agencies
  • post graduate education and research

Architectural Science Students - Transfer Credit

Architectural Science applicants cannot expect to receive any transfer credits in architectural science discipline or architectural science related discipline courses if their post-secondary education was not completed at a program accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (external link, opens in new window) .

Liberal Studies

Students must take three lower level liberal studies courses and three upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website (opens in new window) .

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

MEC 110, BMS 150, IRL 100ASC 120 and ASC 121 are not available for credit.

In Semester 1, students are required to enrol in one of the following liberal studies courses: ENG 101, ENG 104, ENG 112, ENG 201, ENG 203 or ENG 212. Students may take only one additional English course for credit.

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions

CHY 583, CPS 650 and IRL 500 are not available for credit.


Students may pursue any Minor offered by Toronto Met (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Certificates

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website (opens in new window)  for complete details.

1st & 2nd Semester

1st Semester


LIBERAL STUDIES: One course from the following:

* ASC 101 has a GPA Weight of 3.00.

2nd Semester


* ASC 201 has a GPA Weight of 3.00.
ASC 205 is graded on a pass/fail basis. ASC 205 can be taken in either 2nd Semester or 4th Semester.


3rd & 4th Semester

3rd Semester


One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

* ASC 301 has a GPA Weight of 3.00.

4th Semester


* ASC 401 has a GPA Weight of 3.00. 
ASC 205 can be taken in either 2nd Semester or 4th Semester.
ASC 205 is graded on a pass/fail basis.


5th & 6th Semester

5th Semester


One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

* ASC 520 has a GPA Weight of 3.00.

6th Semester


  • ASC 521 Light/Sound in Architecture
  • ASC 605† Collaborative Exercise III
  • ASC 620* Integration Studio II
  • ASC 622 Documentation and Construction Contract
  • ASC 623 Principles of Detailing

One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

* ASC 620 has a GPA Weight of 3.00.
ASC 605 is graded on a pass/fail basis. ASC 605 can be taken in either 6th Semester or 8th Semester.


The first three years of the program provide students with a common foundation. Students must select one of the following options for their final year.


7th & 8th Semester

7th Semester


STUDIO COURSE: One course from Core Studio Table II

CORE ELECTIVE: Two courses from Core Elective Table III

OPEN ELECTIVE: One* Open Elective

One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

*Courses from the Core Elective Table III are acceptable to meet this requirement.

8th Semester


  • ASC 605* Collaborative Exercise II

STUDIO COURSE: One course from Core Studio Table II

CORE ELECTIVE: Two courses from Core Elective Table III

OPEN ELECTIVE: One* Open Elective

One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

*Courses from the Core Elective Table III are acceptable to meet this requirement

* ASC 605 can be taken in either 6th Semester or 8th Semester.
* ASC 605 is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Co-operative Work Terms

In addition to the regular Architectural Science curriculum, students can choose to pursue the Architectural Science Co-operative Program. The following table shows the sequence of academic and work terms for this program. Students are expected to follow the sequence prescribed for their program. Graduation with the co-op designation requires successful completion of a minimum of three work terms.

  Fall Winter Spring/Summer
Year 1 1st Semester 2nd Semester --
Year 2 3rd Semester 4th Semester --
Year 3 5th Semester 6th Semester WKT 106 - Work Term I
Year 4 WKT 206 - Work Term II WKT 306 - Work Term III WKT 406 - Work Term IV
Year 5 7th Semester 8th Semester --

WKT courses are graded on a pass/fail basis.

A Concentration is a structured plan of study within a program (6 to 12 core or professional electives) that provides an opportunity for advanced or in-depth study in a particular area of interest. Students must declare their concentration prior to applying to graduate. Courses used to fulfil the requirements of a concentration cannot also be used to fulfil the requirements of a minor.

Students may choose to complete one of the following three optional Concentrations which are comprised of courses from the Core Studio Table II and the Core Elective Table III. Concentrations must be formally declared and must be completed before graduation to be noted on the academic transcript

Architecture Concentration

The following six (6) courses are required:


Building Science Concentration

The following six (6) courses are required:

  • BSC 720 Building Performance Assessment Studio
  • BSC 820 Building Science Detail Design Studio
  • BSC 721 Existing Building Forensics
  • BSC 722 Sustainable Environmental Control Systems
  • BSC 821 Sustainable Detail Design
  • BSC 822 Advanced Envelopes/Components

Project Management Concentration

The following six (6) courses are required:

  • PMT 720 Project Management Studio in Development
  • PMT 820 Project Management Studio II
  • PMT 721 Economics for Project Management
  • PMT 722 Information Systems
  • PMT 821 Construction Practices and Management
  • PMT 822 Procurement and Construction Management

A Program Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of volunteers that provides expert advice to a school or department on program related matters such as curriculum, program review, technology and trends in the industry, discipline or profession. For more information, see Senate Policy #158 (Program Advisory Councils).

Paul Dowsett
Principal Architect
Sustainable TO

Mehdi Ghiyaei

Steve Kemp
RDH Building Science

Jamie Lee
Associate Principal

Susan Lewin                           
CU&P Architects

Alice Liang
Principal Emeritus
Montgomery Sisam Architects

Amal Madanat
Vice President, Design
Amica Senior Lifestyles

Veronica Madonna
Assistant Professor
RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University

David McKibbon
Senior Vice President, Project Management,
Cadillac Fairview

David Moses
Moses Structural Engineers

John Potter
Senior Advisor, Design Excellence Program

Michelle Xuareb
Director of Innovation

Further information is available on the departmental PAC webpage (opens in new window)  .