Northern Ontario has a unique character that is a product of the Boreal forest, the Canadian Shield and a dramatic northern climate. It is a land with its own special challenges and opportunities; inhabited by culturally diverse and sophisticated peoples who are increasingly aware of their potential and wonders of their land. Despite almost 200 years of economic and cultural direction from the south, the north has created flourishing communities of unique character. There is now the opportunity to create a design culture that will be reflective of, and a catalyst for, our own indigenous and northern architecture.
LaurentianArchitectureLaurentienne (LAL) will offer a high quality program that attracts over 400 outstanding students and a group of exceptionally creative faculty members and staff to the Region. It will augment Laurentian University's mandate to provide the best possible educational opportunities (in both English and French) for Northern Ontario students, particularly at a graduate level, and it will add enormously to Laurentian's partnership with the City of Greater Sudbury and communities across the Region.
Webisode 1: Planning a New School of Architecture
LaurentianArchitectureLaurentienne (LAL) will offer a 4-year undergraduate program (Bachelor of Architectural Studies, BAS) followed by a 2-year graduate program, leading to a Master of Architecture degree (MArch). The architectural program will incorporate a co-op program, which combines the work terms with academic terms. The co-op program creates tremendous opportunities for students to gain valuable exposure to firms throughout the world as well as skills in northern industries including mining and fabrication in the first years.
Our downtown location for the school at Market Square will provide the greatest benefit for the city culturally and economically. Architecture attracts talented and creative students who engage with the community around them and they attract others who want cultural and intellectual excitement. Architecture students and faculty, more than any other, thrive in and in turn, stimulate their urban environment.
Webisode 2: An Architectural Education