Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Take your passion for design and urban environments to the next level in UBC’s Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism program. Through small studios and intimate seminars, you’ll learn how design impacts society and the environment, and how the shaping of space can effect cultural change.

Why this program?

  • Study with an award-winning faculty of internationally renowned experts
  • Learn in small studios and intimate seminars that allow for low student-to-faculty ratios
  • Gain practical experience and mentorship in active design-build projects
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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
  • Degree: Bachelor of Design in Architecture
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

The Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism program explores the connectedness of design across multiple scales – from the body to the city. The program revolves around a core design studio sequence that begins with foundational skills and culminates in the design of complex spaces. You’ll build a strong foundation in critical thinking and the practical skills necessary to create environments that are socially and ecologically sustainable. Additional courses in history, theory, media, technology, and professional practice contribute to a holistic design curriculum.

Experiential learning and research

Build a deep disciplinary foundation and develop essential skills through hands-on practical experience, collaborative work projects, and interdisciplinary learning opportunities that integrate architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. You’ll have the opportunity to enrol in a design-build elective where you’ll tackle real-world problems, exploring and testing solutions and then executing them. Students in the environmental design program can participate in a mentorship program, lectures, studio reviews, and an annual exhibition of graduating student work.

Campus features

The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture offers a comprehensive woodworking shop as well as digital fabrication devices.

Life at UBC's Vancouver campus

The Bachelor of Design program is offered on UBC's beautiful Vancouver campus. You’ll learn from passionate and skilled experts who can support you in connecting with professional design communities locally and internationally as you create close ties with faculty members and student peers.

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Your future

The Bachelor of Design program is distinctive in Canada in the way it integrates architecture and landscape architecture, producing graduates with a unique skill set that is broadly applicable to many career choices, including architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, lighting design, and other allied fields of design.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)

Degree-specific requirements: Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
  • Video interview
  • Creative test
  • Resume

Related courses

The following subject categories are particularly relevant for this degree. Consider taking courses in these areas in your junior year and senior year.

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies (Geography and/or History courses in particular)
  • Visual and Performing Arts
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