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SALA is the school of architecture and landscape architecture at the University of British Columbia, located in Vancouver, situated on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Deeply committed to the quality of the built and natural environment, we are a close-knit community of scholars, designers, and makers brought together by a shared collaborative spirit.
Our undergraduate and graduate programs, led by an accomplished, multi-disciplinary faculty, teach students to become creative leaders, effective collaborators, and progressive agents of change. We established Canada’s first dual architecture-landscape architecture degree program, breaking new collaborative ground. Beyond our professional degrees, program options range from an exploratory workshop for those considering a career in design, to post-professional degrees for practitioners to gain a new set of skills.
Outside the studio, our students have a range of opportunities to connect with diverse communities. Yearly study abroad courses provide an immersive international experience. An increasingly-robust selection of design-build projects and co-op opportunities offer invaluable hands-on experience. A long tradition of active student organizations is SALA’s social heartbeat.
In addition to our significant contribution to education, research, and innovation within the architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design professions, we award a major national design prize each year to individuals who have shown extraordinary talent and dedication to make Canada a better place to live.
Our campus and our city are ideal laboratories to respond to the urgent human and environmental issues of our times. Our position on Canada’s west coast connects us to a number of communities, from Cascadia to the Pacific Rim. Alumni and friends of our programs have played pivotal roles in shaping Vancouver into an internationally recognized example of sustainable urban design. Drawing on this history, we continue to prepare collaborative, community-minded designers equipped to become leaders in the fields of the built and natural environments.