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Why study architecture here?
Tradition of excellence
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Our school is recognized for its commitment to sustainable research, ranking 20th in the 2015 and 27th in the 2016 QS World University Rankings, the highest of all Canadian architecture schools.
Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for liveability and quality of life. With diverse geographic regions and climates, a rich, multi-cultural history, and a dynamic arts and culture scene, Vancouver is an amazing place to work and study.
Our faculty are internationally renowned experts in their fields and have chosen to teach here in part because of our school’s reputation for excellence in research. Join us and you will learn from the people who are changing the way we think about design.
With low student-faculty ratios, we get to know you by name. We are proud of our small studios, intimate seminars, and personalized learning opportunities. Our support structure ensures that you have a successful experience. From academic guidance to health and wellness, we have an array of services to help you achieve your personal, academic and professional goals.
When entering our program, we pair you with a professional mentor. Our mentor roster includes many of the most prominent architects in Vancouver. Paired with you through to licensure, your mentor will not only contribute to your experience while at SALA, but will help make your transition from school to practice smoother.
Our optional eight-month co-op program provides the opportunity to integrate your academic learning with practical experience, gain marketable skills, earn money, try out new jobs, and expand your network of mentors and potential employers.
Our architecture and landscape architecture programs are closely connected and share many core courses and electives, including design build and study abroad opportunities. As an architecture student, you will also be able to register for a landscape architecture studio. This cross-pollination of ideas fosters a holistic design culture within the school.
You will be able attend summer electives and studios set abroad. These courses range from three weeks to a full semester. In recent years, we have taken students to Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, and the Netherlands. For a more immersive experience, you can also spend up to a year at one of our partner universities.
We have a wide variety of employment opportunities. We currently offer 90 annual teaching assistantships and nearly as many research, administrative, and technical positions. Whether it is leading an undergraduate seminar, analysing data in the lab, or assisting in the workshop, you will find a position that is right for you.
Our students get involved
Our students organize lunchtime lectures, host weekly social events, and curate gallery exhibitions of their work. They create public art on campus, organize design builds and attend conferences around the world. They are passionate about what they do, and we hope you will be too.