The McEwen School of Architecture delivers design studios in French and English, and works with Elders and guests who are First Nations and Métis. As a result, students are immersed in a range of cultural perspectives, striving for inclusion in design.
Inspired by nature to fuel a northern spirit; the McEwen School of Architecture’s mission is to educate professionals who will contribute to the socio-economic and cultural development of Northern Ontario, Canada and the broader global community.
As the School’s fourth cohort of students is welcomed in September of 2016, this class marks the full complement of the 4-year undergraduate program. The first graduating class of the McEwen School of Architecture will celebrate their accomplishments in the spring of 2017. The School’s full complement of 400 students is expected as Laurentian’s Master’s of Architecture program is set to launch in the Fall of 2017.
The philosophy of the McEwen School of Architecture is founded upon pride of place. This philosophy embraces the resiliency of northern people and the unique beauty of the northern Ontario landscape. Located at the crossroads of the City of Greater Sudbury in the downtown core, Canada’s first new architecture curriculum in over 45 years opened at Laurentian University in 2013.
The McEwen School of Architecture is an unfolding experiment in emerging pedagogies and diverse cultures. Our unique architecture program highlights design and culture for northern Ontario with an emphasis in developing expertise in wood. The study of architecture generally raises our awareness of the holistic and aesthetic nature of the design of the built environment. Laurentian’s Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) undergraduate program focuses on design, culture, technology and professional practice. Architecture students take electives on the main Laurentian University campus, while Design Studio and other mandatory architecture courses are held at McEwen School of Architecture’s downtown site. Design Studio courses challenge students’ creativity through the application of practical building solutions for northern climates, taking into account cultural sensitivities, diverse histories and community profiles.
Our French, English, Métis, and Anishinabek faculty and student body is unique to Laurentian’s tri-cultural mandate; conducting design studios in both French and English, as well as working with Elders and guests who are First Nations and Métis, provides a further array of cultural and educational perspectives. Finally, our new architecture buildings (costing $30 million) will complete an innovative facility that is both dynamic and environmentally sustainable.