Dean's Message

Welcome to the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, where we research the future of architecture, planning and landscape architecture, prepare our students for exciting and meaningful professional careers, and curate public conversations about city building. Together, our students and faculty explore disruptive design strategies and social innovations that will help make the world more resilient, equitable, vibrant and healthy. It is important work that will make a real, long-lasting difference. 

We deliver a distinctly different design school experience that combines a rich, interdisciplinary design-based philosophy with an entrepreneurial mindset and a deep commitment to working with industry stakeholders, community leaders, at local, national, and international levels to address some of society’s biggest challenges in new, creative ways. 

Our City Building Design Lab elevates this mission to a new level. Located in the former central public library building across the street from City Hall, this satellite location augments our four-storey, on-campus facility and brings our teaching, research, and community outreach into the heart of downtown. The CBDLab has over 25,000 square feet of storefront space that includes a public gallery, a 350-person event space, an advanced digital fabrication lab, 75-person design studio, and multiple classrooms and project workspaces

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape offers graduate level professional course-based programs in architecture, landscape architecture, and planning as well as research degrees at the Master and PhD levels. We also offer undergraduate design courses and a minor in architectural studies.

The Master of Architecture degree program addresses the contemporary challenges facing the discipline of architecture through a commitment to, and expertise in, critical practice, digital design and fabrication, building performance and responsiveness, and cultural theory.

The Master of Landscape Architecture degree program is strategically positioned to address critical ecological and sociocultural challenges of place making, climate change and resilience.

The Master of Planning degree program focuses on the challenge of building great cities through physical planning, urban design and ecological design at the scale of the community, city and region.

Our research-based degrees at the Master and PhD levels offer early- and mid-career design professionals the opportunity to explore in great depth an impactful and relevant research topic in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture or planning.

I encourage you to learn more about our exciting entrepreneurial approach to city building through the study of architecture, planning, and landscape architecture, and invite you to get involved with the many events, exhibits and other community-based initiatives at the City Building Design Lab.

(May, 2019)

John L. Brown, PhD, Architect, FRAIC
Dean and Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape


We prepare students to design a better world, through undergraduate courses, professional programs, and post-professional degrees and learning opportunities for practitioners. 


Whether on main campus or in the City Building Design Lab, our studios, galleries and workshops provide inspiring places for experimentation, collaboration and design excellence.


Together, we will strive to achieve excellence and challenge the design status quo through experiential learning opportunities, bold research and meaningful community connections. These will enable us to become the best interdisciplinary design school in North America.