For the first time in 35 years, a new professional program in architecture has been granted initial accreditation in Canada — Ryerson’s master of architecture (M.Arch) program. Granted by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), the sole agency authorized to accredit Canadian professional degree programs in architecture, the accreditation means graduates of the program will have a vital prerequisite for licensing as professional architects.
Accreditation recognizes that a program meets the established professional qualifications and educational standards of CACB. Ryerson’s program earned the maximum term allowed (three years) for initial accreditation and is the 11th Canadian university to receive the professional status. The Ryerson M.Arch program consists of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprises an accredited professional education.
Accreditation involves both quality assurance and quality enhancement. All sanctioned architectural societies and institutes require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure for candidates educated in Canada.
A team of CACB experts visited the Department of Architectural Science to evaluate the program, its facilities, faculty and student work. After review, CACB granted the accreditation based on the relevance and validity of the curriculum, physical resources, and the contributions made by students, staff and faculty. M.Arch graduate Mark Siemicki participated in the accreditation process as one of the students interviewed by the CACB team.
Ryerson’s M.Arch program began in fall 2007 and is on the cutting edge of architectural issues such as sustainability, practice as a critical endeavour and architecture’s role in shaping Canadian culture.