Architectural Science is a bridge between design theory and building technology. The purpose of this degree program is to develop graduates with highly relevant knowledge and skills in a way that emphasizes holistic and critical thinking at the intersection between living systems, culture and technology, so that our students emerge as industry-ready participants in the real world of sustainable thinking and building.
The Bachelor in Architectural Science is a full-time two-year program laddered onto a two-year architectural technology diploma (BCIT ABT or equivalent) delivering a broadly based, technically current curriculum on the theoretical and applied aspects of architectural science. The program methodology is to teach a ladder of critical thought, following a deliberate and evolving framework through progression, analysis and repetition to ingrain sustainable thinking, reinforced in every core course delivered.
Students will work on studio projects of increasing scale and complexity culminating in the Graduating Project: a comprehensive building design merging architectural design and building performance, supported by expert industry consultants. Cultural history, material explorations, project management, building science and communication skills will be taught within the program and incorporated into holistic design solutions, integrating social responsibility with technical expertise. Students will take general education courses in Liberal Studies and Business and choose between several professional electives to complete their Bachelor Degree.
The program integrates experiential learning activities, community outreach initiatives and international opportunities, including the option to study abroad for a term. These options may have a limited number of openings subject to an application process.
Students must complete a Diploma in architectural technology (ABT or equivalent) before the Bachelor of Architectural Science. The degree will enable students to:
- Develop the technical, design, analysis and management competencies necessary for advanced placement and career development as architectural technologists.
- Apply emerging building design and technology theory and best practices to address complex problems in the workplace.
- Pursue and promote a broad vision of sustainability, not as a technical or peripheral solution, but as a vital and integral consideration at the core of every design decision.
- Actively engage in the processes of high-performance building design and construction offices.
- Pursue further education toward professional designation.
The program is delivered in a standard fall and winter term full-time format, commencing in September and ending in May. The schedule is fixed and students are block registered.
Graduating & Jobs
The Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Science will prepare graduates with the skill set needed for advanced placement within the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.
Faculty, Advisors & Staff
- Jody Patterson, BAS, MArch, MRAIC, Program Head
- Fernanda Hannah-Suarez, BEDS, MArch, MRAIC
- Michel Labrie, BArch, MASA, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP, ENV SP
- James Taggart, Dipl Arch, MA, FRAIC
- Jens Voshage, Dipl.-Ing. Arch., Architect AKBW (GER), LEED AP BD+C
- Matthew Woodruff, BES, BArch, Architect AIBC
- Tatsiana Filipenka, BED, Program Assistant
- Alex Chang, Morrison Hershfield
- Gordon Richards, Jensen Hughes Consulting Canada Ltd. (Acting Chair)
- Chris Forrest, BCIT Campus Development (Non-Voting Member)
- Kate Busby, FaulknerBrowns Architects
- Pera Hardy, Principle Architecture
- Sean Francis Rodrigues, Archdiocese of Vancouver
- Stuart Hood, Integral Group
- Wayne DeAngelis, De Angelis Architecture (Non-Voting Member)
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