The University of Manitoba is a provincially funded institution. The University of Manitoba Act, a statute of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, is the governing legislation of the University of Manitoba. The Act provides for a bicameral system of governance - with the Board of Governors as the corporate governing body and the Senate as the academic body. The University has a student enrolment of over 28,000 students, an operating budget of $362,000,000 and employs over 7000 academic and support staff.

The Board of Governors consists of 23 members: the Chancellor, the President, 12 members appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, three members elected by the graduates of the University, three members elected by the Senate of the University and three members appointed by the University of Manitoba Students' Union.

The Board, as the Corporate Governing Body of the University, is responsible for overseeing the administrative and business affairs of the University, including approving the annual budget and appointing and monitoring the performance of the President and Vice-Chancellor. The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors are elected annually by the Board of Governors. The Board of Governors currently meet seven times per year in January, March, April, May, June, September and November.

The Senate is the University's senior academic governing body. Its membership includes: the Chancellor, the President and the Vice-Presidents of the University, Deans of Faculties, Directors of Schools, Faculty members elected by Faculty and School Councils, students elected by the students and representatives of the Board of Governors and the Alumni Association.

The Senate has authority to determine matters of an academic nature, as described in The University of Manitoba Act. The Senate also has the authority to recommend on certain matters to the Board of Governors. The President and Vice-Chancellor is the Chair of Senate, and the Vice-President (Academic) and Provost is the Vice Chair of Senate. The Senate meets monthly from September to June.

A senior administrative group, PVP, (composed of the President and Vice-Presidents) provides day-to-day administrative direction for the university. The President is Vice-Chancellor of the University and member of the Board of Governors. The Vice-President (Academic) and Provost is responsible for all academic matters and student affairs. The Dean of the Faculty reports directly to the Vice-President (Academic). The Vice-President (Administration) is responsible for the administrative, financial, information technology and human resource services that support the University in achieving its mission.  The Vice-President (Research) is responsible for the advancement of scholarship. The Vice-President (External) is responsible for external relations and campus-wide fund raising. Each Vice-President has one or more Associate Vice-Presidents who assist in the administrative functions of each administrative area.

Deans and Directors Council is a body, chaired by the Vice-President (Academic), composed of Deans and Directors who meet monthly to discuss topics of interest and concern to Faculties.

The Faculty of Architecture has a collaborative management structure with the Dean’s Office responsible for the overall administration of the Faculty, Departmental Heads and the Chair, Environmental Design responsible for the administration of their own specific areas. Faculty Council is the governing body for the Faculty, responsible for providing overall direction and policies for the Faculty. Faculty Council is composed of all full-time faculty members, full-time sessional appointments, elected representatives of student councils and representatives of administrative staff. Faculty Council meets at least two times per term, and frequently as many times as three or four times per term.

Department Councils, composed of Departmentally-based faculty members and student representatives, meet to discuss departmental matters.

Department Heads, Associate Deans and the Executive Director, Partners Program meet with the Dean every two weeks to discuss Faculty-wide issues and items of common interest.

Overall financial management for the Faculty rests with the Dean’s Office. Funding for the Faculty is provided primarily by Administration in response to an annual budget proposal (the Strategic Resource Plan), as well as funds raised outside the university through research grants, the Partners Program memberships and events, scholarships and bursary fundraising and partnerships with community groups and businesses. The budget has a baseline component (i.e., monies that are received yearly to run our core programmes) and one-time funds (monies directed to specific one-time requests). The Faculty baseline budget is approximately $5.2 Million (2006). Departments manage departmental budgets allocated to each department by the Dean’s Office.

Within the budget, there are individual line items established for support of new faculty member research, support for some faculty members and student travel (special conferences or events that have potential to promote the Faculty), and other special needs as those needs assist in promoting the Faculty. Inquiries concerning those funds should be directed to the Dean’s Office.

Each faculty member receives a Personal Development Account (PDA). The PDA provides support for the purchase of books, computer software and hardware, and travel related to the Faculty and the faculty member’s scholarship.

The Faculty provides each faculty member with a computer and basic software. The Faculty tries to replace each computer every 3 or 4 years.

The Partners Program is a unique initiative in the Faculty of Architecture that promotes partnerships between academia, professionals, industry and community members.  The Program creates opportunities where our research and development can be effective in both the public and private sectors.  Its intent is to foster strong linkages outside the university for mutual enrichment and support.


The Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (C.A.S.T.) is dedicated to the search for new ideas. This search embraces both the poetic and technical dimensions of architecture through physical explorations of materials, the study of natural law, and the free play of imagination. The work of C.A.S.T seeks new boundaries for architectural thought, design, and building technology.