Abstract physical and psychological depiction of research facility in Churchill, Manitoba.
Photo by Meaghan Julie Kusyk

Graduate program: Master of Architecture

The MArch is a two-year professional program requiring both course work and a design thesis. 

Students in our program are fueled by their own expanding curiosities and convictions, guided and challenged by professors engaged in diverse research, and invigorated by conversations and collaborations with professionals, industry partners, community members, and international leaders in architecture and design.

Most graduates gain employment in the field, and pursue a path toward professional registration and careers as practicing architects. Other graduates continue with advanced post-professional studies and research, and/or thrive in careers in the arts, public service, the construction industry, and related design fields. The program produces capable graduates eager to contribute to improving the built environment and the public good.


In Canada, the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) is the sole agency authorized by the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) to accredit Canadian professional degree programs in architecture for the purposes of architectural licensure.

The last CACB site visit took place in February 2018. Subsequently, the Master of Architecture program was formally granted a full accreditation term of six years effective July 1, 2018. The term will end on June 30, 2024. The next CACB Maintenance Accreditation Visit is scheduled to take place in spring 2024.


Laptop and software requirements

CADLab is the main provider of computer support for the Faculty of Architecture. They provide equipment loans, maintain the computer lab, the printing & scanning facilities, as well as provide technical help to staff and students. CADLab has worked with all the departments to establish specifications. CADLab provides only very basic assistance with troubleshooting student owned equipment.

All students are responsible for installing and configuring the software on their personal laptops. If you have questions or concerns please contact Chris Leigh, CADLab Coordinator, at 204-474-9945 or by e-mail Chris.Leigh@umanitoba.ca

'Computers on Campus' at the University of Manitoba bookstore is an authorized Dell reseller familiar with the faculty laptop requirements and have educational discounts available for students. Please contact Computers on Campus at 204-474-7000 or computers.on.campus@umanitoba.ca for details.

Recommended laptop configuration:
9th Gen or better Intel Core i7
16GB RAM or better
1080p or 4K display
AMD or NVIDIA Graphics
512GB SSD or larger

Dell Precision 5550
approx. $2700
Apple MacBook Pro 16"
2.6Ghz core i7 or better
16GB RAM or better
Radeon Pro 5300 M w/4GB
512GB SSD or larger
(approx. $2999)

While it is possible to run Windows on Mac laptops, it is cumbersome to do so. Due to the technical complexities involved with properly installing and configuring Windows on a MacBook Pro, CADLab recommends that students purchase a Windows PC Laptop rather than a MacBook Pro.

MacBook models which do not have dedicated graphics hardware are not powerful enough to run much of the required CAD software.This includes all MacBook Air and all 13" Pro models.

Students are responsible for installing and configuring their own copy of Microsoft Windows on their Mac should they require it. You can use either VMWare or Boot Camp to do this, see below for the comparison between these two methods.

VMWare Boot Camp
  • Allows you to use Windows and Mac applications at the same time
  • No need to reboot to switch between Mac and Windows
  • Easy to share files between Mac and Windows


  • Much poorer performance. Applications operate about 15-40% slower in VMWare compared to Boot Camp
  • Programs that depend heavily on 3d graphics may be especially slow or exhibit compatibility problems
  • Runs Windows programs at full speed
  • Effectively the same as using a real PC, which eliminates any compatibility issues there might be with VMWare


  • Mac programs are not available while using Windows
  • Must reboot to switch between Mac and Windows
  • Uses much more disc space
  • Complicated to install
For performance and compatibility reasons, CADLab recommends Boot Camp over VMWare

Software requirements (required)

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Microsoft Office
  • AutoCAD 2021* (Windows only; do not use the Mac version)
  • 3ds Max 2021*
  • Revit 2021*
  • Rhinoceros 3D v6*

Fore more information on where to obtain specific software check the Faculty of Architecture software list.

Programs marked with a * require Microsoft Windows.
Rhino and AutoCAD for Mac are missing some features and plugins compared to the Windows version.

Student experience in the MArch program

We explore, discover and learn through making.

The core of our curriculum is the design studio. In studio, students work through a variety of challenging questions, media and scales to explore vital tensions between technical and natural processes, cultural and artistic practices, experiential qualities and worldly phenomena. Design studio enables individuals to experiment widely, while ultimately making responsible design decisions for local situations in a dynamically interconnected world.

Studios are augmented by a growing array of making and thinking facilities: a FABLab, CADLab, Workshop, Architecture/Fine Arts Library, and Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (C.A.S.T.). Architecture students benefit from interactions with colleagues in our Faculty’s kindred disciplines (Environmental Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and City Planning) and across the University. Students design everything from adaptable furniture to sustainable cities, from enduring buildings to transformative events. In the process we learn how the built environment not only supports and enhances lived experience, but is also meaningfully shaped by personal and collective imagination.

DoA Press

DoA Press is a collaborative initiative of the Department of Architecture's Publications Committee to share student and faculty work and cultivate critical discourse on architectural design.

ArchFolio is an annual print and digital booklet of representative student work from architecture studios and courses. Other special titles celebrate unique projects and research events.

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Contact us

Department of Architecture
Faculty of Architecture
201 John A. Russell Building
84 Curry Place
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M6