There is little argument about the phenomenon existing nowadays of an affordability gap for many prospective home owners, particularly for first-time home buyers. As a result, in September 1989, the McGill School of Architecture initiated a new Affordable Homes graduate program to provide architects and professionals from related disciplines with specialized knowledge required to function and contribute to today's North American housing environment. The graduate program offers a Ph.D. as well as three semester post-professional Masters degree or a two-semester diploma degree in Architecture.

The educational goal of the program is to equip students with the background knowledge and design skills necessary to understand the relationship between the architect's role and a wide range of external forces that influence the production of affordable housing such as user requirements, building economics and emerging new demands.

FIRST SEMESTER
SECOND SEMESTER
THIRD SEMESTER

HOUSING PROJECT I

Design Project related to housing affordability; innovative dwelling unit design project

HOUSING PROJECT II

Sustainable and affordable housing design project

 

 

RESEARCH METHODS

Lectures on research writing and methodology principles. Short assignments lead to a research report

REPORT PREPARATION

A weekly tutorial meeting with advisor. Two research chapters are presented as papers in a simulated conference

HOUSING PROJECT REPORT

Independent research and submission of research report takes place in the third semester.