Architecture (ARCH) 320

History of Canadian Architecture (Revision 1)


Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

ARCH 320: History of Canadian Architecture is intended for students enrolled in the BSc (Architecture) program at the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University. For those students interested in pursuing a career as a registered architect, this course also contributes to the RAIC Syllabus Diploma.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: ARCH 200

Centre: RAIC Centre for Architecture

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Architecture 320 examines the development of architecture in Canada from the establishment of colonial settlements in the 1680s through to the development of architectural styles used in 1900. The course is organized thematically around questions pertaining to colonization, identity, and heritage, as well as, issues pertaining to First Nations. Students will explore architecture in Canada through a variety of perspectives noting the development of architectural styles in their social, cultural, and historical contexts.

Course Outline

The Study Guide for Architecture 320 consists of six units.

  • Unit 1 – Planning and Building – Early Settlement in the Canadas
  • Unit 2 – Aesthetic and Technical Considerations
  • Unit 3 – Adopt and Adapt
  • Unit 4 – Issues of Power and Control
  • Unit 5 – The Architect's Practice
  • Unit 6 – Architectural Heritage in Canada

Learning Outcomes

After you have completed Architecture 320, you should be able to

  1. identify the main characteristics of architecture in Canada.
  2. describe key historical events and architectural works built between 1400 and 1900.
  3. discuss the technological developments associated with architecture in Canada.
  4. interpret architecture as a form of cultural production linked to changes in social behaviours and economic patterns.
  5. describe Canada's Heritage Policies and explain their purpose.
  6. summarize key points in Canadian architectural scholarship.

Course Evaluation

To receive credit for Architecture 320, you must achieve a course composite mark of at least a C+ (67 percent) for the entire course.

The weightings for the course assignments are as follows:

Course Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 20%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 15%
Assignment 4: Part 1 10%
Assignment 4: Part 2 5%
Assignment 5 10%
Assignment 6: Part 1 5%
Assignment 6: Part 2 25%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Architecture 320: History of Canadian Architecture is taught using a combination of print materials, online resources, and academic support. The course package you received by mail should contain the items listed below.

Textbooks (print):

Magrill, B. (2012). A commerce of taste: Church architecture in Canada, 1867-1914. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.

Ricketts, S., Maitland, L., & and Hucker, J. (2011) A guide to Canadian architectural styles. (2nd ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

E-books (accessible through AU Library):

Kalman, H. (1994). A History of Canadian Architecture, Volumes I and II. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kalman, H. (1994). A History of Canadian Architecture, Volume II. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Online Materials

Course Home Page (online): The course home page houses all the online components of your course.

Study Schedule (online): The study schedule on your course home page includes the Course Information, the six units of the Study Guide, links to the online readings, and links to your assignments.

Course Information (online): The Course Information provides specific information about how to proceed through the course. Read the Course Information carefully before you begin reading the Study Guide.

Study Guide (online): The Study Guide units are embedded in the Study Schedule on the course home page.

Assignments (online): The assignments are on the course home page, along with helpful instructions.

Forms: Forms you may need are available through the myAU portal.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, August 28, 2013.