Professional Masterclasses

Continuing education courses help licensed professionals build real knowledge through multi-hour courses in which topics are explored at a high level of detail.

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The new Professional Continuing Education program provides substantive in-depth learning opportunities on new and emerging topics in architecture, planning and design. 

Masterclasses are an inspiring way for professionals (AAA, APPI, AALA) to complete mandatory professional learning credits in a compact time frame.

The program was released in January 2020. Read the news release.

If you don't currently have a UCID for registration, you will be given a temporary ID# after creating an online profile with Continuing Education. This temporary ID (beginning with X) will allow you to enrol in any of the courses. 

Questions? Email design.matters@ucalgary.ca.

Quick links to licensing requirements:

AAA Professional Development Program
APPI Continuous Professional Learning
AALA Continuous Education Program


Sample course program

The Winter 2020 program was offered during the week of March 9–13, 2020 and featured a range of new topics. Delivered on campus and in downtown Calgary, the masterclasses helped practitioners achieve annual mandatory structured professional learning requirements.

Mornings – $TBD
Dates: March 9-13
Time: 9am–12pm
Location: City Building Design Lab
Course Presenters: Kris Kelly-Frere + Lisa Landrum

Course Description

Devised in conjunction with the Canadian Architecture Forums on Education, and the CAFÉ forum to be held at the City Building Design Lab on March 12, 2020, this course speculates on the future of architecture and architectural agency through experimental play, social innovation, ethnographic adventure, videography, mise-en-scène, performance and storytelling. It also challenges participants to explore their own sense of purpose and place in shaping the future of human thriving in a volatile and uncertain world. Participants will act as creative protagonists for the CAFÉ event on the afternoon of March 12, while collaboratively producing multimedia manifestos to be displayed in a film installation, as part of the final block week exhibition on March 13. (The installation will take inspiration from the 2015 Manifesto project by artist Julian Rosefeldt). Guest lecturers will be Kris Kelley-Frere (Social Innovation Designer and Manager of the Vivo Play Hub Project, Calgary) and Lisa Landrum (Associate Professor, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg and CAFÉ Project Lead)

Students will learn about the ‘history of the future’ through adaptation of exemplary manifestos of the last century, while influencing public perception of architectural potential through the creation of an interactive video installation. The course will draw from architectural history and theory to develop students’ abilities to think critically and expand their understanding of cultural diversity from a global perspective. Continuing Education students join University of Calgary graduate students for the course. There are no assignments for continuing education attendees. Professionals can use this course towards their required continuing education units.

Course Details

Upon completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of architecture policies and strategies around the world
  • Draw links between government policies, artistic methods and design strategies 
  • Demonstrate awareness of the history of manifestos as a key mode of visionary agency in architecture
  • Compare global architecture policy initiatives to specific opportunities within Canada’s geo-political context, including the context of truth and reconciliation with First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples. 
  • Critically evaluate consultation strategies to better engage diverse groups in design and planning initiatives
  • Reflect critically on how global crisis (such as climate change and inequality) impact architectural professions
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of Indigenous planning aspirations and traditions
  • Articulate individual perspectives on the future of architecture and strategies to foster more sustainable, equitable and engaging built environments

Notes

This course is open to students who have a Professional degree in architecture.

Mornings - $495
Dates: March 9–13, 2019
Time: 9am–12pm
Location: City Building Design Lab
Instructor: Joshua Taron

Course Presenters: 
ARCHITECTURAL PERSPECTIVES: Vedran Škopac, Sasa Radulovic, David Edmunds, Derek Newby 
MANUFACTURING PERSPECTIVES: Andre Lema, Adam Angelidis, Dave Gardner
ENGINEERING PERSPECTIVES: Matthew Smith, Melissa Kindratsky, Mark Ritchie, Stephan Pasche
RESEARCH + INNOVATION PERSPECTIVES: Josh Taron, Helen Goodland, Dr. Ying-Hei Chui, Oliver David Krieg

Course Description

This masterclass will feature panel discussions that offer a variety of perspectives on one of architecture’s hot topics from designers-engineers, builders-fabricators-suppliers, regulators and government with an emphasis on building code and researchers-academics. Mass Timber construction is taking off across North America. ‘Mass timber’ refers to different kinds of massive wood elements (using a range of glued and non-glued elements) used in building assemblies.. The use of glued and non-glued elements optimizes the inherent structural behavior of wood with advantages ranging from sustainable resourcing, low embodied energy, carbon sequestration properties, off-site fabrication, mitigated waste streams, reduced construction and assembly complexity, decreased on-site construction time and energy waste, optimized material value, and added value to low grade timber. But mass timber as a product relies on a complex industrial landscape that touches on supply chains, advanced manufacturing, regulatory bodies and the AEC industry. 

Full Days - $995
Dates: March 9–13, 2019
Time: 9am–5pm
Location: City Building Design Lab
Instructor: Joshua Taron
Course Presenters: 

ARCHITECTURAL PERSPECTIVES: Vedran Škopac, Sasa Radulovic, David Edmunds, Derek Newby 
MANUFACTURING PERSPECTIVES: Andre Lema, Adam Angelidis, Dave Gardner
ENGINEERING PERSPECTIVES: Matthew Smith, Melissa Kindratsky, Mark Ritchie, Stephan Pasche
RESEARCH + INNOVATION PERSPECTIVES: Josh Taron, Helen Goodland, Dr. Ying-Hei Chui, Oliver David Krieg

Course Description

This masterclass will feature panel discussions that offer a variety of perspectives on one of architecture’s hot topics from designers-engineers, builders-fabricators-suppliers, regulators and government with an emphasis on building code and researchers-academics. Mass Timber construction is taking off across North America. ‘Mass timber’ refers to different kinds of massive wood elements (using a range of glued and non-glued elements) used in building assemblies. The use of glued and non-glued elements optimizes the inherent structural behavior of wood with advantages ranging from sustainable resourcing, low embodied energy, carbon sequestration properties, off-site fabrication, mitigated waste streams, reduced construction and assembly complexity, decreased on-site construction time and energy waste, optimized material value, and added value to low grade timber. But mass timber as a product relies on a complex industrial landscape that touches on supply chains, advanced manufacturing, regulatory bodies and the AEC industry. 

Continuing Education students will participate alongside University of Calgary graduate students in the masterclass, without having to complete any of the assignments. Participation in the masterclass will count towards required professional continuing education credits.

Topics include: 

  • Manufacturer + Builder Perspectives
  • Regulatory + Engineering Perspectives
  • Mass Timber Project Site Visit
  • Architectural Perspectives
  • Research Perspectives

Course Details

Upon completion of this masterclass, successful students will be able to:

  • Explain four key perspectives around mass timber (architectural, fabrication, engineering and research).
  • Interpret the use of mass timber from varying perspectives.
  • Differentiate various types of mass timber elements in building assemblies.
  • Delineate the environmental, economical and social advantages of using Mass Timber construction from a sustainability perspective. 
  • Understand Canada’s role in Mass Timber projects and research.

Notes

This course is open to students who have a Professional degree in architecture.

 

Mornings - $795
Dates: March 9–13, 2019

Time: M–Th 9am-12pm, F 1–5pm
Location: City Building Design Lab
Course Presenters: see below

Course Description
This masterclass explores the role that design plays in addressing social issues of representation and equity in architecture. Three invited lecturers will lead students through a series of discussions and charrettes that tackle justice, representation and equity from different perspectives. Researchers and practitioners with experience in addressing these issues will present some of their work and lead discussions about how architecture can participate in social justice through design.

Dr. Olon Dotson, B.A. in Architectural Science (Tuskegee Institute), B.Arch and B.Sc in Environmental Design (Ball State), MSc in Real Estate Development (Columbia).

Professor Chris Cornelius, B.Sc Architectural Studies (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), M.Arch (Virginia).

Dr. Felecia Davis, B.S. Engineering (Tufts), M.Arch (Princeton), PhD (MIT)

Continuing Education students will participate alongside University of Calgary graduate students in the masterclass, without having to complete any assignments. Participation in the masterclass will count towards required professional continuing education credits.

Course Details
Upon completion of this masterclass successful students will be able to:

  • Give examples of concepts of social justice in design and historical precedents that engage this body of research.
  • Explain issues of social inclusion and participation and how they can be integrated into a series of material artifacts. Students will be exposed to precedents in digital fabrication and the use of sensors and actuators in architecture and prototypes.
  • Illustrate the principles and methods of designing with Indigenous communities through a charrette based process.

Notes
This course is open to students who have a Professional degree in architecture, planning, or landscape architecture

Full Days - $495
Dates: March 9–10, 2019
Time: 9am–4:30pm
Location: On Campus - PF 2160
Course Presenter: Dr. Judy Stewart

Course Description
This short masterclass will enable lawyers, planners, municipal administrators and professionals in other fields to understand the complexities of the current municipal planning policy and regulatory system. 

Municipal planning and development practice require knowledge of the interconnectedness of many provincial policies, laws, regulations, codes of practice and best management practice (BMP) guidelines. The course will introduce participants to Alberta’s municipal government planning and development law and practice. Guest lecturer Judy Stewart is a Barrister & Solicitor and holds her PhD in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. A teacher before becoming a lawyer, Judy Stewart practices law in Cochrane, Alberta, primarily in municipal and water law. Judy completed her Master of Laws at the University of Calgary in 2009.  Her doctoral research undertook designing a reflexive legal framework for bridging organizations in regional environmental governance. Judy was on Cochrane town council-6 years as a councillor, and 3 years as mayor. She is an avid volunteer on local, regional and provincial watershed stewardship groups.

Continuing Education students will participate alongside University of Calgary graduate students for a portion of the course, without having to complete any assignments. Participation in the daily quizzes is optional. Professionals can use this masterclass towards their required continuing education credits. 

Course Details
Upon completion of this masterclass, successful students will be able to:

  • Break down and interpret Part 17 of the Municipal Government Act and the Subdivision and Development Regulation;
  • Prepare a municipal development permit application for submission

Full Days - $995
Dates: March 9–13, 2019
Time: 9am–4:30pm
Location: On Campus - PF 2160
Course Presenter: Dr. Judy Stewart

Course description
This week-long masterclass will enable lawyers, planners, municipal administrators and professionals in other fields to understand the complexities of the current municipal planning policy and regulatory system. 

The class will introduce participants to Alberta’s municipal government planning and development law and practice.  Municipal planning and development practice require knowledge of the interconnectedness of provincial policies, laws, regulations, codes of practice and best management practice (BMP) guidelines. Recent amendments to the Municipal Government Act have introduced new voluntary and mandatory institutional directives to manage growth, and develop, maintain and fund intermunicipal services and facilities.  These new provisions also require land use planning and development practices to comply with a number of provincial regional land use outcomes. Participants will explore how these amendments are being addressed by municipalities in the Calgary Metropolitan Area. Guest lecturer Judy Stewart is a Barrister & Solicitor and holds her PhD in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. A teacher before becoming a lawyer, Judy Stewart practices law in Cochrane, Alberta, primarily in municipal and water law. Judy completed her Master of Laws at the University of Calgary in 2009.  Her doctoral research undertook designing a reflexive legal framework for bridging organizations in regional environmental governance. Judy was on Cochrane town council-6 years as a councillor, and 3 years as mayor. She is an avid volunteer on local, regional and provincial watershed stewardship groups.

Continuing Education students will participate alongside University of Calgary graduate students for the course, without having to complete any assignments. Participation in the daily quizzes is optional. Professionals can use this course towards their required continuing education units. 

There are five themes:

  1. The Municipal Government Act and regulations
  2. Growth planning and collaboration
  3. Applying for a development permit
  4. Applying for a subdivision approval
  5. Subdivision applications and environmental reserves

Course Details
Upon completion of this masterclass, successful students will be able to:

  • Break down and interpret Part 17 of the Municipal Government Act and the Subdivision and Development Regulation.
  • Describe and compare recent amendments to the Municipal Government Act that have introduced new voluntary and mandatory institutional arrangements to manage growth, and develop, maintain and fund inter-municipal services and facilities through inter-municipal planning and collaboration.
  • Summarize and explain subdivision applications with a focus on environmental reserves.
  • Prepare and develop a municipal development permit application for submission.
  • Apply for a subdivision approval.

Full Days - $495
Dates: March 10–11, 2019
Time: 8:30am–5:30pm
Location: City Building Design Lab
Course Presenters: David Murray AAA FRAIC, Allan Partridge AAA FRAIC, Doug Carlyle AALA RCA

Course description

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) at the University of Calgary is offering a masterclass for architects, planners and landscape architects to acquire professional knowledge related to historic preservation of built and landscape heritage projects using a sustainability lens. Through a combination of lectures, case study examples and class discussions, this course will be relevant to professionals wishing to explore the practice of historic conservation in Alberta. Case studies will explore a variety of innovative historic preservation strategies presented by professionals who have completed, or are currently undertaking, the work. It will provide a unique opportunity for heritage education that builds design and planning capacity to manage heritage resources in Alberta. The course applies a blended learning model where continuing education students join University of Calgary graduate students and mid-career professionals (architects, planners and landscape architects) enrolled in the Built & Landscape Heritage Certificate.

Presentations of heritage conservation projects include the Donalda Creamery, building resources of the Lac la Biche Mission, the adaptive reuse of the Alberta Block and the Legislature Dome restoration in Edmonton, as well as a heritage landscape project in Banff National Park with the involvement of Parks Canada. The diversity of the case studies will expose students to the range of potential treatment options for an historic place with reference to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.

Continuing Education students will participate alongside University of Calgary graduate students in the masterclass, without having to complete any assignments. Participation in the masterclass will count towards required professional continuing education credits.

Course Details

Upon completion of this masterclass, successful students will be able to:

  • Recognize the Historic Place - its heritage value, condition, character-defining elements and physical properties.
  • Explain Conservation as a mechanism that links a comprehensive understanding of a historic place with interventions that respect its heritage value.
  • Cite examples of potential treatment options for historic places with reference to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.
  • Assess Intervention on the Historic Place in terms of respecting and protecting the heritage value while undertaking restoration and adaptive reuse.

Notes

This course is open to students who have a Professional degree in architecture, planning, or landscape architecture.