Career opportunities

A well-rounded discipline, architecture provides an excellent framework for all sorts of careers. By studying architecture, you develop artistic skill, knowledge of history, technology, social and cultural awareness, and a critical imagination.

Most BEDS graduates continue into the MArch program. Some proceed to the Master of Planning program. After the MArch program, most students work in a professional architectural office in Canada or abroad.

Dalhousie's professional MArch program is fully accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board. This enables Dalhousie MArch graduates to become graduate interns in architectural offices and to work toward professional registration as architects.

Most of our MArch degree graduates pursue careers in architectural practice. Where you work depends on your interests and expertise.

Our graduates work in a wide range of fields, including:

  • House design
  • Public buildings
  • Building and environmental technology
  • Material innovation
  • Interior design and fabrication
  • Urban and community design
  • Historic restoration and adaptation
  • Project management
  • Facilities management
  • Real estate development
  • Teaching

They practice in diverse settings, including:

  • Sole proprietorships with home studios
  • Small and medium-sized architectural firms
  • Corporations with branches around the world
  • Government and public institutions
  • Companies with large real estate holdings

Examples of alumni careers:

Alumni stories

Career opportunities making buildings greener
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Alumni Christopher Sweetnam-Holmes (BEDS'01), who runs a company that develops green buildings in Montreal, Quebec, says business is booming in the green building industry. Today's architects, he says, take lead roles in improving the way we build, because they can synthesize technical, emotional and design aspirations into one comprehensive set of building solutions.

"Few people in the building industry are integrators. That’s the role of the architect in my mind," says Christopher Sweetnam-Holmes.