Co‑op work terms
Learn through work-based studies in approved architectural offices
Co-op students typically assist with various aspects of building design, including design drawing, model-making, computer drafting and construction supervision.
Work terms also provide you with an opportunity to travel and see the profession through a different lens. During the past two years, Dalhousie architecture students have been employed in every province and territory in Canada and in countries around the world, including Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States.
Student co-op experiences
Keri Goodlad at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York City:
"As an architecture student, New York is an absolutely amazing city to live and work in at all scales: urban, building, and detail. While working at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA), I had the opportunity to be a part of the design team for the Lakeside Center, which is a skating center that will be located in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Also, while working at TWBTA, I have had the opportunity to participate in several exciting site visits including to the Louis Kahn FDR Memorial Site, which is now under construction, as well as to the 9/11 memorial site, which is also currently under construction. The co-op experience has been amazing, and my impression is that Dalhousie's co-op architecture program has an excellent reputation with the firm."
Andrew Hill at Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB) in Toronto:
"The co-op portion of the Dalhousie architecture program was essential in my development as a young architect. An instructor once told me that the experience would be the most influential part of our architectural education. I did not take this lightly and when I was searching for a position I was adamant about applying to offices that had portfolios that resonated with my own interests in architecture. I was fortunate enough to be offered a position at one of the firms I wanted and when the second work term occurred, they welcomed me back with open arms."
"I was placed under the direct guidance of one of the principals of KPMB, Thomas Payne. He had a number of projects that were about to get started. The two of us worked on them together. I was exposed to a diverse array of programs at varying scales, from private residences and restaurants to museums and city halls. Being involved in so many projects on the conceptual level has resulted in me personally being a strong conceptual thinker and critic."
"The reputation of Dalhousie nationally and internationally is strong. There are a number of people in the office that are Dalhousie alumni, from students and interns to project architects and associates. KPMB's reputation means it gets applications from students all over the world but they often have Dalhousie students in the office which attests to the strength of the program."