What are Free Labs?

Free Labs are design-build labs led by faculty members, sessional instructors, and industry professionals. During the last two weeks of July, students in our BEDS and MArch programs work in groups on projects that address topical design-build concepts in sustainability, net-zero design, and construction material modeling. 

Projects typically include small builds, landscape installations, material development, films, and performances. Some projects are completed on the grounds of the university's Sexton Campus, while others are completed elsewhere in Halifax and beyond. Previous project locations include Kingsburg, Annapolis Valley, Cape Breton Island, Newfoundland, Québec, Saskatchewan, Botswana, and India. 

The construction of these design-build projects is often a notable public event raising public awareness of our school, the field of architecture, and community involvement.