Co‑op Work Terms

The professional architecture program includes two co-op work terms that provide students with practical experience in building design and responsible professional practice. They rely on a co-operative effort involving the school, students, and employers. The undergraduate (BEDS) work term is 12 weeks (500 hours) and the graduate (MArch) work term is 24 weeks (1000 hours). During this time, students learn about architecture through work-based studies in approved professional offices and other relevant places of work. A student typically works in an architecture office and assists with various aspects of building design: design drawing, model-making, computer drafting, construction supervision, etc. Work terms also provide opportunities for travel, and salaries help pay for a student's academic studies.

The Architecture co-op program has been operating since 1970. The university's SITE Co-op Office helps students find suitable employment. During the past few years, Dalhousie architecture students have been employed in every province and territory in Canada and in many other countries around the world: Australia, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Guatemala, India, Iran, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States. Approximately 40% of the students choose to do their work term overseas.