Design and Planning

Please click the following links for information regarding programs offered by the following units:


City Planning

Interior Design

Landscape Architecture


Head: Dr. Lisa Landrum
Grad Chair: Dr. Lisa Landrum
Campus Address/General Office: 201 Russell Building, Faculty of Architecture
Telephone: 204-474-8769
Fax: 204-474-7532
Email Address:
Academic Staff: 

Please refer to our website for current listing of PhD advisors at:

Design and Planning Program Information

The Faculty of Architecture offers a trans-disciplinary graduate program of study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Supplemental Regulations

Individual units may require specific requirements above and beyond those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and students should consult unit supplemental regulations for these specific regulations on the Graduate Studies website at

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this calendar, applicants to the PhD in Design and Planning Program must possess the following:

  • a Master's degree in a discipline represented by the programs in the Faculty of Architecture (Architecture, City Planning, Environmental Design, Interior Design or Landscape Architecture) or a related field from a recognized institution;
  • a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or equivalent in the last two years of full-time university study (60 credit hours);
  • evidence of appropriate research capability (a Master's thesis or practicum and/or peer-reviewed publications or presentations);
  • a record of appropriate experience in professional practice, post-secondary teaching and/or other pertinent accomplishments and activities.

Admission is contingent on the availability and willingness of a qualified faculty member to supervise the applicant's research and program of studies. Potential applicants must secure consent from an advisor in advance of making a formal application by following the Preliminary Application Process described on the program website.

Application Deadlines

The Faculty of Architecture normally admits students only at the beginning of September. Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation by the date indicated in the following table:


Start Date





January 10

January 10

Program Requirements

Minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies are found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this calendar.  Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 7000 level or higher.  One 3-credit hour course must address theory and one 3-credit hour course must address methods appropriate to the student's area of study. At least 6 of the 12 credit hours of courses must be taken within the Faculty of Architecture.  Students must additionally complete a Candidacy Examination and Thesis Proposal, submit an acceptable Thesis and pass a Thesis Oral Examination.

All students must successfully complete:

  • GRAD 7300 Research Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), prior to applying to any ethics boards which are appropriate to the student’s research or within the student’s first year, whichever comes first; and
  • GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), within the first term of registration;

unless these courses have been completed previously, as per Academic Guide sections 2.5 and 2.6.


Expected Time to Graduate:  4-6 years. See 5.5 Time Limits.