To help meet growing interest in and demand for sustainable building restoration, reuse, and retrofit, Carleton University in Ottawa has created a new degree program in its Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability. This multidisciplinary degree, which begins September 2011, blends engineering and architectural studies into a unique program focused on the restoration of heritage and historic structures, the reuse and retrofit of existing buildings, and the design of new sustainable buildings.

Students are offered a choice of two specializations within the program: a structural path that concentrates on conservation and sustainability in the design of new buildings and the assessment and retrofitting of existing buildings; and an environmental path focusing on sustainable building practices that emphasize water quality and conservation, air quality, lifecycle analysis, materials disposal, and waste streams. Students on both paths take core courses in engineering, math, science, and introductory architecture during the first two years and branch into their specializations during the third and fourth years. In the final academic year, students on both paths complete a challenging design project to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have gained. Co-op internship placement opportunities also will be available.

After earning a Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability, students should have the skills necessary to land a job in engineering or to enter a graduate program in engineering or architecture. 

There are specific admissions requirements for this program for prospective students outside Ontario and Canada.

Complete information on the Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability program.