Jan. 21, 2020

SAPL Masterclasses offer new and emerging topics in architecture, planning and landscape architecture

New Professional Continuing Education program at the University of Calgary helps practitioners fulfill mandatory learning units through substantive, in-depth study.

Calgary, AB – The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) at the University of Calgary is launching masterclasses for practicing architects, planners, and landscape architects. 

 Offered in multi-day blocks, the new Professional Continuing Education program offers interns and licensed members of professional associations (Alberta Association of Architects (AAA)Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI)Alberta Association of Landscape Architects (AALA)) an inspiring way to fulfill mandatory professional learning units in a compact time frame.

“Ad hoc, one-hour lunch and learns are traditionally common ways to fulfill required learning continuing education credits in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry,” says Dr. John L. Brown, SAPL Dean. “This new offering allows practitioners to make a significant contribution to professional development needs, and build real knowledge from visiting experts through multi-day masterclasses during which topics are explored at a high level of detail. It’s a valuable new educational opportunity for practitioners who want to elevate their game.”

The first block of eight masterclasses is being offered in March 2020. It includes courses on the Future of Architecture, Mass Timber, Cross-Cultural History and Design, Social Impact, and Digital Fabrication. Practitioners will participate alongside graduate students in the School’s three professional degree programs.  

Instructors include Dr. Olon Dotson who has dedicated his life and career to improving the conditions of inner-cities; “ Chris Cornelius whose focus is the architectural translation of culture, in particular, American Indian culture and Dr. Felecia Davis, whose research on responsive textiles can transform how we communicate, socialize and use space.

Jonny Hehr, architect at Gibbs Gage and SAPL alumnus, comments, “As a practitioner, I would welcome the opportunity to engage in an educational forum of meaningful discussions and theory-based content to fulfill the professional mandatory learning units. The ability to explore critical thought amongst other practicing architects in our city and beyond our borders will ultimately foster better practice and projects.” 

Masterclass offerings are varied to accommodate work schedules and time commitments. SAPL is offering options such as two-day courses, half-day and one-hour per day classes.

Registration for masterclasses offered in the Winter Term (March 9–13, 2020) will open mid-February. Early bird rates offered until February 21. The deadline for registration is March 5, 2020.

Program details and registration can be found at sapl.ucalgary.ca/pce 

Media contact

Vita Leung
Manager, Marketing and Communications
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
University of Calgary
1-403-220-5323 | vita.leung@ucalgary.ca

About the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape 

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) offers undergraduate and professional graduate studies in architecture, planning and landscape architecture, as well as research degrees and post-professional programs. SAPL School delivers a distinctly different design school experience that combines a rich, interdisciplinary design-based philosophy with an entrepreneurial mindset and a deep commitment to working with industry stakeholders, community leaders, at local, national, and international levels to address some of society’s biggest challenges in new, creative ways. SAPL recently opened a pilot satellite research hub in downtown Calgary called the City Building Design Lab.

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About the University of Calgary

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