The History and Theory of Architecture program is concerned with understanding the built environment – how it is created, what it means to the people who make it, what it tells us about history, and how it responds to ideas, desires, and needs of people living at a particular time. We explore both the material aspects of architecture (structure, design, technology, etc.) as well as the intellectual and social conditions that bring it into being. Our courses cover a vast number of topics, from prehistoric grave mounds to contemporary issues and themes. An interdisciplinary curriculum that includes related fields such as History, Geography, Heritage Studies, and Architecture helps to make HTA an exciting place to be.
A degree in HTA can be a critical first step in a variety of career paths. Some of our students aspire to be professional historians, teaching and/or researching in schools, universities or museums. Others wish to work directly on the bricks and mortar of historic buildings, and go on Masters degrees in Architecture and Conservation (Carleton has such a degree program). Others go on to become heritage professionals, working either for government agencies (federal, provincial and municipal governments all require heritage expertise) or as freelance consultants working for architectural firms, property owners, or government clients.
It should also be remembered that the skills acquired in getting an HTA degree – critical and creative thinking, effective verbal and written communication, visual and historical literacy, among others – are universally applicable and give one a significant edge in all areas of the ever-shifting job market.