Sudbury's McEwen School of Architecture is now fully accredited.
Laurentian University, of which McEwen is an offshoot, made the announcement on June 22.
Full accreditation means that the school and its curriculum have successfully met the criteria for training architects, as evaluated by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board/Conseil Canadien de Certification en Architecture.
“It is a proud moment for us all – a culmination of the hard work on the part of faculty, staff and students who have shared the vision and a common passion for the school, through its various stages of development,” said Dr. David Fortin, the school's director, in a news release.
“We are grateful for all those who have contributed to those efforts and supported the school in so many ways. The CACB/CCAA’s initial accreditation has been a goal we are thrilled to celebrate together today.”
Following a three-step process, McEwen first became eligible for accreditation in 2017, achieved candidacy status in 2018, and submitted its final report for initial accreditation in 2020.
Launched in 2013, McEwen is guided by a tricultural mandate, encompassing English, Indigenous and francophone perspectives.Through Elders-in-residence, Indigenous faculty members, French design studio instruction, and local community-design and design-build exercises each year, students are exposed to an array of methods, knowledge, and experience that is uniquely ‘northern’.
The school has graduated more than 250 students from its four-year undergraduate degree program, while another 100 students have completed the two-year master's of architecture program.