Welcome blog

Welcome Class of 2021 to the McEwen School of Architecture!!

My name is Alexander Mayhew, I am a 4th year Architecture Student with a minor in Environmental Studies, LUinFocus (Photography Club) Founder and President, Previous Social Media Coordinator for LASA AÉAL and finally Liaison Ambassador with Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne.

Below I have put together this blog in conjunction with LASA AÉAL to help answer some of the questions. We will answer your Top 5 Questions, talk about choosing a Minor and electives requirements. Talk about Places to live on & off campus, discuss the Meal plans & the best place to eat. And finally, we will discuss the software requirements for choosing the right computer for architecture. 

I'm always available and here to help in any way I can so feel free to message me with any other concerns  haven’t addressed.

All the Best and Hope to see Everyone in September,


2/5 Welcome Blog - Choosing a Minor

Are you struggling to find something to study on top of architecture?

Architectural Studies

Let’s begin with looking at your degree over the course of the program.

You have a studio course every term, this may seem like just one class(3cr) but it is rated as 2 courses (6cr). The dark bubbles represent a design theory course, the medium bubbles represent a technology course and the light bubbles represent a history course. Now your task is to fill in the green bubbles. You can decide to do electives in multiple subject areas or you can decide to do a minor in one subject area. Many upper year courses require prerequisites so it can be harder to choose random courses that simply fit into your schedule.

  • Are you studying Architecture in French?

  • Are you interested in other languages (indigenous languages incl.)?

List of Minors available with your B.A.S : 

  • Minor in ancient studies
  • Minor in ancient studies
  • Minor in business administration
  • Minor in finance
  • Minor in communication studies 
  • Minor in computer science
  • Minor in game design
  • Minor in criminology
  • Minor in economics 
  • Minor in rhetoric and media studies (erms) 
  • Minor in environmental studies
  • Minor in motion picture arts
  • Minor in law and justice
  • Minor in geography
  • Minor in history
  • Minor in indigenous studies
  • Minor in indigenous environmental studies
  • Minor in philosophy
  • Minor in political science
  • Minor in labour studies (24 cr)
  • Minor in sociology
  • Minor in psychology
  • Minor in italian language and culture
  • Minor in spanish language and culture
  • Minor in french as a second language



Vous êtes intérressé par le billinguisme?


Certificate of Bilingualism

A recognized acknowledgment of bilingual (English & French) competency that is sought after by the province’s employers.

Transition period

There will be a three-year transition period during which currently enrolled students will choose when they take the necessary exams for the Certificate of Bilingualism.


 New Certificate of Bilingualism (Sudbury campus model)

  1. The student must earn at least 15 credits in courses offered in the English or French language, whichever is not the language of study. To qualify for the certificate, the student must achieve a passing grade in these electives taken in the second language. A grade of 75% or more will be recognized with a distinction of excellence on the Certificate of Bilingualism.

  2. When the student meets the above-mentioned requirements, he/she will be awarded the Certificate of Bilingualism.

  3. The student’s diploma will bear a special mention acknowledging achievement of the Certificate of Bilingualism.


For more information or to register for the Certificate of Bilingualism, contact: 705-673-6565 or email us at certificate@laurentian.ca


Laurentian University offer Certificate of Basic Multilingual Competence (24 credits)

To obtain the certificate, students must successfully complete, with a minimum overall average of 70%, either 12 credits taught in the French language for anglophone students or 12 credits taught in the English language for francophone students , excluding language courses (e.g., ENGL 1540, 1550, 1551,1552, FREN language courses, LANG courses) and 12 credits from one of the groups below:

    ESPA 2005N and ESPA 3005N

    ITAL 2005N and ITAL 3005N

    INDG 2516E/2517E and INDG 3316E/3516E

    INDG 2035E and INDG 3025E


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3/5 Welcome Blog - Choosing a place to live

Looking for a Place to Live, from Apartments on and off campus.

Living at Laurentian University Residences and Federated University Residences are fantastic because you get to enjoy all the benefits of living away from home without the stress of living on your own.

A Residence life experience will let you meet other first year students outside of your (soon to be) architecture family. On campus keeps you in the know of important fun activities happening all over campus from Concerts and intramurals to residence parties and games.

Living on Res. puts you minuets from your elective classes which occur 2 – 4x a week as well as walking distance from all you can eat food at the great hall and amazing student services from health care to security.

Residence Options

Single Student Residence (SSR)

This is our largest residence on campus, housing 387 students in single and double rooms, apartment style.

  • 2 singles, 2 Doubles, A kitchenette and living room, 2 toilets, 1 shower and a storage room

  • Double door System, Keys to your apartment and bedroom for better privacy and security.

University College (UC)

This is a dormitory style, 240 persons building that houses students in single and double rooms.

  • Doubles and Singles, a common kitchenette, a common living room, common washroom 4 stalls and 4 showers.

  • Open concept of a dormitory makes it easier to get to know everyone on your floor and neighbouring floors.


Thorneloe Living

Thorneloe living is quite cozy. Everyone there is like a family and always have each others backs! The residence has about 50 single rooms, 2 common bathrooms per floor and a common space to chill, play pool, air hockey and watch TV. The best part is the newly renovated kitchen on each floor which is said to have the best kitchen out of all the residences.


Huntington Residence

Huntington specializes in Gerontology and Communication studies, but the residence is open to all students. It is plit into 4 sections, each housing about 24 female and 24 male students on opposite sides of the floor. Rooms are dorm style so there is a common kitchen and lounge area for students to watch TV. For each year you live in Huntington you're given a point, these points can be combined with your friends to get larger rooms or to get your own room in the end of year room draw. If you live in Huntington once, you're guaranteed residence in Huntington the following year

Living Downtown on Architecture Campus

After the fun of first year its exciting to move closer to studio because you now that’s where the real party is happening. Being in walking distance to the school allows you to stay at studio longer without the hassle of Sudbury commuting on evenings and weekends. A grocery store is within 500m of the school as well as Rexall and Shoppers for quick milk runs. When you don’t want to cook all the best restaurants are located downtown as well all the best bars are located right here as well.


LASA has decided to provide a preliminary list of popular places where students are living in the downtown Sudbury & surroundings. 

4/5 Welcome Blog - Whose Hungry, Discussing Meal Plans

                   Whose Hungry,                       Discussing Meal Plans

At Laurentian University, there are lots of options when it comes to food.  

First Year Guaranteed Residences*

Single Student Res. (SSR) – Meal Plan Req. / Apartment Kitchenette Included

University College (UC) – Meal Plan Req. / Common (shared) Kitchen – No fridge included.

Upper Year Residences

West – Meal Plan Req. / Apartment Kitchenette Included

East – Meal Plan Req. / Apartment Kitchenette Included

Mature Student Res. (MSR) – Meal Plan optional / Apartment Kitchenette Included

Federated University Residences

Huntington. – Meal Plan optional / Common (shared) Kitchen

Thornloe – Meal Plan optional / Common (shared) Kitchen

Lucien Matte Res – Meal Plan optional / Common (shared) Kitchen


The Meal Plans at Laurentian have two parts

  • Meals to be used at the Great Hall

  • Flex Dollars to be used around campus ie. Tim’s / Starbucks / Toppers Pizza / LUL Bistro

Meal plan


Tips and Tricks

As an architecture student, you’re on-campus hours are reduced then most of your fellow classmates so choosing the right meal plan is important so that you can get the best bang for your buck.

  • The great hall is your buffet style dinning so your entrance fee is what is considered a meal. You can stay inside as long as you like and eat how ever much you want for one meal, one entrance. So, during your off days Wed and Thursday You could technically stay in the great hall for Breakfast + Lunch + dinner = one Meal

  • Your Flex dollars are perfect for grabbing something quick before heading downtown. Use your meal plan money at the campus Tim Hortons then buying something at the downtown Tim Hortons.

  • If you live in SSR you have a kitchenette in your apartment so you are able to enjoy cooking your self when you come home late from studio and the great hall is closed.


Studio classes begin at 2pm so you are lucky to enjoy lunch on campus before coming downtown for class. On Fridays, however when there is a morning lecture 10-1pm and Studio at 2pm your best option is to treat yourself to one of downtown’s finest eateries and support our local businesses and family.

Tower Café – Soups and Sandwiches

Korner Kaffee – Breakfast Shop

Kuppajo Espresso Bar – Coffee and Treats

Canton Chinese Food – Chinese Food

Tea and Bloom – Tea and treats

Cairo Cafe – Egyptian Food

Peppi Panini – Italian Food (Hot and Cold Panini Sandwiches and Pasta

Rosy’s corner – Mexican Food

Taco Sol – Mexican Food

Ti Amo Café – Italian Pasteries and Crepes

La Casa Mexicana – Mexican Food

The Motley Kitchen – Incubator Kitchen


Fast Food Options

Pizza Pizza / Smokes Poutinerie / Tim Hortons / Subway / Pita Pit / A&W

5/5 Welcome Blog - Choosing a Computer

Have you run out of disk space on your hard drive and looking to upgrade?


Upon entering McEwen Architecture it is not necessary to purchase a new computer. If you are planning on buying a computer to start first year plan ahead and ensure it will meet the specifications required of you during the later years of the program. You may be able to utilize your current computer for the first years of the program before upgrading later on. These are the general needs you will have to consider when evaluating if you need a new computer now or whether you can wait to upgrade further down the line.


Year One:

Your computer isn’t needed too much as the McEwen Architecture program wants you to start designing (sketching) with your hands and learning how to hand draft with this thing called a mayline.

Projects using a computer include:

  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Writing Essays
  • Making Spread Sheets
  • Movie Maker / I movie
  • Introduction to Adobe software
  • Photoshop


Year two:

You get to use your computer a little bit more as the transition begins to merge hand drawing and Digital Design together.

Projects using a computer include:

  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Writing Essays
  • GIS Software
  • Introduction to Rhinoceros 3D Modeling
  • Introduction to Adobe software
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator


Year three & four:

You have almost completely transitioned into digital design work. Using multiple different programs to create a single project.

 Projects using a computer include:

  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Writing Essays
  • GIS Software
  • AutoCad
  • Rhinoceros 3D Modeling
  • Revit Architectural Software
  • Vray
  • 3Ds Max
  • Introduction to Adobe software
  • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • InDesign
    • Lightroom
    • Premier Pro

Software Specifications