USask architecture school launch hindered by funding concerns

October 12, 2017

A committee at the University of Saskatchewan says that it cannot approve a planned school of architecture at the institution until sufficient funding has been secured. “Concerns were raised about resourcing for the proposed programs, particularly given the financial situation the U of S finds itself in currently,” the Academic Programs Committee said in a report to the university’s 116-member council, which oversees academic issues. The planned school would offer two degrees, a bachelor of design in architecture and a master of architecture. It would  reportedly have 11 faculty members and cost roughly $3M per year to run, in addition to significant startup costs. Program Director Colin Ripley, however, says that he is “generally optimistic” that the project will move forward. Saskatoon StarPhoenix