The School of Architecture at Waterloo is a leader in design education and research. It offers a fully cooperative professional program, has been rated the greenest architecture curriculum in Canada and is the only Canadian school of architecture to have a permanent international facility, which has operated for 30 years in Rome, Italy. The school attracts top students from across Canada and around the world The School of Architecture at Waterloo is an outstanding nationally and internationally respected design school. It attracts top students and is dedicated to educating the best young architects in the world. The School is located in a splendid historic building – the former Riverside Silk Mill – located in the heart of the old Galt neighbourhood of Cambridge. Situated along the banks of the Grand River, the former industrial building provides wonderful spaces for design studios, labs, and classrooms. It also includes a superb design library, exhibition galleries, public auditorium, and cafe. As part of the historic downtown core of Galt, set within the larger City of Cambridge, the location is extremely attractive for a School of Architecture. The urban landscape in the surrounding community is one of the most beautiful in Ontario. There is a marvellous stock of heritage buildings nearby and the Grand River is a powerful presence, a designated Heritage River and the principal element in a diverse system of natural spaces within the City of Cambridge. Students are immersed in the urban setting by living in the community surrounding the School. Architecture students often find that the structured nature of residence doesn’t suit their schedule in the program and that they prefer the flexibility of living off campus. Students have access to recreational facilities in Cambridge as well as to services on the main UW campus. The Off-Campus Housing office at UW can provide a list of rental accommodations in Cambridge.
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