University of Toronto
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
The University of Toronto's John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design provides interdisciplinary training and research in architecture, art, and their allied practices. Its mission is to educate students, prepare professionals, and cultivate scholars who will play a leading role in creating more culturally engaged, ecologically sustainable, social just, and artfully conceived environments. Located in the heart of Toronto — a hub for creative practice and home to many of Canada's most innovative artists, curators, architects, landscape architects, and urban designers — the Daniels Faculty fosters a prominent community of students, scholars, and art and design professionals committed to initiating new modes of research and practice tuned to a changing planet and the evolving needs of society.http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca/
The Daniels Faculty's new home at 1 Spadina Crescent is located on the western edge of the University of Toronto's historic downtown St. George campus. Designed by a team led by Nader Tehrani and Katie Faulkner of NADAAA, the Daniels Building's iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition is an iconic hub for urban design. The largest architecture school expansion in Canada's history — and among the largest in North America — 1 Spadina has been called "one of the best buildings in Canada of the past decade" and "a feat of form-making, site planning, and city building." The greater Toronto region serves as a dynamic laboratory for both Daniels students and faculty, while the University of Toronto — which is consistently ranked among the top research-intensive universities in the world — provides a wealth of knowledge and expertise to draw from.
The most important design challenges we face today — from the creation of more resilient cities to rethinking of relationships between home, industry and nature — no longer fall under the exclusive purview of any one discipline or professional expertise. Indeed, addressing current design challenges in the built environment requires a constant re-thinking of pedagogical approaches. The Daniels Faculty aspires to excellence within a creative environment that promotes collaboration, critical intellectual inquiry, and learning through experience-based, non-linear, materially engaged pedagogy. Architecture and its allied disciplines are as much a way of finding the world as of forming it. Engaging this new cosmopolitan reality is what the Daniels Faculty excels at.
Master of Architecture
The professional Master of Architecture is a rigorous and comprehensive program, preparing graduates for the full range of activities in architecture. It provides a thorough base of knowledge in history, theory, technology, ecology, society, and professional practice, while developing skills in design through an intensive sequence of design studio courses. There are five streams: Design (8 courses), Visual Communication (2 courses), History & Theory (2 courses), Technics & Planning (7 courses), and Professional Practice (2 courses). Studios are supported by courses in visual communication, architectural representation, and new media. Students are encouraged to use their electives to explore a specialization in preparation for their design thesis. The program aims to develop critical, creative, and independent thinking and research that responds to current design issues and societal change. The greater Toronto region is used as an urban laboratory for the pursuit of new knowledge and new forms of practice.
Honours, Bachelor of Arts, Architectural Studies
The Daniels Faculty's undergraduate program in architectural studies provides a liberal arts education that establishes design thinking as an important complement to the University of Toronto's focus on science and the humanities. Graduates of the program have well-developed visual literacy and the critical skills needed to pursue multiple career paths within a changing society. Following the first two years of study in the comprehensive stream, students have the option of further focusing their degree by pursuing one of the following streams: Design of Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism; History and Theory of Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism; or Technology of Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism.
1. Art & Design
6. Digital Fabrication & Technology
8. Digital Design & Visualization
9. Sustainability & High Performance Build Enviroments
10. Historic Preservation