• Photograph of fall 2017 M.Arch Year 1 studio reviews by Henry Mai.

    Photograph of fall 2017 M.Arch Year 1 studio reviews by Henry Mai.

    2018 Final Studio Reviews

    Date: April 16 – 26, 2018

    M.Arch and Building Science graduating students will be presenting their final thesis work in the coming weeks. This is an excellent opportunity to see what kind of work is produced at the graduate level. Please see below for tentative schedules. Any changes will be posted to arch.ryerson.ca or e-mailed to the department.

    With the exception of one or two presentations (dates and time to be confirmed soon), most M.B.Sc. Final presentations will be held on Monday, April 23rd, 2018, between 12-6pm. M.A.Sc. Final presentations will be on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, between 9am-1pm. Both will be held in the Pit. Please see the full schedule here.

    M.Arch Year 1 Studio in Collaborative Practice presentations will be taking place on Friday, April 20th, 2018, between 10am-12pm and 1-4pm in the first-year M.Arch Studio (room 200G-F).

    Guest reviewers:

    Arlene Etchen

    Scott Sorli

    Paul Azzarello

    Mark Gorgolewski

    Helen Kennedy

    Marzieh Azad Azadarmaki

    Marco Polo

    John Cirka

    M.Arch Year 2 Presentations:

    All reviews are located in the PIT unless otherwise noted.

    Monday, April 23rd, 2018
    9:15 AM Matthew Ferguson
    10:30 AM Arthur Goldstein
    11:45 AM Phu Dinh (Non-SCR Presentation) Room 200B
    1:30 PM Joseph Ball Room 200B
    2:45 PM Ki Oh Room 200B
    4:00 PM Ishan Patel Room 200B
    5:15 PM Lisa Boulatova (Final Defense review) Room 200B
    Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
    9:15 AM Aris Peci Room 200B
    10:30 AM Jason Chang Room 200B
    11:45 AM Shea Macdougall Room 200B
    1:30 PM Daniel Petrocelli
    4:00 PM Hussain Patwary
    Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
    8:00 AM Sarah Lipsit
    11:45 AM Farhan Durrani
    1:30 PM Isabelle Gunn
    2:45 PM Daniel Carey
    4:00 PM Brandon Bortoluzzi
    5:15 PM Catalina Ardila Bernal
    Thursday, April 26th, 2018
    10:30 AM Ron Noble
    11:45 AM Stefan Miller
    1:30 PM Derek Smart


    For further details and updates to this schedule click here.


    Undergraduate first-year reviews will be taking place on Monday, April 16th, second-year reviews will be taking place on Tuesday, April 17th, and third-year reviews will be taking place on Friday, April 20th in various crit spaces.

    Fourth-year reviews (ARC 820):

    Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

    The Pit (Room 202)  Maria Etkind & Joey Giaimo
    Room 300E  Albert Smith
    Thursday, April 19th, 2018
    Room 206  John Cirka
    Room 400H  Paul Floerke (ASC 820)
    The Pit (Room 202)  Maria Etkind & Joey Giaimo


    2018 Final Studio ReviewsPhotograph of fall 2017 M.Arch Year 1 studio reviews by Henry Mai.

    2018 Final Studio Reviews


  • DAS Year End Show 2018


    Year End Show
    3 May – 22 June, 2018
    325 Church Street
    The opening reception for this exhibition is on Thursday, 3 May, 2018 @ 6:30PM.

    Y.E.S. 2018 Poster

    Ryerson’s Department of Architectural Science encourages its students to test boundaries, explore new possibilities, and apply their skill to prevailing issues present within their evolving surroundings. The annual Year End Show presents the culmination of the 2017-2018 academic term, showcasing the impressive and cutting-edge works of our top students in all four years of study and at the graduate level.

    The exhibit, spanning three storeys of the Architecture building, collects and displays the models, drawings, and digital presentations produced in response to a variety of major themes studied throughout both academic terms. We are excited to share our hard work with the Toronto architectural community, and invite you to join us as we celebrate the year’s best and brightest the evening of May 3rd. The exhibition will be open until June 22, 2018.

    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram using #yesdas for updates!

    Admission is free and includes food, drinks, and the latest issue of 325 and DETAIL Magazine*.


    Please register here.


    6:30 pm: Opening / Guest Registration
    7:00-7:30 pm: Award Ceremony with Dean Dr. Thomas Duever


    2ND FLOOR: M.Arch, M.B.Sc., M.A.Sc – Bldg.Sci. projects
    PAUL H. COCKER GALLERY: Fourth-year undergraduate projects
    3RD FLOOR: Third-year undergraduate projects
    4TH FLOOR: Second and first-year undergraduate projects

    Student projects will be displayed on floors 2-4 in the building, including the Paul H. Cocker Gallery until June 22, 2018.

    Building hours: M-F 7:30am -7:30pm (closed during the weekend)

    Please view photos from the 2016/17 Year End Show here.






    DAS Year End Show 2018Ryerson DAS - Year End Show IMG_1376 by Yvonne Bambrick Apr28_17

    DAS Year End Show 2018


  • 325 Magazine Poster

    325 Magazine Launch


    325 Magazine Launch:
    Featuring Work from the 2016/17 Academic Year


    Tuesday, April 10th 2018
    6:00 PM | Upper Atrium
    325 Church St.
    Toronto, Ontario


    Mark your calendars!

    325 Magazine is excited to launch its 2016-2017 edition on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 6pm. The event will be hosted in the Upper Atrium (2nd floor) of 325 Church St., where free copies of the publication will be distributed.

    Please join us in celebrating the projects, initiatives, and achievements of our department’s students and faculty. Drinks and appetizers will be served.

    325 Magazine Launch325 Magazine Poster

    325 Magazine Launch


  • Detail of

    Photo provided by Tatiana Estrina.

    Grow Op 2018: Ryerson’s Stratum


    Date: April 18—22
    Location: The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West)

    The sixth annual Gladstone Hotel Grow Op is an exhibition of art and design that stem from a variety of disciplines. 2018’s theme is After the Flood, a contemplation of how species live within and without natural systems. Exhibits explore themes such as growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay, and life.

    On display at Grow Op 2018 are projects that explore human collaboration, exploitation, nurturing, sowing, and stripping in relation to our waters, soils, neighbourhoods, cities, and fellow humans. Project are designed to create immersive landscapes by engaging audience’s sight, touch, hearing, and taste.

    This year, Ryerson DAS students will be presenting their installation, Stratum. The student design team is comprised of undergraduates Tatiana Estrina, Jiaqi Liu, Thomas Gomez-Ospina, and Shengyu Cai. The team also features two fabrication members, Shengnan Gao and Erin Pang.

    Tatiana Estrina weighs in on the intention behind Ryerson’s installation: “As geological weathering and geomorphic drivers shape our natural landscape, our species is constantly redefining our relationship with the organic world we live in. Drawing from references such as the Scarborough Bluffs, Stratum creates an immersive experience using sculpture and light that presents erosion—a lengthy process—on a human scale. Through snapshots, visitors will fully grasp the fleeting nature of the earth’s formations…”


    Once subjected to blacklight, Stratum’s plywood panels and isomalt-mixture create a fluorescent experience that examines how humans live within the forces of gravity, erosion, and stratification. Gao noted that part of Stratum’s appeal is the attraction of the design. The project is made up of 24 panels shaped from sheets of plywood using a CNC router. The recesses are filled with tonic water and isomalt, a sugar mixture that glows under blacklight.



    The Stratum team had to work around site restrictions and shop availability, ultimately using problem-solving to resolve their ideas into reality. From start to finish, the process is a valuable one. Gao stated that “I think either designing or volunteering for the design-build is a valuable experience we never have the chance to get from studio work alone. While working on the installation, we got a close understanding of materials and construction in reality.” Pang was excited to join the Stratum team because it provided new experiences and taught new skills such as woodworking, CNC fabrication, and team dynamics. Projects like Stratum are always looking for DAS student volunteers, who in turn gain essential fabrication experience.

    Be sure to visit the Stratum installation at Grow Op 2018.

    Grow Op 2018: Ryerson’s StratumDetail of "stratum" wood under natural light.

    Grow Op 2018: Ryerson’s Stratum


  • Arthur Goldstein's Poster title page

    Lecture and Exhibition: Cannon Design Travel Award 2017

    Berlin has had a long reputation for being a haven for artists and this condition has only been increasing in recent years. With skyrocketing rents pushing out artists from traditional international art hubs such as New York City, Paris and London, artists have been flooding Berlin to escape the harsh financial realities being witnessed in other cities and taking advantage of flexible studio spaces—it even has a sizeable Toronto population.

    This project is the result of a 3 week-long investigation into alternative forms of housing, especially live/work spaces in the context of artists’ domestic and workspaces in Berlin. M.Arch student Arthur Goldstein, winner of the Cannon Design Travel Award 2017, will be delivering a presentation about his experiences in Berlin. The presentation will be accompanied by a display of posters in the upper atrium.

    Schedule for the event is as follows:
    Presentation and Reception | March 29, 2018 | 6:30pm
    Exhibition | March 22 – April 10, 2018

    Lecture and Exhibition: Cannon Design Travel Award 2017Arthur Goldstein's Poster title page

    Lecture and Exhibition: Cannon Design Travel Award 2017


  • Busquets Lecture and Show March 8 2018

    Lecture and Exhibition: Joan Busquets


    Joan Busquets: Barcelona: Metropolis of Cities

    Lecture and Exhibition Opening Reception
    In conjunction with the School of Urban + Regional Planning, Ryerson University

    Thursday, March 8, 2018
    6:30 PM | The Pit (ARC 202)
    Ryerson University
    325 Church Street
    Toronto, Ontario

    Live-streaming of this event will be available here.
    Due to limited capacity in ARC 202 (The Pit), you may be asked to proceed to an overflow room (ARC 206) where the lecture may also be viewed. We recommend you reach the lecture hall at an appropriate time to secure a spot in The Pit before it reaches full capacity as seating will be on a first come, first serve basis.

    This lecture will be followed by the exhibition opening, Issues for the Future City: Metropolis of Cities.

    Curated by the renowned architect and urban planner Joan Busquets, the Barcelona, the Metropolis of Cities exhibit has been on display all over the world, stunning audiences with its insightful, innovative approach to modern city planning and design. Starting in Barcelona, the exhibit made its way from Harvard GSD to the University of Illinois, and will now rest at Ryerson University.

    The School of Urban and Regional Planning is promoting this wide-ranging planning exhibit that showcases how contemporary issues of the 21st century give shape to new urban forms. Concerns for the environment, energy, sustainable mobility, and social equity all require new urban strategies for the function and transformation of modern cities.

    This exhibit tackles a wide range of questions relating to the state of our world’s cities. What is the future of the traditional city and the modern districts constructed to date? What new urban forms are accommodating emergent innovative economies? What is the potential influence of the hypermobility increasingly promoted by global centres? What forms of economic and urban development are outside the extensive growth (of infrastructure and residence) that was the model in the 20th century?

    Barcelona, the Metropolis of Cities forces audiences to confront the necessity of urban planning initiatives that create and repurpose infrastructures in modern cities; city infrastructures need to consider social urbanism, sustainable transit, and the repurposing of deindustrialized spaces. In doing so, contemporary cities have the means to seize hold of modern planning possibilities, directing the urban flow of life through urban nodes while growing innovative centres, connections, and spaces. Successful city planning in the 21st century is about creating a meeting of modes that facilitate new centres within cities while encouraging a network of citizen participation and access. In order to achieve global relevance, modern cities must challenge current perceptions of what cities can be and look towards sustainable future developments.

    Now with arching international contexts, the exhibit builds on a case study undertaken in the 1980s that presented a series of critical studies of attempted urban transformations. The 1980s study is newly contrasted with issues emerging in the global disciplinary debate about urbanism today. The contrast between a specific case study and the urban reality in which these materials are now exhibited offers an open field of reflection about the disciplines involved in designing and managing cities, including various scales, environmental territories, and social issues. Barcelona, the Metropolis of Cities represents an open, multidisciplinary discussion in which the exhibition’s capacity for intervention extends to new spaces.

    The exhibit provides cogent examples of urban projects and strategies that engage contemporary planning challenges from a wide host of cities. For cities poised on the edge of modern development, this unmissable exhibit forces audiences to ask themselves, what is the future of cities?

    Joan Busquets will be delivering a guest lecture preceding the opening of the installation. Following his lecture, Busquets will introduce the exhibit and the gallery will be declared open.

    About Dr. Joan Buquets
    Harvard U Graduate School of Design / Urban Planning and Design | BAU B. Architecture | Urbanism, Barcelona

    Portrait of Joan BusquetsJoan is an Architect, Urban Planner and Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard U since 2002. He is the founder of LUB Barcelona and was the Head of Urban Planning for the Barcelona City Council in preparation for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He has worked on urban projects in Delft, Geneva, The Hague, Rotterdam, Toledo, Lisbon and Toulouse among others around the world including Singapore, Shanghai, Ningbo, and Sao Paulo. He was awarded the 2012 Paris Grand Prix Special de l’Urbanisme (France) and the 2011 Erasmus Prize (Netherlands). He was also elected Full Member of the Academie d’ Architecture de France in 2016.


    Barcelona Exhibit Photo

    Information on the exhibitions, on display March 8–April 20, 2018:

    1. Barcelona, Metropolis of Cities
      Curated by Joan Busquets
      Exhibition produced in collaboration with Area Metropolitana de Barcelona and Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Canadian book launch of just released books: Chicago, Manhattan, Barcelona and Hangzhou.
    2. Global South, Metropolis of Cities
      Curated by Shelagh McCartney
      Exhibition produced in collaboration with +together design lab and the School of Urban and Regional Planning and Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University


    This exhibition is produced in collaboration with Area Metropolitana de Barcelona and the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. The combined lecture and exhibition (opening night) is free and open to the general public. Please register here. If you are a member of the Ryerson community (current student, faculty, staff) please select the Ryerson ticket option.

    Free copies of the March Issue of AZURE Magazine will be available at the door!

    There is no need to print the confirmation e-mail. The registration confirmation e-mail can be shown at the door, or the name used to register can be provided.

    For further information, please contact:

    Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University
    325 Church Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
    P: 416-979-5000, ext: 2597
    F: 416-979-5353

    Photos from the Barcelona Metropolis exhibition opening night

    Joan Busquets and Shelagh McCartney: Issues for the City

    Lecture and Exhibition: Joan BusquetsBusquets Lecture and Show March 8 2018

    Lecture and Exhibition: Joan Busquets


  • Photo of NEST at Woodbine Beach by Henry Mai.

    Photo of NEST at Woodbine Beach by Henry Mai.

    DAS Students’ Submission Chosen for Winter Stations 2018

    Photo of DAS Winter Station team leaders - from left to right: Adrian Chiu, Arnel Espanol, Henry Mai.

    2018 heralds the fourth annual year of Toronto’s Winter Stations Design Competition. What began years ago as an exhibit to draw winter visitors to Toronto’s East Beaches has become more than just a sightseeing event. Thanks to the tireless work of the student teams, Winter Stations are engaging installations that challenge visitors to reconceptualize their notions of interactivity and design possibilities. The competition jury met in November of 2017 to choose a handful of winning teams from the array of project submissions. Among the winning candidates was a team of Ryerson’s own, consisting of fourth year DAS students Adrian Chîu, Arnel Espanol, and Henry Mai. Their submission, NEST, featured on CBC and Canadian Architect, was chosen to stand proudly among a series of installations all adhering to the same theme.


    Ryerson NEST rendering by Henry Mai.

    Ryerson NEST rendering by Henry Mai.


    Each year, Winter Stations contestants must follow a particular building theme, infusing their projects with carefully considered design choices that challenge convention and contribute to the overarching scope of the exhibit. Last year’s theme, Catalyst, nicely snowballed into this year’s guiding thematic principle: Riot.

    RIOT: violent disturbance; uproar; outburst of uncontrolled feelings; a large or varied display.


    “From one era and generation to the next, what was once within the realm of fantasy and disbelief emerges to the surface proposing alternate, often conflicting realities and ways of going forward. And go forward we must!”


    CNCingSubmissions had to consider how colour, form, and material adhered to this theme, and how those choices would express sentiments about our world’s political, cultural, or environmental climate. “I admire the raw emotions of anger or solidarity that would eventually result in a temporary structure be it a blockade, an effigy, or even a shelter for “occupation” demonstrations,” said Arnel Espanol, “I was inspired by how people use ready-at-hand materials to get their message across with impact. We translated this idea into the design of NEST by using readily available materials and using them in an unconventional way to create a unique form and experience.”


    Adrian Chîu explained that “Our idea for our Winter Station was to create this exterior that reflected how chaotic life is from being bombarded with so much information and contrast it when you enter the calm and soothing interior – an area where you could view the world through a clear lens.”


    CNC_Prototype Cells_1Putting the NEST model together was the first step of actualizing their vision. Espanol noted, “At the moment when the router bit makes contact with the first sheet of plywood, it feels like all our ideas come to life.” Learning from the completed NEST model, the team then had to consider new design angles and insights. Working on the project submission was an exercise of doing justice to their own ideas. The team needed to encourage the marriage of initial concept and realistic fabrication, all while facing down the time crunch to the submission deadline.


    An installation of NEST’s scale can harbour unforeseen difficulties and challenges. Despite this, project installation is one of the most compelling and satisfying aspects of the process and something that the whole team is looking forward to. “From concept design all the way to detailing and construction, it’s going to be really exciting to compare our renders with reality,” said Henry Mai.

    Assembling Top Cell_2Ultimately, Winter Stations 2018 exists to showcase that even in times of turmoil, human connection and creativity will bring us together. “For me, this project was about applying what I have learned through school and also continuing to learn from my teammates as well,” said Mai. “It’s been really fortunate to have a team that you can trust and rely on.” Their Winter Stations project was about taking their ideas above and beyond expectations, and about representing Ryerson. Their project is about giving the opportunity to fellow students to help build the structure, recreating their own past experience of helping to fabricate and install projects. It is their hope to extend this learning to other Ryerson students.

    “What was really great about being selected was that it felt like a capstone project that culminated my experience here at Ryerson Architecture,” said Chîu. From ideation to creation, through successes and hardships, creating NEST together was a fitting conclusion for the team’s time spent in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University.

    Ryerson’s Winter Station will join six other installations on the East Beaches designed by teams from all over the world. Winter Stations 2018 takes place along Kew-Balmy Beach and concludes on April 1, 2018.


    Team Contacts:

    NEST Instagram: @ryerson_nest

    Adrian Chîu: Instagram @kuceez

    Arnel Espanol: Instagram @arnel.espanol | linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/adrian-chiu/

    Henry Mai: Instagram/Twitter @hernymai | linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/henry-mai-23546014b/



    Photos of the fabrication process

    Ryerson DAS Winter Station 2018: NEST

    DAS Students’ Submission Chosen for Winter Stations 2018Photo of NEST at Woodbine Beach by Henry Mai.

    DAS Students’ Submission Chosen for Winter Stations 2018


  • Annual Symposium: Borders in Architecture

    Thursday, February 8, 2018
    6:00 PM | The Gladstone Hotel
    1214 Queen St. W.
    Toronto, Ontario

    All faculty, staff, students, and outside community members are welcome to attend! No RSVP is required.

    Ryerson University’s Master of Architecture class is pleased to invite you to an evening of discussion and debate. The theme of this year’s symposium is borders. Architects are constantly manipulating borders to define space, whether they are physical, cultural, political, or economic. What then is the role of the architect in the conversation on these and other barriers within the social realm? How might architecture be used as a tool to facilitate the progress of a society? Through the manipulation of borders, architects have the power to influence how people interact with each other and the surrounding environment.

    What is something that might halt you in your place? A chainlink fence outlining a schoolyard playground, an off-putting smell from a dumpster in the alley, or a threatening man staring at you from across the street. Each instance defining a border that impacts the way we move around our environment. They may be permanent and physical like the chainlink fence or a wall or could speak to your political and social views. As architects, we are constantly manipulating borders to define the space our clients desire. We build walls and fences, but there aren’t the only borders in architecture. What about a dress code at a restaurant, or a salary threshold to rent an apartment? What is the role of the architect in the conversation about those barriers in the social realm? We are the harbinger of movement and the manipulator of energies to create habitable space. It’s the method of how we move people and regulate the environment that stresses our ability to design through the use of borders.


    Ian Chodikoff, BA (ACS), BA (PS), MArch, MAUD, RAIC (IIDEXCanada)

    Type B_Speaker 3_Ian Chodikoff_Feb 02, 2018Ian Chodikoff is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada who holds degrees in architecture and urban design from the University of British Columbia and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design respectively, in addition to a background in public policy and political science. His professional interests include linking opportunities concerning the built and natural environments with topics such as public health, social inclusion, economic development, and multiculturalism. He is the director of the independent urban planning and design consultancy called Fora Strategic Planning Inc., and the former Executive Director of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and editor of Canadian Architect magazine. He has served on a variety of advisory boards and design review panels, as well as managed design competitions, conducted feasibility studies and worked toward improving the commissioning of architects, the provision of affordable housing, and the impact of urban design guidelines. Ian has extensive teaching experience at several universities including UofT, and the University of Waterloo, where he has taught design studios, courses and seminars. He has written for several publications, moderated and lectured on a long list of issues affecting the built environment, in addition to coordinating various public workshops and continuing education seminars.


    Susan Rupstash, B.Arch., OAA, AAA, AIBC, SAA, MAA, NSAA, AANB, FRAIC, AIA (Quadrangle)

    Type B_Speaker 1_Susan Ruptash_Jan 24, 2018Susan Rupstash is the managing principal at Quadrangle architects with expertise in universal and inclusive design. Her knowledge and passion for architecture have helped place Quadrangle on the list of Canada’s 50 best managed firms. Susan has spoken and written extensively on accessible design, volunteered on several committees and boards, and has participated in a number of symposiums from Boston to Oslo. As co-founder of AccessAbility Advantage, a joint venture between Quadrangle and March of Dimes Canada, Susan also assists businesses in implementing a wide range of accessibility standards.

    Annabel Vaughan, MArch, BCIN (ERA Architects, publicLAB RESEARCH + DESIGN)

    Type B_Speaker 4_Annabel Vaughan_Feb 02, 2018Annabel Vaughan is a BCIN certified Master of Architecture, Project Manager at ERA Architects, and the Principal at publicLAB RESEARCH + DESIGN. She was educated at the School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia and York University. As a professional, her work ranges across a vast scale of projects from landscape insertion, civic designs to performance art and curation. Positioning an understanding of architecture within the city’s political and cultural discourse, her recent interest lies in the intersection between architecture as a spatial practice and the broader role of architecture as an agent for cultural production in the city. She writes and participates regularly in the discussions concerning the role architecture and public art can play as an agent of political change in the city.

    Craig Race, Co-founder of Lanescape

    Type B_Speaker 5_Craig Race_Feb 5, 2018Craig’s design process focuses on environmental and contextual sensitivity. His skill in crafting buildings that fit sensitively into their surroundings has engendered a passion for laneway development. His career has been enriched by practice in Italy and Portland. It was during his time on the west coast that laneway housing was conceived as a legitimate housing concept, allowing Craig to become intimately familiar with the advantages and challenges of this emerging housing typology. Craig operates an architecture and development practice focused on environmentally-conscious residential design

    Alex Bozikovic, Architecture Critic at the Globe and Mail

    Type B_Speaker 2_Alex Bozikovic_Jan 26, 2018Alex Bozikovic is a National Magazine Award-winning writer and staff editor at the Globe and Mail. He is interested in buildings and cities, and more importantly in the forces that shape them. Alex has been writing on architecture and design for over a decade with his work appearing in Azure, Dwell, Metropolis, Designlines, and Toronto Life to name a few. He is also a co-author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide, which provides insight into the architecture of Toronto’s past and future.


    We thank our sponsors Ryerson University, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Yeates School of Graduate Studies, Quadrangle, RAW DesignToronto Society of Architects, and Parkin Architects Limited for their support.


    For further information, please contact:

    Alexandra Berceanu
    Communications and Digital & Analogue Archive Specialist
    Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University
    325 Church Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
    P: 416-979-5000, ext: 2597
    F: 416-979-5353
    E: alexandra.berceanu@ryerson.ca

    Annual Symposium: Borders in ArchitectureType B_Speaker 2_Alex Bozikovic_Jan 26, 2018 (1)

    Annual Symposium: Borders in Architecture


  • Graduate Thesis Work Show

    Graduate Thesis Work Show
    01 February – 23, 2018
    Reception: Thursday, 01 February, 2018 @ 6:30PM

    Paul H. Cocker Gallery
    Ryerson University
    325 Church Street
    Toronto, Ontario
    M-T 9am – 5:00pm, F 9am – 4:30pm (closed during the weekend)

    The Paul H. Cocker Gallery is pleased to feature an exhibition of the work of recent graduates of Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science graduate programs. The exhibition showcases the work of students who completed the Master of Architecture, Master of Applied Science and Master of Building Science Programs during the 2017 calendar year.

    The Master of Architecture Thesis projects represent a wide range of research topics from humanistic and poetic themes to more technically oriented investigations, and collectively probe a wide range of representational techniques and strategies, including advanced digital visualization techniques and the possibilities of models to work in various modes:

    Conceptual Models
    Process Models
    Digital Models
    Performance Models
    Illustrative Models

    Student work from the Graduate Building Science programs comes in the form of major research projects and theses. The selected graduate work is represented by posters through which students showcase their research, literature reviews, methodology, results, and applications.

    Ryerson DAS - Graduate Thesis Show, February 1st, 2018

    For further information, please contact:

    Alexandra Berceanu
    Communications and Digital & Analogue Archive Specialist
    Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University
    325 Church Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
    P: 416-979-5000, ext: 2597
    F: 416-979-5353
    E: alexandra.berceanu@ryerson.ca



    Photos from Graduate Thesis Show in the Paul H. Cocker Gallery

    Ryerson DAS - Graduate Thesis Show, February 1st, 2018

    Graduate Thesis Work Show

    Graduate Thesis Work Show


  • Photo of Paul H. Cocker Gallery collaborative exhibition on opening night

    Photo by Henry Mai.

    Collaborative 2018: CEx18 DWELL | Student Housing as Campus Renewal

    DWELL: Student Housing as Campus Renewal
    12 – 23 January, 2018
    Exhibition Reception: Friday, January 12, 2018 @5:00PM
    Paul H. Cocker Gallery

    DTDFxxWWkAAteX3The Collaborative Exercise, an annual four-day charrette and an integral part of the DAS curriculum featured on Canadian Architect and UrbanTO includes a kick-off presentation, pin-ups, critiques with guest architects and developers, and a field trip to two recently completed residences – Campus One and Parkside. The last day of the event will include a juried competition, and gallery exhibition of 30 posters and the giant 1:150 scale campus model with the student housing “interventions.” The four-day event brings together 450 graduate and undergraduate students from the entire program, faculty plus sessional instructors and visiting experts such as Donald Schmitt and Shelagh McCartney. Thirty teams of 15 students working on 15 sites will use their creativity and design skills to brainstorm ideas to improve the appearance, collegiality and identity of the campus while increasing the availability of affordable student housing options. Under-utilized buildings and sites within the campus will be “perched,” “poached,” and “hacked”; a giant 11′ x12′ model of Ryerson University campus is used as a base for the experiments. DWELL (2018) continues in the tradition of past Collaborative Exercises, which addressed a number of important topics related to architectural issues and of public interest.

    These sites within the immediate campus precinct were selected because they are either underdeveloped, inappropriately developed, or have potentially obsolete programme (i.e. parking garage, library book storage, Cineplex etc., big box retail, etc.). Students will design to both improve the quality of the public space and architecture of the existing campus while positing a variety of affordable housing options. These mostly university-owned sites make them tenable for potentially affordable development.

    This project is a great brainstorming exercise that asks students to be “Peer Student Researchers” and “activists” in imagining new forms of housing and alternative notions of construction and addition campus in this context and urgent scenario. Their work will form part of a funded study initiated by Toronto’s four Universities called StudentDwellTO that follows on StudentMoveTO http://www.studentmoveto.ca which similarly studied the mobility/transit crisis of this city.

    These Universities with multiple campuses and approximately 185,000 students provide on-site campus housing for less than 9% of them. Ryerson itself has housing for less than 2% of all students. Including the College, there are more than 320,000 students competing for housing across the GTA. StudentMoveTO identified the dire need for affordable student housing units close to campus as rapidly increasing population density and transit problems in Toronto continue to exacerbate the situation. Students spending inordinate amounts of time commuting to distant family homes not only lose time to study but also miss out on the social interaction and extracurricular activities that define University and College life. Both our students and campuses lose out by not having this socially connected and engaged community activating their campus and local communities 24/7.

    Upon completion of this course students should be able to work collaboratively with a large team over a short deadline and learn how to organize a presentation for a competition format. Students are expected to develop strategies for the design for Student Housing which may be applicable as prototypes for other urban campuses. It is hoped that work from CEx18 will be used to inform the research of StudentDwellTO and form part of a larger study leading to the development of design standards and approaches for increasing the availability, quality and affordability of student housing.

    Please follow CEx18: DWELL on Twitter and Instagram for updates, and use the hashtags #CEx18 and #DASCollab18.

    The exhibition will display all 30 student housing “interventions” along with the 1:150 scale campus model, and will remain open until January 23rd 2018 (inclusive), during regular gallery hours.

    Paul H. Cocker Gallery
    Ryerson University
    325 Church Street
    Toronto, Ontario
    M-T 9am – 5:00pm, F 9am – 4:30pm (closed during the weekend)

    Ryerson DAS Collaborative Exercise 2018: DWELL: Student Housing as Campus Renewal

    For further information, please contact:

    Alexandra Berceanu
    Communications and Digital & Analogue Archive Specialist
    Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University
    325 Church Street
    Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
    P: 416-979-5000, ext: 2597
    F: 416-979-5353
    E: alexandra.berceanu@ryerson.ca



    Photos from Collaborative Exercise 2018

    Ryerson DAS Collaborative Exercise 2018: DWELL: Student Housing as Campus Renewal

    Collaborative 2018: CEx18 DWELL | Student Housing as Campus RenewalPhoto of Paul H. Cocker Gallery collaborative exhibition on opening night

    Collaborative 2018: CEx18 DWELL | Student Housing as Campus Renewal