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Course Descriptions & Timetables

Course timetables list the current course offerings for a given term and their enrolment controls. For Daniels Faculty course descriptions, prerequisites, exclusions, and breadth requirements, please see the Daniels Faculty Academic Calendar.

Please note that not all courses listed in the academic calendar are offered every year. Several unique Daniels Faculty course descriptions can be found below, including Design/Build studios, Summer Abroad studios, and Advanced Topics courses.

In light of the situation surrounding COVID-19, the Daniels Faculty has decided that all undergraduate Daniels Summer 2020 courses (F & S) will be offered remotely rather than in person, as were the final weeks of Winter 2020 courses. Some courses that were to be offered will be either cancelled or will move to remote instruction. Decisions regarding courses that cannot be accommodated online or that are to be cancelled will be communicated to students who have enrolled in those courses. A final determination of courses to be offered will be posted here soon, and the Summer 2020 timetable will be adjusted accordingly.

For Arts & Science couse descriptions, prerequisites, exclusions, and breadth requirements, please see the Faculty of Arts & Science 2019-20 Timetable


Current Timetables*

  • Summer 2020 Timetable (last updated: April 29, 2020)

    In light of the situation surrounding COVID-19, the Daniels Faculty has decided that all undergraduate Daniels Summer 2020 courses (F & S) will be offered remotely rather than in person, as were the final weeks of Winter 2020 courses.  The original set of course offerings have been updated to remote instruction and a few have been cancelled.  Students previously enrolled will be notified of changes to their courses.  A significant number of additional summer courses have been added.  Please see the timetable.

  • Fall/Winter 2019-20 Timetable (last updated: January 15, 2020)

Archived Timetables

*If course offering or scheduling information on ACORN and the Timetable do not match, this Timetable will reflect the most updated course offering information. Contact if you have any questions..

How to Read a Timetable

The Academic Timetable provides course meeting information (day, time, location, enrolment conditions) for the current Fall/Winter and Summer sessions. The Daniels Faculty undergraduate timetable includes all undergraduate Architectural Studies [ARC], Visual Studies [VIS], and Joint Architectural Studies and Visual Studies courses [JAV].

ARC, VIS, and JAV course descriptions, including prerequisites, and Architectural Studies and Visual Studies program requirements are listed in the Daniels Faculty Undergraduate Academic Calendar. 

The primary meeting section of Daniels undergraduate courses may either be an L (LEC; Lecture) or P (PRA; Practical) meeting section. Waitlists are only available for a course’s primary meeting section.

The Lecture is the primary meeting section for all courses with a Lecture only or a Lecture and a Tutorial (T; TUT). If there is more than one Lecture section listed, select the one that is offered at the time most convenient for your schedule. If the course has both Lecture and Tutorial sections, you must enrol in one of each.

The Practical is the primary meeting section for all courses with a Practical only or a Practical and a Lecture, with the exception of ARC302H1.* If there is more than one Practical section listed, select the one that is offered at the time most convenient for your schedule. If the course has both Practical and Lecture sections, you must enrol in one of each.

*The primary meeting section for ARC302H1 is the Lecture. You must enrol in both the Lecture and the Practical.

M=Monday; T=Tuesday; W=Wednesday; R=Thursday; F=Friday; S=Saturday

Note: Classes begin at 10 minutes after the hour and finish on the hour unless otherwise stated.

Section Code
F = first or fall term (September to December)
S = second or winter/spring term (January to April)
Y = fall and winter/spring sessions (September to April)

Enrolment Indicator
Enrolment indicators identify how enrolment controls are being used and/or alert you to different enrolment processes.

Enrolment Indicator If you meet the Enrolment Control listed on the Timetable If you do not meet the Enrolment Control Special Notes

You have priority to enrol on ACORN from your enrolment start date. Once priority enrolment closes, spaces will be made available to all students.

You may enrol on ACORN once priority enrolment closes.


You may enrol on ACORN beginning on your enrolment start date at your start time.

This course is restricted and you may not enrol if you do not meet the enrolment control.


Enrolment is done at the Department (not on ACORN). Refer to the departmental enrolment instructions on the Timetable listings.

This course is restricted and you may not enrol if you do not meet the enrolment control.

To cancel an E course, go to the Department or your Registrar's office prior to the stated drop deadline.

Room Codes
The building code refers to the campus map and are those used in the Timetable and course listings.

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Summer 2020 Course Descriptions

ARC 200-Level Close Readings

The Close Readings courses listed below involve detailed examination of case studies in the history of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design with close attention to the objects of study. The relationship between design, context, and theory will be explored through analyses of artifacts and texts.

ARC 400-Level Advanced Topics

The Advanced Topics courses listed below are distinct credit offerings, and eligible students can enrol in more than one of the following courses, despite repeating course codes. For example, students can complete in ARC451H1F LEC0101 and ARC451H1S LEC9101, as their course content will differ depending on the instructor. Please note that a section number LEC9101 denotes an online course offering.

  • ARC451H1F LEC9101: Advanced Topics in History and Theory of Architecture:
    Written Out of History; Architecture in Europe Since 1945

This lecture course revisits European architecture by focussing at what is standing in the shadow of the continent’s greatest hits, from the welfare state architecture of Friis og Moltke in Jutland (Denmark) to the infrastructural work of Rino Tami in the canton of Ticino (Switzerland); from the middle-class housing of Monaco e Luccichenti in Rome to the social housing of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak in Wrocław (Poland); and from the light-hearted postwar reconstruction of the seaside resort of Royan (France) to the uptight classicism of Cäsar Pinnau in Germany.

The ambition of global history to encompass a culturally and geographically broader territory than just the same set of Western people, projects and perspectives that surface in every book, will be applied here to European architecture itself. The course will focus on the wealth of postwar European architecture which is only mentioned in passing, relegated to the footnotes, or almost completely ignored.

The course not only discusses overlooked aspects of the architectural culture of Europe, but also offers insights why certain architecture is ignored while other undervalued architecture has made a comeback. By doing that, it addresses mechanisms behind the writing of architectural history.

  • ARC465H1F LEC9101: Advanced Topics in Architecture:
    Reality and its Representation

It is obvious that if one is to consider the problem of “red pill / blue pill” in architectural representation, the architect has decided to swallow the “blue pill”. Nowadays, most of the architectural imagery is soaked in a blossoming happiness with nauseating effects and always overly controlled and precise to the point of acquiring non-humanistic tones. And despite the high level of legibility, what you see is not what you get. The result is hard on the edge but slimy on the inside. It can be grasped, but when confronted or squeezed it slips away.

This advanced seminar in architecture will start from the premise that representation may produce rather than repeat reality. Via thorough analysis of past and present modes of architectural representation, we will engage in speculations about a future reality shaped by responsibility, acceptance, and inclusion.

While the main structure of the class is lecture based, we will often operate in a design studio mode through open and collective critiques. The students will be asked to constantly draw, model, and write. A minimum knowledge in computer graphics and model construction is required. Finally, the objective of this seminar is to enable the students to think very clearly about architectural representation in particular, and the world in general, while building up advanced skills in image making.

  • ARC467H1F LEC9101: Advanced Topics in Urban Design:
    Sustain & Support; Urbanism in Military Orbit

A close interrogation of the U.S. military's architectural and infrastructural arsenal reveals that the military-industrial complex is alive and well and increasingly intertwined with the technological strata of daily civilian life. This seminar examines clandestine, accidental, and under-acknowledged urbanisms sponsored by the Department of Defense and establishes a journalistic research methodology to analyze the spatial and logistical operations of statecraft. Through the gradual development of a comprehensive report, students will produce drawings and texts to articulate, visualize, and critique a world which is so often made opaque by design. Working in pairs, students will develop a body of research around a single episode chosen from the recent history of the military and adopt an avatar to focus their inquiry for the duration of the semester.

  • ARC480H1S LEC9101: Advanced Topics in the Technology of Architecture:
    Lazy Computing

If our current design software has enabled a transformative re-allocation of an architect’s labor, it has also resulted in a posture of disciplinary nonchalance. In this course, we will examine our commands, constraints and OS interactions, and their implications in contemporary digital practice.

Students will be asked to develop their digital skill sets through the production of architectural animations, and through unconventional usages of everyday computational platforms. Through a series of software exercises, students will explore the feedback between architectural form and its representation, and the shrinking gap between simulative abstraction and the physical realm.

  • ARC482H1S LEC9101: Advanced Topics in the Technology of Urbanism:
    Drawing Our Urban Interfaces

Interfaces are thresholds that bind people together with a commonwealth of machines. They are also channels that augment the human sensorium –opening new visits. Additionally, they are zones of activity that bound a user’s experience. As such, users act through them in shaping the world, and in turn are also acted on by them. With the ascendance of network-culture, the interface –a user’s site of contact with networks– joins older forms of media (e.g. streets, pipes, powerlines, etc.) as an infrastructure through which society organizes itself. However, surely the role of private enterprise in refining the present-moments most commonly used interfaces cannot be overlooked here.

This course investigates the urbanism of mediation. It explores critical frameworks and skillsets relevant for students engaging questions about design practice, technology and the city. For the first half of the semester students will develop a typology of urban interfaces in which they will represent relationships between users, machines and the spaces in which both transit. Through this activity students will develop an analytic relationship with interfaces excavated from everyday life, media art, architecture and speculative design. Towards bridging theory and practice, during the second half of the semester, students will develop collaborative proposals and prototypes that engage issues pertaining to the use of open data, physical computing, data visualization and digital fabrication.

Summer Studio Abroad

Please note that due to the COVID-19 situation, the following Daniels Summer Abroad courses have been cancelled for the Summer 2020 session.

Design/Build Studios

Please note that due to the COVID-19 situation, the following Daniels Design/Build Studio courses have been cancelled for the Summer 2020 session.

  • ARC395H1F PRA0101: Haliburton Forest / Timber Pavilion / May 11-22. Instructor: Jay Pooley
  • ARC395H1F PRA0102: Bentway / Playing in Public / May 4-15. Instructor: Clint Langevin
  • ARC395H1F PRA0103: Toronto / Mobilizer / June 1-12. Instructor: Reza Nik
  • ARC395H1S PRA0101: PEC / Coastal Community / July 6-19. Instructor(s): Mark Erikson and Matt Kennedy Studio North
  • ARC395Y1S PRA0101: Fogo Island / Building Community / June 1-12 and August 3-14. Instructor: Todd Saunders

Design Research Internship

Please note that due to the COVID-19 situation, the following Daniels Design Research Internship opportunity has been cancelled for the Summer 2020 session.

  • ARC495Y1: Design Research Internship / May 4 – June 12. Instructor: Pina Petricone

Past Course Descriptions

The following are the archived course descriptions from previous terms for unique course offerings outside of the regular sessional timetable.