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Fall 2021: Message from the Dean's Office

I hope that you have had a chance to read President Gertler’s update from last week regarding fall 2021 at the University of Toronto. At the Daniels Faculty, we are actively planning for in-person learning and on-campus activity this September.

Part of what makes the experience at Daniels unique are the physical spaces and community environment in which we study, create, and work. I hope that you join in my excitement for the next steps that will bring us back to One Spadina this September.

What will fall 2021 look like at the Daniels Faculty?

As vaccine rollout progresses over the coming months, students, faculty, and staff will make plans for a gradual return this fall. We will continue to follow public health guidelines and adhere to strict safety standards throughout this transition.

We are prioritizing Faculty activities that benefit the most from being in-person –– like undergraduate and graduate studios, on-campus research activities, and student services and workshop access –– while maintaining the best practices we have learned from virtual teaching.

This past year we have adapted time and time again from producing medical face shields in our own Digital Fabrication Lab during the early days of the pandemic, to student projects that explored design’s role during the time of COVID-19. Throughout it all, you have demonstrated great resilience and creativity.

We understand that there will be questions as we enter this next phase, and we’ll be here to answer them as plans progress. You can continue to find information about the University’s COVID-19 response at UTogether: A Road Map. And we will update the Daniels Faculty COVID-19 FAQs as more information becomes available.

Looking forward,

Robert Wright,
Interim Dean