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Dean's welcome

A message from Dean Richard Sommer

Congratulations on your acceptance to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design!

You have distinguished yourself among a very strong pool of applicants and we are excited to welcome you to Daniels for your undergraduate career. Our students, alumni, and faculty are recognized around the world for the quality of their design work, research, and advocacy. We hope that you will decide to join us and become part of a dynamic group of individuals who play diverse, leading roles in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, art, urbanism, and forestry.

The Daniels Building, our home at One Spadina Crescent, is a bold work of architecture and landscape on a landmark urban site, set between the University of Toronto’s St. George campus and the vibrant centre of Toronto. The building has extensive design studios, fabrication laboratories, a dedicated library and reading room, various student commons, a student-run cafe, and numerous research hubs. New galleries and a large lecture hall expand our already extensive roster of lectures, symposia, and exhibitions — all of which will provide you with opportunities to enhance your education well beyond the studio and classroom.

Our Faculty’s location in the heart of Toronto is among its greatest assets. The greater Toronto region serves as a dynamic laboratory for Daniels students, instructors, and researchers. And U of T, which year after year ranks among the best universities in the world, provides a wealth of knowledge and expertise that we all draw on.

Like Toronto, students and faculty at Daniels are incredibly cosmopolitan in sensibility and hail from every part of the world. Our undergraduate students are engaged both inside and outside the classroom, participating in numerous student-run initiatives, clubs, and teams within the Daniels Faculty and within the greater U of T community. Our instructors include acclaimed professionals, scholars, and artists who push the boundaries of practice and research, leading innovation in their fields. With connections to local, national, and international architecture, art, design, and forestry communities, they bring their research, professional experience, and connections to bear in the classroom, providing our students with many unique opportunities to enrich their academic careers.

If you have not already done so, I encourage you to visit us. We will be hosting an online Academic Orientation event for all incoming students in late June/early July, which I hope you will be able to attend. More information about this event will be sent in the coming months.

Again, my congratulations. We hope that you will join our community!

Richard Sommer

Dean, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design 
University of Toronto