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10.06.20 – Help the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario document Toronto's built heritage, get a free membership

The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario is an organization that works to document and preserve architecture throughout the province, but they can't do it all by themselves. For the next few weeks, every Daniels Faculty student who makes a contribution to TO Built, the ACO's online database of Toronto architecture, will receive a free one-year ACO membership (a $35 value) and an entry into a raffle for other architecture-related prizes.

What do I have to do to get my free ACO membership?

All you have to do is send the ACO a photo of a building for them to add to their TO Built database of Toronto architecture. The ACO is looking for two types of buildings: postwar homes and religious buildings. Submissions are due by October 31.

Step one: Find a postwar home or religious building somewhere in Toronto and take a photo of it. Any building that falls into one of those categories will do.

Step two: Search the TOBuilt database and make sure the ACO doesn't already have a photo of the building.

Step three: Post the photo to Instagram with the hashtag #tobuiltdaniels. Or email it to Be sure to include the building's exact location and any other relevant information.

Step four: Watch for a DM or email reply with details on how to claim your ACO membership.

What's the point of the TO Built database?

TO Built is an online repository of photos and information about buildings in Toronto, collectively maintained by ACO members throughout the city. The database is a resource for anyone who conducts research on Toronto architecture, including historians, conservationists, designers, and architects. But it's as only as good as the submissions it receives.

What are the benefits of ACO membership?

ACO members get the following benefits:

  • A free subscription to Acorn magazine, a biannual publication about Ontario heritage and related issues.
  • Discounts on ACO-sponsored networking events, talks, and design charrettes.
  • A TOBuilt login, with full posting and editing privileges.

What other prizes might I win?

All students who make contributions to TOBuilt before October 31 will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a copy of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide, a book by Patricia McHugh and Globe and Mail architecture critic Alex Bozikovic. Winners will be notified by November 6.

Top image: The TARIC Islamic Centre, in North York.