When it was first established in 1890, the University of Toronto’s architecture program was part of the School of Practical Science (now the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering). The "T-square artists," as they were often referred to within the School, were a small but very vibrant group occupying much of the third floor of the Little Red Schoolhouse (pictured above), located where the Medical Sciences building now stands. C.E. Langley, who graduated in 1892, was the first to complete U of T’s initial program in architecture.
By Richard E. Tustian (BArch 1955)
I think it was spring of 1955 that our venerable Professor Eric Arthur arranged for a group of students to have lunch with Frank Lloyd Wright, who was visiting Toronto for a program of some kind sponsored by the CBC. We met in an upper room of the York Club, and waited a goodly time for Mr. Wright to be delivered to our venue from the airport by his CBC transportation manager, a young lady driving a Volkswagen Beetle with the top down. (Lèse-majesté? Insouciance? Serendipity?)
2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the first architecture program at the University of Toronto — the first architecture program in Canada, and one of the first in North America. It also marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of U of T’s program in landscape architecture.
The conference This is Paradise: Art and Artists in Toronto will explore the relationship between the urban context and local artistic cultures in Canada's largest city. Convening at the University of Toronto from May 28th to 31st, the conference includes over 75 presenters, including artists, critics, curators and scholars from across a diversity of disciplines, to focus on the ecology and conditions of emergence of the visual arts in Toronto.