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Daniels Bootcamp: Exploring Careers in Design

For high school and undergraduate students contemplating a career in the architectural design industry, this 3-week program will show participants the range of opportunities within the discipline. Participants will leave the program understanding the fundamentals of architectural design, architectural education and career paths.

This program is designed for late high school (grades 11 and 12) and undergraduate students of all disciplines interested in architecture.

While being exposed to technical courses in CAD or drafting is not uncommon in a high school curriculum, this program aims to give students greater exposure to some of the conceptual underpinnings of the discipline and how to approach questions of design. For anyone potentially interested in a future career in design, the Daniels Design Career Discovery Bootcamp is a great opportunity to experience the intensive studio culture that characterizes most architecture programs. The program allows participants to build up a collection of drawings and models that will complement an admissions portfolio, and students get the chance to use the facilities at the Daniels Building at One Spadina.

The program will also include:

  • Lectures by practicing architects and faculty.
  • Field trips to significant local buildings and professional offices.
  • One-on-one instruction and feedback.
  • Training in representation, model-building, and related skills.
  • Periodic reviews where students present their work to practicing architects and other design professionals.

This program will be hosted at 1 Spadina Crescent, located on the western edge of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus just north of College Street. Read more about our iconic neo-gothic building and stunning contemporary addition.

Dates & Times
Monday, July 15 to Friday, August 2, 2019

The program runs 9:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Participants are welcome to continue working in studio during the break.

Sample Day
9am—10am - Lecture
10am—11am - Introduction to studio exercise / skills and techniques lecture
11am—1pm - Independent work / lunch
1pm—4pm - Studio

Jeannie Kim is the Director of the Daniels Faculty's Honours, Bachelor of Arts, Architectural Studies program. She holds degrees in architecture from Harvard University and Princeton University and is currently completing her Ph.D. in the history and theory of architecture at Princeton University. Read More.

Taylor Gould grew up in Winnipeg where she completed the Environmental Design program at the University of Manitoba with a primary focus on restoring the conversation between the drawn and built realms. Following her undergraduate degree, she worked at Unit 7 Architecture where she met with clients one-on-one to design single-family custom homes. Taylor began the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Toronto with a desire to develop her understanding within larger architectural scales. For the past two and a half years she has been working as a trainer at the Daniels woodshop while working part-time at Plant Architect Inc. Recently she has been hired as a teaching assistant for a History of Housing course offered to undergraduate students. Taylor is fascinated by the implications that movement and pace have on design. She earned her Student Pilot Permit (PSTAR) and has completed a series of cycle touring trips within Canada. She is currently within her thesis prep semester studying the in-between/leftover space that exists between planned suburb communities. She is primarily interested in the future role of the architect within these areas scattered across North America. 

Fees and Registration
$1,775.00 + $45 non-refundable application fee

Participants will receive some studio supplies.

Registration here

Thank you for your interest. If you have any questions about this program, please contact:

Nene Brode
Manager, External Relations and Outreach

Photo Credit: Harry Choi