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Daniels Design Discovery (In-Person)

Summer 2022

For anyone interested in a future career in design, the Daniels Design Discovery is a great opportunity to experience the intensive studio culture that characterizes most architecture programs. Our programs allow participants to build up a collection of drawings and models that will complement an admissions portfolio. Students are able to use the design facilities at the Daniels Building at 1 Spadina Crescent.

Registration for this program  is now open: Click here

 

Who?

“DesignBootcamp”

The Daniels Design Discovery (In-Person)  is designed for late high school (grades 10, 11 and 12) and undergraduate students of all disciplines who are interested in architecture (Ages 15+). This program is open to all participants, including English-speaking international students.

 

What & Why?

For anyone interested in a future career in design, the Daniels Design Discovery is a great opportunity to experience the intensive studio culture that characterizes most architecture programs. Our programs allow participants to build up a collection of drawings and models that will complement an admissions portfolio. Students are able to use the design facilities at the Daniels Building at 1 Spadina Crescent.

Course 1 develops basic site analysis, design, and form-making skills. It is a pre-requisite for enrolment in Course 2, which further specifies basic designs with program and construction principles, while exploring architecture's role in the city in relation to social, political and ecological issues. Both courses include the creation of a design portfolio.
  
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.
  • An introduction to design studio culture & practices.
  • Periodic reviews where students present their work to graduate students, practicing architects and other design professionals. 

To really understand the benefits of the program, please see the Testimonials section below.

 

Where?

Daniels Design Discovery Program Instructor with program participants in studio

The program will be delivered in-person at the Daniels Building at 1 Spadina Crescent. Students will have access to studios during program hours. 

 

When?

The courses are listed below. Course 1 is a pre-requisite to Course 2. Course prices listed below with bundled cost.

Session 1

Course 1 - Site & Form
June 27 - July 8, 2022*
(9-day course - no program on Canada Day)

Course 2 - Architecture & the City
July 11 - July 22, 2022

Session 2

Course 1 - Site & Form
July 25 - August 5, 2022*
(9-day course - no program on Civic Holiday)

Course 2 - Architecture & the City
August 8 - August 19, 2022

All courses run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

 

How?

Course 1 - Site & Form

Course 1 develops basic site analysis, design, and form-making skills.

Dates: 
June 27 - July 8, 2022*
(9-day course - no program on Canada Day)
Cost: $1,350

OR 

July 25 - August 5, 2022*
(9-day course - no program on Civic Holiday)
Cost: $1,350
 


Course 2 - Architecture & the City 

Course 2 further specifies basic designs with program and construction principles, while exploring architecture's role in the city in relation to social, political and ecological issues. Both courses include the creation of a design portfolio.

Dates: 
July 11 - July 22, 2022
Cost: $1,500

OR

Course 2
August 8 - August 19, 2022
Cost: $1,500

Cost for both courses: $2,500

All courses run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Fees & Registration

Register here

Session 1 & 2
Course 1: $1,350
Course 2: $1,500
Course 1&2: $2,500

Price includes access to Adobe Creative Cloud and Rhino during the program.

All fees include a $50 non-refundable administrative fee.

Please email nene.brode@daniels.utoronto.ca if you register for multiple courses and your discount will be applied.

Discounts are available for U of T staff, faculty, students, and alumni.

“DesignBootcamp”

Cancellation Policy

Registrants can cancel their application no later than June 1 and will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee per registrant per course/program cancelled. Refunds or credits are not available for any cancellation made after June 1. This is necessary to ensure that our instructors can be hired and trained in time for program delivery and are treated fairly with confirmed contracts.

Registrations received after June 1 are considered final. Refunds or credits are not available for registrations received after June 1.

Please see all our registration policies here.

 

Team

Curriculum Development

  Petros Babasikas is an architect, writer and educator. He is the new Director of the Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and oversees the curriculum to ensure it is aligned with the undergraduate program. His work explores connections among architecture, storytelling, media and public space. He is Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. His ongoing research includes the public space investigation 6 Place Toronto, “Urban/ Commoning,” a DIY urbanism project in Mediterranean Cities, and The Tourists, a series of exhibitions and publications on the intersection of Global Migrations and Tourism, with the Depression Era collective. Read More

 

Curriculum Development

  Jamie Lipson is a designer, writer, and educator. He received a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Ivey Business School at Western University. While at Princeton, he was awarded the Howard Crosby Butler Traveling Fellowship and the Alpha Rho Chi medal. He was also an Ike Kligerman Barkley Traveling Fellow in 2019. Jamie’s current work explores the intersection of art, physics, and science fiction as a basis for architectural design.

 

Program Management

  Nene Brode is the Daniels Faculty's Manager, External Relations and Outreach. She rejoined the dean's office in September 2018. In 2016, she founded the V4Lab, a summer youth STEAM program. From working on the development of the Digital Media Experience Lab at Ryerson University, to showcasing the work of V4Lab participants at the Ontario Science Centre, Nene has been a connector and collaborator, fostering community engagement. Read More

 

Other Contributors

The program is a result of the efforts of all previous curriculum developers and instructors including Jeannie Kim, Taylor Gould, Ryan Bruer, Avi Odenheimer, Marienka Bishop-Kovac, Phat Le and Irina Rouby Apelbaum .

 

Contact

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

Nene Brode
Manager, External Relations and Outreach
647-915-5265
nene.brode@daniels.utoronto.ca 

 

Want to learn more?

You can watch the previous virtual open house for our summer program below to hear from our curriculum developers, instructors, and staff .

Testimonials

“DesignBootcamp”

“I joined the program to explore architecture as a career to see if it interests me. I wanted to know if it’s a possible career path for me in the future. I learned that architecture contains a broad range of jobs. There’s definitely something in it for everyone. Whether it is working in a small firm, or larger firms or something else. I also learned about the skills an architect has like model making to learning about the different lifestyles of the people who work in an architectural related career. By listening to their different perspectives, I can make a better decision about what I want to do in the future. It’s not just to go into architecture, the things that I learned in the program will hopefully make the transition (to university) smoother. Other skills I acquired through the program such as problem-solving and creative thinking can still be applied to what I want to do. I would definitely recommend the program to someone else, whether they are interested in architecture and want to reach ahead or they are still exploring what their interests are and what they want to do.”
Victor Wang, Summer 2020

“I enjoyed how all-encompassing the course was. It touched on many topics and gave me a solid understanding of what I would learn if I chose to study in the field. I also enjoyed the many guest speakers that spoke to us and that we were able to ask them questions about their areas of expertise. Similarly, I thought it was helpful that we had guests come in to critique our work.”

“I like the hands-on part where be built the model and our teacher invited lots of people from Daniels and the architecture industry to talk about our work and give us advice on our future project. I also like that this program gave me a brief introduction of what the Bachelor of Arts, Architectural Studies program at the University of Toronto looks like.”

“What I enjoyed most about this program, was learning a new skill each day. I learned how to use a variety of online tools, resources, and skills that gave me a foundation on not only architecture but most of the sections in that field. Everything was engaging and the staff really elevated the whole experience by making a great experience.”

“The instructors where absolutely amazing. I liked the activities, lessons and projects. They brought very interesting guest lectures, and the classes the instructors prepared where also interesting and engaging.” 

“I thought it was a good opportunity to gather a taste of the university experience and specifically open your mind to all the aspects that go into designing a space.”
  Summer 2019 Participant

FAQs

What should I expect to learn from these courses?
Specific learning outcomes from each course are outlined above.

How do I apply?
There is no application process. You register and pay fees to guarantee your seat in the program. It is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register here.

Is there a registration deadline?
We will accept registrations up to one week prior to the start date of the program. If you wish to apply within one week of the program start date, please contact nene.brode@daniels.utoronto.ca 

How many people are in a course?
We maintain a ratio of 1:15 maximum per instructor with a maximum class size of 30 students with two instructors.

What happens after I register?
After you register and pay the fees, you will receive an automatic email from our registration software with a receipt. This guarantees your registration. One week prior to the program start date, you will receive an on-boarding email with detailed instructions.

Can I receive a certificate of completion?
Yes, you may request a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

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