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Course Descriptions & Timetables

Course timetables list the current course offerings for a given term and their enrolment controls. For Daniels Faculty course descriptions, prerequisites, exclusions, and breadth requirements, please see the Daniels Faculty Academic Calendar.

Please note that not all courses listed in the academic calendar are offered every year. Several unique Daniels Faculty course descriptions can be found below, including Design/Build studios, Summer Abroad studios, and Advanced Topics courses. Please review the information posted here concerning how to read a timetable if you have questions around interpreting the data provided in the timetables below.

*Starting in Fall 2022, students may view timetabling information for Faculty of Arts and Science and Daniels courses using the new Timetable Builder.  See:  


Fall/Winter 2022-23 Course Descriptions

ARC 400-Level Advanced Topics

The Advanced Topics courses listed below are distinct credit offerings, and eligible students can enrol in more than one of the following courses, despite repeating course codes. For example, students can enrol in ARC451H1F LEC0101 and ARC451H1S LEC0101, as their course content will differ depending on the instructor.

The Fall/Winter 2022-23 ARC 400-level Advanced Topics will be available for early enrolment to eligible students by ballot. The balloting webform can be found here, and the deadline to submit for the Fall/Winter 2022-23 session is Monday, June 27th at 11:59pm EST. Additional descriptions will be posted as they become available.

Fall 2022

Winter 2023

Senior Seminar and Multidisciplinary Urban Capstone

Architectural Studies students pursuing one of the AHSPE1001, AHSPE1002, or AHSPE1003 specialist programs of study may be eligible to apply for The Senior Seminar (Research) and Senior Seminar (Thesis) courses for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2022-2023 academic session. Eligibility requirements are listed in the Academic Calendar.

  • ARC461H1F: Senior Seminar in Design (Research)
  • ARC462Y1S: Senior Seminar in Design (Thesis)
  • ARC456H1F: Senior Seminar in History and Theory (Research)
  • ARC457Y1S: Senior Seminar in History and Theory (Thesis)
  • ARC486H1F: Senior Seminar in Technology (Research)
  • ARC487Y1S: Senior Seminar in Technology (Thesis)

Daniels students applying to Senior Seminar, may also indicate interest in the School of Cities or Multidisciplinary Urban Capstone Design course, which is a creative, iterative and open-ended course in which students from different disciplines across the University of Toronto work in teams for the academic year (September – April). Both courses are 1.5 credits.

  • Students must apply using the Senior Seminar Research Thesis Application form.
  • Students only submit one application.
  • Students can apply for both Senior Seminar and Multidisciplinary Urban Capstone Design course on the attached form, but can only be enrolled in one, not both.
  • Capstone nominees will be asked (later in June) to complete an additional application.

The deadline for submission is June 8, 2022. Email completed applications to

Summer 2022 Course Descriptions

Design Research Internship

  • ARC495Y1F LEC0101: Design Research Internship

This course bridges academic knowledge with professional practice and advances for upper level, undergraduate students models of design research. It offers students, in the form of a six-week internship, the opportunity to apply critical research and visual communication skills to focused work within the professional office of a local practitioner. Successful students will be hired to work on a research project defined by the host office and approved by the professor. Interns will work full-time (Monday to Friday) with their employer for the duration of the first summer term, May 9th to June 20th, 2022, with the exception of Wednesday afternoons when they will meet with the professor at the Daniels Faculty. These Wednesday afternoon meetings will allow for group and individual discussions on the various forms of design research as well as the positioning of this work in the broader discipline. Interns will be compensated at a rate of $300 per week for the duration of six weeks. This will balance the academic versus practical aspects of ARC495 as an academic internship.

The deadline to submit your application is Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 at 12:00pm (noon) EST. More information pertaining to this course, including the list of participating firms, can be found below.

Summer Studio Abroad / Summer Research Studio

The Daniels Faculty will be offering two global studios to our undergraduate students in the Summer 2022. The first one, "What is the Good City?" will focus on several rural and urban community sites in Canada and Ghana, in a global virtual collaboration with students from the Department of Architecture of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) based in Kumasi, Ghana. The second one, "X-Athenas" will travel to Athens Greece and work on public spaces across the city in collaboration with students from the Department of Architecture, University of Patras.

Both courses will be open to applications for eligible students, with a submission deadline of Monday, March 28th at 11:59pm. More information on these offerings can be found below.

Design Build Studios

Please note that ARC395H1 is not available for ACORN enrolment, and can only be requested through the application process detailed below. The following are descriptions for the four ARC395H1 design/build sections offered in the Summer 2022 session. These courses are available by application to current Year 3 and Year 4 undergraduate students in any of our Architectural Studies programs.

The Summer 2022 Design Build Studio Application can be found here. The deadline to submit is Friday, April 8th.

ARC 400-Level Advanced Topics

The Advanced Topics courses listed below are distinct credit offerings, and eligible students can enrol in more than one of the following courses, despite repeating course codes. For example, students can complete in ARC451H1F LEC0101 and ARC451H1S LEC9101, as their course content will differ depending on the instructor. Please note that a section number LEC9101 denotes an online course offering.

The Summer 2022 ARC 400-level Advanced Topics Balloting webform is now closed. The deadline for eligible Year 4 students to submit was Monday, April 4th, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.

  • ARC465H1F LEC0101: Advanced Topics in Architecture: Urban Leftovers
    Instructor: Reza Nik

A critical study of vacant and underutilized spaces - both architectural and infrastructural - some of which are in que to be demolished for future development. This is a course about looking closer at the existing fabric of the city through research, documentation, drawing, archiving, and in turn re-imagining and designing alternate outcomes. These urban leftovers perhaps once held stories and histories that are culturally significant to the city of Toronto, and we will explore these themes and alternate realities throughout the semester.

  • ARC480H1F LEC0101: Advanced Topics in the Technology of Architecture: Lazy Computing
    Instructor: Andy Bako

If our current design software has enabled a transformative re-allocation of an architect’s labor, it has also resulted in a posture of disciplinary nonchalance. In efforts to consolidate repetitive inputs through the integration of constraints, object properties and “families”, today’s automata have made the production of architectural form incredibly easy. The ability for walls to stand up straight without falling over, for objects to float in electronic space or collide without impact are all representational behaviors of stillness we have engrained into our software for our convenient use as practitioners. However, difficulties arise when the suspension of materiality and physical forces are ignored when translating the simulative object into the physical realm.

In response to the embedded constraints that define contemporary digital practice, the focus of this course leans toward inconvenient motion made easy – utilizing the tension between an object’s physicality and digital simulation to become a new working method. In this course, we will examine the implications of our commands, constraints, and OS interactions towards adjacent disciplinary polemics. Students will be asked to develop their digital skill sets through the production of architectural animations, mixed-reality models, and unconventional usages of everyday computational platforms. To compliment the application of these skills, students will be asked to work in teams in the presentation of weekly readings, and in driving student-led debates based on conflicting positions in digital discourse.

Through a series of computational exercises that fit within a broader contextual framework, students will explore the rapidly shrinking gap between the digital abstraction of form, its resolution and eventual production into the built environment.

  • ARC451H1S LEC0101: Advanced Topics in the History and Theory of Architecture: Architecture & the Sea
    Instructor: Christy Anderson

We live on a watery world. Yet too often we ignore the connection between our buildings and the sea that is all around us. This course will look at the history of port cities, maritime infrastructure, ships, shoreline interactions, and island habitations. As sea levels rise, we will study examples of the terraqueous constructions from the ancient world to the present day and how architects are by necessity thinking more about an increasingly liquid landscape. Students will develop projects through the lens of history and environmental criticism. This course will be delivered online synchronously.

Past Course Descriptions

The following are the archived course descriptions from previous terms for unique course offerings outside of the regular sessional timetable.