Our aim is to showcase Toronto's innovation and development through a distinct set of streams. Students will participate in workshops, seminars, and tours that engage ideas of heritage conservation, sustainability, arts, culture, and fabrication. Together, these elements form Toronto's unique and distinct urban fabric. 


Fabrication & Technology

Evolution in modern technology and methods of fabrication fundamentally shape the future of the global architecture and design industry. The Fabrication & Technology stream will hence brings awareness to the technological advances that are currently shaping and changing the architecture of Toronto.

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Arts & Culture

This stream gives participants an extensive look at Toronto's many cultural hubs and allows them to discover how they are integrated within the urban context to give Toronto its cultural identity. Students will intimately explore a broad selection of museums, as well as other cultural architecture landmarks to gain a sense of Toronto as a centre for creativity.


Toronto’s extreme seasonal differences challenges environmental sustainability. This stream is an exploration of how Toronto faces the issues of energy efficiency and natural preservation in an urban context.

Historical Context

In recent years, Toronto has experienced an unprecedented boom in new  developments in and around the city. This stream explores the different approaches new developments to the existing historical urban fabric.




Day 1: March 10th, 2017
Event 1: Eventscape Firm Crawl and Fabrication Workshop (10am - 4pm)

Eventscape is an award winning custom architectural fabricator, founded on innovation and a constant desire to creatively evolve. Their team consists of architects, interior, industrial and graphic designers, engineers, metal and other specialized fabricators who reshape space. Continually evolving and expanding their knowledge of the newest materials and advanced technologies, Eventscape invites you to tour its facility as well as to take part of a fabrication workshop. 

On March 10th, students will be able to tour Eventscape’s entire facility and see different projects - whether they are in design development, engineering and detailing or fabrication stage. Their front office at 4 Bestobell Rd houses sales, estimating and project development, engineering, design detailing, project management, and in the back, is their millwork and plastics, 5 Axis CNC machines for wood and metal, upholstery and staging. Just a few blocks away, at 78 Torlake Crescent, they have another 37,000 square feet for all metal fabrication and powder coating. Demonstration of the machines and a fabrication workshop will also be part of this day-long event.  


Day 2: March 10th, 2017
Event 1: YULIO VR Workshop (10am - 1pm)

Through an informative session and interactive workshop, students will be introduced to Yulio VR, a software revolutionizing the design and architectural industries by transforming flat, outdated designs into immersive virtual reality experiences.

In addition, competition has been organized by the Yulio VR team to crown this year's most creative and immersive student design. All you have to do is submit your model before March 1st for the chance to win amazing prices:

 Place: Google Pixel phone plus Google Daydream VR headset ($1,000 value)
 Place: Apple iPad Air 2 ($500 value)
 Place: Sony Wireless Headphones ($150 value).

Wait for fame, glory and the awesome prizes Yulio will be awarding.  So go on — show the world what you’ve got. Win or lose, you’ll come away with a portfolio piece that will literally turn heads! 


Day 2: March 11th, 2017
Event 2: Fabricating Reality and Building Reputation - Lecture by Professor Vincent Hui (2pm - 3:30pm)

Design-build initiatives, once a rarity in architectural pedagogy, are simultaneously reaffirming what architects do while reestablishing what institutions have this capacity. With an ever-expanding range of contemporary design and fabrication tools at their disposal, architecture students are empowered with the capacity to both explore their designs as well as bring their ideas to reality. This is the future of architectural education. Beyond the experiential learning and networking opportunities, full-scale fabrication projects afford individual students, these design-builds provide the basis for a new paradigm in architectural education. Those institutions that fail to adopt this will continue to rely on acclaim from the students in the past while their counterparts in progressive institutions will thrive in creating the built environment and their reputations. 


Day 2: March 11th, 2017
Event 3: Construction Site Visit - Host: Professor Jennifer McArthur (2pm - 3pm / 3pm - 4pm)

In 2 groups of 10, students will be given the opportunity to visit one of Ryerson’s new department buildings currently going under construction. The goal of the site visit is to bring out a real life visualization of building materials and the construction method that goes into the process of transferring a two dimensional drawing into reality.

Event accommodations
 PPE (ersonal protective equipment) will be provided.
Please email Stream Coordinator: mariam.elzein@ryerson.ca with your shoe size! 

This is a great favour that Campus Planning & Real Estate is doing for us so please make the most of your time on site in terms of listening, paying attention, and learning from this opportunity. Also, it is very crucial for everyone to NOT take photographs on site! 


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Day 1: March 10th, 2017
Event 1: Guided 'Arts and Architecture' Tour at the AGO (10:30am - 12pm)

The Art Gallery of Ontario is one of Toronto’s largest and most visited galleries. This event includes general admission to the gallery as well as a guided tour that will explore the architecture of the AGO from their first home in a 19th century Georgian Manor to Frank Gehry's 2008 transformation. Paired with artworks in the collection, guides will highlight changing tastes in art and architecture.


Day 1: March 10th, 2017
Event 2a: Guided 'Arts and Performance' Tour by TSA (1:30pm - 3:30pm)

Some of Toronto’s most exciting contemporary buildings are related to art, theatre, and cinema. The Toronto Society of Architects outdoor walking architecture tour features dynamic and controversial structures designed by top international and Canadian architects. Students will see some of the results of Toronto’s Cultural Renaissance, an exciting program of buildings that solidified our city’s reputation as an arts centre. Highlights of the tour include the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Bell Lightbox, Sharp Centre at Ontario College of Art & Design University, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.


Day 1: March 10th, 2017
Event 2b: Guided 'Public Art in Downtown Toronto' Tour by Marta O'Brien (1:30pm - 3:30pm)

Leading the tour will be Marta O’Brien, who is an architectural historian with 16 years of experience designing and leading architectural walking tours. Many exciting sculptures with wide-ranging subject matter are located in the downtown core. Students will see how talented artists have interpreted themes in stone and steel, producing thought-provoking – and sometimes controversial – additions to the cityscape. The tour will include a realistic bronze pianist, abstract forms, plus carved art on some pre-1950 buildings.


Day 1: March 10th, 2017
Event 3: Tour of The Power Plant Gallery (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

The Power Plant, located at Toronto’s beautiful Harbourfront Centre, is a leading art gallery dedicated exclusively to contemporary visual art from Canada and the world. The building once operated as an actual power plant until 1980. A gallery attendant will give a guided tour around the current exhibitions which include works by Maria Hupfield, Kapwani Kiwanga, Jonathas de Andrade, and Latifa Echakhch.


Day 2: March 11th, 2017
Event 1: Tour/Talk of City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square by Vis Sankrithi (10:00am - 11:00am)

The Toronto City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square is located in heart of city where concerts, art festivals, farmers’ markets, and other cultural events are held throughout the year. The square, opening in 1965, was designed by Viljo Revell. Guiding students through the area will be Vis Sankrithi, an instructor at Ryerson University and the principal architect of Praxis Office. He previously acted as a project architect at Perkins + Will Architects and worked on the Nathan Phillips Square revitalization extensively.


Day 2: March 11th, 2017
Event 2: Design Exchange (11:15am - 12:30pm)

The Design Exchange is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. Design Exchange is located in Toronto's financial district in the historic Toronto Stock Exchange building. Students will be given a guided tour throughout the permanent collections and current exhibition. From Jan 17 to Apr 28, the Design Exchange hosts Evolution, an exhibition by Toronto curator Sanam Samanian that examines how biomimicry – the design of products, services, and systems that imitate nature’s models – has given new rise to design thinking.


Day 2: March 11th, 2017
Event 3a: Guided Tour 'Culture and Campus' Tour by TSA (2:00pm - 4:00pm)

View some of the jewels of Toronto’s Cultural Renaissance, a program through which several museums and cultural centres were developed or transformed, along with a selection of the dramatic new buildings on the University of Toronto campus. Highlights of the tour includes the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal addition to the Royal Ontario Museum, the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research.


Day 2: March 11th, 2017
Event 3b: Guided Tour of University of Toronto by Marta O'Brien (2:00pm - 4:00pm)

Leading the tour will be Marta O’Brien, who is an architectural historian with 16 years of experience designing and leading architectural walking tours. Explore the downtown campus and see buildings with functions including residences, study spaces, and athletics. This tour examines elaborate Victorian stone buildings, sleek mid-century Modernism, and innovative Contemporary architecture.




Day 1: March 10th, 2017
Event 1: Kortright Archetype Tour & Sugar Shack Workshop (10am - 5pm)

The Kortright Centre is a conservation area just north of Toronto, that protects a old forest surrounding the northern reaches of the Humber River. Students come for the whole day to enjoy two events that are exclusive to the Kortright Centre First event celebrates an important piece of Canadian cuisine culture at the Kortright Conservation Centre through the Sugar Shack. Learn of the history of maple syrup in Canada, from the Indigenous peoples to historic and modern process of extracting real maple syrup from trees.

In the second event, students take a tour of the two LEED Platinum Certified Archetype Sustainable house. A result of a national competition organized by the Toronto and Region Conservation association and Design Exchange. Presenting a holistic method of building homes and communities in terms of technologies, materials methods. One which shows the current available technologies and practices to consumers to build a house. The other showcases the next generation of renewable and sustainable technologies that one day will be used in the market. Winning criteria of the four bedroom houses included that it was flexible due to block modular design, reduced material resources consumption while improving durability and the integration of various renewable technologies that vastly improved performance.

Limited Capacity
ACCOMMODATIONS: Lunch and Travel will be provided.
Contact: adrian.chiu@ryerson.ca if you have dietary restrictions or concerns.


Day 2: March 11th, 2017
Event 1: SUSTAINABLE.TO LECTURE (10am - 11am)

SUSTAINABLE.TO is an award winning architectural practice that focusses on sustainability, delivering affordable, high performing projects to any scale. Consisting of architects, environmental designers and building scientists, this firm was recently award Now’s Best Design Firm and are leaders in sustainable design. Embedding passive and innovative strategies to match their site and client’s wishes, their approach to design enables them to be culturally-sensitive, economically-viable and not over-rely on old technocentric construction practices. Learn about their unique holistic approach to architecture and sustainability in their lecture.


Day 2: March 11th, 2017

Designed by DTAH, the Evergreen Brickworks is an adaptive reuse of an existing brick factory that focuses on urban sustainability and green design. This multi-use facility is located directly west of the Don Valley River, with much of its facility responding extensively to its environment and the floodplains. As an “incubator” space for numerous community and social organizations, the Evergreen Brickworks houses numerous activities such as a farmer’s market, several event spaces, an open-air garden and exhibited artwork.

A lecture by DTAH’s Megan Torza will introduce the site to us along with her firm’s current work. Then a tour by Evergreen will show us the methods of rehabilitating the old site along with other sustainable features in their new facilities. Extra time is allotted for students to roam and explore the large complex, whether that checking out the café, enjoying the rehabilitated wetland park or taking photos of the old brick factory.




Day 1: March 10th, 2017
Event 1: ERA Firm Crawl (10am - 12pm)

Established in 1990 ERA Architect’s Inc.  Is an award winning mid-size architecture firm based in Toronto, Prince Edward County, and Montreal. They frequently work collaboratively with other firms to engage in city building, conserving heritage architecture and improving the built environment. The firm’s extensive portfolio includes architectural projects in building conservation and adaptive reuse include Toronto’s Distillery District, Transformation AGO, and the Bridge Point Health Centre. In addition the firm has a wide range of significant planning projects which includes the Union Station Heritage Precinct, and several Heritage Conservation Plans and studies in Toronto, Hamilton, Peterborough, Kingston, Picton, and other parts of Ontario.


Day 1: March 10th, 2017
Event 2: Tour of 401 Richmond St. W (2pm - 3pm)

A restored, heritage designated, industrial building, 401 Richmond Street West is an excellent example of adaptive reuse. Built as the home of the MacDonald Manufacturing Company, it was constructed in 5 phases from 1899 to 1923, it is now the home to over 140 Artist cultural producers, social innovators, microenterprises, galleries, festivals, and shops.


Day 1: March 10th, 2017
Event 3: Tour of Fort York (3:30pm - 5pm)

Founded in 1793 as Fort York was a military garrison for the British province of Upper Canada and played a pivotal role in the War of 1812 between the British Empire and United States, the site is considered to be the birthplace of Toronto.  Students will have to opportunity to see the recently opened Fort York Visitors Centre by Patkau Architects in collaboration with Kearns Mancini, who were award the project through a National Design Competition in 2009. The tour will be given by Dan McNeil, of Kearns Mancini Architects.


Day 2: March 11th, 2017
Event 1: Adaptive Reuse Charrette: York Square (10am - 1:30pm)

York Square is an early Diamond and Myers project is a ground breaking urban complex, built at a time of when urban renewal (removal) as the norm. The project achieved international significance because of its innovative approach to contextual urban planning. At the moment the building is currently under consideration for redevelopment what will destroy 75% of the heritage attributes. This will be an opportunity for students to learn and apply approaches for heritage conservation and adaptive reuse.

A lecture on heritage conservation will be given by Joey Giaimo, Principal of Giaimo a Toronto based architectural practise focused on design and Heritage conservation. Followed by a presentation on York Square. The charrette will be followed by a discussion of the projects by a Panel of Judges.

Lunch will be provided



Albert C. Smith
Associate Professor at Ryerson D.A.S.
BA, M.Arch, Ph.D., MRAIC


Kendra Schank Smith
Professor at Ryerson D.A.S
BA, M. Arch, Ph.D., MRAIC


Joey Giaimo
Principal of Giaimo,
and Lecturer at Ryerson D.A.S


Catherine Nasmith
President Architectural Conservancy Ontario, and Catherine Nasmith Architects


Day 2: March 11th, 2017
Event 2: Tour of Distillery District by ERA (2pm - 3:30pm)

The Distillery district is an award winning revitalization project in Toronto, and is a designated National Historic Site. ERA has been the Architect of record since 1996 and has been key in transforming the ensemble of Victorian Industrial Architecture to a vibrant mix use arts and culture district. The tour will be given by Andrew Pruss and Michael McClelland principals of ERA who will discuss the themes of Historic Architecture & Urban Form, Adaptive Reuse & Occupancy, and the Contemporary Layer of New Construction in regards to the district.