Department of Architectural Science
Founded in 1948 and housed in a Ron Thom-designed facility located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Department of Architectural Science features a diverse, multidisciplinary faculty dedicated to the pursuit of integrated, more sustainable approaches to the design and development of the built environment. The Department offers a pre-professional degree with options in Architecture, Building Science, and Project Management, and graduate programs in Architecture (M.Arch.) and Building Science (MBSc/MASc).
Ryerson University is located in downtown Toronto, where the skyline is constantly changing. Students witness this progress by taking field trips to notable sites and buildings.The dynamic and multicultural urban setting provides tremendous access to community partners, potential clients, practicing professionals, seminars, conferences and trade shows.
The Department of Architectural Science provides education for a wide range of professional roles in the design, construction and management of the built environment by developing, enhancing and maintaining undergraduate, graduate and certification programs of applied study, and research in the areas of design, building science, project management and landscape. The program prepares professionals for leadership roles in the AEC industry in the Toronto area, Canada, and internationally by focusing on the development of fundamental skills, knowledge and critical judgment necessary for effective participation in a complex, collaborative, cross-disciplinary workplace. The programs foster a comprehensive vision of architecture as a social, technical, political, and cultural practice in the context of sustainability and evolving environmental and societal needs, and to utilize our combined expertise for the benefit of the larger community. The department cultivates an environment conducive to lifelong learning and the pursuit of scholarly, research and creative activity by faculty and students. The M.Arch. program believes that in addition to possessing strong technical skills, today's practitioners must be strong, independent, critical thinkers, who nonetheless are comfortable acting in an increasingly collaborative industry. By focusing on a critical study of architectural practice, both in its contemporary forms and in its future potential, Ryerson's program provides students with the opportunities for intellectual growth needed to develop these leadership faculties in the profession and society.
The goal of the Bachelor of Architectural Science (B.Arch.Sci) program is to educate students for a wide range of professional roles in the construction industry. The program emphasizes studies in design theory, technology, and management. The longstanding reputation of the program rests in part on this unique emphasis of the curriculum. The first three years of the program (in the revised curriculum) provide students with a common foundation. The final year offers three different options,Architecture, Building Science and Project Management. The initial years place students in a position to make informed choices of option, and they are encouraged to do so as early as possible. The revised curriculum is structured around four themes: introduction and context, preparation (tools and elements), integration and concentration/specialization/ transition. The first semester provides students with an introduction and sets the context for their education in architectural science. Semesters two, three and four prepare students for advanced studies through an exploration of the tools and elements necessary for further studies. Semesters six and seven provide a comprehensive integration of the multiple components of an undergraduate education in architectural science. In the final two semesters, students select from one of the three options available - architecture, building science or project management - and undertake intensive work in their chosen specialization. In addition, the program requires a number of courses in liberal studies, as well as a range of professional electives, offered by the Department and other Departments at the University and the application of this knowledge to the solution of a wide range of architectural and environmental problems. The architectural science program promotes an integrated approach to architectural science, through studio and lecture courses. Students have the opportunity to apply theory learned in the lecture courses to studio projects which engage with real-life problems in design, construction, management and the environment. As enrollment in each program option may be limited, placement of students in fourth year program options, is determined by academic performance to best suit their career goals and academic strengths.
- Art & Design
- Building Technologies
- Digital Fabrication
- Graphics And Visualization
- History, Theory, Criticism
- Life Cycle Design
- Materials And Construction