John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

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John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
Type Faculty
Academic affiliation University of Toronto
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dean Richard M. Sommer

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, is a Faculty of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Faculty is located at 230 College Street, but will move to One Spadina Crescent in 2016. The current dean is Richard M. Sommer.


A Department of Architecture was established at the University of Toronto in 1890, making it the first architecture program in Canada.

The five-year Bachelor of Architecture was created in 1928, and the department was renamed the School of Architecture in 1933. Courses in town and regional planning were added in 1933, and the landscape courses were offered in 1934. In 1967 the school was granted faculty status with three departments: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning.

In 1998 the University of Toronto approved a name change for the division to Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, heralding the establishment of a suite of new graduate programmes: Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Urban Design. The school was renamed in 2008 after a major donor.[1]

Degree Programs[edit]

The degrees granted at the graduate level include:

  • Master of Architecture (MArch)
  • Master of Urban Design (MUD)
  • Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
  • Master of Visual Studies (MVS):
    • Studio Art
    • Curatorial Studies

On July 7, 2016, the Daniels Faculty announced a new curriculum for the undergraduate degrees, beginning in the 2016-2017 school year. This new selection of degrees include:

  • Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Specialist in Architectural Studies:
    • Comprehensive
    • Design of Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism
    • History and Theory of Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism
    • Technology of Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Specialist in Visual Studies:
    • Studio
    • Critical Practices
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Visual Studies

Daniels Faculty Public Lecture Series[edit]

Each year, the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design presents public lectures, fora, and symposia that showcase leading professionals and academics in the fields of architecture, landscape, urban design, visual studies, as well as important thinkers and opinion makers in allied fields. The public lectures cover the wide range of approaches taken by architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists, scholars, and others who are asking important questions about, and tackling the significant challenges facing, cities and landscapes. Each of the series provides students, alumni, and members of the public with access and insight into the work of esteemed colleagues and visitors to the Faculty from around the globe. Most of the public lectures can be viewed online at the Daniels Faculty YouTube Page.

Notable Lecturers[edit]

Research and Publications[edit]

Modal Cities Theatre and Lab[edit]

Located in the new One Spadina building, the Model Cities Theatre and Lab will bring together cutting-edge urban metrics and immersive visualization techniques, creating an unparalleled venue for research and teaching. Metrics-driven research on cities will inform complex multi-dimensional city models, creating alternate design, planning, and technology-based morphologies for cities. The Theatre and Lab offer the potential to undertake needed research on designing cities holistically, creating a needed public forum to engage new constituencies and instigate new decision frameworks, design options, policy alternatives, and industry solutions.[2]

Institute for Architecture and Human Health[edit]

The new Institute for Architecture and Human Health will draw on the University’s traditional strengths in the health sciences and public policy to develop new ideas for reforming the built environment. It will also research the impact architecture and design have on the quality of patient care, the delivery of health care services, and the creation of more efficient, cost-effective health care facilites. The Institute will anchor a new Masters program in Health Design, which will educate professionals on how to address health care and wellness through innovations in architecture, landscape, and urban design.[3] The Institute for Architecture and Human Health will be established once One Spadina opens to the public in the fall of 2016.

Global Cities Institute[edit]

The recently launched Global Cities Institute (GCI) — under the leadership of newly appointed Director, Professor Patricia McCarney — will help meet the demand for better tools for designing and planning cities by providing globally comparable data, strategic analytics, and synthetic media to model alternative urban futures. The GCI will house the Global City Indicators Facility (GCIF) — a world leading research centre for urban metrics, governance, and policy. Originally established with funding from the World Bank, the CGIF is developing standardized metrics for the global comparison of cities. These metrics are critically important because there is currently no data that conforms to a standardized methodology, which makes comparisons across the world’s cities difficult. Having standardized metrics for decision makers in cities around the world creates a common platform for achieving sound policy and improved quality of life. The GCIF’s database comprises 115 indicators across a standardized set of definitions and methodologies, which enable cities to track their effectiveness on everything from planning and economic growth to transportation, safety and education. The data captured by the GCIF will inform the work of urban researchers, architects, designers, policy makers, developers, economists, and industry leaders the world over, providing them with a common, reliable set of metrics to model and visualize new, progressive forms of urbanization.[4] The Global Cities Institute in currently located at 170 Bloor Street West, but will be incorporated into the One Spadina building.

One Spading Green Roof Innovation Testing Lab[edit]

Established in 2010 by the Daniels Faculty’s Centre for Landscape Research, the Green Roof Innovation Testing Lab (GRIT) is a state-of-the-art facility for testing the environmental performance of green roofs, green walls, and solar photovoltaic technologies in the Canadian context. The GRIT lab is setting standards and testing policy-based initiatives for the City of Toronto and other jurisdictions. The GRIT Lab consists of 33 green roof test beds, three green walls, a weather station, and 270 sensors connected to over 5,000 linear feet of wiring. Data on soil moisture, runoff, temperature, rainfall, humidity, solar energy, and wind is collected every five minutes. The lab sits currently sits atop of the Daniels Faculty building at 230 College Street, but will later continue its work from a more prominent space atop the landscape pavilions of the new One Spadina building.[5]

The Annual[edit]

The Annual, a publication by the Graduate Architecture Landscape Design Student Union, is a curated compilation of student work from all graduate programs at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.[6]


Place-Holder, is a graduate student-run journal that is an archive of unseen products, set-aside ideas, and scrapped technologies. Whether they are temporary trends or resilient values, Place-Holder brings this content into the conversation on design and cities. Place-Holder creates a home for that which is otherwise lost — off-hand musings, abandoned models, and interviews with practitioners. It is active catalogue of design, for contemporary use and future reference, and a repository of ideas. The latest edition of the journal was edited by Michael Abel and Mina Hanna.[7]

Shift Magazine[edit]

Shift Magazine is the annual undergraduate publication of the John H. Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape, & Design. The publication showcases student work created by the Architecture and Visual Studies undergraduates. The third issue focused on reactions: emotional responses and physical impulses generated from images, representations, and symbols. The current editors are Phat Le and Josie Northern Harrison.

Clubs and Activities[edit]


The Graduate Architecture Landscape and Design Student Union (GALDSU) represents students in all graduate programs at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. GALDSU serves as the liaison with the faculty, administration, other student groups, and professional organizations such as the OALA and OAA.

GALDSU is run by a democratically-elected Executive Council composed of the president, vice-president, treasurer, social events chair, health & sustainability officer, and secretary. The Executive Council is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the union. A six-member executive council is elected each year. Two students represent each class by attending monthly GALDSU meetings with the executive council.[8]


Established in 2014, the Architecture and Visual Studies Student Union (AVSSU) represents undergraduate students at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Their mission is to help improve student life in the architectural and visual studies programs, and to foster a community amongst the undergraduate students. AVSSU acts as the official voice for students. The AVSSU executives are dedicated to helping ensure easier access to academic resources and general information; provide a direct communication link to the faculty; and work to provide an overall better university experience through social and educational opportunities outside the class room.[9]

Café 059[edit]

Café 059 is a student café, currently located at 230 College Street, that is under the operation of students from the Daniels Faculty. They serve fair trade coffee, assorted teas, and a selection of snacks and treats. It's a place to meet other Daniels students, get your caffeine fix, and take a break from working on projects. Café 059 also hosts events throughout the school year. The café managers for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year are Josh Kirk and Elly Selby.

Distinguished Alumni and Faculty[edit]


Current Faculty[edit]

Professors Emeriti[edit]

  • George Baird BArch (Toronto), AM (Hon)(Harvard)
  • Carmen Corneil BArch (Toronto)
  • Anthony Eardley AA Dipl (Hons), MA (Cantab)
  • Ants Elken Dipl Ing Arch (Munich)
  • George Hawken BA (Honours) 1969 (Toronto)
  • Douglas H. Lee BArch (McGill), MSc (Illinois), MBA (York)
  • Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, C.M., BArch (McGill), M.C.P. (Harvard), Hon Doc (Aix -Marseille)
  • Peter Prangnell AA Dipl, MArch (Harvard)
  • Larry Wayne Richards BArch (Miami, Oxford, OH), MArch (Yale)
  • Paul Sandori Dipl Ing Arch (Zagreb)

Associate Professors Emeriti[edit]

  • Klaus Dunker Dipl Ing Arch (Hannover)
  • Gerald Englar
  • Edward Fife BLA (RISD), MLA (Harvard)


  1. ^ School official history webpage. Retrieved 2014-01-04
  2. ^ The Model Cities Theatre and Lab  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Institute for Architecture and Human Health". 
  4. ^ "Global Cities Institute". 
  5. ^ "One Spadina Green Roof Innovation Testing Lab (GRIT)". 
  6. ^ "The Annual". GALDSU. 
  7. ^ "Place-Holder awarded 2016 grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts". John H. Daniels Faculty of Landscape, Architecture, & Design. 
  8. ^ "GALDSU". John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. 
  9. ^ "Student Unions". John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. 

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