University of Toronto

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

Located in the heart of Canada’s largest city (and one of the largest and most rapidly expanding cities in North America), The Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design offers professional graduate programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual studies — as well as unique undergraduate programs that use architectural studies and visual studies as a lens through which students may pursue a broad, liberal arts-based education.

The fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual studies are characterized by exceptional change. Globalization and the convergence of new media, new materials, and new building technologies have led to significant economic, technological, and aesthetic shifts. As a leading school of architecture, landscape, and design in North America, the Daniels Faculty is responding to these changing realities through its educational programs, its research initiatives, and its public outreach.

The greater Toronto region serves as a dynamic laboratory for critical studies and the exploration of design alternatives of international significance. Students at the Daniels Faculty not only have the city to use as a resource, they also have access to Toronto’s large professional design community. Like Toronto, our students and faculty are incredibly cosmopolitan in sensibility, hailing from every part of the world, with their work crossing all sorts of geographic and cultural boundaries. The city’s multicultural networks and international connections make Daniels a powerful place to start a career.

Recent years at the Daniels Faculty have been ones of exceptional growth: We have hired new faculty, we have reintroduced an undergraduate major in Architectural Studies, and we have revamped our Master's programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design. We have also recently welcomed the University of Toronto’s Visual Studies department to our Faculty. With architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and, now, visual studies under the same roof, the Daniels Faculty benefits from rich collaborations and crossover between like-minded disciplines.

The growth of our programs and faculty ranks has occasioned the building of a new home for the Daniels Faculty at One Spadina Crescent, one of Toronto’s most historic and sites. The transformation now underway on this iconic building (designed by a team led by NADAAA) will double the size of our current facilities and create a new and unprecedented district at the University of Toronto for education, research, and public outreach on architecture, urbanism, and the visual arts.

AVSSU is the Architecture and Visual Studies Student Union established in 2014 for the undergraduate students at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design.

Our 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, thus, we highly encourage input from the school community to help better our efforts.

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.

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.

A six member executive council is elected each year. Two students represent each class by attending monthly GALDSU meetings with the executive council. These class representatives also attend faculty meetings and sit on committees. Class representatives are integral to the dissemination of information about academic issues, social events, and student initiatives.

GALDSU is the united voice of students at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Please approach your class representatives or the executive council with ideas, questions, or concerns that you may have.


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