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July 7th, 2017

MASc Student Awarded Top PhD Paper at International Conference

Chris Raghubar, a first year Master of Applied Science candidate in the Building Science Program, was awarded CIB W78's Charles M. Eastman Top PhD Paper award at the Joint Conference on Computing (JC3) in Heraklion, Crete, Greece for his paper titled "Integrating Visual Analytics and Machine Learning into BIM-Enabled Facilities Management" completed in collaboration with York University under the supervision of Prof. Jenn McArthur. The paper was co-authored by Nima Shahbazi (PhD Candidate, York University), Brandon Bortoluzzi (MArch Candidate, Ryerson University), Aijun An (Professor, York University), and Jenn McArthur (Ryerson University).  



April 22, 2017

US. DOE Race to Zero Student Design Competition

LaneZero - Out of 39 collegiate teams, our team of Ryerson University and University of Toronto students took grand prize at the 2017 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s 4th annual Race to Zero Student Design Competition. Their proposal centres on Toronto’s laneways and sees them as an opportunity for vibrant new neighbourhoods within the existing downtown core.

Calling themselves “The Future City Collective” the students’ proposal was lauded for its architectural design, it’s comprehensive building science analysis, and a unique vision for the future of sustainable cities.



March 21, 2017

Masonry Workshop

Students visited the Ontario Masonry Training Centre to gain first-hand experience in brick masonry construction. 

Pumpkin Party
Pumpkin Party
Pumpkin Party

February 2, 2017

Evergreen Brickworks Building Tour

Evergreen Brickworks, located in the heart of the Don Valley, is an excellent example of a sustainable building that also tackles some very unique issues, such as flood risk mitigation.    

Pumpkin Party

October 24, 2016

Pumpkin Carving Party

To get the studio into the Hallowe'en spirit, Building Science graduate students held a pumpkin carving party! Students brought in their own treats - everything from cupcakes to pizza - and helped put together these spooky masterpieces.  

Pumpkin Party
Pumpkin Party
Pumpkin Party

April 17, 2016

US. DOE Race to Zero Student Design Competition

Eastern Pine - A low energy, eco-conscious, and healthy multi-family residential building designed by a group of architectural, building science, and mechanical engineering students won the first place in the Multi-Family category of the US. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition.

With consultation from the professors in the Department of Architectural Science and valuable input from industrial partners: Sustainable TO and Greening Homes, this project took advantage of the passive heating and cooling, incorporated highly insulated and well detailed envelope and properly sized systems. It was qualified for DOE Zero Energy Ready Home and PHIUS+ standard, as well as LEED for Homes Platinum certification.




February 9, 2016

New Solar Glass is for the Birds by Sarah Hall

Toronto based glass artist Sarah Hall uses electricity generating photovoltaic (PV) cells and coloured glass as a medium for her large-scale solar and art projects.

Her recent work builds on existing research in the field by collaborating with leading international scientists advocacy groups, research foundations, architects and manufacturers to develop a bird-friendly prototype that incorporates recent advances in organic solar technology.