Each year the Department of Architecture hosts a Design Competition during the New Year. George Kapelos is the architect of this brilliant experiential learning program that places first year students alongside 2nd, 3rd, and 4thyear students to collaboratively design an intervention that speaks to a socially enigmatic issue.
This year the Architectural Design Competition theme was WATER.
To fully inform the students, the Department of Architecture sought the collaboration of Ryerson Urban Water (RUW). RUW delivered a roster of water experts to speak about urban development, innovations in water technologies, sustainable urban planning, human engagement with water from the aboriginal point of view and artistic expressions around water.
Four-hundred students learned about water during the week long program and were inspired by photographs taken by Steven Evans along the banks of the Thames River in southwestern Ontario (2001).