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Architecture with Impact

At Ryerson’s Department of Architectural Science (DAS), we solve real-world problems through design and building expertise. Because of our interdisciplinary structure, our students have a deep understanding of every stage of the projects they undertake—from design, to detail, to delivery.

DAS is the only school in Canada that integrates architecture, building science and project management. Our faculty are widely recognized for their rigour, diverse experience and creative teaching approaches. They generate impact by applying their expertise to pressing social, cultural, economic, health and environmental challenges via the following areas of scholarly research and creative activity:

  • Architectural practice
  • Architecture and culture
  • Energy efficiency
  • High performance systems/enclosures/materials
  • Managing construction projects
  • New media and the virtual world
  • Sustainable buildings

Our talented undergraduate and graduate students take advantage of our extensive theoretical, technological and experiential learning opportunities. They are passionate about issues such as the challenges of urbanization, globalization, sustainable design and social housing, and are highly valued by the profession when they graduate. Many go on to establish careers with well-known international firms such as BIG, Shigeru Ban Architects, Turenscape and Transsolar, or local firms such as Raw Design, Diamond and Schmitt Architects, and Moriyama & Teshima.

The program in architecture at Ryerson University is fully accredited, for a six-year term, by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB).


History of DAS

infographic: in 1948, we launched school of architectural draughting program
infographic: in 1973: introduced a 4-year degree
infographic: in 2007, introduced master of architecture degree
infographic: in 2008, launched building science graduate program
infographic: in 2010, achieved full accreditation

Our Mission

  1. To provide 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.
  2. To prepare professionals for leadership roles in the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) Industry in the Greater Toronto Area, in Canada, and internationally by focusing on the development of the fundamental skills, knowledge and critical judgment necessary for effective participation in a complex, collaborative, cross-disciplinary workplace.
  3. To 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.
  4. To cultivate an environment conducive to lifelong learning and the pursuit of scholarly, research and creative activity by faculty and students.

Laboratories & Facilities

From newly renovated studio spaces to building testing facilities, DAS gives you the opportunity to collaborate, create and perform sophisticated research.

ARC-200, ARC-300 and ARC-400
A central feature of a DAS education is the studio environment. From your first day, you will engage in conception, representation, experimentation, learning, debate and critique within our newly renovated spaces. Our studios are uniquely organized, ensuring that each student has their own assigned desk, as well as access to the collaborative work space.

The Computer Aided Design (CAD) Lab is an instructional computing space. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it features 40 graphic computing workstations, a laser printer and a digital projector. Workstations provide you with a wide range of graphic, CAD and building science software applications. Major software titles include:

  • Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere
  • AutoDesk 3DMax, AutoCAD, EcoTect, Navisworks, Revit
  • AutoDesSys Bonzai3D, FormZ
  • Bentley Microstation, GenerativeComponents
  • Chaos Group V-Ray
  • McNeel Rhinoceros 3D, Grasshopper
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project
  • Oracle OpenOffice, Primavera

This specialized laboratory caters to graduate students in the master of building science program as well as undergraduates who are pursuing building science in their fourth-year specialization. The space contains a number of tools, instruments and machines for research in the areas of building durability, energy performance and optimization, as well as comfort, material science, aerodynamics, sustainability, etc. Specifically, the laboratory contains an accelerated aging machine, thermal conductivity machine, environmental and stability chambers, freeze-thaw chamber, and a humidity and temperature-controlled oven and freezer. For field testing, the lab has specialized equipment to test or diagnose large building envelopes or fenestrations to either identify or quantify issues related to water/condensation, discomfort and deficiencies in energy performance. The functions of the Building Science Lab are paired with those of the main workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab. Tools, machines and equipment are shared across these facilities.

The Advanced Building Technology (ABT) Lab is part of the larger Building Science Lab. Located in ARC-300J, it is equipped with several material testing tools that enable you to study acoustic, lighting and thermal behaviour in different conditions. Aging tests for building materials and systems are also performed in this facility.

The latest addition to the Building Science Lab is BeTOP, an outdoor field testing walk-in unit used for investigating advanced building technologies. BeTOP is a dual-climate chamber that will facilitate hygrothermal analysis of any building envelope, from advanced wall or glazing systems to sustainable, durable renovation techniques for existing buildings. BeTOP is also equipped with a controlled chamber where a matrix of over 500 sensors are monitored in real time. BeTOP is currently under construction. It is located on the roof of the Victoria Building (VIC).

The Fabrication Lab is a significant resource that helps to facilitate your curricular, research and extra-curricular work at DAS. The lab features a fully equipped workshop with an extensive array of machines and tools, including a table saw, band saws, drill presses, sanding machines, milling devices, hand tools and work surfaces to support traditional fabrication methods.

Located within this primary fabrication facility is the Digital Fabrication Lab. With an advanced collection of the latest tools and technologies, this lab supports your endeavours in the range of three-dimensional design, scale model making and rapid prototyping. It features four laser-cutting systems, a three-axis CNC machine, two FDM 3D printers, one SLA 3D printer and a six-axis robotic arm.

A material and supply store is located in the Fabrication Lab and offers a number of materials for purchase via your OneCard, including MDF, plywood, paper/cardboard, scaled lumber, foam, acrylic, solid wood, dowels, etc.