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Updates on the Fall 2021 Term

September 10, 2021
11:13 AM EDT - 11:13 AM EDT

This information is based on the current situation and is subject to change.  

photo of students working in studio

Graduate students, faculty, and staff needing to enter 325 Church St. must fill out the following relevant form each time:

google formDaily DAS Faculty and Staff COVID-19 safety form, external link

google formDaily DAS Graduate students COVID-19 safety form, external link

The Department of Architectural Science will continue teaching the majority of undergraduate and graduate Fall 2021 term courses by remote curriculum delivery. However, some classes will be delivered in a hybrid mode with some on-campus in-person activities. Nevertheless, students will be able to complete the required curriculum online if they are unable to come to campus.

Below is a list of classes which will have in-person activities this fall.

Undergraduate students registered in the BArchSc program will have limited access to the Architecture Building from 8am to 6pm, as outlined below. Undergraduate students will not have dedicated studio spaces and will have to do most of their study elsewhere. “Hot desks” will be provided on the 4th floor studio for occasional use, with safety measures in place (physical distancing, masks, extra cleaning). Undergraduates can attend on days they have scheduled on campus courses activities in the building.  However, outside these scheduled activities undergraduates can come in once a week as listed below. These days coincide with studio days:

  •  1st year - Thursday
  •  2nd year - Monday
  •  3rd year - Tuesday
  •  4th year - Friday

Graduate students have full building access at all times and have allocated studio space.

Courses offered with in person activities on campus:

ASC301 Design Studio II Vince Hui (coordinator)
ASC520 Integration Studio Cheryl Atkinson (coordinator)
ARC 920 Advanced Architecture Studio (Sustainable Design) Kevin Stelzer
BSC 720 Building Performance Studio Doshi, Hitesh
Heritage Conservation Theory & Practice
Giaimo, Joey
M.Arch Studio Critical Practice
Floerke, Paul; Parente, Carlo
M.Arch Seminar Critical Practice
Polo, Marco
Current Topics in Architectural Praxis
Celeste Alvaro
Building Envelope Systems Christopher Schumacher
Ecological & Resource Efficient Design
Gorgolewski, Mark

Online vs In-Person Studios/Lectures

The Department is planning to offer some limited fall 2021 studios/courses in-person, however students will be able to complete all their studios/courses online if they choose. This means that for studios/courses offering in-person learning, students will have the option to participate in that studio/course by coming to campus or participating online. The online option may be via livestream, recording or both. Please note that whatever mode of learning you select, that selection remains for the duration of the semester. In other words you can’t decide to do online one week and in-person the next for the same studio/course but you can elect to take a mix of online and in-person courses (ex. ASC 201 in person and ASC 203 online). 

We are hoping to have a list of which fall 2021 studio/courses will be available in person by early August. Graduate courses and 4th year courses are more likely to have in-person options as  they have a smaller number of students per class. 

Other resources and activities will be in-person (libraries, Student Learning Centre, student group activities, the Ryerson Gym facilities. For gym information see  

We are planning the majority of teaching to be face-to-face by winter 2022 but we cannot guarantee that.

The University is not allowing travel during the fall term.  We cannot  allow students to participate in co-op opportunities overseas unless they are already in another country and able to practice physically distancing. 

Will announce an update at the end of the summer term given shifts in global travel parameters and procedures.

We hope that some international exchange programs will go ahead in the winter term, but we await a university decision on this.

When planning to attend in-person classes, will there be a need for students to register through the Rye Health screening/ system to enter the class? Do I need a proof of vaccination to be on campus for Fall 2021?

Yes, to enter a Ryerson building you will have to complete a screening form.  Mainly to keep record of who is in the building so that if there is an outbreak, they can track who may be exposed. This will be done via an app.  This should take less than a minute to complete. 

All Ryerson buildings will be following health and safety protocols set out by the Ontario government (face masks, sanitizing stations will be available, frequent cleaning etc). 

The University is requiring proof of vaccination for anyone coming on campus or living in residences.  There are facilities on campus that may provide vaccinations. Individuals who require an exemption from the requirement for vaccination for reasons related to protected grounds under Ontario's Human Rights Code or for medical reasons may be permitted to attend campus, subject to regular testing requirements and other health and safety measures that may be implemented by the university. Submitting proof will be done via the  RyersonSafe app or on the RyersonSafe Health Screening webpage. You are encouraged to download the RyersonSafe app in preparation.  

Please note that for those planning to go on an exchange - some countries will be asking for proof of vaccination (European Union). 

If another serious outbreak occurs, we will be abiding by the rules set by the Province.

All individuals using the building should maintain 2m physical distancing. Face masks are mandatory in all student spaces in the building. Please see the university's policy.

Students using any building facilities should self monitor daily for any COVID-19 related symptoms, external link and utilize the Government of Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment tool if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. Follow the instructions provided at the end of the self-assessment tool. Based on the instructions, if no further medical follow-up is required, you may proceed to the workplace.  Students should notify the lab manager Jordan So and stay home if they are sick.

PDF fileHow to self monitor, external link

PDF fileCOVID-19 Reference document for symptoms, external link

PDF fileHow to self isolate, external link

Government of Ontario Self-assessment tool, external link

The physical CAD lab will be open at 50% capacity. In addition the virtual CAD lab will remain available to students.

Workshop COVID 19 Policy

The workshop will be open with a 50% capacity (30 students) on a first come first served basis, keeping more than 2m apart and wearing a face mask. See below for workshop rules during the fall term:

  1. Before entering the labs please fill out the Covid Form online or use theRyersonSafe app.
  2. Closed toe shoes are mandatory before entering lab spaces. No slippers or sandals are allowed in the lab spaces.
  3. Students with shop access who feel unsafe or feel that their health is threatened for any reason should let the Lab Manager, Jordan So, know immediately at:
  4. Students are encouraged to minimise their time in the shop. We encourage  assembly of work to be done in the studio or at home.
  5. These are some general guidelines on Physical distancing: Actions for reducing the spread of COVID-19, external link, the Public Health Agency of Canada’s guideline on the appropriate use of non-medical masks, external link and Public Health Ontario’s factsheet: PDF fileNon-medical masks and face coverings., external link

Lab etiquette for students:

  1. Upon entering the lab, after sneezing or coughing or prior to eating, wash hands.
  2. Avoid touching people and stay 2m away from others at all times.
  3. Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available) well away from others.
  4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using the 70% isopropyl spray with a paper towel to be disposed of in the bin.
  5. Do not share personal items or supplies such as phones, pens, notebooks, PPE and tools etc.
  6. Students who are well but who have been in contact with anyone known to have COVID-19 should notify Jordan So and refer to points above.
  7. If any student is confirmed to have COVID-19, they should inform Jordan So, we will maintain confidentiality as required by the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy policy. Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to: Ryerson Reporting cases protocol for supervisors

Labs will be available for undergraduate students during their designated weekday:

  • Monday for 2nd years full access
  • Tuesday for 3rd years full access
  • Thursday for 1st years only the bench room and material store
  • Friday for 4th years full access

Master students have full access to labs throughout the week. M.Arch lab equipment tutorials will be hosted on Tuesdays and Fridays. We will be google sheethosting tutorials, external link for the labs on how to use equipment during your year's designated lab access day. 

For tours, and online tutorials please find us on our Ryerson DAS Labs YouTube Channel, external link.

Are students only allowed to enter the architecture building for classes? Can students choose to work in the building (i.e cadlab) if they need to?  Will the online cad lab still be available for students?  With buildings being somewhat open in the fall, will the material shop, woodshop, laser cutters etc be open to students to a certain degree or not?

We will have to restrict the number of students in the architecture building.  We are still determining this number.  Resources like the CADLAB, meeting spaces and workshop are expected to be available but it will not  be possible to access the building daily.  You should NOTrely on the building being your primary workspace during the fall term and students will not have their own dedicated studio space.   It is likely that these resources will allow for  50% capacity (30 people in the workshop) at a time.  The Workshop will be carefully scheduling studio/course demands to allow for all that want to come in and to avoid periods where the workshop stays empty.

  • The department is working to ensure that students will have access to necessary software for their courses as well as identifying additional IT technical support that will be available during the next term for students.
  • We recommend students secure the necessary digital technology, including internet connection, to be able to participate in courses and studios remotely.
  • All Student services and Academic advising will be available virtually.
  • RU4U: here, students can find and connect with the various supports and programs available to help you succeed in a virtual post-secondary environment.
  • This enhanced summer transition programming has been especially designed for those of you beginning their university journey this fall. The curated formal and informal learning experiences focus on the development of academic skills, and will foster community engagement and promote student well-being.
  • The Ryerson University Library team continues to bring together information experts, to build on its existing digital infrastructure, and to provide you with access to innovative technology and scholarly resources. Students will have access to subject-specific librarians for support, and to key academic library services and experiential learning opportunities. Reference and research help will continue virtually, as will digital and information literacy instruction sessions and workshops.
  • Students with accessibility and accommodation needs can rely on Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) and the Test Centre, which will continue to operate online.
  • Student health and wellbeing services are available virtually, mental health and crisis management services are accessible, and the counselling centre will continue to be available to students in virtual formats. The Medical Centre is operating on a virtual model and appointments are provided by telephone or video-conferencing.
  • Ryerson has also partnered with Keep.meSAFE, a mental health counselling service that specializes in student mental health support and provides 24/7 access to licensed counsellors through telephone and mobile chat.
  • We recognize that things can come up throughout the term that may interfere with a student’s ability to succeed in their coursework. These circumstances are outside of one’s control and can have a serious impact on physical and mental well-being. Seeking help can be a challenge, especially in those times of crisis. Below are resources we encourage all Ryerson community members to access to ensure support is reachable.
    • If support is needed immediately, you can access these outside resources at anytime:
      • Distress Line — 24/7 line for if you are in crisis, feeling suicidal or in need of emotional support (phone: 416–408–4357)
      • Good2Talk- 24/7 hour line for postsecondary students (phone: 1-866-925-5454)
  • DAS community events such as the lecture series and gallery events will continue in an online format.
  • All international travel activity during the Winter 2020 term, including exchange programs and other class trips abroad, have been cancelled. We are looking at other ways of introducing international collaborations.

I would like to reiterate that we are following both federal and provincial governments’ and Public Health Office recommendations and guidelines. These decisions have been made to minimise the risk to health and safety of our students and the broader community, while maintaining rigorous teaching and learning standards, as well as exploring new approaches that will enhance both.

Students should continue monitoring their Ryerson email throughout the summer for ongoing updates.

See this link for Significant Dates:  

Dr. Mark Gorgolewski

Chair, Department of Architectural Science