Courses focused on Architecture

See the list below for courses that focus on architecture and architectural history in Canada…

(F= Fall-term 2021; S=Winter-term 2022)

Detail of fan vault at Soldier’s Tower, University of Toronto. Photo: Jessica Mace

FAH199H1-F – Architecture of Toronto (J Mace)

*A Canada Constructed course!*

The architecture of Toronto is characterized by artful and influential monuments as well as stylistically incoherent neighbourhoods, vibrant civic spaces alongside dysfunctional infrastructure. This course investigates how Canada’s national metropolis came to embody such extremes of architectural richness and urban contradictions. The seminar focuses on how to “read” the buildings of Toronto and think critically about the forces that have shaped city planning, monuments, public space, and concepts of heritage. Readings and discussions will be combined with field trips, research on site or in the archives, and direct engagement with local communities and preservation initiatives. Restricted to first-year students.


FAH255H1-F – Art of Indigenous North America (M Migwans)

A broad survey of Indigenous arts in North America from Mexico to the Arctic, and from ancient to modern. Students will gain a basic literacy in key artforms including painting, architecture, basketry and more, grounded in an awareness of Indigenous realities and historical currents.


FAH273H1-F – Canada Buildings and Landscapes (C. Anderson)

*A Canada Constructed course!*

An introduction to the traditions and patterns of building in Canada taking into account the unique landscapes, resources and history that comprise what is now a unified political entity. Lectures will pay special attention to the complexity of architecture throughout Canada including issues of land rights, natural resources, immigration, settlements and urban design, transportation, and heritage issues. A special feature of this class will be the opportunity to study Toronto first-hand through class projects. No previous architectural history study is required.


This project is supported by the Learning & Education Advancement Fund at the University of Toronto

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