Courses focused on Architecture

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

(F= Fall-term 2022; S=Winter-term 2023)

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.

FAH473H1-S Studies in Canadian Architecture and Landscapes (J. Mace)

*A Canada Constructed course!*

An in-depth study of themes in the history of architecture and landscape in Canada, this course will explore how the built environment in Canada has been written, studied, and preserved, with particular attention paid to which narratives have been privileged and which have been suppressed. Through a series of themes and case studies, we will unveil histories and narratives in the architecture of Canada that have been hiding in plain sight by using various critical lenses to reveal issues of race, religion, public space, heritage, gender, class, and more. Through an immersive and collaborative semester-long research project, students will carry out original research while gaining practical experience in writing and publication for a partner organization.

CHC 365H1 – Christianity, Art and Architecture (TBD)
An exploration of visual arts and architecture as mediums for expressing Christian faith. The course will examine notable developments in Christian history, the proliferation of new forms in the contemporary period, and important local works, such as the Donovan Collection and/or the rich legacy of church architecture in the GTA.

FAH270H1-S Architecture: Rituals and Monuments (P. Sapirstein)

A survey of architecture from pre-history to the start of modernism, with attention given to the ways in which architecture shapes human experience.

FAH272H1-F: Modern Architecture from 1750 to the Present (J. Clarke)

An introduction to the buildings, issues and ideas from Neoclassicism to the present.

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

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