ERA Architects Inc. internship

ERA Architects invites applications for an internship in conjunction with the Department of Art History at the University of Toronto. This is an exceptional opportunity for students interested in a career in the fields of Art and Architectural History, Museum and/or Curatorial Studies. 

About the organization:

ERA Architects Inc. (ERA) is an award-winning architecture and planning firm focused on conservation through reactivation. Working across a lively spectrum of scales and locales, we develop heritage planning approaches that renew and improve the built environment. 

As part of its mission to uncover and share new tangents in urban history at the vanguard of heritage theory, ERA has collaboratively published or been instrumental in the production of a number of books, such as Concrete Toronto: A Guide to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies, Tower Renewal, and The Ward Uncovered: the Archaeology of Everyday Life.  To add to the growing list, ERA Architects has committed to consolidating current research by Senior Associate David Winterton (architect) into the Frank Darling Book Project (FDBP). The goal is to publish a long-overdue monograph on Frank Darling and Darling & Pearson Architects, an important early 20th century Toronto-based architecture firm. National, provincial, municipal, corporate and private archives have already shared many resources over the past year. Rough photography of these resources has been filed to allow for review, comparison and sorting for final selection for publication. There remain loose ends and some elusive materials which the intern would be tasked with tracking down. 

About the placement:

The intern will assist with the continuation of research and cataloguing of materials pertaining to the Frank Darling Book Project: 

  • Review and management of the FDBP database; propose recommendations to the database; 
  • Review and management of archive research findings; 
  • Archival research workplan for new materials; 
  • Assist with ‘best imagery’ selections at internal pin up with external experts; 
  • Seek image rights or request high resolution materials; 
  • Track down loose ends of known materials, at the Ontario Archives especially; 
  • Assist with biographical and catalogue raisonné text entries. 

The candidate will have facility in architectural archival research and an interest in late Victorian and Edwardian architecture, with excellent organizational skills and rigour applied to all communications and research. 


The internship will take place at ERA’s office in Toronto and in various local archives. Remote working is possible in certain circumstances but not preferred. 

Timing or hours of placement: The placement is 12-15 hours per week for 8 weeks during the Spring 2023 semester (May-June). Flexible timing throughout the week. Placement begins the week of May 8.

Credit: Half credit (0.5). This internship is for pass/fail course credit at the University of Toronto through the Department of Art History.

Other: A bursary from ERA is available to support students in this position in addition to the CEWIL bursary.

Interested students should send an application by April 7, 2023 to Dr Jessica Mace ( Applications should include 1) a letter of interest (including any relevant coursework or experience), 2) the bursary eligibility form, and 3) a resume. Please indicate to which posting(s) you are applying. If you are interested in multiple postings, you only need to submit one application.

This project has been funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Innovative Work-Integrated Learning program and CEWIL Canada’s iHUB.

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

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