Toronto Society of Architects Internship Opportunity: Database Researcher (Indigenous Spaces)

The Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) is looking for a student intern to conduct research on contemporary Indigenous spaces of the Greater Toronto Area for the TSA Database, a digital project showcasing modern and contemporary buildings and landscapes.

About the organization

Established in 1887, the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) is a non-profit volunteer-led organization dedicated to bringing people together to discuss, learn and explore around our shared passion for the built environment.

We are committed to the betterment of our city and have played an important advocacy role throughout Toronto’s history. We do this through a wide range of programs which foster welcoming and inclusive forums for debate and the exchange of ideas, stimulating critical thinking about the design and building issues of our time. 

Our public programming is complemented by initiatives supporting the personal growth and professional development of over 2000 TSA members. Membership is open to everyone and welcomes design professionals, students and the general public.

The TSA is a Society of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), which is the licensing and regulatory body that governs the practice of architecture in Ontario.  Learn more about the TSA at www.torontosocietyofarchitects.ca

About this Placement

As part of our educational and public outreach initiatives, the TSA is currently developing a curated digital database showcasing some of the Greater Toronto Area’s most significant modern and contemporary buildings and landscapes. This user-friendly database, which will be hosted on the TSA website and accessible to everyone, incorporates high-quality photographs, along with architectural drawings, sketches, and archival images to help tell the stories behind the buildings and landscapes.

As we look toward the second phase of this database, we are currently embarking on initial research and compilation of modern and contemporary Indigenous Spaces of the Greater Toronto Area for Inclusion in the database and other TSA initiatives such as virtual tours and social media campaigns.

Working closely with the Programming Director, the successful applicant will provide research support for the identification of possible spaces for inclusion, as well as the development of database entries. Tasks may include:

  • Research buildings landscapes and installations, including verifying architectural credits, reasons for inclusion and assessment of current conditions and accessibility.
  • Coordinate external image/video acquisition with diverse groups, including archives, volunteer groups and architectural studios.
  • Conducting interviews with architects, historians, and community members.
  • Writing short, public-friendly descriptions for building entries, including highlighting the relevance of entry to Toronto’s architectural history.

The student intern will also have opportunities to participate in other TSA programming including networking opportunities with professionals from across the GTA working in a variety of practices.

Timing or Hours of Placement and Special Requirements

While this position is largely expected to take place remotely, the ideal candidate would be based in Toronto in order to visit the buildings and participate in TSA events.

Timing or hours of placement: 8-10 hours per week/12 weeks, up to a maximum of 120 hours. Hours per week can be conducted flexibly.

Interested students should send an application by August 20, 2021 to Dr Jessica Mace (jessica.mace@utoronto.ca). Applications should include a letter of interest (including any relevant coursework or experience), and 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 is supported by the Learning & Education Advancement Fund at the University of Toronto

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