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Youth Programming at the Daniels Faculty at U OF T

Daniels Design Discovery (Online) - Summer 2022

Run by Youth Programming at the Daniels Faculty at U OF T

About this Virtual Program

  • Virtual Program
  • Age 15 - 18+ (Coed)
  • Specialized in Architecture—offers 6 activities
  • 2 session dates to choose from
  • Cost starting from $500
  • Special needs support not available  

This program is designed to build the following character traits:

  • Interpersonal skills: Learn to design in an interative process and provide feedback to others
  • Creativity: Work on creative projects that can go in your portfolio

How do we look at and document our surroundings, from our front door to the city? How do we draw geometries and translate them into inhabited forms? How do we turn a model into a platform, a shelter, a pavilion? How do we draw the city, and our projects in it? The Daniels Design Discovery (Online) provides a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of architecture, giving you the opportunity to experience different ways of seeing, thinking, and making through the lens of design. The program will develop your skills in a broad range of design tools and techniques, providing a strong foundation to explore your creative potential.

The Daniels Design Discovery (Online)  is designed for late high school (grades 10, 11 and 12) and undergraduate students of all disciplines who are interested in architecture (Ages 15+). This program is open to all participants, including English-speaking international students.


For anyone interested in a future career in design, the Daniels Design Discovery (Online) is a great opportunity to experience the intensive studio culture that characterizes most architecture programs. Our courses allow participants to build up collections of drawings and models that will complement admissions portfolios.

The program will also include:

Lectures by practicing architects and faculty.
Virtual field trips to local buildings and professional offices.
One-on-one instruction and feedback.
Training in representation, model-building, and related skills.
Periodic reviews where participants present their work to practicing architects and other design professionals.
To really understand the benefits of the program, please see the Testimonials section below.

This program will be delivered online through a variety of platforms including: Zoom web conferencing, Microsoft Teams, Miro, and other related software. Students will have access to programs used in our undergraduate program delivery.  

Participants will have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud and Rhino during the program.

The courses are listed below and can be taken independently and require no previous experience. Price breaks are provided based on the number of courses taken. There is no course sequencing so mix and match to suit your interests, schedule, and budget (with the exception of Course 4 - Expanded Context).

Session 1

Course 1 – Site Mapping
June 27 - June 30, 2022*
(*4-day week - no program on Canada Day)

Course 2 – Form Finding
July 4 - July 8, 2022

Course 3 – Design Thinking 
July 11 - July 15, 2022

Course 4 – Expanded Context
July 18 - July 22, 2022

Session 2

Course 1 – Site Mapping
July 25 - July 29, 2022

Course 2 – Form Finding
August 2 - August 5, 2022*
(*4-day week - no program on Civic Holiday)

Course 3 – Design Thinking 
August 8 - August 12, 2022

Course 4 – Expanded Context
August 15 - August 19, 2022

All courses run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 


Course 1 – Site Mapping
Course 1 introduces concepts, tools, and techniques related to site analysis in architecture. Students will develop new understandings of their environment, and learn to visualize these insights as a way to contextualize future acts of design.

Course 2 – Form Finding
Course 2 focuses on the development of design geometries, emphasizing a material process for the generation of architectural form. Through different forms of analog and digital representation, students will create a repeatable module that will act as the basis for a new design intervention.

Course 3 – Design Thinking
Course 3 serves as a broad introduction to the design requirements of architectural construction. Students will explore unique program organizations and their spatial relationships, leading to a deeper understanding of inhabiting space.

Course 4 – Expanded Context
Course 4 emphasizes architecture's role in the city, introducing students to contemporary social, political, and ecological issues related to the built environment. This course will also focus on the creation of a design portfolio, giving students the opportunity to develop a refined presentation of their work.

* * Please note that admission to Course 4 will be restricted to students enrolled in the entire 4-week bootcamp curriculum

For those students looking to come out of the program with materials for a portfolio, we highly recommend taking all 4 courses. Over the duration of the courses, you will build out pages of a portfolio through the series of projects. An additional workshop is provided to those going through the entire course. 

Schedule Sample Day
(All times are ET)

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. — Tutorial + tutorial workshop
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. — Work period

(There will be occasional reviews and pinups during the work periods in the afternoons. For anyone taking the course asynchronously, we’ll record the tutorials and instructors will be available for office hours/consultation at a more convenient time.)

Computer Requirements

Participants will require a computer and access to wi-fi. All software installation instructions will be provided.


Register here

Each course is $625 (unless noted above), however bundled options are available:

  • 1 course: $625
  • 2 courses: $75 off registration fee
  • 3 courses: $150 off registration fee
  • 4 courses: $225 off registration fee

Price includes access to Adobe Creative Cloud and Rhino during the program.

All fees include a $50 non-refundable administrative fee.

Please email [email protected] if you register for multiple courses and your discount will be applied.

Discounts are available for U of T staff, faculty, students, and alumni.

Cancellation Policy

Registrants can cancel their application no later than June 1 and will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee per registrant per course/program cancelled. Refunds or credits are not available for any cancellation made after June 1. This is necessary to ensure that our instructors can be hired and trained in time for program delivery and are treated fairly with confirmed contracts.

Registrations received after June 1 are considered final. Refunds or credits are not available for registrations received after June 1.

Please see all our registration policies here.

  Visit website to register

Session Dates and Rates

Aug 15 - 19. '22
Virtual Program,

09:00 - 16:00


  Recreational         Instructional      
  Intense or Competitive

  Instructor lead (group)
  Instructor lead (one on one)


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