Current Exhibition:

Collaborative Exercise 2021



Rather than a design process that begins with form, site or program, this Collaborative trained students in a design method that begins by reflecting and narrating the perspective of core community stakeholders whose voices are often not heard or considered.

Q1: Food & Connection
Q2: Capacity Building
Q3: Placemaking

Q4: Third Space
Q5: Health & Prosperity



To view our inaugural online exhibition, the 2020 Year End Show, click here.


Collaborative Exercise 2021: Design for Social Impact in South Parkdale


This all school annual event brings students from the entire program together to work collaboratively on a project in an intense 4 day charrette. This year there were 48 teams of 8 students from 1st to 4th year led by Graduate student instructors, hosted by DAS professor Cheryl Atkinson.

Rather than a design process that begins with form, site or program, this Collaborative trained students in a design method that begins by reflecting and narrating the perspective of core community stakeholders whose voices are often not heard or considered.

This event was a collaboration between Ryerson DAS and the Open Architecture Collaborative Canada (OACC) a social enterprise consisting of socially-minded designers advocating for an equitable, resilient and sustainable built environment through this inclusive community engagement approach. We thank the many students, contributors, reviewers, and collaborators who were a part of this department-wide project.

Winning Teams:

Q1: Supporting Food-Security Initiatives + Social Connectivity

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Q2: Making Support Services Joyful + Engaging

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Q3: Placemaking for Cross Cultural Exchange

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Q4: Making ‘Third’ Places for Socializing

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Q5: Fostering Health and Prosperity

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Co-creating places for social impact — how can designers design with people and not for people?

Ryerson Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.