Year End Show

For our inaugural online exhibition, the Ryerson Department of Architectural Science showcased our 2020 Year End Show, featuring our best student work. At DAS, we encourage students to test boundaries, explore new possibilities, and apply their skill to prevailing issues present within their evolving surroundings. This annual exhibition presented the culmination of the 2019-2020 academic term, showcasing the impressive and cutting-edge works of our top students in all four years of study and at the graduate level.

        Communications Studio: ASC 101
        City Stories: ASC 201
        Design Studio II: ASC 301
        Design Studio III: ASC 401
        Integration Studio I: ASC 520
        Integration Studio II: ASC 620

        Architecture Studio: ARC 720
        Architecture Studio: ARC 820

        Building Science Studio I: BSC 720
        Building Science Studio II: BSC 820

        Studio in Critical Practice: AR8101
        Seminar in Critical Practice: AR8102
        Studio in Collaborative Practice: AR8103

        Building Design Seminar/Studio: BL8104

Church of Transfiguration

The transfiguration of Jesus is a story told in which Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain. In these accounts, Jesus and three of his apostles, Peter, James, and John, go to a mountain to pray. On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. The Transfiguration was a special event in which God allowed certain apostles to have a privileged spiritual experience that was meant to strengthen their faith for the challenges they would later endure. But it was only a temporary event. It was not meant to be permanent. In the same way, at certain times in this life, God may give certain members of the faithful, special experiences of his grace that strengthen their faith. The momentary glimpses of the joy of heaven are meant to sustain us as we face the challenges of this life, to help strengthen us on the road that will-ultimately--bring us into the infinite and endless joy of heaven.

The word “transfiguration” comes from the Latin roots trans- “across” and figura “form, shape”. It thus signifies a change of form or appearance. This element dictates the design of the Church of Transfiguration and helps in creating an interior atmosphere that gives the user a temporary glimpse of heaven.

The massing is a heavier earth-bound form clad in stone encasing the lighter heaven-reaching form within it manifested through a Kalwall system application. The wooden truss structure reaches towards the heaven and rotates in ad quadratic proportions. The glazing casts shadows in Rhythmic patterns. The ever-shifting nature of the space provides a unique experience every time someone visits, whether its bright or dark, raining or snowing. This quality is what will compel users to visit again and again. The temporality of the atmosphere speaks to the transfiguration of Jesus, as witness by the apostles in order to give hope and strengthen the people’s faith in the religion.