Pt 3 / Site Conditions
Ryerson University's School of Interior Design is housed in a converted post-and-beam factory at 302 Church Street in downtown Toronto. The building, originally named the Anthony Foster Building, was built in ****. The building was originally built to manufacture carpets during Toronto's industrial boom. It was then bought by Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in ****. It has gone through many renovations since, but the overall industrial look has been preserved.
Beyond the brick and timber construction is a community buzzing with creativity. The program accepts a mere 100 students each year, making it highly competitive. Studio courses are the core of the curriculum. This requires active participation during class and extensive amounts of take-home assignments.
Limestone and timber were common building materials for the time of its construction. It was built as a factory, and the architects did not worry about interior finishes. The interior was left unfinished, leaving HVAC, plumbing and the large timber beams completely exposed.
Once it was bought by Ryerson, the school kept the integrity of the building intact. This was intended as a teaching tool, helping students' understand building construction and its functions. The original brick and timber still remain to this day. A later addition was added to the north side of the school to expand the overall footprint.
There's naturally a larger ratio of female students at RSID, about 90%. As for staff, it's about 50/50. This is important to consider
Ryerson University's School of Interior Design is situated in the downtown of Toronto, Canada. The city's southern border is occupied by Lake Ontario, making the climate moderate. It sits in a pocket of the humid continental climate zone, where the average temperature exceeds 9°C. Summers and autumns are more brief than winters and summers. The days are predominantly pleasant, rather than hot or cold.
The school semesters (for the most part) take place from late summer to early spring. Toronto experiences it's least amount of daylight during this time, averaging at only eight hours and fifty-four minutes. This is very short, when you compare to the fifteen hours and twenty-five minutes in the summer.