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Architecture programs in Ontario?

Hi, I’m a student in grade 12 who is deciding on what to do. Ever since the end of grade 12, I have been leaning towards business, but just found out how boring and repetitive it is, excluding the pay. My average is high enough for both architecture and business programs, but I am really interested in design. The main problem is that I’m missing a portfolio, as I simply don’t draw anymore or simply create anything. I have lost all my drawings skills and I really don’t know what I’m gonna do. Can anyone help with suggestions on what I should do, what schools? For architecture its between Waterloo, UofT, and Ryerson, thanks.

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  1. I don't know too much about Ryerson or Waterloo, but a friend of mine that goes to u of t for architecture says you don't need a portfolio when you apply. you just need to answer the one idea question. the Daniel's faculty at u of t is so small, I think there's only like 150 students per year? (emphasis on the I think) so they care more about what sort of attitude you'd bring to the faculty and whether you'd be a good fit for the faculty personality-, ambition- and character-wise. I can't remember which but either the end of second year or beginning of third year you need to decide what stream you want to go into. there's the design stream, history/theory stream and tech stream, and you need to have a portfolio for that. I hear the design stream is the most competitive so you need extra good grades for that. my friend said most people base their portfolio on the past assignments/projects from class and maybe some people will put extra stuff they worked on over the summer from internships. portfolios don't necessarily have to be drawings. I suck at drawing but I'm excellent at photography and graphic design. your portfolio can be based on really anything, drawing, little models of buildings or even plastic airplane models, videos, posters, photography and photoshop, etc. there's a lot of ways that you could express your artistic side.
    U of t architecture is more art and design based and considered a bachelor in arts, even though they are a special faculty at u of t, whereas Waterloo is more math and physics based (you're technically in Waterloo engineering).
    I was doing a bit of research into undergrad for architecture myself, and I did read that it doesn't really matter where you go for your undergrad in architecture, it's really master's that matters. U of t's master in architecture is one of the best in the world so I'm sure the profs for undergrad is excellent and they do have a lot of recognition worldwide. but again since they are more art and design based, people give you less credit, even for the amount of work you put into it. my friend's taking just as many classes and about the same course load as the engineering students at u of t is taking but because it's art/design, people consider it easier and see it as less work. 
    so I think k at the end of the day, it just really depends on what sort of approach you want to make into architecture. the design behind it certainly really cool, but I'm sure the mathematical aspect of it is pretty neat as well. 

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