Architecture 001 – Mini Home Design

A six week seminar into small residential architecture. Covering the history and technology of dwellings in different cultural regions to contemporary modern construction solutions and prefabrication options. Building systems including heating and cooling principles as well as active and passive solar systems, we will explore everything inside the walls of residential buildings that you always wanted to know about and the fear of the tools and dust kept you away. This course is for anyone, the young engineer or architect prior to entering University, but also for those already with a PhD, who plan on building their mini home off grid or anyone venturing into designing and building their dream home.

In this 6-week course students meet online once a week for a 3-hour session to learn about the principles of sustainable design and construction methods for small dwellings with the possibility for all students to design their own small structures on paper or digital. Feedback and suggestions on feasibility, design, material selections and practicality will be provided in a final submission and discussion of their structures. Students will be able to visit a 10m2 building construction site in Toronto if desired.   

Session: 6 Weeks, Spring 2023

Delivery Mode: Video conferencing with potential for onsite visit

Meeting Times: TBD


Mark Tholen, M.Arch.



$300 introductory course fee