Architecture Computing and Media
The Architecture Computing and Media group provides computing support for students, faculty and staff in the School of Architecture.
ACM supports and manages a range of teaching and research facilities within the school. These include computer applications such as: word-processing, spreadsheets, email, internet, computer-aided design (CAD), and computer graphics (in 2D and 3D). Students have access to basic and advanced computing equipment and operating systems as required by their studies. A helpdesk, staffed by ACM, is available to answer student, staff, and faculty computing questions.
Also, ACM manages facilities for digital still image, video and audio processing. The equipment in these facilities include a professional-quality sound studio, video editing facility, scanning and digital photography as well as full traditional photography film and print-processing laboratories. All photographic darkroom equipment is available to students for course and project use. Equipment including cameras, video cameras and audio recording equipment can be rented for use outside the laboratories.
The day-to-day running of the infrastructure is managed by four ACM group members:
- Matthew Oliver (manager)
- Fred Hunsberger (multimedia)
- Alfredo Sordo (client support specialist)
- Amy Townsend (administrator)
Architecture faculty, office staff and students should direct their IT support questions in the first instance to the Helpdesk ext. 27600, Helpdesk.
The building has wireless network access throughout. In addition, graduate students can request wired access in their offices.
The main lab is set up with 22 machines running Windows 10, along with MS Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Rhino, SketchUp, and the Autodesk Suite. This lab is available for undergraduate and graduate use.
Printing, photocopying, and scanning are available on black & white or colour with payment through WatCard. The School has five multifunction devices accessible to students.
Digital cameras, video cameras, laptops, sound recorders, as well as data projectors are available to be signed out from the ACM helpdesk. Items are borrowed on a next-day return policy.
The Architecture campus provides printers that can be accessed wirelessly. You must have a WatIAM username and password. All printers can print both colour and black & white; the difference between the printers is the paper within. The Draft printer has regular paper and the Photo printer has a higher quality semi-gloss.
We currently have 6 student access printers available throughout the school. The Draft printers are located in the Library, in the 2nd floor hallway outside the computer lab, inside the 3rd floor studio, and in the grad lounge. The Photo printer is located in the 2nd floor hallway outside the computer lab.
To access these printers you must install 4 virtual print queues (one for Draft black & white ; Draft colour ; Photo black & white ; Photo colour) on your personal machine. Once installed these e-queues will allow you to print to any of the 6 student use printers. The drivers can be downloaded from xerox.ca > support & drivers > WorkCentre Xerox AltaLink C8030 / C8035 / C8045 / C8055 / C8070 Color Multifunction Printer with built-in controller.
- Select System Preferences > Printers & Scanners
- Select the + on the bottom left of Printers and Scanners, and select Add Printer or Scanner
- Right click on any of the icons on the top left of the window and a window will appear. Select the last option, Customize Toolbar
- Drag the Advanced icon onto the icons toolbar
- Click on Advanced > in the Type: field select Windows printer via spoolss
- Now in the URL: text box type in for Draft bw smb://uprintps.nexus.uwaterloo.ca/arc-draft-bw-vx
- As before name the printer (Draft bw), and then select the Software driver (Xerox AltaLink C8045 for Draft and Xerox AltaLink C8045 for Photo), and click Add
- While the printer is setting up, click Configure and change the paper trays from 3 trays to 5 trays (if you skip this step, you will not be able to use the paper feed tray in the future).
- Repeat from Step #5 above to add the other three print queues:
- Make sure you are logged on to your machine with an account, which has administrative privileges.
- Open Devices and Printers located in Control Panel.
- In the address bar located at the top of the window type the following address including backslashes \\uprintps.nexus.uwaterloo.ca
- A window titled Windows Security should appear. Type your username and password and click ok. Make sure your username is preceeded by "NEXUS\" example: NEXUS\your_username
- A list of available printers should be displayed. Right click on the following printers you want to install:
- And choose "Connect..."
- You should be prompted to install the driver, confirm the installation.
- The printer should now appear in the Devices and Printers window and be ready for use.
To release your print jobs, you must go to the uPrint website and login with your WatIAM credentials.
Step 1: Add funds to your WatCard, either online or at the Musagetes Library.
Step 2: Print your job: Login to uPrint to release your job to one of our printers.
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Space is available to enable you to post your portfolio on the Architecture web server. Please try to limit the file size of your portfolio to 25MB or less. If you already have a web portfolio, you can link it to your resume.
Try to keep the filenames of uploaded materials simple and if at all possible avoid spaces in filenames as this will become part of the URL you share with employers e.g. "portfolio.pdf"
After you have uploaded materials they can be accessed from the following URL: http://arcserv2.uwaterloo.ca/portfolio/user_id/filename.pdf
To connect to our server and post your portfolio requires that you download and install a client program capable of sftp (a network protocol designed to provide secure file transfer and manipulation facilities over SSH) There are many freely available client programs for all computing platforms. IST provides a Mac and a Windows client free for student use.
- Type the following information into the access panel of your client program or setup a profile with this information for repeated use.
- server name or host or URL: arcserv2.uwaterloo.ca
- username: your NEXUS userid (we will use jdoe for the rest of this example)
- password: your NEXUS password
- remote path: /portfolio/jdoe/
- A list of your portfolio folder and any files in it will be displayed
Visit WaterlooWorks student help.
Design at Riverside
Design at Riverside is one of only two publicly funded galleries dedicated to architecture and design in Canada. It is a part of the Cambridge Public Library system with art exhibition spaces at Queen's Square in Galt and in Preston. Together, the three galleries host approximately 23 exhibitions per year reflecting a range of local, regional, provincial, national and international developments in contemporary and historical visual art.
An extensive program of art education is offered at five Cambridge locations, including studio art courses for children, teenagers and adults. Our Printmaking Studio at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture provides opportunities for artists, students and members of the community to develop skills in this lively medium.
Lectures, concerts and bus trips are offered throughout the year. Cineseries is an ongoing program of alternative film, organized in conjunction with the Film Circuit of the Toronto International Film Festival. The Queen's Square location is home to a growing collection of contemporary Canadian fibre art as well as being the site of the Public Art Program, an annual outdoor installation of a contemporary work of art.
Cambridge Galleries are supported by its membership, the City of Cambridge, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
For further information call 519-621-0460 or use the web form.
In a world where digital imagery is everywhere, it is all the more important that architects are able to think and work with real materials and understand the processes of construction. A well-equipped workshop allows all Architecture students to experience the pleasure of actually making things. This may include scale models of architectural designs, full-scale constructions, or other objects such as furniture, and light fixtures.
The Architecture Workshop is almost 5000 sq. ft. in size and is equipped with machinery and tools for work in a variety of materials:
- radial arm saw
- compound mitre saw
- panel saw
- scroll saw
- 4 table saws (blade capacities from 6” to 14” to accommodate large timbers or paper-thin cuts)
- drill presses
- stationary sanders
- hand tools
- equipment for sheet metal work: 13” shear, 45” shear, 24” brake for folding sheet metal, grinders, and benders
The shop is also equipped with numerous assembly tables as well as a vacuum bag clamping system and a steam bending system.
The workshop also contains up-to-date fabrication equipment associated with the Integrated Centre for Visualization, Design and Manufacturing.
A Techno-Isel CNC router, a ZCorp 3D digital printer and two Universal laser cutters take computer files and turn them directly into physical objects.
The equipment is available to both undergraduate and graduate students with appropriate training and under supervision of shop staff.
Safety is a prime concern in the operation of the workshop. All applicable environmental and safety standards are observed. A Workshop Technician assists students with their projects, provides instruction on the safe use of equipment and maintains the facility.
Though the assembly area is available to students at all hours, the larger tools only operate when the workshop is supervised.
Design Fabrication Labs Policy
- Design Fabrication Labs Safety Guide (PDF)
- Design Fabrication Labs User Guide (PDF)
- Design Fabrication Labs Sharepoint
- Fabrication Schedule
Hours of operation
The Fitness Centre is accessible to students 24 hours a day. It is supervised by video cameras that are linked to security on main campus. Students must use their key to access the facilities.
- 2 Elliptical trainers
- 1 Treadmill
- 1 Upright Bike
- 1 Recumbent Bike
- VECTRA multi-user weight machine
- Stability Balls
- Stretch Tubing
- Skipping Ropes
Have any ideas? Contact the fitness coordinator with your suggestions!
The supply store is a resource available to current Waterloo Architecture students only.
The supply store provides students with a convenient location to purchase basic architectural supplies such as adhesives, drafting supplies, writing instruments, papers and boards, sketchbooks and basswood.
Located in room 2004, the supply store is in the same location as the ACM Helpdesk and houses two large format printers (plotters) for student use.
Hours will be extended during mid-term and end-of-term deadlines and reduced between academic terms. All changes will be posted on the exterior ACM door and the website. The supply store is closed weekends and University of Waterloo Holidays.
Supply store policy
- All sales are FINAL – No returns, exchanges, or refunds.
- All items must be paid for before they leave the store.
- Services such as plotting are paid for when picked up. Refusal to pay may result in your marks being withheld and you may not be able to register for the next term until payment is received.
There are two large format plotters available for student use. They are located in ACM on the second floor.
We will not plot files that are too large (max. 80MB) and students will be expected to pay for what is produced unless it is a printing error on our part. Those who do not pick-up or pay for their prints within 2 business days will have a hold placed on their student account - marks will be withheld and they will not be able to register for the next term.
Instructions for Plotting
- Layers should be flattened at each stage of the process - before making a .pdf file.
*For example, if importing layered files from Illustrator into InDesign, you should flatten the Illustrator files before importing. InDesign will not flatten another program's files.
Your panel should be no more than 35.5" wide (there is a .25 white margin that prints on each side). If wider than 35.5" we will have to crop or scale down your plot to make it fit. If you choose a smaller width (24" x 48"), you are still required to pay for 36" width paper.
Your panel should be no more than 125" long.
- Files should be submitted in .pdf format.
- Final images should be no larger than 200 dpi.
- Please ensure you have properly prepared your document for printing. We reserve the right to refuse documents that are too large or improperly prepared.
Regular plotting policy
- We have a 24-hour plotting policy. Email files to the Helpdesk and they will be available for pick-up 1 business day after submission.
- If you do not pick up & pay for your plots within 2 business days, a hold may be placed on your student account.
- All documents are printed exactly as specified by the embedded colour profile. Colours are not guaranteed to print the way they look on your monitor. If you are concerned about colour calibration or any other quality issues for projects please speak with your professor or TA before printing.
* It is recommended that you print a test plot when you drop off your files (subject to regular plotting prices). Colours, lines, etc. produced on the plotters vs the student printers are very different.
- No Refunds will be given for files that do not print as expected unless the problem is due to obvious hardware failure.
Deadline Plotting Policy
The plotting policy during a printing deadline is the same as the regular policy, with a few exceptions:
- We do not accept test plots on the day/week of a deadline. You must submit your test plot in advance if you wish to ensure the colour and quality is acceptable.
- ACM will be open extended hours for a plotting deadline. All changes will be posted on the exterior ACM door and the website.
- ACM will set a deadline for files to be submitted via Learn, to allow sufficient time for printing. The deadline will be determined by the number of students in the class, number of panels per student, etc. Generally we require 2-3 business days to print for a studio class.
- If your files are not submitted to ACM by the designated time, there is no guarantee that your plots will be available for your crit.
- Bond Paper: $2.00 / square foot
- Vellum or Heavyweight Art Paper: $3.00 / square foot
- Mylar or Satin Photo Paper: $4.00 / square foot
For all media types : prints with full ink coverage (i.e. black or colour background) will be charged $1.00 more per square foot, and monochrome line drawings will be charged $1.00 less per square foot.