Architecture Computing & Media


Three computers in the Christie Media lab

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:

Architecture faculty, office staff and students should direct their IT support questions in the first instance to the Helpdesk ext. 27600, Helpdesk.

Services overview

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 Mac OS X and Windows 7, along with MS Office, Adobe Design Premium, Rhino, and the Autodesk Suite. This lab is available for undergraduate and graduate use.

The digital video editing and production lab contains eight machines with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier. There is also one machine equipped with an M-Audio Keystation 49e.

Printing, photocopying, and scanning are available on black & white or colour. Funds can be transferred from your WatCard to your architecture printing account from our website. The School has five multifunction devices accessible to students. There is a large format scanner (Up to Arch E) available for student use located in ACM on the second floor.

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.