Rick received his B.Arch. from Waterloo in 1984. His design work, in conjunction with Toronto firms, has received numerous awards, including a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture. He has taught in numerous design studios over the years, with an emphasis on design fundamentals. He has also taught courses in landscape theory and design. Research interests include: Canadian architecture and landscape history and theory; contemporary landscape design; relationships between buildings and the land; land art.
Adrian Blackwell received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and his Master of Urban Design from the University of Toronto. He is an artist and urban and architectural designer whose work examines the relation between physical spaces and political/economic forces. He has exhibited his work at artist-run-centers and public institutions across Canada, in the 2005 Shenzhen Biennale, the 2011 Chengdu Biennale and at London’s Architectural Association.
A registered architect in Quebec, Anne Bordeleau was awarded a PhD from the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies (University College London, UK) after receiving her professional degree and Masters in the history and theory of architecture from McGill University (Montreal). She is an architect and historian with publications on the temporal dimensions of casting, drawings, maps, buildings and architecture more generally.
David Correa's research looks at biological structures and processes as a source of insight for the development of new fabrication processes and advanced materials. The research aims at implementing state of the art digital fabrication tools (robotic manipulators, 3D printers and CNC milling) to develop innovative and high-performance design solutions for industrial and architectural applications.
Elizabeth English has experience in education, practice, teaching and research in both the fields of Architecture and Civil Engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a PhD in Architectural Theory from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jonathan is a designer and assistant professor at the University of Waterloo where he teaches courses in the Architecture and Architectural Engineering departments. His work and research are dedicated to the empowerment of novice design & building cultures through the development of intuitive design processes and easy to assemble building systems.
Rick is a very proud graduate of the Waterloo School of Architecture and was its Director from 1988-2013. He is the founder of our Rome Program, a teacher in the Iconography Theme area, and a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award. He has also been involved in archeological work in Italy, Carthage and Malta and runs the mid-size city research program. Research interests include: Mediterranean archaeology; design and management of historic landscapes and sites; design in mid-size cities; and community/university partnerships.
Jane Hutton is a landscape architect whose research focuses on the expanded relationships of the act of building – from material flows to labour movements. Hutton’s work examines the movement of materials as they pass from production landscapes (plantations, quarries, factories) to designed constructions (buildings, landscapes, infrastructure) through demolition and disposal or re-use. She recently completed the book, Reciprocal Landscapes: Stories of Material Movements (Routledge, 2019) that traces five seminal landscape materials that ended up in New York City over the past century.
Andrew Levitt has a degree from the Architectural Association, London, England and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. He is the author of, THE INNER STUDIO | A Designers Guide to the Resources of the Psyche and LISTENING TO DESIGN / A Guide to the Creative Process.
Office: ARC 3004
Phone: 519.888.4567 x27628
Diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées (DESS), Urbanisme,
Institut Français d’Urbanisme, Université de Paris VIII – Vincennes- Saint Denis, France 1987
John is a graduate of the Architectural Association and McGill University, and has taught and lectured at many schools of architecture in Europe and North America. He practices in Toronto, is a frequent curator of exhibitions on architecture, and has published widely in journals on contemporary Canadian architecture. He has written books on the cultural dimensions of contemporary sustainable architecture, 41º to 66º: Regional Responses to Sustainable Architecture in Canada, and on Canada’s leading engineering practice, Yolles: A Canadian Engineering Legacy.
Maya Przybylski is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto where she was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute Medal for her thesis work. She previously earned a degree with a specialization in Software Engineering at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Through her teaching, research and design work Maya is exploring the complex intersection of architectural design, data and computation.
Dereck is a graduate of the Architectural Association, London, recipient of the Canada Council Prix de Rome in Architecture,(1991-92) and has taught at Universities across Canada, in the USA and Italy. The works of Dereck Revington Studio encompass architecture, commissioned public sculpture, museum installations and performance, and over the last decade have been installed and exhibited in Rome, Madrid, Lisbon, New York and Toronto.
Val is a graduate of the Waterloo School of Architecture and has been an adjunct faculty member since 1981 and a full-time faculty member since 1990. He also has an MA in History from the University of Guelph. His design work has won numerous competitions and awards, and focuses on urban design and land development, the landscape urbanism of the urban periphery, and the ecosystem design of green infrastructure.
Lola Sheppard’s research exists at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. It privileges architecture as a mutable territory that is formed out of and responsive to its history and environment. The work posits that the role of the architect is not simply problem solver or designer, but cultural, environmental and spatial detective, bringing to light the forces at work within a site-specific climate and geography, and able to look for synergies between issues and opportunities.
Robert Jan van Pelt has taught at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture since 1987, and held appointments at many institutions of higher education in Europe, Asia and North America, including the Architectural Association in London, the Technical University in Vienna, the National University of Singapore, the University of Virginia, Clark University, and MIT.
Tracey Eve Winton is a designer, artist, scholar and urbanist, specialized in iconography, architectural narrative, and spatial symbolism. She received her PhD in the History and Philosophy of Architecture from the University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, with Dalibor Vesely, and her MArch in the History and Theory of Architecture from McGill University, with Alberto Pérez-Gómez. She also holds a professional Architecture degree, and a bachelors degree in Environmental Studies. Tracey has worked professionally in offices in Toronto, Montreal, and London, and in her own studio.
Matthew Allen researches the history and theory of architecture, computation, and aesthetic subcultures as they pertain to today’s pressing ecological and social issues. He is the author of Architecture becomes Programming: Modernism and the Computer, 1960-1990 and essays in venues such as Log, e-flux, Domus, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (his writing can be found here). Allen holds a PhD and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University.
Andrea Atkins is a lecturer in Architectural Engineering in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and teaches structural courses at the School of Architecture. Previously, she was a structural designer at Blackwell Structural Engineers in Toronto. She obtained her Master of Architecture at the University of Waterloo in 2013 and her Master of Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2018. Her interests span across design and technical disciplines, including architecture, building science, structural design, and sustainability.
Saarinen is an architectural designer based in Toronto. He obtained a Master of Architecture from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. He is interested in the process of grafting built work into specific site conditions while exploring phenomenological opportunities to elevate the human spirit.
Eric Beck Rubin received a doctorate in comparative literature from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a master of architectural history and theory from McGill University. His areas of academic specialty are disparate – Memorials and Memory, 19th and 20th Century Literature, Fin–de–Siècle Vienna, and South Asian and Post–Colonial Studies. The common interest is in the way works of art transmit memory, and what happens when we use fiction as a means of conveying history.
Tara Bissett teaches architectural history and theory from 1500 to our contemporary period. She specializes in the history of craft and labour in architecture, contemporary architectural history and theory, and early modern (global) architecture. Courses taught at the University of Waterloo include Contemporary Architectural Theory, Ornament and its Discontents, Architecture and Media, and Architecture: Pre-Renaissance to Reformation.
Megan Cassidy is a licensed architect and has led a number of retail, commercial, residential and institutional projects over her years of practice. Megan specializes in developing architecture that is at once functional, pragmatic and retains a strong conceptual clarity underpinned by inclusive, urbanistic aspirations and human-centred design. She is focused on the development of refined details and through the careful and resourceful crafting of materials.
Jake, a Cree scholar from the Mushkegowuk Territory (Northern Ontario) continues to establish an interdisciplinary approach to community design via Architecture, Engineering and Indigenous Planning Principles. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate with UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, SCARP where he is formulating a practice-based research approach to community planning with a focus on Resilient Strategies conducive to First Nations urban and rural development.
Joan Coutu’s research interests focus on the relationship between art and memory with a particular emphasis on the built environment (architecture, sculpture, landscape design and town planning).
Roberto Damiani is a designer, scholar and curator whose work investigates how architecture and urbanism can engage and empower multiple "publics" in today contested urban environments. He received his Ph.D. in History and Theory of Urbanism from the Università "G. d’Annunzio" in Pescara with a dissertation on Aldo Rossi’s, Colin Rowe’s, and Oswald Mathias Ungers’ innovative pedagogies on architecture and the city. Some of its doctoral research was on display in the pavilion Radical Pedagogies at the 2014 Venice Biennale and it was published in the magazine San Rocco.
Jennifer Esposito is a licensed Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects. She graduated with a post-professional Master of Architecture II from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2012) and previously earned a Master of Architecture (2007) and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (2005) from Carleton University.
Michelle graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Masters of Architecture (2002) and Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degrees (1998). Her thesis, based on cultivating authentic spaces by identifying and celebrating established ritual and collective memory, won the Outstanding Thesis of the Year award.
At the age of nineteen years old, Salim El Filali came to Canada from Morocco to start his bachelor's degree in architecture at Université de Montréal. After graduating in 2014, he decided to settle in Montréal and worked for two years for a small architecture office called Archidesign Inc.
Michael Norman Fohring is a co-founder of the emerging Toronto-based design studio Odami. The studio's work ranges from architectural design to interiors, furniture, and small objects, with a focus on materiality, atmosphere, and a timeless and simple aesthetic. Their work has been published internationally, and has contributed to Michael being named a One Club for Creativity Young Gun in 2018.
Miles Gertler trained as an architect at Princeton University, having completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo. With Igor Bragado he co-founded the design-research office Common Accounts in 2015. They are recognized for their work Closer Each Day: The Architecture of Everyday Death, and Going Fluid: The Cosmetic Protocols of Gangnam, which was exhibited at the third Istanbul Design Biennial in 2016.
Aaron is a Professional Engineer, building scientist, and researcher with an academic background in building science and structural engineering. He is primarily interested in the building science behind low-energy, durable, resilient, and sustainable buildings. His creative problem-solving and extensive knowledge of building systems and materials allow him to effectively address challenging questions and find practical solutions.
Suzan Ibrahim was trained as an architect at Architectural Association in London, UK after having completed her undergraduate degree at University of Waterloo School of Architecture. She is currently a project designer at Partisans in Toronto and has ongoing art commissions with the artist Maha Mustafa with permanent art projects in Stockholm and Malmo, Sweden.
Anna Ingebrigtsen is a licenced Landscape Architect and interdisciplinary designer. She has practised within architecture, urban design and landscape architecture in Vancouver, Stockholm, and Toronto. Anna studied at KTH (Sweden), TU Delft (The Netherlands) and The University of Manitoba. Her focus areas include: Sustainable urban resiliency and alternative practices.
Kat Kovalcik is a designer, educator, and researcher. Her work examines the intersections of climate change adaptation, resiliency, and architectural agency. Kat has taught at the University of Waterloo and Laurentian University. She holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo. Kat has worked at architectural practices in New York, Paris, Toronto, and Whitehorse, and has contributed to community-based climate change and wildlife monitoring projects in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
Sandrina Kramar is a landscape and urban designer and is an Associate Member of both the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) and Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). These complementary skills and experience offer her a unique integrative approach to the design and development of communities, buildings and landscapes.
Margaret Krawecka completed her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Toronto and MA Scenography at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Her interdisciplinary practice includes architecture, multimedia immersive installation and performance design. Margaret's past work in site-specific and promenade theatre has influenced her special interest in the discovery of narrative through sensory perception and movement of the body through space, which she continues to explore through design.
Amina Lalor is a full-time researcher and coordinator for "Nokom’s House," a proposed Indigenous land-based research lab at the University of Guelph led by Indigenous scholars Dr. Kim Anderson, Dr. Sheri Longboat, and Dr. Brittany Luby. Amina holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo where she was one of three co-founders of the student initiative Treaty Lands, Global Stories.
Janna Levitt co-founded LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects) in 1989. She believes architecture is an essential tool for creating living, working, and learning environments that improve the quality of people's lives. Her projects often involve implementing transformative cultural and environmental agendas that are developed through a collaborative process with diverse communities.
Fiona Lim Tung is a designer and educator. She received her Master of Architecture from the the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, and was named to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll upon graduation.
Fiona has taught and coordinated courses at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, the University of Waterloo, and in the interdisciplinary post-graduate program at the Institute Without Boundaries, at George Brown College.
Interests ranging from computer-aided analysis and modelling to site-specific art installations inform Karen’s approach to landscape architecture. She earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Environment and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto, and went on to complete her Masters of Landscape Architecture there in 2011. Karen also possesses a Fine Art Diploma, as well as a Certificate in Applied Digital Geographic Systems from Ryerson University.
Mkomose (Dr. Andrew Judge) is Assistant Professor of Anishinaabe Studies at Algoma University, and has been sessional Lecturer at Sir Wilfrid Laurier University and The University of Waterloo and Coordinator of Indigenous studies at Conestoga College in South Western Ontario. He specializes in traditional Indigenous knowledge, ethno-medicine, and land-based learning. Mkomose regularly works with Elders to support conscious awakening to respond to the current state of society.
Manar Moursi is multi-disciplinary designer and artist with a Masters degree in Architecture from Princeton University. In 2011, she founded Studio Meem – an award-winning studio with a portfolio of built private and public projects in the Middle East. In the field of product design, her work has been awarded Good and Red Dot Design Awards and has been published and exhibited widely. In addition to her practice with Studio Meem, Manar participates in art exhibitions, teaches and publishes regularly.
Richard Mui is currently a structural designer at Blackwell Structural Engineers who is interested in how structural analysis can be used to inform decision making in the early stages of architectural design. He hopes to promote interdisciplinary work in both industry and academia.
Haji Nakamura is a licensed architect with an interest in aspects of craft and fabrication. An advocate of a hands-on approach to the realization of design development and conceptualization, Haji is an enthusiastic advocate for a diverse and multifaceted practice, both in his work and as a studio instructor. His experience includes several projects built by himself, allowing for opportunities to test and invent assemblies that have enabled remarkable architectural details.
Julia Nakanishi is a designer and researcher based in Toronto, Canada. Her work explores architectures of degrowth and community-informed design. Julia's M.Arch thesis research focused on design through adaptive re-use in Japan's depopulating rural regions and the ways in which architecture can mediate relationships between communities and place.
Cameron Parkin (BAS Honours, MArch) is an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, an Adjunct Instructor at the University at Buffalo, and a Research Associate at Waterloo Architecture’s DATAlab. Cameron’s research focuses on the representation of complex field conditions through data driven, computationally generated drawings and models, with a specific interest in ecological systems in urban environments.
Christie Pearson is an architect, writer and urban interventionist pressing at the limits of public space, where she works in collaboration with communities, artists, composers and choreographers to create politically charged multi-disciplinary events. She is a founding member and editor of the journal Scapegoat: Architecture, Landscape, Political Economy. Christie has a Masters in Architecture from Cornell University and is a licensed member of the Ontario Association of Architects with twenty years experience in the field.
Kristin Schreiner is a multi-disciplinary designer with a background in sociology and architecture. Joining Waterloo as Adjunct Faculty in 2017, Kristin is particularly focused on the socio-cultural impact of architecture with extensive experience developing design projects in Canada, Europe and Asia. She is currently practicing at Martin Simmons Architects in Kitchener and continues her international work as part of llLab, an architecture and design laboratory based in Shanghai.
Christa holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Klagenfurt in Austria where she also received her M.A. in German Philology and English after graduating from the University of Waterloo with a B.A. in Honours German.
Clara Syme works as an architect in NYC and is a founding member of a83, a tiny organization with a three-part mission to exhibit, publish, and promote experimental projects in architecture, art, and design.
Clara received her Bachelor's degree in architecture from UWSA and her Masters in Architecture from Princeton University. She is preoccupied by poodles, bread, and beauty in architecture.
Di Tang is a designer and interdisciplinary artist, received his M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, and B.Arch. from Chongqing Jianzhu University. Since 1996, he has worked in China (mainly), The Netherlands and Canada. He was the design principal and partner at AUNA International Architecture Design Inc., in Beijing (2006- 2015). His design projects has won numerous awards including a finalist for 2008 WA Chinese Architecture Award. Through his practice he has being developing a high-dimensional approach to architectural design.
Chloe Town is an architect, writer and teacher. She holds a MArch from Princeton University and a BA (Hon) from The University of Toronto, where she studied film and contemporary cultural theory. Prior to joining The University of Waterloo, she taught design at The University of Pennsylvania and The California College of the Arts. She has also practiced professionally for close to two decades in New York and Toronto. Most recently, she worked on housing and institutional projects for JVN/d, Moriyama and Teshima Architects and LGA Architectural Partners.
Jonathan holds an M. Arch from the University of Waterloo, receiving the AIA Medal upon graduation. He has developed specialized experience in interactive systems, component design, and fabrication, through gallery-based artworks and public space projects that range in scale from the body to the city.
William Woodworth is member of the Lower Mohawk Kanien'kehá:ka Nation of Six Nations of the Grand River in the Bear Clan. He was named Rawe:nokwas "he dips the words" in the Haudenausaunee tradition.
Educated in architecture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he has an independent architectural practice and is an educator.
Delnaz Yekrangian is the founder and director of Aleph-Bau; an architecture and design studio experimenting with poetics of architecture in anything and everything from materials to cities. With an emphasis on tectonics, the studio uses interior spaces, buildings, cityscapes, furniture, objects and installations as a medium to amplify the sensory, imaginative and intellectual relationship to the environment. Prior to joining Uwaterloo, Delnaz taught design at Daniel’s Faculty of Architecture at UofT.
Brian is Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). He retired in 2005, a tenured faculty member who had taught at every level in the school of architecture. A graduate of the Architectural Association in London, England, Brian worked as an architect in Europe and Canada, before opening his own practice in 1967.
Donald is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has designed many widely published and award-winning projects including both buildings and furniture. Research interests include: contemporary architectural design; composition, tectonics and manufacturing practice; continental infrastructures; vernacular artifacts; furniture design; domesticity; photography.
Lorenzo, who received a BArch from the University of Rome and an MArch from the University of Toronto, is the former Director of the Waterloo Rome Program and he also teaches at the Facoltà di Architettura in Pescara (Italy). Based in Italy, Lorenzo has an architectural office in Rome. Research interests include: architectural design and urbanism; relationship between history and design; rehabilitation of industrial sites and relationship between architecture and landscape.
Reini, a Professional Engineer, received his PhD from Iowa State University, and is the author of Standards Manuals for Cold Formed Steel. He holds a cross appointment with Civil Engineering.
Ryszard Sliwka studied and practiced art and architecture in Britain, the United States and Canada and has a Masters in Architecture and Urban design from Washington University, St Louis. Current research focuses on the themes of Mimesis, Materiality and Immateriality, both in art and architecture. A second area of research examines the social and economic forces transforming the current Urban Landscape. In 2006 he began an M1 Europe studio based in Rome.
Fred Thompson has made extensive study of the relationship between ritual and space, particularly in Japanese culture. He has further studied the relation of these issues in Japanese culture and Western notions of space. In addition to numerous articles on this subject, he also has published the work Ritual and Space (1988) and a pivotal thesis ‘A Comparison between Japanese Exterior Space and Western Commonplace’ (1988).
Andre is responsible for the daily operation and management of the Architecture Computing & Media Department (ACM). He is responsible for the planning, procurement, and implementation of information technology systems and other communication services for the School of Architecture, Cambridge satellite campus. Andre ensures that the daily operations of the ACM department meet the computing needs of the school’s academic, research and administrative activities.
Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 27685
Office: ARC 2004
The Coordinator of Graduate Studies and Research assists graduate students throughout their academic and research endeavours. Nicole acts as a resource and liaison with other UW departments and does everything to guide and encourage graduate students, ensuring a smooth and timely move toward the thesis defence.
Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 27661
Office: ARC 2106A
Fred manages installed AV equipment and equipment loans including cameras, audio recorders and sound systems. Fred records uWaterloo lectures when ever possible and provides photography services to the University Of Waterloo.
Fred is available for consultation and training in photography, video, audio recording, AV set up in classrooms and off sight events.
Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 27601
Office: ARC 2004
Heinz manages the Workshop and the Digital Fabrication Lab. He graduated with honours in Industrial Design from the Humber Institute of Technology in 1989 and has more than 18 years experience in product design and development for consumer products, exhibits and furniture. Heinz has taught advanced modeling at Humber’s industrial Design Program and has worked for the WideCom Group, Museum Productions and Contour Inc., working with clients such as Apple, Nike, IDEO, Fitch and Microsoft.
The Financial Officer (FO) offers financial information and direction to the senior management in the School of Architecture and the Rome Campus to ensure informed decision making, while providing effective financial systems and strategic planning. Anita is responsible for the integrity of financial processes and systems within the School to ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and the University of Waterloo policies and guidelines.
Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 27605
Office: ARC 2103
The Administrative Manager acts as the primary business representative and liaison for the University of Waterloo on site in Rome. Management of the program from an organizational point of view: organization and management of educational trips, off-site lectures, the study in Rome and relations with Canadian and Italian professors, as well as acting as financial officer. Frauke assists our students on a daily basis, both with personal inquiries and academic issues.
Alfredo provides support, consulting, and training to the faculty, staff, and students at the Architecture campus. His responsibilities include troubleshooting client computer issues, providing instruction and training for school services (printing, wireless access, shared resources, and information systems) and maintaining school computing equipment (three computer labs, multifunction printer/copier/scanners, large format plotters).
Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 49991
Office: ARC 2004
This position is responsible for strategic planning and support, human resources administration, financial oversight management of facilities and equipment in a satellite campus, maintaining relationships with external organizations and other administrative functions required to support the teaching and research missions of the School of Architecture. The Administrative Officer is the senior administrative staff position in the department and provides continuity as academic leadership changes.
As the Fabrication Specialist/Instructor, Michael is primarily responsible for making sure the workshop is a safe environment for the school community to work in. He is responsible for supervising and instructing undergraduate and graduate students in the operation of the workshop equipment while educating users in proper safety practices. Michael also assists other staff and faculty members in the construction of various exhibits and installations within the school and community.
Amy is responsible for the day-to-day administration and maintenance of the Architecture web site. She manages the student supply store and is responsible for hiring, training and supervising the co-op students that work at the ACM Help Desk/supply store. Amy provides administrative and financial support for the ACM department, and maintains the electronic key system, including maintenance of electronic locks and battery-operated doors.
Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 27645
Office: ARC 2004
The Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator is responsible for the undergraduate student community body in all aspects of the programme. Questions pertaining to any undergraduate issues can be referred to Donna for an answer, resource, referral to the correct person to answer the question, or assistance in resolving the concern. You may recognize Donna from any recruiting or admissions event you attended, as Donna is also responsible for these areas of the undergraduate programme.