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Rick Andrighetti

Continuing Lecturer

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.

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Philip Beesley

Professor
Philip Beesley MRAIC OAA RCA (Professor School of Architecture, University of Waterloo; Director Integrated Group for Visualization, Design and Manufacturing, Director Riverside Architectural Press) is a practicing architect developing responsive kinetic architectural environments that approach near-living functions.

Adrian Blackwell

Assistant Professor/Graduate Officer

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.

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Terri Meyer Boake

Professor

Contact Information

Office: ARC 3012

Phone: 519.888.4567 x27634

Fax: 416.636.0323

Email: tboake@uwaterloo.ca

Website: http://www.tboake.com

Education

B.E.S., University of Waterloo

B.Arch., University of Waterloo

M.Arch., University of Toronto

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Anne Bordeleau

O'Donovan Director

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.

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David Correa

Assistant Professor

David Correa's research in architecture is positioned at the interface of bio-inspired design strategies, information-intensive tools and material development. Under the supervision of Professor Achim Menges, David initiated and led the research field of Bio-inspired 3D Printed Programmable Material Systems at the Institute for Computational Design (ICD), University of Stuttgart, where he is currently Doctoral Candidate.

Elizabeth English

Associate Professor

Dr. Elizabeth C 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.

Rick Haldenby

Professor

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.

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Jane Hutton

Assistant Professor

Jane Hutton is a landscape architect, whose research looks at the extended relationships of materials in design, examining links between the landscapes of production and consumption of common building materials. From 2011-2016, she was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and previously taught at the University of Toronto. Her design research has focused on material flows and urban change, and has been published and exhibited in venues in Canada, the US, the UK, and China.

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Andrew Levitt

Continuing Lecturer

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. The book offers a psychological view of the built world in order to help architects understand the wisdom of their dreams, body and shadow during the process of design. Current research is focused on craft, creativity and design.

Marie-Paule Macdonald

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: ARC 3004

Phone: 519.888.4567 x27628

Email: mpmacdon@uwaterloo.ca

Website: http://macdonaldm-p.weebly.com/index.html
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Donald McKay

Associate Professor

Donald is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has designed many widely published and award-winning projects including both buildings and furniture. He is teaching ARCH 100 and ARCH 110 this fall. Research interests include: contemporary architectural design; composition, tectonics and manufacturing practice; continental infrastructures; vernacular artifacts; furniture design; domesticity; photography.

ddmckay@uwaterloo.ca
Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 27615
Office: ARC 2014

John McMinn

Professor

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.

Lorenzo Pignatti

Associate Professor/Associate Director (Rome)

Lorenzo, who received a B. Arch. from the University of Rome and an M.Arch. from the University of Toronto, is the 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.

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Maya Przybylski

Assistant Professor

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 Revington

Associate Professor

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 Rynnimeri

Associate Professor

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

Associate Professor/Undergraduate Officer

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.

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John Straube

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: ARC 2021

Phone: 519.888.4567 x27621

Email: jfstraube@uwaterloo.ca

Robert Jan van Pelt

University Professor

Cultural historian and author, Robert Jan earned a D.Litt. from Leiden University and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in recognition of his scholarly work. He has written several highly acclaimed books, and he is world-renowned for his extensive research into issues surrounding the architecture of the Holocaust. He recently completed a book on Jewish refugees from Nazi persecution, and he is presently working on a book on the culture of tourist trips to the death camps in Germany and Poland. He will be teaching the First Year Cultural History course this fall.

Tracey Winton

Associate Professor

Tracey Eve Winton is an architect and iconographer who holds a Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Architecture from Cambridge University, and an M. Arch. in the History and Theory of Architecture from McGill. 

Andrea Atkins

Adjunct Professor

Andrea Atkins is a structural designer at Blackwell Structural Engineers in Toronto, and teaches structural courses at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. She obtained her Master of Architecture at the University of Waterloo in 2013 and is a candidate for a Master of Engineering at the University of Toronto, class of 2018. Her interests span across design and technical disciplines, including architecture, building science, structural design, and sustainability.

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Megan Cassidy

Adjunct Professor

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.

Michael Fohring

Adjunct Professor

Michael Fohring is an emerging designer and artist currently based in Toronto.  Michael completed his M.Arch degree at McGill University in Montréal, where he was awarded the Dr. Soo Kim Lan Prize, the AIA Henry Adams Medal, the A.F.

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Miles Gertler

Adjunct Professor

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.

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Aaron Grin

Adjunct Professor

Aaron is a Professional Engineer, building scientist, and researcher with an academic background in building science and structural engineering.

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Margaret Krawecka

Adjunct Professor

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. 

 
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Manar Moursi

Adjunct Professor

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.

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Haji Nakamura

Adjunct Professor

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. 

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Christie Pearson

Adjunct Professor

Christie Pearson is an artist, architect, and writer living in Toronto. She works in collaboration with choreographers, composers, dancers, djs, and artists to create multi-disciplinary urban events like Fire on the Water at the Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion; Nightswim at Toronto’s inaugural Nuit Blanche; Slip at Harrison Baths; and the Wade festival of installation and performance art in outdoor pools.

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Eric Beck Rubin

Adjunct Professor

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.

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Christa Schuller

Adjunct Professor

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.

Chloe Town

Adjunct Professor

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.

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Fiona Lim Tung

Adjunct Professor

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.

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Delnaz Yekrangian

Adjunct Professor

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.

Cory Zurell

Adjunct Professor

Cory is a Principal at Blackwell Structural Engineers where he manages the firm's Waterloo office. He holds engineering degrees from Waterloo and Ottawa and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and Nova Scotia. While well-experienced with all structural materials, Cory has a particular affinity for timber design for large structures. In addition to teaching at Waterloo, he has lectured at Laurentian University and is a member of the ANSI/APA PRG-320 committee for Cross-laminated Timber and the timber subcommittee for CSA S6 Bridge Code.

Brian Hunt

Professor Emeritus

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.

Reinhold Schuster

Professor Emeritus

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

Professor Emeritus

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

Professor Emeritus

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).

Emmy Anglin

Coordinator of Graduate Studies and Research

The Coordinator of Graduate Studies and Research assists graduate students throughout their academic and research endeavours. Emmy 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.

eeanglin@uwaterloo.ca
Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 27605
Office: ARC 2106B

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Nicole Guenther

Resource Assistant

Nicole is responsible for booking and coordinating events at the School. She also administers the teaching evaluations and assists with field trip coordination. Nicole provides support to the undergraduate and graduate academic programs, and offers support with the Lecture Series. 

nicole.guenther@uwaterloo.ca
Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 27661
Office: ARC 2106

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Fred Hunsberger

Multi Media Specialist, Architecture Computing & Media

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.

fhunsber@uwaterloo.ca
Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 27601
Office: ARC 2004

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Dan Jessel

Workshop Technician, Fabrication Labs

As the Workshop Technician, Dan 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. Dan also assists other staff and faculty members in the construction of various exhibits and installations within the school and community.

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Heinz Koller

Manager, Fabrication Labs

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.

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Matthew Oliver

Manager, Architecture Computing & Media

Matthew 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. Matthew ensures that the daily operations of the ACM department meet the computing needs of the school’s academic, research and administrative activities.

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Mona Skuterud

Administrative Officer (on secondment until July 2018)

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.

Amandeep Somel

Financial Officer

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. Amandeep 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. 

Alfredo Sordo

Client Support Specialist, Architecture Computing & Media

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).

asordo@uwaterloo.ca
Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 49991
Office: ARC 2004

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Emily Stafford

Acting Administrative Officer

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.

Amy Townsend

Computing Administrator, Architecture Computing & Media

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.

atownsend@uwaterloo.ca
Tel: 519-888-4567 ext. 27645
Office: ARC 2004

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Donna Woolcott

Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator

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.

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