Full-time faculty profiles

Rick Andrighetti

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.

Mohamad T. Araji

Mohamad Araji

Associate Professor

Dr. Araji is a design expert in climate and environment. He has contributed to landmark projects that range from the Chicago DeCarbonization Plan to the world’s tallest buildings Jedda Tower and the world’s first large-scale positive energy building Masdar Headquarters. Numerous of these projects and winning competitions in his work portfolio at renown architecture firms in the United States apply innovative technologies to form high-performance, sustainable designs that generate minimal ecological footprint.

Philip Beesley

Philip Beesley

Professor

Philip Beesley RCA FRAIC (Professor School of Architecture, University of Waterloo; Director Living Architecture Systems Group/LASG, Director Riverside Architectural Press) is a practitioner and researcher developing sculpture and architecture that approach near-living functions. His collaborative research integrates multiple disciplines from art, science and technology. He is widely cited as a pioneer in the rapidly expanding fields of interactive systems and responsive architecture.

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Adrian Blackwell

Associate Professor / Associate Director, Research

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.

Terri Meyer Boake

Terri Meyer Boake

Professor

Education
B.E.S., University of Waterloo
B.Arch., University of Waterloo
M.Arch., University of Toronto
LEED AP

Teaching Interests
Building construction, Environmental design, Passive design, Sustainable design, Steel construction, AESS, Architecture and film, Multimedia, Web design

Research Interests
Construction technology, Low Carbon design, Steel construction, AESS, Diagrids, Architecture and film

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Anne Bordeleau

Professor

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

Associate Professor

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.

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Elizabeth English

Professor

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 Enns

Jonathan Enns

Assistant Professor

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.

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David Fortin

Professor

David Fortin is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), a LEED accredited professional, and a registered architect in the provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2009 and has since taught undergraduate and graduate courses in architectural design, history and theory, in the UK, USA, and Canada.

Rick Haldenby

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 Mah Hutton

Associate Professor

Jane Mah 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.

Marie Paule MacDonald

Marie-Paule Macdonald

Associate Professor

Education
Diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées (DESS),  Urbanisme, 
Institut Français d’Urbanisme, Université de Paris VIII – Vincennes- Saint Denis, France 1987

Bachelor of Architecture, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Ongoing education: Ph.D., Philosophy, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Teaching Interests
Contemporary architectural and urban design, theory and practice, landscape architecture, urbanism, contemporary sculpture and their inter-relations.

John McMinn

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.

Maya Przybylski

Maya Przybylski

Interim O'Donovan Director / Associate 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.

Val Rynnimeri

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

Lola Sheppard

Professor / Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies

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.

John Straube

John Straube

Associate Professor

John Straube is an Associate Professor joint-appointed to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. He researches and teaches building science, building materials, and engineering design with a focus on high-performance low-energy sustainable buildings.

Robert Jan van Pelt

Robert Jan van Pelt

University Professor/ Associate Director, Graduate Studies

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

Tracey Eve Winton

Associate Professor

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.

Lorenzo Pignatti

Professor Emeritus

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.

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Arfa Aijazi

Assistant Professor

Arfa Aijazi is a PhD student in Building Science in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and also works as a graduate student researcher at the Center for the Built Environment. She received a Masters in Building Technology (2017) and Bachelors in Materials Science and Engineering (2013) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her doctoral research evaluates how climate change impacts building performance by using future weather files in existing simulation tools in order to design more climate resilient buildings.

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