Adjunct profiles

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Matthew Allen

Adjunct Professor

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 Loge-fluxDomus, 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.

Saarinen Balagengatharadilak

Saarinen Balagengatharadilak

Adjunct Professor

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

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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Tara Bissett

Adjunct Professor

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.

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Michael Bootsma

Adjunct Professor

Michael is an architect licensed by the OAA. He studied at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture where he received the OAA Guild Medal for his graduate thesis on civic infrastructure. Michael has worked in London, Rotterdam, and Toronto on projects including the National Gallery of England, social housing developments in the Netherlands, and Toronto’s Union Station.

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Cheryll Case

Adjunct Professor

Cheryll Case, founder, and principal urban planner of CP Planning nurtures relationships between the government, charity, private, and community sectors to develop programs that reflect housing as a human right. In partnership with community, she implemented the Black Futures on Eglinton community research project that is now living through the Tenant Solidarity Program (TSP) where she and community organize for affordable housing in Little Jamaica, Toronto.

K. Jake Chakasim

K. Jake Chakasim

Adjunct Professor

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.

Roberto Damiani

Roberto Damiani

Adjunct Professor

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.

Ella den Elzen

Ella den Elzen

Adjunct Professor

Ella den Elzen is an architectural designer and researcher. Working with modes of representation such as drawing and model making, she is interested in exploring the role of architecture in relation to justice. Her research examines questions around spaces of incarceration, borders, and settler-colonial infrastructures. She currently works as a curatorial assistant at the Canadian Centre for Architecture on exhibition projects. Previously, she worked at architectural and urban design practices based in Toronto and New York City on projects at a range of scales.

Jennifer Esposito

Jennifer Esposito

Adjunct Professor

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 Fenton

Michelle Fenton

Adjunct Professor

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. 

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Salim Filali

Adjunct Professor

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 Fohring

Michael Fohring

Adjunct Professor

Michael Fohring is a co-founder of the Toronto-based design studio Odami. The studio’s work ranges from architectural design to interiors, furniture, and small objects, with a focus on contextual design rooted in materiality and craft.

Michael completed his B.Sc.Arch and M.Arch degrees at McGill University in Montreal, where he was named to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll, and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and the RAIC Student Medal. Michael was also named a One Club for Creativity Young Gun in 2018 for 30 international designers under 30.

Zoë Hanneman

Zoë Hanneman

Adjunct Professor

Zoë Hanneman is a Professional Engineer and founder of Hanne Engineering Ltd., a boutique structural engineering firm that specializes in residential structures.

Prior to founding Hanne Engineering, Zoë held positions at Blackwell Structural Engineers, Anchor Shoring & Caissons, and Lafarge in Toronto. Her expertise in residential design and consulting is also complimented by her extensive hands-on experience, having worked as a rough carpenter for several years.

Jessica Hanzelkova

Jessica Hanzelkova

Adjunct Professor

Jessica is an intern architect and performance artist. She graduated with a B.A.S from Laurentian University and a M.Arch from the University of Waterloo, where she was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal for her thesis work titled “The Artifacts of No-Place”. This work and her ongoing praxis, use the lenses of her own racialized and gendered identity to poke at the performativity of- and expectations placed on- bodies in public space.

Anna Ingebrigtsen

Anna Ingebrigtsen

Adjunct Professor

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. 

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Anwar Jaber

Adjunct Professor

Anwar Jaber, BEng, MPhil, PhD (Cantab), is an interdisciplinary researcher and urban scholar interested in the cultural and socio-political aspects of architecture and urbanism.  Her interdisciplinary research explores the meaning and change of the urban environment in cities facing extreme conditions, such as violent conflicts.

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Kat Kovalcik

Adjunct Professor

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.

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Amina Lalor

Adjunct Professor

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.

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Janna Levitt

Adjunct Professor

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.

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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.

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.

Karen May

Adjunct Professor

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.

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Mkomose (Dr. Andrew Judge)

Adjunct Professor

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.

Sifei Mo

Sifei Mo

Adjunct Professor

Sifei Mo received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design from the University of Toronto and her Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan. She has worked for URBANUS Architecture and Design striving to create interdisciplinary solutions through collaboration between disciplines. Her experience as a researcher and designer including her work with the 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture (2017UABB) has provided her with a foundation that spans multiple aspects of the field of architecture.

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Richard Mui

Adjunct Professor

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.

 

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