Adjunct profiles

Andrea Atkins

Adjunct Professor

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 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.

Dr. 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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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.

Roberto Damiani

Roberto Damiani

Adjunct Professor

Roberto Damiani is an architect, 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.

Michael Fohring

Michael Fohring

Adjunct Professor

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.

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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. 

Cameron Parkin

Cameron Parkin

Adjunct Professor

Cameron Parkin (BAS Honours, M.Arch)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.

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Christie Pearson

Adjunct Professor

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.

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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.

Kristin Schreiner

Kristin Schreiner

Adjunct Professor

Kristin Schreiner is a multi-disciplinary designer with a background in sociology and architecture.

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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.

Jonathan Tyrrell

Jonathan Tyrrell

Adjunct Professor

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.

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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.

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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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