ALUMNI SPEAKER SERIES “Reimagining Healthy Cities”

Thursday, February 25, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)
Humanics project image by prof. Jonathan Enns

Reimagining Healthy Cities

What does it really mean to be a smart city or healthy city and are we even close to living sustainably in urban environments? Will the pandemic and rise of working from home affect how we design city life and civic spaces now and in the future? What does an age-friendly city look like over the next couple of decades? These timely questions and more will be addressed by a panel of alumni and academia experts as we examine where architecture and city design are headed in light of a great social upheaval.

The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel of experts.

A Zoom link will be sent to those who register for this session. 


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Anne Bordeleau
O’Donovan Director, School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo

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. She has published articles in numerous international journals (Journal of ArchitectureArchitectural Theory Review, Architectural History, Architecture_MPS, Footprint), along with chapters in edited books (Materiality and Architecture, Chora 7, Architecture’s Appeal), and a monograph, Charles Robert Cockerell, Architect in Time: Reflections Around Anachronistic Drawings (Ashgate, 2014)She is one of four principals who worked on The Evidence Room, an exhibition in the central pavilion of the 15th Venice Biennale in 2016, and Architecture as Evidence (Canadian Centre of Architecture, 2016).

Dr Bordeleau’s research interests include the epistemology of the architectural project, as well as the historiographical and practical bearing of investigating the relations between architecture and time. Her teaching, research and practice have covered many fields, from medieval to modern cultural history, nineteenth-century architectural history and theory, the question of the preservation and communication of culture through architecture, concerns pertaining to rural architecture in contemporary China, as well as historical and theoretical considerations of casting as a practice. She is fundamentally interested in architecture as a cultural act, a commitment that informs her research as much as her approach to education.

Panel Speakers:

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Jonathan Enns
BAS 2007, Architectural Studies
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo

Jonathan Enns is a designer and assistant professor at the University of Waterloo where he teaches courses in the Architecture and Architectural Engineering departments. Jonathan’s teaching and research is dedicated to developing tools to support emergent design in the built environment by enabling schematic architectural design by end-users, improving research on human use, behaviour, and preference in Architecture, and lowering the barrier to novice building construction and assembly.  

Jonathan runs Humanics Lab at the University of Waterloo, an R&D group dedicated to strategic design, research, prototyping, partnerships and the application of human centered development methodologies to architecture. Recent work by has developed tactile interfaces for novice architectural design, and envisioned strategies for vertical aging with Toronto-based health networks.  

Prior to joining the University of Waterloo in 2018, Jonathan was project lead at Continuum Innovation in Boston where he worked on strategy and human centered design consulting projects for top global brands in the technology, IOT, and connected home industries. Before this, he was also a design consultant at Front Inc. in NYC, where he designed facades for Atelier Jean Nouvel, Buro OS and Bjarke Ingles group.

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture ('07), and Princeton University's M.Arch program ('10) where he was a recipient of the School’s 2010 design prize, and the Henry Adams AIA medal. In 2011, he won an Arciprix International award for his design work on computational design systems, and in 2014, a Holcim International Award for Sustainable Construction for his research into the carbon benefits of massive timber construction.  
He runs an independent design office named EDO

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Newsha Ghaeli
BAS 2011, Architectural Studies
President & Cofounder at Biobot Analytics 

Newsha Ghaeli is president and cofounder of Biobot Analytics, the first company in the world bringing wastewater epidemiology to market. Prior to founding Biobot, Ghaeli was an urban studies researcher exploring the application of technologies in urban systems to build more responsive and resilient cities. Ghaeli was a Research Fellow at the MIT Senseable Cities Lab and an instructor in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Trained as an architect, she has collaborated with the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Cities, the UN Climate Change Summit, the U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. territorial governments on the design of coastal resilient communities. Ghaeli holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from the University of Waterloo and McGill University in Canada.

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Sarah Gunawan
BAS 2013, Architectural Studies; MArch 2015, Architecture
Senior Designer, Co Adaptive Architecture

Since June 2019, Sarah Gunawan has been a Senior Designer at CO Adaptive Architecture in Brooklyn, NY, a practice focused on evolving our existing buildings to create future resilient environments. Her independent research and work entangles multi-species cohabitation, femist disability studies, misfitting human bodies, and posthuman theory, all in an effort to stay with the trouble. She was the Reyner Banham Fellow 2017-18 at the University at Buffalo where her teaching and research focused on disrupting normative design processes through the lens of human aging. She is also an active member of Design As Protest, a coalition of designers mobilizing strategies to dismantle the privilege and power structures that use architecture and design as tools of oppression.  

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Maya Przybylski
Associate Professor and Associate Director (Undergraduate Studies), School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo

Maya Przybylski is an associate professor and associate director (Undergraduate Studies) at the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo where she co-founded the DATAlab group. She 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. She previously earned a degree with a specialization in Software Engineering at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

Maya combines her backgrounds to explore how the increased availability of data and the emergence of computational design transforms the theoretical frameworks, methodologies, tools and outcomes of the architect. In 2018 she was awarded a multi-year grant from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for her Soft Materials project to develop architecture-specific methods for achieving more complete engagement with both the sociocultural agency and technical capacity of the computational components embedded within data-driven design work. With the goal of bridging technological and sociocultural concerns, this work has been presented in a variety of venues including technically focused venues such as ACADIA and CAADRIA alongside socially-minded venues such as Architecture Media Politics & Society(A_MPS) and the Architectural Humanities Research Association. Maya’s design work brings together software, data, hardware and physical materiality to explore citizen-oriented visions of a software/data enabled city.

Maya is a founding editor of [BRACKET], a series that, since 2010, has documented the intersection of architecture, environment and digital culture. She has co-edited two issues: BRACKET [On Farming] and BRACKET [At Extremes], both supported by the Graham Foundation for the Arts.

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