O'Donovan Director, School of Architecture

Contact InformationAnne Bordeleau

Phone: 519-888-4567 x27635
Location: ARC 3013

Biography Summary

Dr. Anne Bordeleau is the O’Donovan Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She is an architect and historian with publications on the temporal dimensions of drawings, maps, buildings, and architecture more generally. She has published articles in numerous international journals (Journal of Architecture, Architectural Theory Review, Architectural History, Architecture_MPS, Footprint, Les Cahiers de Droit), 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). In 2016, she oversaw the creation of the plaster casts as co-principal The Evidence Room, an exhibition prepared for the 15th Venice Biennale in 2016, also shown at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2017 and selectively as Architecture as Evidence in the Canadian Centre of Architecture.

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.

Research Interests

  • Architecture
  • Time and Culture
  • Epistemology of the architectural project
  • Memorials and Urban Memorials
  • 19th century Architectural History


  • 2006, Doctorate, PhD, University College
  • 2002, Master's, MArch, McGill University
  • 1997, Bachelor's, BArch, McGill University
  • 1996, Bachelor's, BSc Arch, McGill University


  • ARCH 246 - Pre-Renaissance to Reformation
    • Taught in 2015
  • ARCH 610 - Architectural Research and Analysis
    • Taught in 2016
  • ARCH 192 - Design Studio
    • Taught in 2017
  • ARCH 100 - An Introduction to Architecture
    • Taught in 2018
  • ARCH 693 - Thesis Research & Design Studio II
    • Taught in 2018, 2019
  • ARCH 120 - An Introduction to Architectural Ideas and Communications
    • Taught in 2019
  • ARCH 685 - Readings and Seminars in Architecture
    • Taught in 2016, 2019
  • ARCH 692 - Thesis Research and Design Studio I
    • Taught in 2015, 2019
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