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Current PhD students

Christopher clarke, arièle dionne-krosnick, remy fortin.

Kimberly Gultia

Anna Halepaska

Fiona kenney, destiny kirumira, maxime leblanc.

Laura Josephine O'Brien

Peter Osborne

Elissavet Pertigkiozoglou

Daniel rondinel, ali reza shahbazin, cigdem talu, beatriz takahashi, giacomo valzania, erica vinson, katrin zavgorodny-freedman.

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BArch, Middle East Technical University (2010); MArch, Middle East Technical University (2013); MA in Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles (2015)

Research interests and specializations:

  • neoliberal urbanism
  • urban politics
  • urban renewal
  • fundamentalism in cities
  • urban social movements
  • architecture and social agency
  • right to the city

Thesis title: “Spaces of Capital, Religion, and Ideology: Fundamentalist Housing Enclaves in Istanbul”

Supervisor: Ipek Türeli

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Supervisor : Annmarie Adams

Email : christopher.clarke2 [at]

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BS, Architecture (The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015); M.Arch(The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017)

Research interests and specializations :

  • The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
  • Architecture & Narrative
  • Alternative Preservation Mechanisms
  • Atmospheres & Presence
  • ArchitectureHistory andTheory

Thesis title: Polia's Ghost: Unearthing theFemaleVoice of the HypnerotomachiaPoliphili

Supervisors: Alberto Pérez-Gómez / Chriscinda Henry

Email : zoe.cope [at]

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BFA Art History and Studio Arts, Concordia University (2012); MA Visual and Critical Studies, SAIC (2014)

  • American Architecture
  • Critical race studies
  • Visual culture
  • Civil protest and the built environment

Thesis title (provisional): Spaces of Bathing: Architecture and Blackness in the United States (1954-1968)

Supervisor : Ipek Türeli

Email :  ariele.dionne-krosnick [at]

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B. Sc (Arch.) Université de Montréal (2017); MArch, McGill University (2020)

  • Passive thermoregulation and ventilation
  • Biogenic and regenerative materials
  • Material efficiency
  • Materials design
  • Adaptive comfort and thermal resilience

Thesis title:  Design and co-optimization of biogenic thermal mass for passive cooling and natural ventilation

Supervisor : Salmaan Craig

Email : remy.fortin [at]

Kimberly Gultia

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BSArch, University of San Carlos (2003); BFA, University of San Carlos (2007); MArch, University of San Carlos (2015)

  • colonial and postcolonial cultural landscapes
  • vernacular architecture
  • domestic architecture and domesticity
  • gender, sexuality, and space
  • media, representation, and identity
  • material culture

Thesis title: “The  Mestiza  and the  Morena : The Social Construction of the Filipina and Postcolonial Domestic Architecture in the Philippines (1946-1986)”

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: kimberly.gultia [at]

Email : anna.halepaska [at]

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BA , Ryerson University (2018); MDes History and Philosophy of Design, Harvard University (2020)

Research Interests and Specializations:

  • end-of-life architecture; death studies
  • care, relationality, and care ethics
  • medical architecture
  • feminist theory
  • moral philosophy

Thesis title (provisional):  Architecture as/of Care: Spatial Interpretations of Palliative Philosophies, 1967-2000

Email :  fiona.kenney [at]

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BA Mathematics & Physics, University of Alberta (2018); MArch, University of Calgary (2021)

  • Black Canadian architecture
  • Black diasporic studies

Thesis title : Rebuilding the Black Home: The Architecture of Black Settlements in Canada (1780-1930)

Email :  destiny.kirumira [at]

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B.Sc.(Arch.) Université de Montréal (2018); M.Arch. McGill University (2020)

  • Architectures of Simulation
  • Virtual Environments
  • History of Virtual Reality
  • History of Computing
  • Digital Media

Thesis title:  "Architectures of Simulation: the Dome, the CAVE, and the Headset"

Supervisor : Theodora Vardouli

Email : max.leblanc [at]

Laura Josephine O’Brien

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BFA (Art History, minor in English Literature), Concordia University (2014); MA (Art History), Concordia University (2016)

  • gender, sexuality and space
  • nineteenth-century urbanism
  • spatial and feminist theory
  • human geography
  • feminist material culture

Thesis title: “Reading Architectural Evidence through the Montreal WCTU Sheltering Home Register”

Email: laura.obrien [at]

Peter Osborne  

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BCom, Queen’s University (2008); MArch, University of Toronto (2014); MDes Energy & Environments, Harvard University (2019)

Research interests and specialization:

  • Construction ecology
  • Architecture & design theory
  • Ecological economics
  • Environmental assessment & development
  • Uneven social & ecological exchange

Thesis title:  “Forest-Building: a new conceptual model for the integrated design of forests and building”

Supervisor:   Michael Jemtrud

Email:  peter.osborne [at]

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MArch, National Technical University of Athens (2016); MDes Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design (2018)

  • History of Architectural Practice
  • History of Computing and Information Technologies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Work Relationships, Labour, Collaboration

Thesis title:  "Programmed Collaboration: Work Relationships in Software for Building Design, 1970-2010"

Email :  eliza.pertigkiozoglou [at]

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B.Arch. Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima (2004); M.Arch. Cornell University (2011)

Urban metabolism & the city as a system 

Entropy in architecture and urban development.  

Thermodynamics within the city 

Sustainable design & ecology 

Social and environmental impacts of the built environment

Thesis title (provisional):  An urban metabolism study from a thermodynamic perspective. 2050 low entropy cities.

Supervisor : Naomi Keena

Email : daniel.rondinel [at]

BS in Arch, Qazvin Azad University, QIAU, Iran (2013); MArch, Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD, USA (2018)

  • City Novels
  • Imaginary Cities
  • Architecture and Literature
  • Fictive Space
  • Middle Eastern Art and Architecture Studies
  • Narrative Architecture

Thesis title: “The Depiction of a ‘City’ as a ‘Protagonist’ in the Middle Eastern City Novels”

Supervisors: Alberto Pérez-Gómez / Sandeep Banerjee

Email: ali.shahbazin [at]

B.Arch, Politecnico di Milano (2012); M.Arch (Professional), Politecnico di Milano (2015); M.Arch (Post-Professional, History and Theory of Architecture), McGill University (2016)

  • Nineteenth-century architecture and urban atmospheres in London
  • Gender, sexuality, and space
  • Late-Victorian women’s press and magazines
  • Public space and social agency

Thesis title: Women writers in the metropolis: Urban atmospheres in late-Victorian London

Supervisor: Martin Bressani

Email: merve.talu [at]

Email : beatriz.takahashi [at]

M.Arch, University of Bologna (2013); M.Arch. Post-prof. Urban Design and Housing, McGill University (2017)

  • Suburban landscapes
  • Collectivehousing
  • Urban space and right to the city
  • Immigration
  • Postmodernity

Thesis title: Of homes, domains, and boundaries : Immigration and the change of Toronto’s postwar suburbs since 1980.

Supervisor: Nik Luka

Email: giacomo.valzania [at]

Email : erica.vinson [at]

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BA (Hons.) Art History, University of Toronto (2019), MA Art History, University of Toronto (2021)

  • West coast and Canadian architectural history
  • Collaborative and professional architectural networks
  • Art history

Thesis title: Building Pluralism: The Impact of Collaboration in Vancouver Architecture on Canadian Identity Building, 1963-1983

Supervisors : Annmarie Adams / David Theodore

Email :  katrin.zavgorodny-freedman [at]

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