Photo of Cathy Smith Cathy Smith is a registered Australian architect, interior designer and Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture at UNSW (May 2019+) where she is also the inaugural Turnbull Foundation Women in Built Environment scholar (2018-2020). She was a Richard Rogers Fellow (Harvard University GSD, Fall 2018), and a Visiting Professor at Carleton University (Winter 2019). With professional qualifications and a PhD in architectural theory and history (USyd), her design practice, scholarly research and teaching focuses on small-scale urban, interior and temporary interventions. As an academic, she has taught in the subject areas of architectural design, history and theory and construction at several Australian Universities including the University of Queensland, the University of Newcastle and the Queensland University of Technology. Her scholarly research on DIY architecture and DIY urbanism has been widely published as book chapters and in international journals including Australian Feminist Studies, Architectural Histories, Interstices, Architectural Theory Review, IDEA and Design Ecologies.


Photo of Theodora Vardouli Theodora Vardouli
is Assistant Professor at the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University. Her research broadly examines algorithmic techniques of describing, generating, and simulating architectural form and performance — their histories, cultural meanings, and operational implications for creative design. Her recent scholarship has revolved around processes of mathematization that preceded, and paralleled, the introduction of computers to architectural design, along with knowledge cultures of the settings in which these unfolded. Current research projects include investigation of activity in design methodology and its intersections with computer aided design research in postwar North America, genealogies of formalism in the interface of architecture and mathematics, and histories of dynamic modeling in postwar British architectural theory. Alongside these critical historical projects, Vardouli investigates, through teaching, collisions between perceptual shape, material things, and structural abstraction while designing and making with digital tools.

Vardouli’s articles have been published in Leonardo, Design Studies, and several edited collections. She is co-curator of the forthcoming exhibition Vers Une Imagination Numérique (UQAM, 2020) and co-editor of Computer Architectures: Constructing the Common Ground, 1945-1980 (Routledge, forthcoming 2019) a collection of essays by scholars of design, media, and technology probing keywords that catalyzed dialogues among architects, engineers, and mathematicians in the postwar. Before McGill, Vardouli was Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt and Lecturer at the Boston Architectural College. Vardouli holds a PhD and a SMArchS in Design and Computation from MIT, where she was Presidential Fellow, and a Master of Science in Design- Space-Culture from the National Technical University of Athens.

Photo of Dr Nicholas CoetzerDr Nicholas Coetzer has over 18 years’ experience in academia, teaching extensively in architectural history, theory and design at the University of Cape Town. Along with eight years’ experience supervising masters theses he has also most recently been program convenor of the architecture honors and masters degrees. He has a PhD in the history and theory of architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture that developed from an overall interest in the ideological framing of architecture and how the limits of the discipline of architecture are constituted and policed. He has numerous peer reviewed publications and published Building apartheid in 2013 through Ashgate/Routledge which explores how English architects and architectural ideas laid the foundation for the socio-spatial project of apartheid.

Annette FierroAnnette Fierro is Associate Professor of Architecture and Associate Chair at Penn Design and her current research traces the network of legacies instigated by the radical technological speculation of the 1960s in London. This work encompasses environmental and technological utopias as they were embraced in different eras to the present. It speculates on, among other topics, the effect of the WWII on the technological iconography of the city, the influence of experimental theatre of the 60’s on the evolution of urban space and morphology, and in general, the rise of “High-Tech” within a pre-existing condition which favored its development. In her teaching and research, Professor Fierro addresses issues of technology within contemporary international architecture and urban culture. Annette recently authored The Glass State: The Technology of the Spectacle/Paris 1981-1998 (MIT Press, 2003), which focused on issues of transparency and technologies of François Mitterrand’s “Grands Projets.” She has lectured at Cornell University, Columbia University and at Penn, for the Institute of French Culture and Technology. Annette is a registered architect in the state of NY, where she was formerly in practice with Smith-Miller and Hawkinson Architects. Her design work as project architect has appeared in various architectural journals, including Assemblage, Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, and Lotus.

John ComazziJohn Comazzi is Associate Professor and Director of Director of Design Thinking at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Professor Comazzi’s teaching, research, and scholarship focus on the following areas: mid-century Modern architecture and design; design theory and criticism; architecture photography; the design of active learning environments for PK-12 education; design for healthcare environments; and design-build practices for community development. He is the author a monograph on Balthazar Korab, one of the most prolific and celebrated architecture photographers of the Modern era (Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography, Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), and is currently writing a monograph on the Miller House and Gardens in Columbus, IN (forthcoming from Princeton Architectural Press, 2019).

Professor Comazzi joined the faculty in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia in the Fall of 2017 as the Director of the Design Thinking Concentration. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Virginia, he held teaching positions at the University of Michigan (Lecturer 1999-2006), and the University of Minnesota (Assistant Professor 2006-2012, Associate Professor with Tenure 2012-2017) where he was the Director of the Undergraduate B.S. Degree Program (Major in Architecture) from 2012-2015.

Photo of David TheodoreDavid Theodore is Associate Professor of Architecture the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture McGill, where he is also Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Health and Computation. He Theodore completed his PhD in the History of Architecture, Medicine, and Science at Harvard University. He has co-published on the history of medicine and architecture in the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Social Science & Medicine, and Scientia Canadensis. An active design journalist and critic, he is a regional correspondent for Canadian Architect, a contributing editor at Azure, and a contributor to The Phaidon Atlas of 21st-Century World Architecture. His scholarship explores the history and theory of computers in the organization, construction, and management of institutions such as hospitals and prisons and he has co-published on the history of medicine and architecture in the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Social Science & Medicine, Technology and Culture, and Scientia Canadensis. Professor Theodore’s research has received support from FRQSC, CFI, SSHRC, CIHR, the Graham Foundation, and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. With TBA, David was recently named to curate the Canadian Pavilion at the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale with their project, Impostor Cities.

Mario Gooden is a cultural practice architect and principal of Huff + Gooden Architects. His practice engages the cultural landscape and the intersectionality of architecture, race, gender, sexuality, and technology. His work crosses the thresholds between the design of architecture and the built environment, writing, research, speaking, and education advocacy in the pursuit of spatial and social justice. Gooden is also a Professor of Practice at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) of Columbia University where he is the co-director of the Global Africa Lab (GAL). Gooden is the author of Dark Space: Architecture Representation Black Identity (Columbia University Press) published in 2016.

Elise Misao Hunchuck is a Berlin based researcher and designer with degrees in landscape architecture, philosophy, and geography whose work focuses on bringing together fieldwork and design through collaborative practices of observation, care, and coordination. Facilitating multidisciplinary exchanges between teaching and representational methods as a way to further develop landscape-oriented research methodologies at multiple scales, her research develops cartographic, photographic, and text-based practices to explore and communicate the agency of disasters through the continual configuring and reconfiguring of infrastructures of risk, including memorials, monuments, and coastal defense structures.

A University Olmsted Scholar, Elise was recently a finalist for the 2017 Maeder-York Landscape Fellowship at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Cambridge, US) and a research fellow with the Landscape Architecture Foundation (Washington DC, US). Her writing has appeared in The Funambulist and her research has been featured on BLDGBLOG. She has taught representational history and methods in the graduate architecture, landscape, and urban design departments at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto (Toronto, CA) and has been an invited critic in the undergraduate and graduate programs at the architecture, landscape, and urban design departments at the Daniels Faculty and the School of Architecture at Waterloo. She is an Azrieli Visiting Critic (Winter 2019) here at the Azrieli School of Architecture + Urbanism.

Susan M. Ross OAQ, FAPT, is a licensed architect who has practiced in Montreal, Berlin and Ottawa on a wide range of design and conservation projects. Prior to joining Carleton University fulltime in 2013 to teach in graduate and undergraduate programmes in heritage conservation in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, she was a senior conservation architect in the Canadian federal government. She has published on modern and industrial heritage, sustainable heritage conservation, urban environmental history, urban housing history, and climate change and cultural heritage. Her current research focus is on heritage and waste, considering how building deconstruction and reclaimed/salvaged materials could better address contexts of demolition due to urban development, connecting ecological and cultural approaches to reuse. Susan was recently cross appointed to the School of Architecture and Urbanism, and regularly serves supervision and reader roles on M.Arch theses. She is also a faculty member of both the NSERC CREATE Heritage Engineering and SSHRC New Paradigms New Tools grants.

Photo of Victoria Angel Victoria Angel is an Associate and the Cultural Heritage Lead at ERA Architects Inc. Prior to joining ERA, Victoria worked for Parks Canada, where she managed the development of the Canadian Register of Historic Places and subsequently served as the Manager of the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office. She is interested in policies and tools that address not just the physical fabric of historic places, but also the complex processes that link people and culture to place. She is committed to exploring integrative approaches to heritage conservation and urban development in her work.

An art historian with a graduate degree in heritage conservation, Victoria has experience in the private, public, and academic sectors. While at Parks Canada, she led the development of the Canadian Register of Historic Places and subsequently served as the Manager of the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office. She has taught heritage conservation at the University of Victoria and Carleton University, where she is an Adjunct Professor, and is a Faculty Associate at the Willowbank School of Restoration Arts in Queenston, Ontario. She is a key member of the project team that recently won the Nepean Point Design Competition with the submission ‘Big River Landscape’.

photo of Patrick Reid StewartPatrick Reid Stewart is a member of the Nisga’a Nation, from the community of Ginvolx, and a member of the Killerwhale House of Daxaan. He is the founding principal of Patrick R. Stewart Architect (PRSA), a full-service architectural firm, with a First Nations community development focus and was the first architect of First Nations ancestry in B.C. to own and operate an architectural firm in B.C. Patrick has twenty-five years of architectural related experience and has twelve years as principal of his own firm, previously known as Sagalts’apkw Architecture. He was the first Aboriginal President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (2005-2007) and is the Chair of the Aboriginal Homelessness Steering Committee For Greater Vancouver. He received undergraduate degrees from Simon Fraser and Nova Scotia, completed his B.Arch from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, his M.Arch from McGill and his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2015. In addition to his practice and community work, Patrick also has written for Architecture BC, Canadian Architect, and the Peak.

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