Distinguished Critics are one of the hallmarks of the school’s Azrieli Endowment. Each year, we invite internationally acclaimed architects who teach graduate level studios and share their own research through public events. These are the Azrieli Visiting Critics. Our Master of Architecture students also have opportunities for 6-week studios and seminars abroad. These are our Azrieli Critics Abroad. At the end of the year, we invite distinguished critics to review our Master of Architecture thesis work. These are our Visiting Thesis Critics.


Robert Boraks, Ottawa

Robert Boraks is a Director of Parkin Architects Limited, a firm that specialises in delivering complex institutional buildings. He manages Parkin’s Ottawa office. Since graduating from the University of Toronto in 1988, he has gained experience in numerous building typologies including health care, justice, education, indigenous, and Arctic architecture. His work has received a number of international awards. Robert is interested in exploring how the constructed environment relates to both human and environmental conditions. He is a frequent speaker on this subject at international venues. Robert has taught and lectured at a number of post-secondary institutions. In 2018, he is leading a graduate design studio at Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism which explored the Arctic through the medium of architectural intervention.

Zachary Colbert, New York

Zachary Colbert, AIA, is a registered architect and founding principal of Inter-Projects, an architecture firm dedicated to the intersection of building and experimental research, with active projects in New York, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Arizona. He is a Term Assistant Professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism and has previously taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Parsons School of Constructed Environments. His work has been featured in Art Forum, Architect, Architectural Record, GOOD, and URBAN magazines and showcased in galleries and museums in New York City, Los Angeles, Dubai, Santiago de Chile, Rotterdam and Beijing.

Tim Maly, Rhode Island

Tim Maly is a writer and design researcher. He is a lecturer in Industrial Design at RISD and a fellow at Harvard’s metaLAB. He is co-founder of Border Town, an independent design studio about divided cities and of the Dredge Research Collaborative, which studies monumental acts of rarely acknowledged landscape architecture.Maly writes about design, architecture, cyberogs, networks and infrastructure. His work has appeared in Wired, Medium, The Atlanticand Urban Omnibus. With co-author Emily Horne, he wrote The Inspection House: An impertinent field guide to modern surveillance (Coach House Books). He is @doingitwrong on Twitter. Tim is leading an M.Arch Options Studio on Design Fictions.

Maria Denegri, Toronto

Maria Denegri is a registered architect in Ontario and founding partner of the Toronto-based architecture and design firm, Denegri Bessai Studio. The practice emphasises collaborative working frameworks with an emphasis on research and new technology integration, in particular in the area of digital fabrication and sustainable design. Projects from the studio have been published nationally and internationally. Before establishing Denegri Bessai Studio, Maria worked in diverse design offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Toronto. Maria is an active member of the Toronto Design community and is Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects.

Andrew Lucia, New York/Minneapolis

Andrew Lucia is a designer and artist specializing in a computational approach to the analysis and production of data and form in relation to aesthetics and perception. Through a systems approach to design and materiality, Lucia’s research agenda focuses on the structure of ambient light, material organization, surface, and the environments in which they are produced. Andrew has served as Cass Gilbert Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, visiting lecturer and critic at Cornell University, AAP (2011-2015), faculty in Visual Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design (2008-2011), and was a founding member and Senior Researcher within LabStudio (now the Sabin Design Lab, Cornell) from 2008-2015. Lucia is founding principal of the design and research practice ALDeR. Lucia has practiced architecture as designer and project manager in the offices of Yunker+Asmus Architects and M+A Architecture; as a designer in the offices of su11 architecture+design, Ruy Klein, and Barkow Leibinger Architects; and as project team member for Keller Easterling Architect. Lucia’s solo and collaborative works and writings have been published and exhibited internationally, including Leonardo Music Journal, Science, American Journal of Pathology, the New York Times, Wired Magazine, Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Information Visualization, SimAud, ACSA & CENTER; Ars Electronica & FRAC.

Claudio Sgarbi, Modena

Claudio Sgarbi, Dottore in Architettura (IUAV), MS, PhD (University of Pennsylvania), Adjunct Research Professor (Carleton University), is a practicing registered architect in Italy and has lectured in several universities in Canada, Europe, United States, and the Middle East. His major fields of practical and theoretical research concern the image, role, and gender of the architect, the meaning of limits in the design of spaces and construction sites, building technologies, and the relevance of architectural history and theory in contemporary buildable and unbuildable projects. He has published several articles and a book:  Vitruvio Ferrarese. “De architectura”: la prima versione illustrata. He is working on a publication with the title Misconceptions: The Infertile Belly of the Architect.



Àngela Paredes, Madrid

  Ángela García de Paredes (Madrid 1958, ETSAM 1982, PhD 2015) co-established the architectural firm PAREDES PEDROSA in 1990, with José M. García de Paredes. She is a professor  at the Architectural Design Department at ETSAM (The  Madrid School of Architecture,) and is also a visiting professor at the architecture schools in Pamplona, ESARQ UIC in Barcelona and IUAV in Venice as well as critics and lecturers at Harvard, ETH Zurich, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, EPFL Lausanne, TU München, TU Graz, FADU Buenos Aires e Ibero en México, among others.The office was awarded, by the Government of Spain, the Spain Fine Arts Gold Medal 2014 and Spain Architecture Award 2007. Other awards include: ar+d Award, Europan II y IV, Madrid Architecture Award, COAM Mansilla Award, Gold Medal International Prize for Sustainable Architecture, Mediterranean Sustainable Architecture Award, Eduardo Torroja Award for Engineering and Architecture, AADIPA European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention, Special Mention Europa Nostra, Honourable Mention Piranesi Prix de Rome and have been shortlisted for the Mies Van der Rohe Award and Aga Khan Architecture Award. Paredes Pedrosa´s work has been selected for Spain’s Architecture Biennials in  2011, 2007, 2003 and 1999; for the Venice Biennials in 2016, 2012, 2000 and 1996, and the Iberoamerican Biennials in 2014, 2010, 2008 and 2000. They were appointed curators of the Spanish Pavilion with the exhibition “Architecture for Music” at the VI Venice Biennale 1996 and of the Iberoamerican Biennials in Cádiz 2012 and Sao Paulo 2016.

Dr. Shaun Murray, London

Shaun is a practicing architect and director of ENIAtype, founded in 2011. He is also editor-in-chief of the international design journal entitled Design Ecologies, which is published biannually through Intellect Books. He has extensive experience of developing ideas, design and research as well as project implementation on a range of urban design, building, and landscape projects. Shaun was awarded a PhD in Architecture through the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts (CAiiA) -Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth in 2011. He is actively involved in the future practice and education of architecture around the world, including six years teaching Masters in Architecture at University College London (UCL)- Bartlett School of Architecture, four years teaching design and technology (iDAT) at University of Plymouth, three years teaching reflexive architecture at (AHO), The Oslo School of Architecture and Design with lectures, symposiums and exhibitions at Architectural Association (AA), Royal College of Art (RCA), Vienna University of Technology, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Victoria University in New Zealand, Mok Won University in Seoul, Sung-sil University in Seoul and (CAFA) in Beijing. Shaun has written extensively about an ecological and environmental architecture, highlighted by his book, Disturbing Territories (Springer Wein: 2006), which documents the complexities of unpacking the environment through architectural design.

Dr. Marko Jobst, London

  Dr Marko Jobst is Architecture Undergraduate Theory Coordinator at the Department of Architecture and Landscape, Greenwich University, UK. He holds a Diploma in Architecture from Belgrade University and March, MSc and PhD from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He has practiced architecture in Belgrade and London, and taught at a number of London schools of architecture. He has published on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, cinema and creative and performative writing, and is the author of A Ficto-Historical Theory of the London Underground (Spurbuch AADR, 2017).​

Dr. Pablo Carbajosa, Madrid


2016-2017 Distinguished Visiting Critics

Robert Boraks (Ottawa), Zachary Colbert (New York), Pierre David (Paris), Maria Denegri (Toronto), Lior Galili (Tel Aviv), Garth Rockcastle (Minneapolis, Claudio Sgarbi (Modena)