Visiting Faculty 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.

Cathy Smith, Sydney

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 and their socio-political implications. 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 Newcastle, the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. Her scholarly research of 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.

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.