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Jerry Hacker

Assistant Professor
    Building:Architecture Building
    Department:Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism


    A Registered Architect, Jerry began his architectural training at the University of Manitoba. After studying for a semester at the Escola Superior d’Aquitectura de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, he went on to complete his master of architecture degree which focused on re-interpreting the importance inhabitants can have in creating cultural artefacts by situating their engagement and transformation of space over time as the central role of architects and architecture. This effort was recognized with a nomination to the Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence program and the Canada Council for the Arts Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners program.

    Following his studies Jerry joined The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative Inc. (MBAC) where he practiced as a senior associate and design leader for over 13 years. An ideas based critical practice, the firm focused on developing robust and resilient designs that deal with diverse themes such as architecture as infrastructure, the city as verb, and the synthesis of art, architecture, urban design and landscape design. During his collaboration with MBAC the office was recognized with over 30 national and international peer reviewed awards for design excellence.

    While practicing, Jerry developed a deep respect for the comprehensive and necessary interface between design, architectural technology, construction and environmental stewardship: A fertile ground where theory informs practice and practice informs theory. His experience weaving together design intention, building construction, and practice motivates his teaching philosophy in courses such as design studio, advanced building systems and building technology, whereby he strives to help students learn to develop the capacity to craft highly poetic ideas and realize their comprehensive manifestation as one integrated body of knowledge and expertise.