Welcome to the School of Architecture sub-community.

Research is organized into these collections:

  • Architecture Department: Faculty, student, and staff research arranged by type. This collection does not include graduate Theses & Dissertations.
  • Architecture Theses & Dissertations: Graduate student research required for degree completion.

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Recent Submissions

  • AquaCalifornia: Water Infrastructure in the Age of Scarcity 

    Fung, Rachel (University of Waterloo, 2017-04-26)
    Water scarcity has always been a defining issue of the American West; and California is one of the western states that have long struggled with the management of its water resources. Over the past 5 years, California’s ...
  • The Other Place: Building A Retreat Of One's Own 

    Benninger, Brock (University of Waterloo, 2017-04-17)
    How is one to ground themselves in an increasingly virtual and abstract world? The Other Place offers a complementary environment to daily life. Here one can establish the necessary critical distance from the conditions ...
  • Claiming the Sky; Rethinking High-Rise Development in the City of Toronto 

    Wright, Shannon (University of Waterloo, 2017-04-04)
    Toronto is following the footsteps of populated urban cities like New York through the extrusion of skyscrapers, transforming Toronto into one of the densest cities in North America. Rapid development of residential density ...
  • Contemplative Space: Design for Generative Parametric Tessellations Applied to a Shell Structure 

    Torki Baghbadorani, Sara (University of Waterloo, 2017-02-21)
    This thesis focuses on surface articulation of a shell structure constructed through a generative, parametric, modular design process. The shell form uses vault topology that adapts to varying site conditions such as ...
  • Tactics to Tiny: Finding Your Way Home 

    Wu, Sheng Wen (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-31)
    This is a study of tiny homes and how they fit within the practical and theoretical framework of our regulatory housing system. It starts with a (much) smaller home but has social, political, financial and legal implications ...
  • The Small-er House Design Scheme 

    Bourget, Elie (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-30)
    There is a conflict taking place between regional and community interests. This tension is nothing new. Often times this conflict is borne out of urban renewal schemes and major infrastructure interventions in core ...
  • Drifting Outside of the City 

    Thomas, Mahalia (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-27)
    There are spaces in Toronto where the city’s grid is forced to give way. Remnants of outdated infrastructure, deep geographic indentations, and natural elements appear, disrupting the constraints that govern our urban ...
  • Collective Form Infill housing and new domestic spaces in Toronto's residential neighbourhoods 

    Lawson, Matthew (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-25)
    Toronto is facing a housing crisis, the symptoms of which are apparent across the city; property values are increasing at a dizzying rate, rental vacancy rates are at historic lows, poverty and displacement are being made ...
  • A Home for Urban Families: An Alternative Approach to Housing in Downtown Toronto 

    Tranze-Drabinia, Dina (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-23)
    As prices of single family homes rapidly increase in Toronto, many families are faced with a challenging dilemma: move beyond the city’s peripheries to where house prices are lower, or remain within the city and attempt ...
  • City Familiaris: A Study in Domesticating Infrastructures 

    Gertler, Sarah (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-23)
    Hyper dense communities are becoming a norm in Canadian metropolitan areas. CityPlace within Toronto is considered by many the result of a good intentioned, but poorly planned version of this community. The model for its ...
  • Portable Post-Disaster Home 

    Dialameh, Marieh (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-23)
    According to the United Nations statistics, since 2008, an average of 26.4 million people have been displaced per year because of natural disasters. In other words, one person loses his/her home every second. This is ...
  • Submechanophilia 

    Sumanth, Snehanjali (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-23)
    Twenty-three federal offshore oil platforms line the coast of Southern California for approximately 200 miles from Point Concepcion, Santa Barbara County to Huntington Beach, Oxford County. Installed from1968 to 1989, they ...
  • The Interval: in-between unmaking and remaking the body 

    Lu, Qinyu (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-19)
    By its individual terms, we can think of a body in two coincident ways that meet it in the middle: from the familiar inside-out and from the less familiar outside-in. To proceed from the middle of things conceives of a ...
  • Sprezzatura 

    Tang, Dennis (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-18)
    This is a catalogue of seductive experiences in architecture. Seductive building creates enrichment and invitation for exploration. In my experience working with architectural design, many projects lack choreography. This ...
  • Reconstruction Site: Re-designing the disposable Expo 

    Proudfoot, Alan Scott (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-18)
    Building, supported by the practice of architecture, is churning resources into waste at an alarming rate. Our method of construction has its inevitable conclusion in a pile of rubble. Lamentably, the natural resources we ...
  • Erosion: Desiging with Materiality in Impermanent Landscapes 

    Mohan, Kunaal (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-17)
    sing the Buddhist notion that we conceive of time through observing change, this thesis attempts to answer the question ‘how can we create the sensation of time in architecture?’ It is important to acknowledge the fact ...
  • Mapping the City: Narratives of Memory and Place 

    Geib, Desiree (University of Waterloo, 2017-01-10)
    How do we discover a new place and begin to get acquainted with it? In Canadian cities, the sense of place can be difficult to grasp. The relative youth of the built form of our cities and a constant influx of new people ...
  • Second Home 

    Morales Rivera, Arturo Enrique (University of Waterloo, 2016-11-18)
    This thesis proposes the design of a socially-driven building and public space located in a suburban neighborhood in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. The goal of the project is to provide an environment that assists in the ...
  • Intensifying Toronto 

    Clarke, Jonathan (University of Waterloo, 2016-10-13)
    How cities grow is set to change. In the Greater Toronto Area, both Ontario’s Greenbelt Plan and Growth Plan for the Golden Greater Horseshoe are set to have a significant impact on how and where urban growth will occur ...
  • New Ruins: The Decline and Regeneration of Council Housing 

    Greer, Quinn Lucas (University of Waterloo, 2016-10-11)
    The thesis explores the emergence, decline, and regeneration of council housing in the United Kingdom, and specifically London. It presents a conception of housing as a commodity derived from Arjun Appadurai’s The Social ...

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