This is the collection for the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture theses & dissertations.

Graduate students can submit a copy of their electronic thesis or dissertation to this collection to meet their degree requirements.

Recent Submissions

  • 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 Remnants of outdated infrastructure, deep geographic indentations, and natural elements appear, disrupting the constraints that govern our urban ...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 ...
  • Housing Urbanism_Living With Neighbours 

    Wang, Meng (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-28)
    My thesis explores how new social relationships can be reinforced by architectural spaces in residential projects in today’s complex, cross-cultural, political, and economic urban conditions. In Toronto, some newer types ...
  • Identity and Economy: Mining the Ring of Fire 

    Irvine, Danika (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-28)
    When the price of oil fell in 2014, Canada’s economy suffered. Even now, two years later, companies continue to drop their prices to stay competitive, as the global supply of oil remains great without any corresponding ...
  • In-between Boundaries 

    Qian, Zichen (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-27)
    While the highway infrastructure of North America provides great benefits by connecting both urban and rural communities, this infrastructure also comes with significant costs by separating and creating barriers between ...
  • Contemplating a New Danwei Urbanism 

    Xue, Wei (University of Waterloo, 2016-09-26)
    Market-driven Capitalist urbanization is no longer a viable option for China as it has produced increasingly monotonous and segregated cities that deny culture, history, ecology, and human connection. Cultural efficiencies ...

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