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

Research outputs are organized by type (eg. Master Thesis, Article, Conference Paper).

Waterloo faculty, students, and staff can contact us or visit the UWSpace guide to learn more about depositing their research.

Recent Submissions

  • Library : A Social Infrastructure 

    Kohbodi, Seyedeh Parisa (University of Waterloo, 2017-05-19)
    For many centuries, the mission of the library as a civic institution has been seen as the collection and dissemination of information. Likewise, the library typology continuously responds to the dominant paradigm of ...
  • Embracing or Not Enclosing 

    Schneider, Caelin (University of Waterloo, 2017-05-18)
    "The simultaneously archaic and hypermodern “archetypal fact” of twenty first century architecture and urbanism will be the enclosure, the wall, the barrier, the gate, the fence, the fortress." -Lieven De Cauter, The ...
  • Spaces of Production: From the Industrial to the Virtual City 

    Suen, Victoria (University of Waterloo, 2017-05-18)
    In the industrial city, capitalist ownership over the means of production: land, buildings, tools, technology and knowledge, enabled the centralization, control and exploitation of the working class. Monetary exchange, ...
  • The Reflexive Urban Fabric: An Investigation of the Toronto Rail Corridor 

    Cole, Andrew (University of Waterloo, 2017-05-12)
    The thesis The Reflexive Urban Fabric: An Investigation of Toronto’s Rail Corridor is concerned with architecture’s role in shaping infrastructural systems into designed composite networks that respond to local, social, ...
  • Mediations of Shattered Water: Environmental Intimacy & the Dissolution of the Self 

    Holbrook-Smith, Katherine (University of Waterloo, 2017-05-09)
    In a time of accelerated environmental degradation, a human-centric approach to engagement has engendered a pervasive cultural passivity towards the environment. This fatalistic detachment amplified by technological advances ...
  • From Mountain to Maleh: Water as an Agent of Negotiation in the Kidron Valley/Wadi an-Nar 

    Cohen-Murison, Rachel (University of Waterloo, 2017-05-05)
    In a site with significantly fractured political, social, and environmental governance, it comes as no surprise that the West Bank’s water network is fraught with issues. Over-pumping of groundwater, inadequate sewage ...
  • 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 ...

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