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 deposits

  • Red Earth: Shaping the Igbo family compound 

    Ogbu, Chinenye (University of Waterloo, 2022-09-23)
    Like many other African indigenous peoples, the Igbo of Nigeria established multi-generational compound homes. Many of these family compounds remain in southeastern Nigeria’s rural communities, although not as originally ...
  • Life on Mars: Palimpsests of the Forthcoming Martian Res Publica 

    Puersten, Nicholas Michael (University of Waterloo, 2022-09-21)
    Mars is set to be the new frontier of humanity, and as a result poses a unique set of architectural and engineering challenges to be overcome. Interest into both small and large-scale Martian settlements has greatly increased ...
  • The Weft House: A Transitional Housing Program to Empower Afghan Refugees in Canada. 

    Jabbarimoghaddam, Tala (University of Waterloo, 2022-09-20)
    According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the number of forcibly displaced people is growing yearly. These people flee their country due to war, violence, persecution, famine, and other life-threatening ...
  • Chasing Chopsticks Street: A Sequel to Foshan’s Forgotten Qilous 

    Huang, Yanqi (University of Waterloo, 2022-09-07)
    Since China’s economic reform in the late 1970s, large extents of its cities’ vernacular urban fabrics have been replaced by state-of-the-art high-rises in a building frenzy that was equally unprecedented in its destructive ...
  • On Common Grounds 

    Chen, Lisa Chenrong (University of Waterloo, 2022-08-29)
    Canada’s housing market has been unaffordable, inaccessible, and commodified for a long time. Due to the ever-increasing real-estate prices and critical housing shortages, there has been an elevated need for more alternative ...
  • Designing an Architecture of Labour Affirmation, Harm Reduction and Community Development for Vancouver's Sex Worker Population 

    O'Neill, Emilie (University of Waterloo, 2022-08-26)
    Within the current political, social, and legal landscape of Canada, sex workers face a considerable number of barriers to labour recognition that would afford them labour rights, dignity, and safety. The refusal to accept ...
  • SEASCRAPER: Reclaiming the Plastic Vortex Through Oceanic Stewardship and Inhabitation 

    D'Ascenzo, Jordan (University of Waterloo, 2022-08-23)
    Decades of humans carelessly tampering with the delicate ocean ecosystems are pushing wildlife to their breaking points, with an entire ecosystem collapse inching closer every day. My thesis will explore the known extent ...
  • Closet Architecture: Reflections on the queer domestic interior 

    Ropel-Morski, Zach (University of Waterloo, 2022-06-15)
    In the midst of a cultural moment that has seen a moratorium placed on public space, and a growing sense of contraction and isolationism on a global scale, our attention shifts to the private domestic realm. We zoom in, ...
  • Navigating Loss 

    Wu, Jane (University of Waterloo, 2022-06-08)
    This thesis explores the realm of death and loss through architecture. I question how architecture can facilitate a healing process beyond customary spaces like a cemetery, memorial, or temple, and how the raw emotions ...
  • The Churches of Pelion: Vessels of Faith, Tradition, & Cultural Endurance in Post-Byzantine Greece 

    Vogiatzis, Christina Martha (University of Waterloo, 2022-06-01)
    This research presents a regional, historical, and architectural study of the ecclesiastic landscape of Mount Pelion – a vast, rugged mountain range in Thessaly, Greece. Specifically, it explores the physical and metaphysical ...
  • Counting Carbon: Evaluating the Quality and Environmental Impacts of Design Through Product Prototyping 

    Duffey, Ethan (University of Waterloo, 2022-05-19)
    Industrialisation has brought numerous advancements to the architecture and design fields, many of which have allowed humanity to produce more efficiently, using less energy and human labour. Simultaneously, mass production ...
  • The White House, and Other Counter-Narratives from the Lockdown 

    Martin, Bianca Weeko (University of Waterloo, 2022-05-17)
    Contemporary emplacement demands movement, whether through migration, travel, or transcultural exchange. Identity, as positioned by the postcolonial writer Édouard Glissant, is linked fundamentally with change and contact ...
  • Happiness within the Uncanny: Revitalizing the Street Level in Hong Kong's New Town 

    Yeung, Ethan (University of Waterloo, 2022-05-16)
    Hong Kong is the physical embodiment of neoliberalism at all levels of society, and the city itself is seen as a domain for private corporations to generate profit, creating spaces that are purely functional and generic. ...
  • It Takes a Village: A Retrofit Framework for Improving Health and Community in Car-Dependent Suburbs 

    Carragher, Logan (University of Waterloo, 2022-05-09)
    Car-dependent suburban sprawl is an outdated planning methodology that is antithetical to the health, wellbeing, and social prosperity of suburban residents. In the past, North-American town planning was more community-centric; ...
  • Tracing the Grotesque: Finding Value in the Urban Villages of Shenzhen 

    Yang, Yunhao (University of Waterloo, 2022-05-06)
    The rapid urbanization, which has happened since the 1979 economic reform, has fundamentally changed Shenzhen, China. The city was developed to be an Economic Zone, so millions of original village houses were demolished ...
  • Cultural Interface 

    Michailova, Violeta (University of Waterloo, 2022-05-06)
    Architecture can be seen as humankind’s original canvas, a primary means of cultural expression and the total, sovereign art form. Public architecture and urban public spaces, in particular, are meant to be theaters for ...
  • A Home Then, A Home Now 

    Kopp, Natalie Jianyi (University of Waterloo, 2022-04-29)
    This thesis explores how Hong Kong Canadians remember, inhabit, and imagine their homes to develop a process for positioning transnational belonging within the built environment. In response to discriminatory migration and ...
  • What Happens After The Mine?: A critique of approaches to the design, remediation, and perpetual care of post-extraction landscapes in Canada 

    Brammanis, Liga (University of Waterloo, 2022-04-28)
    Mining produces enormous amounts of waste, often toxic, that requires containment, record keeping, and monitoring in perpetuity to ensure it does not harm the surrounding ecosystem. Post-extraction landscapes in Canada ...
  • Walls of Air: A Retrofit for Equitable Indoor Air Quality 

    Damus, Charlotte Elizabeth (University of Waterloo, 2022-04-04)
    Poor indoor air quality and lack of space for adequate isolation within postwar towers increase the risk of negative effects on resident health leaving them more vulnerable to infectious diseases. The unequal ability to ...
  • Deconstructing DHA Lahore: Analysing post-1980s Military operated housing through three spatial-ideological systems 

    Shahbaz, Shanze (University of Waterloo, 2022-03-30)
    Lahore’s urban fabric has become defined by sprawling, fragmented gated housing. At the forefront of such development is Defence Housing Authority (DHA), a residential development agency owned by affiliates of the Pakistani ...

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