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.

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  • Darkness with Shards of Light 

    Rahman, Anika Sibat (University of Waterloo, 2019-08-23)
    Realities of the world are often difficult to face. We dream of a world devoid of social ills. In the notion of 'utopia', we imagine such an environment - sparkling and full of light, but this perfect world is a delusion. ...
  • Manufacturing Distinction: Gaining access to Mass Customization in the Production of Architecture 

    Pentesco, William (University of Waterloo, 2019-08-02)
    Contemporary architecture often finds itself challenging the physical constraints of the previous era and typically aims to be one of a kind. This thesis views architecture as the accumulation of design and construction ...
  • The Parkdale Public Library is for Us 

    Siu, Alexandra (University of Waterloo, 2019-07-31)
    The Parkdale Public Library in Toronto is an illustration of what remains of democracy today. While government is deeming libraries irrelevant with their funding cuts, and privatized cafes are taking over as ‘public’ ...
  • Chipping, Shredding and Layering – Experiments in Geological Design Thinking 

    Wright, Morgan (University of Waterloo, 2019-07-18)
    In the recent history of the earth, the last 200 years specifically, human activity has changed the very stratigraphy of the planet. This is a direct result of industrialization at the turn of the 19th century, which was ...
  • People, Flour, Water, Salt: Bread and Community in Urban Public Space 

    Piotrowski, Michelle (University of Waterloo, 2019-06-25)
    People, Flour, Water, Salt is a proposal for re-thinking the ways in which we connect to and learn from one another in urban public space. Bread is a staple food and cultural artifact, and its production exemplifies the ...
  • Design Architecture in Virtual Reality 

    Sankar, Anisha (University of Waterloo, 2019-06-10)
    Architectural representation has newly been introduced to Virtual Reality (VR) technology, which provides architects with a medium to showcase unbuilt designs as immersive experiences. Designers can use specialized VR ...
  • Holes & Notches: Creating a Framework to Promote Agency for the Elderly in Baeksa Village 

    Lee, Michael (University of Waterloo, 2019-06-03)
    The demographic landscape of developed countries around the world is rapidly shifting. Populations are increasingly aging yet birthrates are declining. These changes are particularly pronounced in South Korea, where by ...
  • Tracings: Unraveling Home in the Diaspora 

    Dalla-Ali, Haneen (University of Waterloo, 2019-05-28)
    Tracings: Unraveling Home in the Diaspora presents works that contemplate the notion of home, post-migration. Inspired by my family’s journey from the Middle-East to Canada, the thesis examines ways in which the juxtaposition ...
  • Spaces for Economic Diversity 

    Zhang, Yuxun Emmeily (University of Waterloo, 2019-05-28)
    The discipline of architecture operates within the organizing structure of the economy and is directly influenced by its flows and cycles. The fabric of the city is often a product of profit-pursuing goals, resulting in ...
  • Death and Memory: A Memorial and Museum for Euromaidan 

    Fraser, Mark (University of Waterloo, 2019-05-24)
    Memorials are a way of mending hardship through the commemoration of past events. They are a physical manifestation and expression of events, used as a way to come to terms ends. They also create an opportunity for ...
  • Changing Lanes: Taking Vancouver’s laneway housing from feeding speculation to an affordable ownership model under a Community Land Trust 

    Hexan, Marius Florin (University of Waterloo, 2019-05-24)
    Towards the end of 2017, after consultation with a series of reports, studies, and advisory groups, the Vancouver City Council has published the Housing Vancouver Strategy (2018-2027) and 3-Year Action Plan (2018-2020) ...
  • Mass Housing for New Moscow 

    Markin, Peter (University of Waterloo, 2019-05-23)
    This thesis explores the highrise housing development industry within Moscow's recently expanded borders, where a large volume of what is commonly understood to be an outdated Soviet-era product continues to be built. The ...
  • A Journey to Shora: Expressing the Architectural Environment Behind A Door into Ocean 

    Hassanzadegan, Parisa (University of Waterloo, 2019-05-23)
    This thesis seeks to express the architectural environment behind Joan Slonczewski’s 1986 science-fiction novel, A Door into Ocean. The novel describes a water-covered planet called Shora; its inhabitants, Sharers; and ...
  • Reanimation: Redefining the Urban Network in St James Town, Toronto 

    Fan, Raymond (University of Waterloo, 2019-05-22)
    Urban intensification in the city of Toronto during the 1960s draws from the essential idea – “Tower in the Park”, a concept that we now recognize as pervasively problematic. These neighbourhoods are flooded with criticism ...
  • Unsettling Ground: Studies on Building and Fluid Geology in Arviat, Nunavut 

    McMillan, Jason (University of Waterloo, 2019-04-26)
    Ground in the Canadian Arctic is continuously being shaped by the dramatic seasonal cycles of the environment, extreme weather and deep geological processes of glaciation and retreat. The stability of Northern ground is ...
  • Breaking Through the Monopoly City: A Game of Urban Agriculture Played Through Fissures in Industrial Urbanism 

    Martin, Alexandra (University of Waterloo, 2019-04-26)
    Games have been used throughout the world’s cultures to teach and influence ideas of urban space and planning while also arguing that in the future of sustainable cities architectural development of urban land should ...
  • Incremental Urban Intensification: Managing the Re-Urbanization of Toronto's Avenues 

    Barker, Matthew (University of Waterloo, 2019-03-13)
    This thesis proposes facilitating the re-urbanization of Toronto’s avenues to support the future growth of Toronto. The current guidelines for avenues buildings set out in the Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study is not ...
  • Courtyard Urbanism : A Model for North American Cities? 

    Bachetti, Peter (University of Waterloo, 2019-02-26)
    The courtyard has endured as one of the most widespread architectural forms, transcending regional, historical and cultural boundaries to mediate open and closed, inside and outside, social constraints and environmental ...
  • Step into the Void: A Study of Spatial Perception in Virtual Reality 

    Tang, Ronald (University of Waterloo, 2019-02-13)
    The introduction of virtual reality (VR) into the architectural profession offers an unprecedented opportunity to experience unbuilt designs at full scale. The premise of the technology is that it gives users the illusion ...
  • Syntagmatic Space: violent articulations through photography 

    Yuan, Wei (University of Waterloo, 2019-02-11)
    This thesis examines the ways images come to bear on us: in our position as viewers and in their capacity to articulate violence.

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