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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  • 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.
  • The Squaring of the Circle: The Body According to Vitruvius – not daVinci 

    Pasini, Carlo Luigi (University of Waterloo, 2019-02-07)
    An excerpt from a literary work of Classical literature is rendered in a self-directed manner. The literary passage in question is a specific description that is found in the third volume of a treatise on architecture, ...
  • The Detail, Photographed: Reimagining the Monument 

    Poleto, Elaina (University of Waterloo, 2019-02-04)
    Architectural monuments lie scattered in small communities throughout Ontario, hidden by the everyday, masked by the sub-urban streets. The sub-urban streets where I lived felt impersonal and unnatural, with cookie-cutter ...
  • DECLAMATION: Embracing the Arid State in the Hetch Hetchy Water System 

    Maciel, Sean (University of Waterloo, 2019-01-24)
    Land reclamation is a form of land management, common in the American Southwest, that seeks to alter arid landscapes through a fabricated re-balancing of the hydrological ledger: taking water from one location, sometimes ...
  • Your Passport Doesn’t Work Here: Asylum, Space, and Iranian Queer Heritage 

    Moayeri, Paniz (University of Waterloo, 2019-01-23)
    The OED defines heritage as “that which has been or may be inherited,” implying a linear succession through generations. But what constitutes heritage in the LGBTQ+ community, where marginalization has defined life experiences ...
  • The Nature of Healing: Living Architecture for Long Term Care & Rehabilitation Hospitals 

    Kyle, Lauren (University of Waterloo, 2019-01-23)
    Healthcare interiors are perceived as stressful and isolating spaces; endured during times of vulnerability causing stress for patients, visitors and staff. This thesis examines studies, which prove that this psychological ...
  • PRELOADING : A Transformative Approach to Flood Preparation and Relief 

    Zhang, Anqi (University of Waterloo, 2019-01-23)
    For islands and coastal cities, the body of water that nourishes the land can easily become a leading source of threat. Natural disasters are mostly unpredictable and often have devastating impact on life and property. ...
  • Anxious Ornament: Ornament in Contemporary Architecture 

    Miskinyte, Milda (University of Waterloo, 2019-01-23)
    There is a fundamental conflict between the urge to ornament and the contemporary time. The phenomenon of contemporary ornament in the timeframe of early 1990s to present day is explored in the context of the modernist ...
  • Geographies of Urban Filth 

    Zhang, Liyang (University of Waterloo, 2019-01-23)
    This thesis studies how our cultural understanding of dirt and cleanliness are bound to issues of class and race and how they are manifested within urban and spatial design. Boundaries are formed between clean and dirty, ...
  • Wasted Water: Returning to the Fishpond Latrine Amidst Modernity, Pollution, and Stigma 

    Tran, Teresa (University of Waterloo, 2019-01-23)
    Since 1990, Vietnam has made significant efforts to eradicate open defecation in rural areas. With modernized systems and increasing severity of pollution within its rural provinces, local practices for managing human waste ...
  • Reconnecting Sarajevo: The Bentbaša Spine 

    Mucibabic, Elena (University of Waterloo, 2019-01-23)
    Sarajevo’s Bentbaša, a bathing complex of natural and artificial pools on the Eastern edge of Sarajevo, sits on the brink of the Miljacka River. As a marker of the boundary between nature and the city, the site has been ...
  • Learning From the Past: Recreating Historic Persian Gardens in Downtown Tehran 

    Shayanfar, Azadeh (University of Waterloo, 2019-01-22)
    Persian Garden is a cultural, historical and physical phenomenon in the land of Iran. One of the main purposes of creating these gardens was to provide space for leisure and meditation. “Pairi Daeza” from which we have ...
  • It's Terminal: Architecture of Obsolescence 

    Winters, Andrew (University of Waterloo, 2019-01-17)
    There’s always been one here. There’s the one that’s here now, there’s the one that it replaced, and there’s also the first one that didn’t last so long. One hundred and sixty odd years there’s been one here, in this place. ...
  • Displace and Urbanized: Or Why We Build 

    Bhatti, Suhaib (University of Waterloo, 2019-01-11)
    I embarked on this research with the aim to study the relationship between the city and the flood, understanding the waterfront as some blurred edge where wild and human forces mix. My hope was to propose a design strategy ...
  • 90 Minutes with the Machine 

    Ngai, Victoria (University of Waterloo, 2019-01-08)
    Cremation, or the incineration of human remains, unites two fundamental elements of human existence: fire and death. This unity is today facilitated by the cremator, a machine that burns bodies as efficiently as modern ...
  • The Importance of Place: A Role for the Built Environment in the Etiology and Treatment of Problematic Substance Use 

    Friesen, Allegra (University of Waterloo, 2019-01-07)
    Faced with the growing North American drug crisis, and in light of the history of ineffective or even harmful approaches to treating problematic substance use, it is time to examine the problem from a new angle. There is ...
  • Portraits from the State Mental Hospitals 

    Poon, Victor (University of Waterloo, 2018-12-12)
    The thesis is a short book of fifty sketches. I felt I threw out a significant amount of other material – plans, sketchup models, physical models, and photographs. Many people I had shown my work to were uninterested in ...

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