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

  • Table-Top Views 

    Yong, Jennifer May Chiyee (University of Waterloo, 2017-09-20)
    High resolution aerial photography has become widely available in the twenty-first century. Already accustomed to consuming data-rich bird’s-eye views, we have eagerly adapted this scale of digital imagery for pleasure ...
  • From Pedagogy to Agency: Learning to Act in Rural China 

    Zhou, Puzhen (University of Waterloo, 2017-09-14)
    From Pedagogy to Agency confronts the imbalances found between rural and urban society in China, exploring the role education plays in their ever-changing relationship. The thesis posits that schools, classrooms, ...
  • Mudzi Owala, Village of Light – Lessons from Malawi 

    Huang, Adrienne (University of Waterloo, 2017-08-25)
    This thesis explores my journey to a small corner of Africa, where I lived with and learned from the communities of rural Malawi. In particular, it examines the architectural lessons that emerged from my involvement in a ...
  • Dreaming Space: Exploring the Transformative Power of Immersive Art and Architecture 

    Parkes, Dustin (University of Waterloo, 2017-08-16)
    The role of art is to transform our experience of reality. This process often involves a quality of rupture; of breaking through the boundaries of our habitual, conditioned modes of perception in order to experience new ...
  • 53 North: Tactical Infrastructure in Edmonton 

    Clayton, Bryce (University of Waterloo, 2017-08-15)
    Edmonton, Alberta is the northernmost major city in North America, but inappropriate urban form has created a winter culture of avoidance. Long, straight city streets and a proliferation of voids within the downtown urban ...
  • Monster 

    Bohdal, Peter (University of Waterloo, 2017-08-09)
    451 Manning Avenue, home to an architect and an artist, has generated an adverse reaction within its community. The property is maintained as a testament to the Rao family history in Canada, but most visibly, Villa Rao ...
  • History of failure 

    Pepin, Marc-Antoine (University of Waterloo, 2017-06-16)
    The ability to project a virtual vision on the world and give it physical form sets the human apart. By shaping his surroundings at will, the human holds considerable power not only on the environment, but -on fellow humans ...
  • One Hand Occupies the Void 

    Lam, Tsz Wai Eveline (University of Waterloo, 2017-06-15)
    The interconnected nature of void and matter and form is implied in architecture, but rarely explicitly expressed. Since the void is neither form nor material, it is difficult to define, but it occupies a critical role in ...
  • A Present Absence 

    Berry, Stefan (University of Waterloo, 2017-06-14)
    For the last ten years I have travelled with my camera out on the roads of the Canadian prairies, usually for a few days at a time, up and down stretches of highways, grids, and back roads, stopping to investigate whatever ...
  • Tales of the Maunsell Sea Forts A Philosophy of Making in the Anthropocene 

    Cheong, Felix Kwan-Cheong (University of Waterloo, 2017-06-14)
    The Age of the Anthropocene is marked by a shift in power between the relationship of nature and man. For the first time in human history we are actively shaping the environmental systems around us on a planetary scale, ...
  • Journey into Caldera 

    Li, Run Yi (University of Waterloo, 2017-06-14)
    There is a dormant volcano in the northern province of Jilin, China, called the Baekdu/Chang Bai Mountain. At the top of this 2,744 m mountain is a large caldera filled with water, named “Heaven Lake”. Geologically, this ...
  • 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 ...

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