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

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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