David Theodore

Associate Professor
David Theodore
Contact Information
Email address: 
david.theodore [at] mcgill.ca
Macdonald-Harrington Building, Room 205
Associate Member, Department of Social Studies of Medicine; Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Health, and Computation

B.A.(Honours), B.Sc., B.Arch., M.Arch(McG.), Ph.D.(Harv.)

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 


Research areas: 
History and theory of computation in architecture
History of institutions

My recent scholarship explores the history and theory of computers in the organization, construction, and management of institutions such as hospitals and prisons. I have co-published on the history of medicine and architecture in the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Social Science & Medicine, Technology and Culture, and Scientia Canadensis. My research has received support from FRQSC, CFI, SSHRC, CIHR, the Graham Foundation, and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

I am also an active design journalist and critic, serving as regional correspondent for Canadian Architect and a contributing editor at Azure.


Selected publications: 

Theodore, D., and Theodora Vardouli. 2020. “Walking instead of Working: Space Allocation, Automatic Architecture, and the Abstraction of Hospital Labor," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing [early access]: 10.1109/MAHC.2020.2990111


Theodore, D. 2020. ”’Dirty Dirty Dirt’: Automating Separation in the Friesen Concept Hospital," in Tracing Hospital Boundaries: Integration and Segregation in Southeastern Europe and Beyond, 1050-1970, ed. Jane L. Stevens Crawshaw, Irena Benyovsky Latin, and Kathleen Vongsathorn, 171–90 Leiden: Clio Medica/Brill, 2020.


Theodore, D. "The Architecture of Quebec: Competition, Culture, and Conservation," in Canadian Modern Architecture: 1967 to the Present, ed. Elsa Lam and Graham Livesey, 385–422. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2019.


Theodore, D., 2018. "Small Science: Trained Acquaintance and the One-Man Research Team.” In Made Modern: Science and Technology in Canadian History, edited by Edward Jones-Imhotep and Tina Adcock, 166-84. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018.

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