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2006-2007

a) CACB Accreditation and 2006 Faculty Program Review

1. The School was visited by a Team from the Canadian Architectural Certification Board between March 11 and March 15, 2006. The M.Arch. (professional) Program was fully accredited for a six-year term, to December 31, 2011. The Visiting Team evaluated all 11 Conditions and all 37 Student Performance Criteria as Met, and made a number of highly constructive observations and recommendations regarding course content and program structure.

2. The Faculty of Engineering Program Review was also carried out in the summer of 2006. In late June, 2006, the School of Architecture was visited by a two-person team that included Professor Frances Bronet, Dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon, and Professor Larry Wayne Richards, past Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. The major observations and concerns expressed by the Visiting Team responsible for the Faculty Program Review in June are highly consistent with those expressed by the CACB team in March, and have been addressed in the School’s 2007 Annual Report to the CACB.

b) Academic appointments

1. Professor Michael Jemtrud has been appointed Director of the School of Architecture for a five-year term, effective August 1, 2007. He replaces Professor David Covo, who served in the position from August 1, 1996, to July 31, 2007.

2. Professor Nik Luka was jointly appointed to the Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning at the level of Assistant Professor, effective August 1, 2006. Professor Luka will play a leadership role in the development of the new joint program in Urban Design (see section IIc of this report).

3. Professor Adrian Sheppard initiated a two year program of phased retirement, during which period he will be teaching half-time, effective July 1, 2007. He has been teaching at McGill since 1979 and, in addition to his many contributions as an outstanding and award-winning teacher, has served the School and the University consistently well in our dealings with the professional community, l’Ordre des Architectes du Québec, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and numerous sister Schools in Canada, the US and Europe.

4. The recent search for a full-time tenure-track position in the area of Sustainability and Building Science terminated unsuccessfully in spring, 2007, and was reactivated in August.

5. Part-time appointments: The School has grown dramatically in the last ten years, and the present course load is well beyond the capacity of the full-time faculty, despite the fact that, in some cases, colleagues are carrying workloads as high as twice the faculty norm. The average teaching load in the School is significantly above the faculty average, and the program can not be delivered without the significant involvement of adjunct professors. Common practice in this and, in fact, most schools of architecture is to complement the full-time faculty with a variety of Adjunct appointments, including part-time permanent ‘professor-in-practice’ positions, enabling the School to deliver programs with the involvement of practicing professionals who not only teach in areas of particular expertise but also provide necessary links between the profession and the university. The concept of the ‘professor-in-practice’ has been consistently and enthusiastically endorsed by the Visiting Teams responsible for accreditation reviews in March, 2001, and March, 2006, and by the Visitors responsible for the Faculty Review in June, 2006.

The complement of Adjunct faculty teaching design and other courses includes more than 35 persons. This group is an essential source of both scholarship and professional expertise; it also represents an essential connection with the profession and, it must be noted, allows us to improve significantly the gender balance among our teaching staff. However, the budget for part-time teaching has failed to keep pace with the incremental improvements to full-time salary allocations, and must be upgraded to reflect current demands and expectations.

It must also be noted that the requirement in 2006-07 to increase enrolment in the first year by 10 students will require additional studio teaching support to maintain consistency with accreditation guidelines for student-staff ratios in the design studios. Over the three years of the B.Sc.(Arch.) program, this increase in student numbers will generate a requirement for $50,000 - 75,000 in additional adjunct salary support.

c) New programs in Urban Design

Two initiatives, currently underway, will develop important new opportunities for teaching and research in Urban Design at McGill. The first is a new 12-month option in the M.Arch. (post-professional) and Master of Urban Planning programs; it is designed for professionals with degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and related fields wishing to acquire a specialization in urban design. The option combines theory and practice and emphasizes project-based learning, primarily with the two studio courses and the supervised research project. It uses the city of Montréal as its laboratory and will benefit from the support of the municipal administration and its professional staff.

The second is a new Master of Urban Design degree program which has been designed as a collaboration between the Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning at McGill and the Schools of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at Université de Montréal. The City of Montreal will also participate in this exercise, and has already contributed significant research funding to support collaborative work in Urban Design under an entente signed with McGill and U de M.

The proposals have been approved by the Faculty of Engineering and are in development. The new option in Urban Design will be offered for the first time in September, 2007, under the direction of Professor Nik Luka, who will be coordinating the development of both the option and the new MUD.

d) New student initiatives: BuildAid

In the summer of 2006, 9 McGill Architecture students – the BuildAid group - spent two months in Manila working with local NGO’s on housing and slum upgrading. This exercise was coordinated on site by Hong Kong-based Architect and McGill grad Freeman Chan, who persuaded two different groups of Hong Kong architects to donate their time and expertise to support this initiative. The first of these volunteer groups were architects (not McGill grads) who worked with the students on the actual design of several different projects; the second was another group of architects (all McGill grads) who met in Manila with Freeman, David Covo and the NGO’s, to review the progress of the project and discuss ways to make it more sustainable, i.e., a permanent part of McGill’s architecture program.

Background: BuildAid is the name of the group of undergraduate architecture students who responded with imagination and enthusiasm to the need for assistance in post-disaster reconstruction in Southeast Asia. Galvanized into action by the Tsunami disaster of December 2004, they approached the School in the fall of 2005 with a request for help in assembling a team to travel to Southeast Asia to work in the reconstruction program. The school responded by opening a dialogue with key grads in Hong Kong and organizing a new seminar course in Post-disaster Reconstruction, designed to meet two objectives:
1. sensitize students to the many architectural and non-architectural issues associated with disaster response, and
2. prepare a small group for an 8-week summer internship in Indonesia or the Philippines.
The instructors were two recent grads from McGill’s M.Arch. program – Cassidy Johnson and Gonzalo Lizarralde - who were just completing their PhD’s in Post-disaster response at U de M.

In November ‘05, David Covo was in Hong Kong and met with Freeman Chan, an architect and McGill graduate based in Hong Kong who has been involved in housing construction in Indonesia and Manila. Freeman enthusiastically agreed to work with the School on this project, and spent one week here with the students in March ‘06. At that time, based on his recommendation, we agreed to relocate the workshop from Indonesia to Manila, where Freeman was currently working with key NGO’s.

In preparation for the summer workshop, the students participating in the course launched an ambitious, innovative and extremely productive series of fund-raising initiatives, including social events, the public performance in the School of a play by Oren Safdie (son of 1961 graduate Moshe Safdie), and a web-based silent auction of paintings and drawings donated by fellow students. They were equally successful in securing grants from the Dean of Engineering ($2500) and the Principal’s office ($2500). The group also built a demonstration shelter on the campus in front of the Macdonald-Harrington Building as part of the course requirements for the seminar; this very successful simulation of what could be built by an unskilled family over a 3 or 4 day period with hand tools and recycled materials attracted much public and media interest and drew significant attention to the project.

In the summer of 2006, the group traveled to Manila where they worked with three local NGO’s in housing upgrading and construction: ISACC (Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture), CCT (Center for Community Transformation) and GK (Gawad Kalinga – “to give care”). Freeman Chan had been working with these NGO’s and was instrumental in the establishment of our links with them. He coordinated the integration of the student team within the local housing upgrading programs and mobilized two groups of Hong Kong based architects who became involved in the project – the first participated in a series of design charrettes at the start of the exercise, and the second, all McGill alumni who will be more implicated in the management and organization of the ongoing program, joined the group for a week at the half-way point. An engineer from the Manila office of Arup Associates, Raul Manlapig, also donated time and provided essential technical expertise.

New links were established with the Faculty of Architecture at the University of the Philippines. Covo and three students met with Dean Prosperidad Luis and a selection of key faculty in July, 2006, at which time the possibility of future collaboration was discussed.

Funding: The 2006 workshop was essentially self-funded, with some assistance from the School of Architecture (approximately $6500 for the course and related expenses), the Faculty of Engineering ($2500), and the University ($2500). The students made up the shortfall in funding from their own pockets; all Hong Kong-based participants donated their time and covered their own expenses; David Covo covered his own travel and other expenses except for the Manila hotel and a modest banquet for the entire group.

Participants (2006)
1. McGill students and faculty: Andrea Chynoweth, Yan Claprood, Emanuel Cyr, Omar Farid, Jillian Fernandes, Hans Larsson, Danielle Vroom, Cindy Williams, and Matt Wiviott (all 2006 B.Sc.(Arch) grads); Professor David Covo.
2. Hong Kong Alumni: Freeman Chan, B.Sc.(Arch)’70, B.Arch.’71 – Architect, Philip Lo, B.Sc.(Arch)’71, B.Arch.’73 – CEO Lexco, a Facilities Management Company, Herman Au, B.Sc.(Arch) ’70 – Managing Director, Amtrac Furnishing International, Alex Chu, B.Arch.’73, M.Arch.’78, and Lily Chu, B.Sc.’72, M.Sc.’74 – property development.
3. Key Hong Kong volunteer: Edwin Keh (Manila meetings facilitator and secretary) – a business executive with international connections and a keen interest in urban design.
4. Hong Kong Architects who volunteered time and expertise (all recruited by Freeman): Robert Wong, Lee Shu-fan, Fred Fung, Davis Chan, Frank Wong.

e) Awards and appointments to staff

1. Professor Ricardo L. Castro is a successful co-applicant in a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) competition for Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI). The title of the project is The Hispanic Baroque: Complexity in the First Atlantic Culture, and the principal investigator is Juan Luis Suárez of The University of Western Ontario. The value of the initiative is $2,500,000, with a duration of seven years.

2. For the third year in a row, students from the School have won the Award of Merit in the Steel Structures Education Foundation (SSEF) Architectural Student Design Competition. The Award of Merit came with a $2,000 prize for the student team and a $1,000 prize for the faculty supervisor, Associate Professor Pieter Sijpkes.

3. Professor Annmarie Adams, Research Associate David Theodore, and a team of researchers are developing a new case study for the award-winning website, Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History. The intention of the website, funded by Heritage Canada, is to provide students with an array of primary sources and to inspire them to solve the mysteries through critical thinking. The mystery is the sudden death of 62-year old Ada Redpath and her 24-year old son, Clifford, in their Square Mile mansion on Montreal's Sherbrooke Street West on June 13, 1901. Adams and Theodore will emphasize how architecture reveals differences in social class and illuminates contemporary notions of medical conditions, particularly depression and epilepsy. The Redpath mystery will be launched in March 2008.

4. Medicine by Design: The Architect and the Modern Hospital, 1893-1943, by Annmarie Adams, will be published in fall 2007 by the University of Minnesota Press in the series Architecture, Landscape, and American Culture. In the history of medicine, hospitals are usually seen as passive reflections of advances in medical knowledge and technology. In Medicine by Design, Prof. Adams challenges these assumptions, examining how hospital design influenced the development of twentieth-century medicine and demonstrating the importance of these specialized buildings in the history of architecture.

5. Two Architecture professors have been awarded grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Research/Creation Grants in Fine Arts program. Pieter Sijpkes, Associate Professor, and Jorge Angeles (NSERC Chair in Design Engineering, Centre for Intelligent Machines, Faculty of Engineering) have received a $173,000 SSHRC Research/Creation Grant for their project The New Architecture of Phase Change: Computer Assisted Ice Construction. Based at the School of Architecture, this three-year study will use computer numerically controlled (CNC) digital fabrication to construct buildings out of ice. Working with part-time Architecture faculty Thomas Balaban and David Theodore, and including students from robotics, this ground-breaking program builds on experimental teaching and research into the design of ice structures by adapting McGill’s impressive expertise in rapid prototyping and engineering design for extreme environments.

Professor Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture, has been awarded a SSHRC Research/Creation Grant to support a new project entitled AutoCAD Ballet: Tools for Digital and Material Inhabitation. The research funds ($173,000 over three years) will support research into the use of new media technologies to design virtual and built architectural spaces. The project marks the beginning of collaborations with the Carleton Immersive Media Studio and Douglas Cooper, a writer and new media artist based in Mexico, as well as the continuation of long-standing collaborations with Louise Pelletier at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) École de Design, Jorge Pérez-Gómez at the University of New Mexico Department of Music, and José Cabral Filho, at the Department of Design at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil.

6. William C. Macdonald Professor of Architecture, Annmarie Adams, will be on familiar turf when she arrives at the University of California Berkeley as the first Arcus Endowment Scholar-in-Residence. Adams, who holds an MArch and a PhD from Berkeley, won the award following an open nomination process. The Arcus award consists of a $40,000 stipend and accommodation for one semester at the Weston Havens house, which was designed in 1939 by Harwell Hamilton Harris. The house was recently bequeathed to the University of California and is considered a masterpiece of 20th-century architecture.

7. Professor Robert Mellin received the 2006 Paul E. Buchanan Award for Excellence in Field Work and Interpretation from the Vernacular Architecture Forum at the VAF annual conference in New York City on June 17, 2006. The award was for his recent heritage conservation work, an exhibition, and heritage conservation planning in Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland. The Tilting Recreation and Cultural Society was a co-recipient of the award.

8. Atelier Big City (Adjunct Professor Howard Davies, Anne Cormier, and Randy Cohen) is one of seven winning teams in the New Silk Road competition which explores, in the park of Quijiang's NanHu in Xi'an, the cultural capital of China, the identity of nine different areas and cultures from Europe. Twenty-four projects were submitted by invited teams to the competition. The global design guidelines were defined by Dahan Architectural Design Consulting and Integral Jean Beaudoin.

9. In January 2007 a single-stage international competition was called for the design of the new Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina in Novi Sad, Serbia. The jury met in late June to judge the 69 submitted projects and selected three projects for prizes and four for mentions. The first prize was won by the team of Adjunct Professor Robert Claiborne, Ivan Markov, and professional Master's student Lia Ruccolo.

10. OAQ Prix d’Excellence 2007: A McGill graduate and one of our Adjunct faculty are among the winners announced on June 7, 2007, by the Quebec Order of Architects (OAQ) in the 24th edition of the Architecture Awards of Excellence. In the category of heritage conservation and restoration projects, Adjunct Professor Pierina Saia (with her partner Réal Paul) won the Prix d'Excellence for their renovation of the Pavillon du Lac-aux-Castors au Parc du Mont Royal. In the category of sustainable development, graduate Patricia Sarrazin-Sullivan (Box Architectures, together with Bosses Design) won an Honourable Mention for Camp Musical CAMMAC. Finalists in the OAQ awards included Adjunct Professor and graduate Howard Davies (Atelier Big City) for Les Jardins du Y des Femmes in the category of multi-unit residential projects, and Adjunct and graduate Manon Asselin (Atelier T.A.G., with partner and grad Katsu Yamazaki) for Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne in the category of cultural projects.

f) Awards to students and graduates

1. Annual Ice Hotel Competition: In Quebec City, the Ice Hotel is the seasonal accommodation of choice for the rich and hardy. The Ice Hotel has been built every winter since 2000. It is constructed out of 12 000 tons of snow, 400 tons of ice and has 32 rooms and theme suites. This winter, the hotel once again featured three rooms designed by Quebec architecture students; the three built student designs (one from each of the Architecture schools in the province) had been chosen by a jury from amongst 21 submissions from the three universities. This is the third time that Quebec’s Schools of Architecture have been asked to contribute to the design, and the third time that the McGill team (Rami Abou Khalil and Lia Ruccolo) won the inter-university competition.

2. For the third year in a row, students from the School have won the Award of Merit in the Steel Structures Education Foundation (SSEF) Architectural Student Design Competition. Students were challenged to design a tower on a site of the designers’ choosing. The structure had to be primarily steel but otherwise the material palette was open. The winning team was composed of Architecture U2 students Valerie Buzaglo and Serena Lee and Civil Engineering students Jennifer Marshall, Dominique Nguyen-Huy and Nisreen Balh. The Award of Merit comes with a $2,000 prize for the team and a $1,000 prize for the faculty supervisor (Pieter Sijpkes).

3. PhD candidate Kai Wood Mah, who teaches design and architectural history and theory at the Department of Architecture and Planning at Dalhousie University, Halifax, is the recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from FQRSC (Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la société et la culture). With a value of $64,000 and a duration of two years, the fellowship was awarded for a project entitled Inventing Home: Architecture of the Rural and the Industrial Schools in Turn-of-the-Century Canada. Kai will assume his fellowship in Vancouver at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia.

4. Post-professional M.Arch. student Julia Tischer (Minimum Cost Housing) is one of three recipients of the 2007 Power Corporation of Canada Awards. The award offers students enrolled in the Master of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design or Urban Design programs across Canada a three-month residency at the CCA during the summer of 2007 to undertake a common research project and to benefit from the collections and resources of the institution. Each recipient receives a $7000 stipend. The other two student award holders are Olive Bailey (Calgary) and Kate Patterson (Toronto). The three recipients are working on a collaborative research project on urban agriculture in Canada. This is the fourth consecutive year that a McGill student has won the Power Corporation Award. Previous winners are Catherine Vandermeulen (06), Peter Sealy (05), and Lian Chang (04).

5. Working under the direction of Adjunct Professor Simon Jones, McGill Architecture students have been collaborating since January 2006 with students from Université de Montréal and École de Technologie Supérieure to create Team Montreal, the only Canadian team among 20 competing in the 2007 Solar Decathlon, an international Washington, DC-based design competition. Partially funded by the US Department of Energy, the event has teams competing to build the most efficient solar dwelling. Team Montreal began building the prototype in late March and completed construction in August. In the fall, the team will dismantle the solar house and transport it to the Mall in Washington, DC where they will compete against teams from the United States, Germany, Spain and Puerto Rico.

6. Twelve Canadian homebuilder teams have been selected as winners of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) EQuilibrium sustainable housing competition. Recent Architecture grad Masa Noguchi (PhD 2004), currently a Lecturer at the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit at the Glasgow School of Art, is the architect of one of the winning submissions: the Alouette Homes EQuilibrium Initiative home. which will be built in Eastman, QC. EQuilibrium housing combines energy-efficient design with renewable energy systems to minimize energy consumption and reduce environmental impact. Each winning team will receive $50,000 from CMHC to offset eligible costs, including those relating to project documentation, performance testing, and public demonstrations.

7. The inaugural winners of the Steel Structures Education Foundation (SSEF) Awards for Excellence in steel research (for first-year students in the professional undergraduate program) and design in steel (for thesis students in the professional Master's program) were announced in 2007. This year’s third Award for Excellence (design in steel) will be granted to one or more of the third-year students graduating with a B.Sc. (Arch.) this spring. This year’s Award for Excellence in steel research goes to U1 students Ann Rodgers, Bori Yoon and Chloe Malek for their paper "Beijing Olympic Stadium 2008 as Biomimicry of a Bird’s Nest." The award includes a $500 prize. This year’s Award for Excellence in steel design goes to M2 thesis student Josiane Tardif for her thesis project "The Redevelopment of the McGill Engineering Complex." The award includes a $1500 prize. The three awards for U1, U3, and M2 students will also be given out in 2008 and 2009, all generously funded by the SSEF.

8. SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-06) Cynthia Hammond is the recipient of the 2007 Emerging Scholar Award sponsored by the Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) for her article, "Reforming Architecture, Defending Empire: Florence Nightingale and the Pavilion Hospital," which appeared in a special issue of Studies in the Social Sciences XXXVIII (July 2005).

9. The winner of the Southbank International Architecture Competition (announced January 20, 2007) is the submission entitled “Collage,” by Thread Collective & Normal Design, a collaborative team of architects, landscape architects and public art practitioners based in Brooklyn. Recent graduate Nazia Aftab (M.Arch. 2006) was part of the winning team. The competition called on architects and designers to define and apply new spatial approaches in order to create a community that would serve as a model for sustainable living elsewhere on the continent and beyond.

10. A team of five students from McGill University have been recognized as the "Most Innovative MBA Team in the World" at the 2006 Innovation Challenge competition at the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business, beating out 439 teams of graduate business students from around the globe. The world's largest competition for business innovation, the event attracted teams from 88 universities who competed to present solutions to real-world problems facing major corporations. Desautels Faculty of Management MBA candidates Heather Powers, Kanhaiya Sinha, Stavros Tsokonas and Luc Tran and Architecture doctoral student Jonathan Powers developed the two winning programs in the final round on November 17 and 18. Their entries, which garnered a $20,000 prize, focused on helping DaimlerChrysler to connect with baby boomers, and Hilton Hotels to grow through partnerships.

11. Gastón Castaño, a graduate of the School's Domestic Environments option in 2006, was awarded the First Prize - Best Paper Presentation for his paper "Bariatrics: Diseñar para Pacientes de Gran Tamaño" (Bariatrics: Design for Large Patients) at the 17º Congreso Latinoamericano de Arquitectura e Ingeniería Hospitalaria (17th Latin American Conference on Health Care Architecture and Engineering) held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 10-14, 2006. The paper draws from his McGill research project.

12. Catherine Vandermeulen (Minimum Cost Housing Group) was one of three recipients of the 2006 Power Corporation of Canada Awards. The award offers students enrolled in the Master of Architecture programs across Canada a three-month residency at the CCA in which to undertake a common research project and to benefit from the collections and resources of the institution. Each recipient receives a $7000 stipend. This was the third consecutive year that a McGill student has won the Power Corporation Award. Previous winners are Peter Sealy (2005) and Lian Chang (2004).

13. In May, 2007, Canada Post launched a new series of stamps (see report cover) celebrating the centennial of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. The stamps feature four buildings by Canadian architects Arthur Erickson, Moshe Safdie, Raymond Moriyama and Douglas Cardinal. Three of these, Erickson, Safdie and Moriyama, studied architecture at McGill. Erickson and Safdie did their professional (B.Arch.) studies here, and Moriyama a post-professional Master of Architecture. All three - Erickson, Safdie and Moriyama - also hold Honorary Doctorates from McGill.

g) Professional studio teaching in 2006-2007

In the B.Sc.(Arch.) program, the first year studio sequence was managed by an experienced team that included Émilie Bédard, Ricardo Castro, David Covo, François Émond, Emmanuelle Lapointe, Robert Mellin, Carlos Rueda and Pierina Saia.

The second year studio was organized around studio modules exploring distinct themes: sustainable design and the design of the solar house for the 2007 Solar Decathlon with students from ETS and Université de Montréal (Simon Jones and Julia Bourke); computer applications in design (Robert Mellin); landscape (Francois Emond); structure (Pieter Sijpkes); and design methodology (Rad Zuk, Sheila Theophanides and Ewa Bieniecka).

Tom Balaban, David Theodore, Martin Bressani, Pierre Jampen, Adrian Sheppard, Julia Gersovitz, Rosanne Moss and Georges Drolet worked with third year students on larger projects that engage issues related to program and building form, conservation, and modeling. This year, the three second semester studios intersected in a highly successful exercise that examined different strategies for dealing with tall buildings – we hope that this focus will be a permanent theme of the third year studio.

The first term of the professional Master of Architecture program was structured for the second time as a comprehensive studio, requiring the coordinated participation of a list of experts in urban design, landscape, structure, building envelope, and other areas, and was ably directed by Professors Robert Claiborne and Richard Klopp, who also taught Advanced Construction at the same time. The second term was centred around the revised version of Design Research and Methodology, which is now structured as a design studio under Howard Davies and Robert Claiborne, with the additional and inspiring contribution of our second Gerald Sheff Visiting Professor, John Shnier, of Toronto. The fall thesis semester was once again superbly coordinated by Howard Davies, who worked with studio critic Andrea MacElwee and the cohort of students and advisors to assemble a comprehensive and convincing body of work which is thoroughly documented in our annual publication of staff and student work, Catalogue.

These initiatives succeed because they are carried out in the fertile ground of a studio culture that thrives on the enthusiasm and dedication of a great student body and a long list of other full-time and part-time teaching faculty. The thesis class is in many ways symbolic of the School, and continues to enjoy the support of all full-time staff and many part-time faculty. McGill, like so many North American schools, delivers its programs with a teaching staff that includes a small group of full-time faculty and a larger group of part-time teachers drawn from the professional community. At McGill, we work with more than 30 part-time colleagues - adjunct professors and course lecturers - every year. These are accomplished practitioners - architects, landscape architects, designers and engineers – who take time out from busy practices to teach our design studios and a host of other courses; they connect us to the profession and they account for the lion’s share of the intellectual capital of our professional programs.

h) M.Arch. (post-professional) Programs

1. Housing: Students in the Minimum Cost Housing option, under the supervision of Professor Vikram Bhatt, distinguished themselves and the School with their participation in the World Urban Forum, which was held in Vancouver in June, 2006. The student team designed and built a didactic exhibition pavilion celebrating research on Edible Landscapes carried out in the Minimum Cost Housing Program.

2. Domestic Environments/Cultural Landscapes: Students in the DE/CL option worked under the supervision of Professors Annmarie Adams and Robert Mellin on a research study that focused national attention on the heritage value of Montreal’s Griffintown district. Students presented the work to considerable acclaim at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada.

3. History and Theory of Architecture: Students in the History and Theory option have been working under the joint supervision of Professor Alberto Pérez-Gómez and Lian Chang on preparations for the exhibition and publication of recent research associated with the international conference Reconciling Poetics and Ethics in Architecture, which will be held in Montreal in September, 2007, and which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the founding of the History and Theory program at McGill.

i) PhD Program

The PhD program, first approved in 1997, continues to attract outstanding scholars exploring a broad range of research subjects. Despite the lack of significant financial support available to incoming students, the program continues to grow and presently accommodates 33 students working primarily on topics in history and theory, as well as housing and material culture.

j) Exhibitions

Exhibitions form an integral part of the School’s strategy to frame a social and professional context for studies in architecture. The list below identifies public exhibitions that include the work of staff and students of the School, distinguished practitioners, and artists whose work attempts to develop links with architectural and urban issues. Exhibitions held this year included:

CurioCity (September 5 to 15, 2006)
An exhibition of History and Theory graduate studio work 2006.

Murdoch Laing (September 25 to October 6, 2006)
An exhibition of the submissions to the Murdoch Laing Design Competition 2006 (U3 class).

After Hours: Staff Expo (October 10 to 27, 2006)
An exhibition of the professional work of the full- and part-time faculty of the School of Architecture.

4e vie du bassin Peel: CCA Inter-University Charrette, 12th edition (Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, 2006)
An exhibition of submissions by McGill, U de M, Concordia, Laval, UQAM and Ryerson University to the CCA Charrette.

Radoslav Zuk - Reinterpreting Tradition: Ukrainian Churches and Museum Projects (November 6 to 24, 2006)
An exhibition drawn from the architectural work of Emeritus Professor Radoslav Zuk.

Colourful Glimpses: Manila's Urban Poor (November 27 to December 1, 2006)
An exhibition of the work of BuildAid in the Philippines (summer 2006).

M2 Final Thesis Projects (December 13 to 22, 2006)
Master of Architecture professional program final thesis projects.

Samuel Bail: Capturing Africa's Soul (January 8 to 19, 2007)
Photography from 5 months and 12,000 kilometres of cycling from Cairo to Cape Town.

Summer Course Abroad (January 22 to February 2, 2007)
An exhibition of student work from the Summer Course Abroad 2006 in Venice.

The Poetics of West Coast Modernism in West Vancouver (February 1 to 23, 2007)
An exhibition from West Vancouver Cultural Services (Ferry Building Gallery).

André Vecsei (February 6 to 16, 2007)
An exhibition of projects of the late architect André Vecsei.

Japan 2006 (February 26 to March 9, 2007)
An exhibition of student work from the Summer 2006 Wilfred Truman Shaver Scholarship trip to Japan. With the generous support of Toshiba Canada.

Ice Hotel 2007 (March 5 to 16, 2007)
An exhibition of the student submissions to the Ice Hotel competition in Quebec City.

Sketching School 2006 (March 12 to 23, 2007)
An exhibition of student work from Sketching School 2006 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Photographic Portfolios from Arthur Erickson: Critical Works (March 26 to July 31, 2007)
Photographs by Ricardo L. Castro.

Origami Pteranodon (April 17 to 20, 2007)
Dr. Robert J. Lang folds an origami pteranodon from a 4.25m-square piece of paper. In conjunction with the Redpath Museum.

Studio Work 2006-2007 (May 1 to 31, 2007)
Highlights of student work from the studios of Fall 2006 and Winter 2007.

k) Lecture series

1. Lectures by visitors continue to provide an important point of contact for students with academics and practitioners. The most important of these is our regular Fall and Winter evening program, which is coordinated by Professor Martin Bressani and a team of active and committed students.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, 2006 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate (17 October 2006)
(David J. Azrieli Lecture in Architecture)

Radoslav Zuk, McGill School of Architecture (14 November 2006)
"Geography, Culture and Architecture"

Nasrine Seraji, Atelier Seraji (21 November 2006)
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"
(Sheila Baillie Lecture)

Adam Caruso, Caruso St John Architects (3 January 2007)
"Specific Objects"
(Siew Fang Chan Lecture)

Ulrike Brandi, Ulrike Brandi Licht (6 February 2007)
(Canlyte Lighting Lecture)

Liza Fior, muf (16 February 2007)

David E. Eckmann, Magnusson Klemencic Associates (27 February 2007)
(Steel Structures Education Foundation Lecture)

John Shnier, Kohn Shnier Architects (6 March 2007)
(Gerald Sheff Visiting Professor in Architecture)

Iñaki Ábalos, Ábalos & Herreros Arquitectos (12 March 2007)
(William Hobart Molson Lecture)

Aaron Sprecher, Open Source Architecture (19 March 2007)
"Affluence, Influence, Confluence"

Mirko Zardini, CCA (27 March 2007)
"Asphalt"

2. Twelve additional lectures, a continuation of the Architectural Students’ Association’s very successful lunchtime Brownbag Lectures, were presented by prominent Montreal architects, faculty and other visitors in the fall and winter.

Arrien Weeks, Green Hat Design+Consulting (24 October 2006)
"ECOHOUSE: from class project to construction"

Radu Juster, McGill Office of Planning and Institutional Analysis (31 October 2006)
"Exploring film + video: Game Over (a fictional film) + Greece: sea, sun and old rocks (a multimedia presentation)"

Anick La Bissonnière, Atelier Labi (6 November 2006)
"Making Sens: Architecture in Scenography"

Henri Cleinge (14 November 2006)
"Recent Works"

Annie Lebel, Atelier In-Situ (21 November 2006)
"Cross Section"

Petr Franta, Petr Franta Architekti & Asoc. (23 January 2007)
"Contemporary Practice in the Czech Republic"

Tamzyn Berman, Pastille Rose (30 January 2007)
"Graphic Design"

Trevor Davies, Saucier + Perrotte Architectes (6 February 2007)
"Managing Design"

Marc Mayer, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal (13 February 2007)
"Silo No. 5: Musée d'Art Moderne"

Zafer Sagdic, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey (6 March 2007)
"The Relationship between Architecture and Politics in the Design of Ottoman Palaces"

Pieter Sijpkes, McGill School of Architecture (20 March 2007)
"Constancy and Change"

Natalie Grenon, Sartogo Architetti Associati, Italy (29 March 2007)

3. Two special lectures related to the BuildAid program were also presented.

Dr. Melba Padilla Maggay, Institute for Studies in Asian Church and Culture (26 Sept. 2006)
"BuildAid and Manila: Rebuilding the Slums"

Yan Claprood and Omar Farid (27 November 2006)
"BuildAid: An architectural response to man-made disasters in Manila"

l) Student travel

1. The 2007 Shaver Scholarship traveled to Tunisia, with Professors Richard Klopp and Pieter Sijpkes leading a group of nine students on a study tour of ancient, traditional and contemporary architecture.

2. 23 students participated in the 2007 Summer Course Abroad in Greece, under the direction of Professor Ricardo Castro.

3. The 2006 Sketching School took place in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Celebrated Canadian Architect Jack Diamond participated in the exercise as an invited guest critic.

m) Student governance and participation

The Architecture Students’ Association (ASA) remains extremely active in the School and in the university community. The ASA Council and other student volunteers contribute enormously to the academic and social life of the School. Their enthusiastic participation in the Annual Phonathon, Open House, Orientation, Reunion, Recruiting and other activities, including a number of regular and spectacularly successful parties, is pivotal.

n) Non-academic human resources

1. Present complement: a fine team of six persons whose professionalism and cheerful dedication contribute enormously to the quality of life and collegiality in the School. In the basement, Workshop Technician David Speller, whose legendary sang-froid and mysterious unflappability present a nice contrast to the raucous (machine-based) whines and shrieks usually emanating from the workshop, continues to work with staff and students to integrate new and old modeling strategies into the curriculum. Student Advisor Mary Lanni-Campoli runs the professional program with grace and efficiency, while Marcia King and Luciana Adoyo together coordinate our post-professional Master and PhD programs, respectively, with equal care and attention. Multi-media coordinator Carrie Henzie looks after all things media-connected and Accountant Veena Gujrati keeps the cash flowing. David Krawitz, crisis manager and unofficial school chaplain, seems to coordinate, facilitate and enable just about everything else, frequently in response to outrageously inappropriate last-minute requests from both staff and students.

2. Notwithstanding the effectiveness of the present complement, the School remains understaffed in key technical and administrative areas of service. Each of the Visiting Teams responsible for the accreditation and program reviews in 2006 comments on the need for additional support in these areas of the School’s operation. Therefore, the School’s submission for the 2007-08 budget exercise included detailed proposals for additional administrative and technical support. Following is an extract identifying key requests:

a) Anomaly adjustments to the present salaries of clerical, technical and administrative staff are urgently needed.

b) New support positions required: (in order of priority)

1. administrative: a new entry-level position to support an expanded operation (reception, general secretarial, support for adjuncts and other part-time staff) and also free the Student Advisor for more effective counseling, colleges and schools liaison, recruiting, admissions, exchange program and other related activities. (required: $35,000) The need for this position has been identified as a priority by the Visiting Teams in the accreditations of March 2006 and March 2001.

The additional demands on administrative staff resulting mainly from the recent expansion of the professional and graduate programs have been managed in the last few years with the temporary support of a casual (work/study) appointment in the administrative area and considerable amounts of voluntary overtime on the part of the Student Advisor and Graduate Program Secretaries. A new permanent position will allow us to remedy a problem identified in our last accreditation exercise as a threat to the effective and appropriate management of the School.

2. technical (workshop and general school): a new entry-level position shared between the workshop and general operations (studios, labs, crit rooms, exhibition room). (required: $30-35,000). This position could also be shared between Architecture and Urban Planning. It should also be noted that this position was identified as a priority by the Visiting Team in their External Review Report of July 27, 2006.

The nature of the teaching environment in a School of Architecture, specifically, the network of studios and crit, exhibition and seminar rooms requires logistical and custodial support - from emergency duct tape to special furniture setups for project presentations - that are well beyond the capacity of the University's custodial resources. In addition, the presence of only one support staff in the workshop makes us extremely vulnerable in the event of accident or illness. A second person makes it possible to preserve access to the workshop, an essential teaching resource, and provides additional security during periods of peak usage.

3. administrative: a new entry-level position to support the proposed joint program in Urban Design, shared between Architecture and Urban Planning. (required: $30-35,000)

 

Prof. David Covo
Director