Current Ph.D. students



Meltem Al

Elijah Borrero

Elisabeth Bouchard

Brian W. Brush

Youki Cropas

Maria Valentina Davila

Maria Patricia Farfan

Kimberly Gultia

Aniel Guxholli

Utku Karakaya

Nathalie Kerschen

Sonya Kohut

Ayca Koseoglu

Yildiz Ipek Mehmetoglu

Magdalena Milosz

Gonzalo Muñoz

Laura Josephine O'brien

Dijana Omeragikj Apostolski

Gina Page

Véronique Proteau

Aaron Richmond

Tanya Southcott

Julia Tischer

Alexandre Emmanuel Trudeau

Dustin Valen

Benjamin Wareing

 


 

Meltem Al

BArch, Middle East Technical University (2010); MArch, Middle East Technical University (2013); MA in Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles (2015)


Research interests and specializations:

  • neoliberal urbanism
  • urban politics
  • urban renewal
  • housing
  • fundamentalism in cities
  • urban social movements
  • architecture and social agency
  • right to the city

 

Thesis title: “Spaces of Capital, Religion, and Ideology: Fundamentalist Housing Enclaves in Istanbul”

 

Supervisor: Ipek Türeli

 

Email: meltem.al [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Elijah Borrero

BA (Mathematics), SUNY Albany (2001); MArch (Professional), Parsons School of Design (2013); MArch (Post-Professional), McGill (2016)

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • architecture, planning and military production in 20thc
  • architectural historiography
  • disciplinary exchanges

 

Thesis title: “Cold War Architectures: US Military Construction Campaigns in West Germany, 1950-1957”

 

Supervisor: David Theodore

Email: elijah.borrero [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Elisabeth Bouchard

B. Sc. Arch., Université Laval (2003); M. Arch., Université de Montréal (2005); registered architect, O.A.Q. (2011)

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • arctic architecture
  • history of science in the nineteenth and twentieth-century
  • arcticality, nordicity and the representation of the north
  • performance in architecture

 

Thesis title: “Imagining Performance: The Architecture of Arctic Field Science”

 

Supervisor: Theodora Vardouli

Email: elisabeth.bouchard [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Brian W. Brush

B.A. Environmental Design, Montana State University (2005); M.Arch, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (2010); M.S. Urban Planning, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (2010)

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • digital design
  • digital fabrication
  • interactive architecture
  • media architecture
  • media facades
  • light
  • public space
  • public art
  • design theory
  • community-based design

 

Thesis title: “Towards a Critical Media Tectonic: A Holistic Case Study on the Theory and Practice of Media Architecture and Its Relationship to the Political Economy of Place”

 

Supervisor: Michael Jemtrud

Email: brian.brush [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Youki Cropas

 

DEF Diploma (French Language and Cultural Studies), Université François-Rabelais de Tours, France (2000); B.E.D.S. (Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies), Dalhousie University (2003); M.Arch I, Dalhousie University (2006); M.Arch II (History and Theory option), McGill University (2016)

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • institutions
  • social role of architecture
  • human geography
  • architecture and landscape
  • architectural experience and perception
  • critical reflections on architectural history and theory
     

Thesis title: “Institutional Intersections: Schools, Medicine, and Health, 1890-1920”

 

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: youki.cropas [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Maria Valentina Davila

Master Degree in Architecture, Los Andes University (2007); M.Arch (Construction), Madrid Polytechnic University (2009); Interior Architecture Post-Professional Master, Madrid Polytechnic University (2010); History and Theory of Architecture Post-Professional Master, McGill University (2014)

Research interests and specializations:

  • servants and service spaces throughout history
  • domesticity and the meaning of home
  • power and agency in Latin American architecture
  • Latin American housing policies
  • women’s influence in the informal housing system: barrios and favelas of Latin America
  • architecture, built environment and the construction of class identities in Latin America
  • social justice and space

 

Thesis title: “Women in the Home Front: Venezuelan Domestic Workers and the Appropriation of Architecture”

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: valentina.davila [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Maria Patricia Farfan

BArch, Piloto de Colombia University (1999); MArch, McGill University (2003)

Research interests and specialization:

  • Nasa-Paéz indigenous community, architecture, territory, culture, landscape, spiritual belief, mythology, tradition
  • Andean mountain, defense, dwelling, sacred orchard, resilience

 

Thesis title: “Architecture and Tradition: Nasa Yat (Cosmo-Centered Dwelling) and the Tull (Sacred Orchard)”

Supervisor: Ricardo Castro

Email: maria.farfan_sopo [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Kimberly Gultia



BSArch, University of San Carlos (2003); BFA, University of San Carlos (2007); MArch, University of San Carlos (2015)


Research interests and specializations:

  • colonial and postcolonial cultural landscapes
  • vernacular architecture
  • domestic architecture and domesticity
  • gender, sexuality, and space
  • media, representation, and identity
  • material culture

 

Thesis title: “The Social Construction of the Modern Filipina and Postcolonial Domestic Architecture in the Philippines (1946-1986)”

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: kimberly.gultia [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Aniel Guxholli

Aniel pursued his studies in architecture and humanities in Venice, Brussels and Montreal, before coming to McGill in 2013 to continue his PhD in architectural history under the supervision of Prof. Martin Bressani. He received his B.Arch. and M.Arch. degrees at the Venice School of Architecture (Iuav), where he attended Francesco dal Co’s contemporary history course and wrote his final thesis on the north-east extension of the Léopold Quarter in Brussels under the supervision of G. Zucconi. He was a visiting student at the faculties of architecture of Université de Montréal and UCL-St. Luc in Brussels, and attended lectures at the Ca’ Foscari faculty of letters and linguistics and at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities of Venice International University. Aniel decided to pursue his long interest in Belgium and Art Nouveau architecture in his current doctoral research at McGill, focusing on the problem of Victor Horta’s sources and, as a secondary question, its urban diffusion through the endeavours of minor architects in Brussels.


Utku Karakaya

B.Arch., METU (2011); M.Arch., METU (2014)

 

Research Interests and Specializations:

  • design activism and humanitarian architecture
  • horizontal practice models and socially-engaged architecture
  • user involvement and participation in architecture practice
  • spatial justice and urban space politics
  • post-colonial theory and urban space

 

Thesis title: “Organizing for Public Interest and Spatial Justice: An Ethnography of Socially Engaged Architecture in Turkey”

 

Supervisor: Ipek Türeli

Email: utku.karakaya [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Nathalie Kerschen

 

B. Arch, ENSA Paris-Malaquais (2008); M. Arch, ENSA Paris-Malaquais (2010); Post-Professional MA Architecture, McGill-University (2011); BA Philosophy, Paris-Sorbonne IV (2014)

Research interests and specializations:

  • phenomenology
  • contemporary art
  • nature
  • geometry
  • computation

 

Thesis title: “CTRL+Z: On the Question of Nature in Bio-inspired Design and the Work of Olafur Eliasson”

Supervisor: Alberto Pérez-Gómez

Email: nathalie.kerschen [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Sonya Kohut

B.E.D., University of Manitoba (2005); M.Arch., T.U. Delft (2009); M.Arch. (History and Theory), McGill University (2013)
 

Research interests and specializations:

  • renaissance architecture
  • Vitruvius
  • history of science
  • early modern magic
  • early modern materiality
  • architecture and literary imagination

Thesis topic: “An Immaterial Architecture: John Dee’s Mathematicall Praeface to Euclid”

 

Supervisor: Alberto Pérez-Gómez

Email: sonya.kohut [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Ayca Koseoglu

BArch, Middle East Technical University (2009); MA (Architectural History), Middle East Technical University (2012)

Research interests and specializations:

  • politics of public space
  • urban movements
  • placemaking
  • architecture’s social significance
  • spatial justice

 

Thesis title: “Taking Place/Making Place: Civil Protest and Urban Design in Istanbul’s Beyazıt and Taksim Squares, 1960-2013”

 

Supervisor: Ipek Türeli

 

Email: ayca.koseoglu [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Yildiz Ipek Mehmetoglu


BArch, Middle East Technical University (2012); MA in Architectural History, Middle East Technical University (2014); Erasmus exchange, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville (2010-11)

Research interests and specializations:

  • gender and space
  • travel studies and architecture
  • art and architecture
  • transatlantic mobility
  • architectural modernisms

Thesis title: “Encounters of the Female Traveler: Gender, Architecture and Mobility in the Post-World War II”

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: yildiz.mehmetoglu [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Magdalena Milosz

BAS (Honours), University of Waterloo (2009); GDip, Cognitive Science, University of Waterloo (2015); MArch, University of Waterloo (2015)

Research interests and specializations:

  • Canada
  • colonialism
  • indigenous-settler relations
  • postcolonial theory
  • architecture and literature

 

Thesis topic: “'They Have Decided What Houses Will be Built': Indigenous Peoples, Architecture, and the Canadian State, 1920-1970"

 

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: magdalena.milosz [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Gonzalo Muñoz

BArch, University of Chile (2004); MArch, University of Chile (2006); Post-Prof Master (History & Theory of Architecture), McGill University (2012)

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • architectural representation
  • nineteenth-century panoramas
  • visual culture
  • architectural publications (printed)
  • photography

Thesis title: “The World as a Panoramic Backdrop: Quebec's Cyclorama at the Turn of the 19th and the 20th Centuries”

 

Supervisor: Ricardo Castro

Email: gonzalo.munoz [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Laura Josephine O’brien

BFA (Art History, minor in English Literature), Concordia University (2014); MA (Art History), Concordia University (2016)

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • gender, sexuality and space
  • nineteenth-century urbanism
  • spatial and feminist theory
  • human geography
  • feminist material culture


Thesis title: “Vice, Virtue and (In)Visibility: Single Women and the Architectural Network of the Montreal WCTU Shelter”

 

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: laura.obrien [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Dijana Omeragikj Apostolski

B.Eng. (Arch), Saints Cyril and Methodius University(2009); MPhil, Saints Cyril and Methodius University(2014); MArch, McGill University (2016)

Research interests and specializations:

  • embodiment, architecture, and architectural theories
  • anatomy and architecture
  • aesthetics and phenomenology
  • architectural history and theory with a focus on the Cinquecento
  • Cinquecento fortifications, military architecture, and theories

 

Thesis title: “Metamorphosis through the Extended Body: Michelangelo’s Theories of Architecture”

 

Supervisor: Alberto Pérez-Gómez

Email: dijana.omeragikjapostolski [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Gina Page

BHSc (Addictions Counselling, with Great Distinction), University of Lethbridge (2007); MArch, University of Toronto (2013)

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • healthcare and hospital design
  • behavioural science studies in hospitals
  • environmental psychology
  • evidence-based design and patient-centred care
  • post WWII to present

 

Thesis title: “Aspiring to Heal, Not Harm: The Impact of Evidence-Based Design on Canadian and American Hospital Architecture”

 

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: gina.page [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Véronique Proteau

B. Sc. Arch, Université Laval (2003); M. Arch, Université Laval (2005)

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • history, theory and contemporary practice of architecture
  • museum design
  • narrative and literary approaches to architecture
  • representation and communication in architecture

 

Thesis title: “Building Narratives: Storytelling through the Architecture of the Contemporary Museum”

 

Supervisor: Martin Bressani

Email: veronique.proteau [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Aaron Richmond

BA, University of King’s College (2002); MPHIL, University of Cambridge (2004); MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art (2014)

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • intersections in 20thcentury art and architecture
  • critical models in the psychology of space

 

Thesis title: “The Critical Reception of German Aesthetics within the French PeriodicalL’Esprit Nouveau, from 1920-1925.”

 

Supervisor: David Theodore

Email: aaron.richmond [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Tanya Southcott

B.ES (Pre-professional Architecture), University of Waterloo (2003); M.Arch (Professional), University of Waterloo (2005); Professional Specialization Certificate (Heritage Conservation Planning), University of Victoria (2011); M.Arch (Post Professional), McGill University (2013)

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • architectural photography
  • demolition and urban renewal
  • gender and space
  • visual and material culture
  • heritage conservation

 

Thesis title: “Memory Makers: Women, Photography, and Demolition in Montreal, 1966-1975”

 

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

 

Email: tanya.southcott [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Julia Tischer

B.Arch, Universidad del Valle (2004); M.Arch (Minimum Cost Housing), McGill University (2009)

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • gender, sexuality and space
  • cultural landscape studies and vernacular architecture
  • innovative architectural research methods
  • memory and space
  • spatial agency and public history
  • cultural geography

 

Thesis title: “Symbol, Shelter and Shack: Women’s Spaces in German Bunker Architecture (1940-1961)"

 

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: julia.tischer [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Alexandre Emmanuel Trudeau

 

BA (Honours Philosophy), McGill University (1997); MArch, McGill University (2017)

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • spatial justice and pathologies
  • outsider architecture and alternate domesticities
  • homeless studies
  • Canadian indigenous architecture
  • narrative frameworks

 

Thesis title: “The Architecture of Hidden Homes and Portable Domesticities among the Homeless in Metro Vancouver"

 

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: alexandre.trudeau [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Dustin Valen

BEDS, Dalhousie University (2006); MArch, Dalhousie University (2009); MArch post-professional, University of Toronto (2013)

 

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • history and theory of architecture
  • colonial cultural landscapes (focus on Newfoundland)
  • nineteenth-century environmental architecture
  • modern architecture in Canada

 

Thesis title: “Maritime by Design: Modernity and the Social-Politics of Landscape in Newfoundland, 1855-1939”

Supervisor: Robert Mellin

Email: dustin.valen [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Benjamin Wareing

BENJAMIN WAREING

MArch, Victoria University of Wellington (2009); MArch (Post-professional), McGill University (2014)

Research interests and specializations:

  • energy and exuberance in architecture
  • aesthetic theory
  • ecological urbanism
  • agonistic pluralism
  • research creation

 

Thesis title: “Reframing Cultural Value in Sustainable Design”

 

Supervisor: Michael Jemtrud

Email: benjamin.wareing [at] mail.mcgill.ca


 

 

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