David Theodore

Associate Professor


Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Health, and Computation

Associate Member, Department of Social Studies of Medicine

Member, Yan P. Lin Research Group on Democracy, Space, and Technology


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

david.theodore [at] mcgill.ca (Email) Tel. 514-398-6706 Macdonald-Harrington Building Room 309


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Graduate Teaching 2018-19

ARCH 652 Architectural History and Theory Seminar 2 | course outline  PDF icon arch-652-history_and_theory_2-fall_2019-syllabus-v03.pdf

ARCH 673 Architectural Design 2

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.


David Theodore (2018) Sound medicine: studying the acoustic environment of the modern hospital, 1870–1970, The Journal of Architecture, DOI: 10.1080/13602365.2018.1505770


Theodore, D., "’The Spiritual Aspect’: Gordon A. Friesen and the Mechanization of the Modern Hospital,"

Peter Gossage and Robert Rutherdale, eds.

Making Men, Making History: Canadian Masculinities across Time and Place (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018), 64–84.






David Theodore, "The Decline of the Hospital as a Healing Machine,"

 Sarah Schrank and Didem Ekici, eds.,

Healing Spaces, Modern Architecture, and the Body (New York: Routledge, 2017), 186-202. 

Active Research Projects

That '70s Hospital

FRQSC, Établissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs, "That '70s Hospital: The Architecture of University Teaching Hospitals in Canada, 1965-80" (L’hôpital des années 1970 : l'Architecture de l’hôpital d’enseignement universitaire au Canada, 1965-1980), 2016-2019.

L.E.A.P. Research Team 

  1. FRQSC, Soutien aux équipes de recherche, L.E.A.P. (Laboratoire d'étude de l'architecture potentielle), "Le projet d’architecture comme dispositif culturel aux interfaces critiques de la création, de la qualité, de la durabilité et de l'urbanité," 2016-2020.
  2. SSHRC, Insight Grants, "Architectural Quality for Cultural Institutions in Canada: Shifting Definitions within Awards of Excellence," 2017-2021. PI: Jean-Pierre Chupin. With Georges Adamczyk and Carmela Cucuzzella.

Evidence-Based Design

David Theodore, "Better design, better hospitals," CMAJ 2016.

Digital Research in Architectural Hsitory

CFI, Canada Foundation for Innovation - John R. Evans Leaders Fund, with Ipek Tühttps://mcgill.ca/architecture/node/1539/faculty/turelireli, 2015-2021, "Emerging Methods for Digital Research in Architectural History."


Trajectories: Networks of Architectural Education, with Ipek Türeli, 2015-2017.

The Digital Prison

SSHRC (McGill internal grant), "The Digital Prison," 2016-17.