Current PhD students

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


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


Christopher Clarke

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: christopher.clarke2 [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Zoë Cope

BS, Architecture (The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015); M.Arch(The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017)

 

Research interests and specializations :

 

  • The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
  • Architecture & Narrative
  • Alternative Preservation Mechanisms
  • Atmospheres & Presence
  • ArchitectureHistory andTheory

 

Thesis title: Polia's Ghost: Unearthing theFemaleVoice of theHypnerotomachiaPoliphili

 

Supervisor: Alberto Pérez-Gómez

Email : zoe.cope [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


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


Fiona Kenney

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Emailfiona.kenney [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Anna Halepaska

Supervisor: Salmaan Craig

Emailanna.halepaska [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”

Nathalie is supported by the Fonds National de la Recherche, Luxembourg (11273634).

 

Supervisor: Alberto Pérez-Gómez

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


Maxime Leblanc

Supervisor: Theodora Vardouli

Email: max.leblanc [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

Magda standing in front of a lake

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 Settler-Colonial State, 1920-1970s."

 

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: “Reading Architectural Evidence through the Montreal WCTU Sheltering Home Register”

 

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


Peter Osborne 

BCom, Queen’s University (2008); MArch, University of Toronto(2014); MDes Energy & Environments, Harvard University (2019)

 

Research interests and specialization:

  • Construction ecology
  • Architecture & design theory
  • Ecological economics
  • Environmental assessment & development
  • Uneven social & ecological exchange

 

Thesis Title: “Terrestrial Architecture: A World-Socioecological Analysis of Building”

 

Supervisor: Kiel Moe

Email: peter.osborne [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Elissavet Pertigkiozoglou

Supervisor: Theodora Vardouli

Emaileliza.pertigkiozoglou [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:

  • History of 19th and early 20th-century scientific aesthetics

  • Exchanges between art, architecture and psychology

 

Thesis title: “Doctors of L’Esprit nouveau: Experimental Psychology and the Modern Aesthetic Subject, 1920-1925”

 

Supervisor: David Theodore

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


Ali Reza Shahbazin

BS in Arch, Qazvin Azad University, QIAU, Iran (2013); MArch, Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD, USA (2018)

Research interests and specializations:

  • City Novels
  • Imaginary Cities
  • Architecture and Literature
  • Fictive Space
  • Middle Eastern Art and Architecture Studies
  • Narrative Architecture

Thesis title: “The Depiction of a ‘City’ as a ‘Protagonist’ in the Middle Eastern City Novels”

 

Supervisor: Alberto Pérez-Gómez

Email: ali.shahbazin [at] mail.mcgill.ca


Cigdem Talu

 

B.Arch, Politecnico di Milano (2012); M.Arch (Professional), Politecnico di Milano (2015); M.Arch (Post-Professional, History and Theory of Architecture), McGill University (2016)

 

Research Interests and Specializations:

  • Nineteenth-century architecture and urban atmospheres in London
  • Gender, sexuality, and space
  • Late-Victorian women’s press and magazines
  • Public space and social agency

 

Thesis title: The Flâneuse and the Metropolis: Urban Atmospheres in Late-Victorian Women’s Writing

 

Supervisor: Martin Bressani

Email: merve.talu [at] mail.mcgill.ca

 


Giacomo Valzania

M.Arch, University of Bologna (2013); M.Arch. Post-prof. Urban Design and Housing, McGill University (2017)

 

Research interests and specializations:

  • Suburban landscapes
  • Collectivehousing
  • Urban space and right to the city
  • Immigration
  • Postmodernity

 

Thesis title: Of homes, domains, and boundaries : Immigration and the change of Toronto’s postwar suburbs since 1980.

 

Supervisor: Nik Luka

Email: giacomo.valzania [at] mail.mcgill.ca


 
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