Current PhD students

Meltem Al

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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: [at]

Elijah Borrero

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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]

Christopher Clarke

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Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: christopher.clarke2 [at]

Zoë Cope

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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


Supervisors: Alberto Pérez-Gómez/Chriscinda Henry

Email : zoe.cope [at]

Valentina Davila

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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]

Arièle Dionne-Krosnick

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BFA Art History and Studio Arts, Concordia University (2012); MA Visual and Critical Studies, SAIC (2014)


Research interests and specializations:

  • American Architecture
  • Critical race studies
  • Visual culture
  • Civil protest and the built environment


Thesis title (provisional): Spaces of Bathing: Architecture and Blackness in the United States (1954-1968)


Supervisor: Ipek Türeli

Emailariele.dionne-krosnick [at]

Remy Fortin

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B. Sc (Arch.) Université de Montréal (2017); MArch, McGill University (2020)


Research interests and specializations:

  • Passive thermoregulation and ventilation
  • Biogenic and regenerative materials
  • Material efficiency
  • Materials design
  • Adaptive comfort and thermal resilience


Thesis title: Design and co-optimization of biogenic thermal mass for passive cooling and natural ventilation


Supervisor: Salmaan Craig

Email: remy.fortin [at]

Kimberly Gultia

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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 Mestiza and the Morena: The Social Construction of the Filipina and Postcolonial Domestic Architecture in the Philippines (1946-1986)”


Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: kimberly.gultia [at]

Anna Halepaska

Supervisor: Salmaan Craig

Email: anna.halepaska [at]

Utku Karakaya

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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]

Fiona Kenney

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BA , Ryerson University (2018); MDes History and Philosophy of Design, Harvard University (2020)


Research Interests and Specializations:

  • end-of-life architecture; death studies
  • care, relationality, and care ethics
  • medical architecture
  • feminist theory
  • moral philosophy


Thesis title (provisional): Architecture as/of Care: Spatial Interpretations of Palliative Philosophies, 1967-2000


Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Emailfiona.kenney [at]

Nathalie Kerschen

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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 and architecture
  • nature and animal studies
  • geometry
  • computation


Thesis title: “CTRL+Z: Reclaiming Nature in the age of computational novelty. Alternatives in Architectural Design.”

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


Supervisor: Alberto Pérez-Gómez/Theodora Vardouli

Email: nathalie.kerschen [at]

Destiny Kirumira

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BA Mathematics & Physics, University of Alberta (2018); MArch, University of Calgary (2021)


Research interests and specializations:

  • Black Canadian architecture
  • Black diasporic studies
  • colonial and postcolonial cultural landscapes
  • vernacular architecture
  • domestic architecture and domesticity


Thesis title: Rebuilding the Black Home: The Architecture of Black Settlements in Canada (1780-1930)


Supervisor: Ipek Türeli

Emaildestiny.kirumira [at]

Maxime Leblanc

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B.Sc.(Arch.) Université de Montréal (2018); M.Arch. McGill University (2020)


Research interests and specializations:

  • Architectures of Simulation
  • Virtual Environments
  • History of Virtual Reality
  • History of Computing
  • Digital Media


Thesis title: "Architectures of Simulation: the Dome, the CAVE, and the Headset"


Supervisor: Theodora Vardouli

Email: max.leblanc [at]

Magdalena Milosz

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

Research interests and specializations:

  • Indigenous-settler spatial relations 
  • (settler) colonial space 
  • Indigenous architectures 
  • environmental humanities 
  • architecture and literature 


Thesis title: “'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]

Gonzalo Muñoz Vera

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


Research interests and specializations:

  • · architecture representation
  • · visual culture
  • · architecture education
  • · architecture publications
  • · global perspectives in urbanism


Thesis title: “What is True has no Windows: The Robert Burford’s Cityscape Panoramas at the Leicester-Square Rotunda (1824-1836).”


Supervisors: Ricardo Castro/Ipek Türeli

Email: gonzalo.munoz [at]

Laura Josephine O’Brien

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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]

Dijana Omeragić Apostolski

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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, anatomy, and pre-modern architectural treatises
  • Histories of matter, body, and Catholic humoral medicine
  • Early modern critical whiteness studies
  • Fifteenth-century fortifications and military architecture


Thesis title: “Technologies of Soul: Michelangelo’s Vital Spirit and Architectural Disegno


Supervisors: Alberto Pérez-Gómez/David Theodore

Email: dijana.omeragikjapostolski [at]

Peter Osborne 

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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: “Forest-Building: a new conceptual model for the integrated design of forests and building”


Supervisor: Michael Jemtrud

Email: peter.osborne [at]

Elissavet Pertigkiozoglou

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MArch, National Technical University of Athens (2016); MDes Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design (2018)


Research interests and specialization:

  • History of Architectural Practice
  • History of Computing and Information Technologies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Digital Humanities
  • Work Relationships, Labour, Collaboration


Thesis title: "Programmed Collaboration: Work Relationships in Software for Building Design, 1970-2010"


Supervisor: Theodora Vardouli

Emaileliza.pertigkiozoglou [at]

Aaron Richmond

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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]

Daniel Rondinel

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B.Arch. Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima (2004); M.Arch. Cornell University (2011)


Research interests and specializations:

  • Urban metabolism & the city as a system 

  • Entropy in architecture and urban development.  

  • Thermodynamics within the city 

  • Sustainable design & ecology 

  • Social and environmental impacts of the built environment


Thesis title (provisional): An urban metabolism study from a thermodynamic perspective. 2050 low entropy cities.


Supervisor: Naomi Keena

Email: daniel.rondinel [at]

Ali Reza Shahbazin

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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”


Supervisors: Alberto Pérez-Gómez/Sandeep Banerjee

Email: ali.shahbazin [at]

Cigdem Talu

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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: Women writers in the metropolis: Urban atmospheres in late-Victorian London


Supervisor: Martin Bressani

Email: merve.talu [at]

Beatriz Takahashi

Supervisor: Ipek Türeli

Email: beatriz.takahashi [at]

Giacomo Valzania

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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]

Erica Vinson

Supervisor: Annmarie Adams

Email: erica.vinson [at]

Katrin Zavgorodny-Freedman

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BA (Hons.) Art History, University of Toronto (2019), MA Art History, University of Toronto (2021)


Research interests and specializations:

  • West coast and Canadian architectural history
  • Collaborative and professional architectural networks
  • Art history


Thesis title: Building Pluralism: The Impact of Collaboration in Vancouver Architecture on Canadian Identity Building, 1963-1983


Supervisors: Annmarie Adams/David Theodore

Emailkatrin.zavgorodny-freedman [at]

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