Welcome to the MCHG

Founded in the 1970s, the Minimum Cost Housing Group was a research-practice unit of the School of Architecture of McGill University. Focused on human settlement problems related to housing affordability, grassroots community building, energy conservation, and food security worldwide, the MCHG researched various innovative construction materials to develop building components, low-cost sanitation, servicing systems, and urban agriculture projects. In addition to the students’ theses, the MCHG also had an active publication program to disseminate its research.

"Design for the Global Majority" Exhibition

02 OCT 2023 - 27 OCT 2023

Exhibition Vernissage 

19 OCT 2023 

Workshops and exhibition tours


News & Events

Design for the Global Majority Project

02 OCT 2023 - 27 OCT 2023


Minimum Cost Housing Group

Green Before Green

Closing keynote by Witold Rybczynski (Martin and Margy Mayerson Professor Emeritus of Urbanism, University of Pennsylvania)

20 OCT 2023 | 6:00 p.m.

Faculty of Law, New Chancellor Day Hall, Room 100.

Attendance via Zoom will be available upon registration.

Thousand Million Clients

Keynote by Vikram Bhatt (Professor Emeritus and former director of the MCHG, McGill University) in Conversation with Ipek Türeli (Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Architectures of Spatial Justice, McGill University) and Carmela Cucuzzella (Dean of Faculté de l'aménagement, Université de Montréal)

Welcome by David Theodore (Director of the School of Architecture, Associate Member of the Department of Social Studies of Medicine, and Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Health, and Computation)

19 OCT 2023 | 6:00 p.m.

Macdonald Harrington Building, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, Room G-10.

Attendance via Zoom will be available upon registration.

McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respect the Kanien’kehà:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet.

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