Online attendance will be available upon registration


Thursday October 19, 2023   

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Exhibition Vernissage  

Location: Macdonald Harrington Building, Room 114, 815 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C2, CA


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Opening Keynote  

Location: Macdonald Harrington Building, G-10, 815 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C2, CA   

Welcome by David Theodore, McGill University  

Vikram Bhatt, McGill University  

Thousand Million Clients  

In Conversation with Ipek Türeli, McGill University, and Robert Mellin, McGill University  


Friday October 20, 2023   

8:30 am – 4:00 pm | Sessions  

Location: Thomson House, 3rd floor, Ballroom, 3650 Mc Tavish St, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2  


8:30 am – 9:00 am | Registration and Welcome   


9:00 am – 10:00 am | Session I  

Moderator: Gonzalo Lizarralde, University of Montreal  

Zeenat Niazi, Development Alternatives Group  

Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen: Affordable Housing in a Climate Constrained World – A View from India  

Jesus Navarrete, Inter-American Development Bank  

MCHG’s Teachings as Foundations to Improving Lives in Latin America and the Caribbean  

Balakrishna Menon Parameswaran, World Bank Group

Delivering Global Public Goods Through Local Governments


10:00 am – 11:00 am | Session II   

Moderator: Marie-Pierre McDonald, BC2

Tasneem Chowdhury, University of Illinois at Chicago  

Culture, Women, Toilets and MCHG: How the Other Half Lives  

Rachelle Navarro Åstrand, Sweco Sverige AB  

What Makes a Good Place for All to Live In?  

Varun Thautam, Varun Thautam Architects  

Design of Pedagogy as a Tool for Building  


11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Session III   

Moderator: Georgia Cardosi, University of Montreal  

Leila Marie Farah, Toronto Metropolitan University  

Designing for Urban Agriculture and Community Participation  

Rune Kongshaug, Produktif  

A futurist's retrospective on MCHG: It is always about people  

Meltem Yılmaz, Hacettepe University  

Campus Agriculture Applications in Hacettepe University within the Scope of Sustainability   


2 pm – 3 pm | Session IV  

Moderator: Arièle Dionne-Krosnick, McGill University  

Martha Schwindling, Studio Martha Schwindling  

Researching Research: Bauhaus Lab 2020  

Cassidy Johnson, University College London  

Housing and Urbanisation: Reflections on the MCHG, the Bartlett Development Planning Unit and Beyond  

Martien de Vletter, Canadian Centre for Architecture 

Minimum Cost Housing Archive at the Canadian Centre for Architecture 


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Session V  

Moderator: Ipek Türeli, McGill University  

Meredith Gaglio, Louisiana State University  

MCHG’s Sulfur Housing, 1971–1975: An Architectural Response to Canada’s Extractive “Commodity in Glut”    

Bushra Nayeem, University of Kansas  

Transitioning the Problem to the Possibilities  

Lee Stickells, University of Sidney  

Model students: The ECOL Operation 1970-1976  


6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Closing keynote   

Location: Faculty of Law, New Chancellor Day Hall, Room 100, 3644 Rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA  

Witold Rybczynski, University of Pennsylvania  

Green Before Green 


PDF icon Symposium


McGill University campus is accessible via public transportation. The event venues are accessible by elevator but not all are wheelchair accessible. 

Thomson House is accessible via ramp from the terrace adjacent to the side parking lot only. The event venue is accessible via elevator.

McGill University, 815 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C2, CA



We are proud to announce that our event has been awarded Gold Sustainable Event certification by the McGill Sustainable Events program run by the McGill Office of Sustainability


Nous sommes fiers d’annoncer que notre événement a été certifié comme événement D’Or par le programme Événements durables McGill du Bureau du développement durable de l’Université McGill




We respectfully acknowledge that McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations.


Back to top