M.Arch. - Professional Advisors

Full-time staff

Annmarie Adams
Cultural landscapes studies; contextual design; institutional re-use; health and wellness; women/gender/sexuality; feminism; queer space; new domestic typologies; suburbia; design for children and other special groups; vernacular architecture; Eastern Townships sites; historic preservation and heritage issues.

Ricardo Castro
I am interested in PASSIONATE STUDENTS who may be interested in water in architecture, interventions in a historical fabric, yet better on projects that allow a true architectural exploration, focusing on phenomenology, hence sensorial experience (synaesthetics).

David Covo
Projects with tough programs and challenging planning issues;
Projects that explore concepts of site and landscape in urban and non-urban situations;
Projects at the water’s edge;
Projects that challenge conventional notions about the meaning and relevance of context;
Projects that call for new ways of thinking about design methods and building science;
Projects that make impossible demands on drawing and modeling skills;
Projects that treat building as an expression of knowledge and an adventure of ideas

Avi Friedman
Affordable and sustainable housing projects

Michael Jemtrud
Digital media; theories of representation; contemporary theory and philosophy of technology; cinema.

Nik Luka
Urban design, public space, urban form + morphology, sustainable revitalisation & regeneration of neighbourhoods, infrastructure projects, housing, landscape, images and meanings of the city, ecological design, urban agriculture/food in the city.

Robert Mellin
I enjoy working with students whose thesis projects embrace critical contemporary issues and who are interested in a degree of advocacy work through their thesis. In other words, the thesis is developed in such a way that it gives something back to the people, neighbourhoods, institutions, and/or community organizations that may be related to or affected by the project. As my research focus is on cultural landscapes (see the McGill Cultural Landscapes program description on the web), I am especially interested in students who would like to investigate particular places or particular living or working conditions. Things I look for in prospective thesis students: drawing and modeling by hand in addition to digital expertise, interest in histories and theories of architecture, likes Holl, Diller/Scofidio, Williams/Tsein. Things I shy away from in a thesis student: uses mainly AutoCAD, cuts all components of wooden models using the laser cutter, likes Calatrava.

Alberto Pérez–Gómez
Broadly speaking, Professor Pérez-Gómez’ research interests include phenomenology, ethics and poetics, architectural representation, and the reconciliation of the architect’s imagination within a shared culture or public. Current projects include a digital version of Polyphilo or the Dark Forest Revisited, an erotic narrative/theory of architecture that retells the love story of the famous fifteenth century novel/treatise Hypnerotomachia Poliphili in late twentieth-century terms. The titles of his most recent essays are: “Architecture and the Body” for a book entitled Art and the Senses; “The Problem of Genuis Loci” for a book on the work of Christian-Norberg-Schulz; and “Filarete’s Sforzinda: The Ideal City as a Poetic and Rhetorical Construction,” for a book entitled Imaginary Cities.

Pieter Sijpkes
1. A structural (or geometric) concept as a starting point. (concrete shells, space frames, tensile structures, mobile architecture etc.)
2. Computer-assisted form-finding. Parametric design. ‘File to factory’ design.
3. Projects that aim to reduce the use of energy in construction, operation or re-use.
3. Infill architecture (any project that attempts to insert a new building in an existing urban context)
4. Conversion, redesign and re-occupation of existing buildings.
5. New ways to densify the city (floating architecture, underground architecture, interstitial arcitecture, ‘cantilever’ architecture.
6. Projects that reduce the use of the private car in the city, (intermodal nodes, mountain- or river- or train track-tunelling (or -bridging) projects; also train, tram, bus, bicycle route improvement projects).
7. Many projects that do not fit the above descriptions would still interest me , if the student who proposes the project is truly interested and committed to it!

Rad Zuk
Cultural/religious topics/Music/Proportion

Part-time staff

Lawrence Bird
I’m interested in supporting student work related to urban design, particularly regeneration; work sensitive to the poetry of (especially disused) urban spaces but still willing to engage with other approaches to the city (development, urban planning, social science). I’m also interested in film as a way of poetically documenting the city and developing design sensibility.

Louis Brillant
I am interested in working with passionate students, on issues related to integration of new programs in existing buildings, urban narratives and history, usage of traditional techniques in contemporary ways and poetic re-imagining of sacred spaces.

Robert Claiborne
My interests lie more in the individual student, the concept and the process than the project type. I am looking for intelligent, engaged and thoughtful students with a spirit for adventure and a desire to challenge the accepted conditions and norms our built world. The thesis period offers an opportunity for a creative and exhilarating exploration. The ideas and the project should be challenging, both to the student and to the world of architecture.

Howard Davies
Revolutionary work that expands on the role and definition of architecture within society. Urban scaled work that reconsiders public domain. Work that explores the untapped potential of a multi-dimensional city. Investigations into the role of infrastructure past, present and projected. Work that explores media + drawing methods. Work within the unwanted and uncelebrated. Reality.

Richard Klopp
Cross-disciplinary subjects that deal with sustainability. Climate responsive design. Integration of landscape and architecture. Design of urban public

Annie Lebel
Urban project preferably in Montreal.
Projects adressing “friches urbaines” (Marginal urban areas / fringe conditions) near large infrastructures (highways, rail roads, viaducts etc…superimposed on the city)

Andrea Macelwee
Large scale cultural projects (interventions)
Interventions in existing (historical or non historical buildings)
Programmatic investigation (not functional but alternatives ways of exploring program: example; as choreography: as body in movement in space, phenomenal program, ritual and narrative etc)
Process oriented design work (discovery though structured investigations with focused portal to investigation (portal as history, event, memory etc)

David Theodore
Recent theses I have supervised have explored themes of politics and architecture (sexual, racial, social politics); reflections on the architectural probity of software; ironic and rhetorical programming; invagination of contemporary art and architecture.