Aurélien is an architect graduated from the Lyon School of Architecture.
He first worked alongside heritage architects in France before undertaking a doctoral thesis at the University of Montreal under the supervision of Jean-Pierre Chupin and Bechara Helal.

Thesis project title:
“Reciprocal transfers between physical and digital models in the architectural project”.

Like their analog counterparts, digital models influence architects’ appreciation of projects throughout the design process. These singular theoretical objects generate a great deal of critical analysis but are rarely theorized in conjunction with analog models, although these models are regularly used in concert. Ontologically, these productions are dissimilar: in terms of medium (what is the model made of?), objectives (what is the purpose of the model?) and temporalities (is it a static or dynamic model?). As the reciprocal transfers between the different medium diversify, the productions on either side of these operations potentially admit new uses and therefore new evaluation criteria. From a theoretical point of view, it seems essential today to question the factors put in crisis during the transfers between these different supports since these criteria will reciprocally participate in defining architectural quality. How do digital models contribute to redefining the evaluation criteria of the architectural project with or against analog models?

This research deals jointly with analog and digital models as instruments of representation and simulation of the architectural project. We propose to : 1) Update existing categorizations of modeling in architecture in order to situate these productions within the general theory of models, 2) Compare the different digital models to their supposed analog “equivalents” according to the proposed categorization in order to understand the modalities of transfers between them within contemporary practice, 3) Identify the biases and potentials of the joint and disjoint uses of these models through their interactions in order to improve and optimize their respective uses by designers.

Our theoretical framework is based on general categorizations of models that have already been the subject of attempts to adapt them to analog and digital models in architecture. This categorization will constitute the analysis grid that will allow us to study the successive iterations of the modeling of different projects. Considering that these iterations beget the evaluation of the project by the architect and thus its evolution, our methodological approach is in line with the qualitative and theoretical comparatism proposed by the Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). We will identify the similarities and differences between successive study models in order to identify how the characteristics of these models (supports, objectives, temporalities) influence the modification of the project and the creation of the next model.  In particular, we will seek to isolate different factors for evaluating the quality of architectural models that would prove – if applicable – specific to the design of the project in the digital age.

Angie Arsenault is an artist and researcher currently enrolled in the HUMA PhD Program at Concordia University where she focuses on fine art, deindustrialization and oral history. Angie is from the deindustrialized island of Cape Breton and much of her art practise and research employs memory, material culture and storytelling to examine life in and around ruination on the island. Angie’s artistic explorations generally manifest in sculpture, installation and performance, but she has recently been exploring book work. She holds both a BFA (2004) and MFA (2017) from NSCAD University where her Masters thesis project, Keeper of Industrial Memory, was awarded both a SSHRC and the Governor General Academic Gold Medal. Angie is also a trained goldsmith (VCC, 2009) and was the sole proprietor of a fine jewellery business for six years.

Title of research: Working through deindustrialization: Art and ruination.

Supervisors: Cynthia Hammond, Steven High and MJ Thompson

Aristofanis Soulikias is an architect and film animator. He is a PhD student at Concordia University, in the Individualized Program (INDI), under the supervision of Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella, Dr. Cynthia Hammond and Prof. Luigi Allemano, pursuing an interdisciplinary research-creation study with the title: Architecture and Film Animation: Visualizing and educating on the built environment through stop-motion and under-camera techniques, which aims at examining how Architecture and Film Animation can inform each other and evolve with the use of traditional stop-motion techniques that have re-emerged, owing to adapted digital technologies, as to engage citizens with their urban built environment and its intangible realms.

His B.Sc in Architecture and a B.Arch from McGill University were followed by a period of professional conservation work on Mediaeval and Post-Mediaeval monuments in Greece which, in turn, led to a scholarship by the Hellenic Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage towards an MA in Conservation Studies at the Archaeology Department of the University of York, UK, completed in 2010.

After a two-year fellowship at the Prince’s Foundation in London, UK, where he worked and received training on sustainable urbanism, Aristofanis returned to his native Montreal to learn the craft of film animation at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema of Concordia University, where he completed a BFA with distinction. His graduation film Last Dance on the Main, an animated documentary on the perilous state of Montreal’s built heritage and social fabric was selected by TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten for the year 2014, and won four awards in international festivals. That same year he received the Mel Hoppenheim’s Emru Townsend award in Film Animation.

Title:  Architecture and Film Animation: Visualizing and educating on the built environment through stop-motion and under-camera techniques

Supervisors: Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella, Dr. Cynthia Hammond and Prof. Luigi Allemano

Alexandra is currently a PhD student in the Doctorate Program in Architecture at the University of Montreal under the supervision of Jean-Pierre Chupin at the Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle (LEAP). She holds a Master of Applied Science degree from the University of Montreal and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from UQAM. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Ottawa.

Her master’s thesis was on Steiner-Waldorf schools architecture, an international pedagogical movement born at the beginning of the 20th century that gave rise to innovative school design. Her doctoral research project now aims to explore the epistemological, pedagogical and aesthetic underpinnings of contemporary school architecture.

Title: Comparative Analysis of the Relationship Between Architectural Strategies and Theories of Child Development in a Canadian Corpus of Contemporary Elementary Schools.

Research Summary: This dissertation focuses on the analysis of the forms and architectural spaces of newly constructed elementary schools in order to identify criteria for assessing the pedagogical and aesthetic value of school building architecture. This research will draw on a series of case studies to examine the relationship between form, spatiality and functionality as well as the role of architecture in child development. It aims to contribute to the development of a theoretical model that will better understand the didacticism of school building architecture as well as the social and cultural issues related to it. Methodologically, it will examine further elementary school projects in Canada that have received architectural excellence awards as well as school design competition.

Keywords: Architecture, School Building Architecture, Architecture Project, History and Theory of Architecture, Architectural Criticism, Education, Child Development, Architecture Competitions, Awards of Excellence

I am a PhD student in the School of Architecture at McGill University. My research, under the supervision of David Theodore, focuses on exchanges between architecture, planning and military production during the Cold War. My dissertation, titled Cold War Architectures: Four US Military Building Campaigns in the 1950s, examines the collaborative efforts of architects, engineers, planners, and military personnel at the start of the Cold War and seeks to examine how and why progressive architectural thought was adopted and adapted for military-war purposes.

I received a B.A. in mathematics from SUNY Albany, professional M.Arch I from Parsons School of Design, and post-professional M.Arch in history and theory of architecture from McGill. I am also a member of the Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle (L.E.A.P).

Title: Cold War Architectures: Four US Military Building Campaigns in the 1950s

Supervisor: Prof. David Theodore

Keywords: architecture, planning, military, cold war, US Army, West Germany

Cheryl Gladu, MBA, BIB, works on Collaborative Housing (cohousing), a form of intentional community that is co-developed, -designed, and –managed by its occupants. The finished communities have been described as “high-functioning neighbourhoods,” with a great deal of planned and spontaneous sharing of resources. The sustainable design innovations of these communities rarely rely on technology, but rather on design that facilitates human interdependence and collaboration. Using mix-methods, Cheryl’s research aims to document and better understand the processes used to successfully developed and managed cohousing projects in Canada, with a particular interest in the processes used to build a sense of community among participants.  She is a student in Concordia’s INDI progam under the supervision of Drs. Raymond Paquin, Paul Strivastava, Carmela Cucuzella, and Martin Racine.

Title: The Architecture of trust: Collaborative design and the establishment of trust in Canadian cohousing communities.

Sherif Goubran is a Ph.D. student in the Individualized Program (INDI) at Concordia University and a Vanier Scholar. He is conducting interdisciplinary research on building sustainability assessment within the fields of design, building engineering and finance. His PhD research investigates the alignment between local sustainable practice and global sustainability goals. His research focus includes building sustainability and sustainability assessment, behavioral approaches in design, building-occupant interaction in buildings as well as topics relating to sustainability in urban and architectural design. Sherif was awarded many scholarships and awards for his research work including the Vanier Canada Scholarship, the INDI Entrance Fellowship and the LEAP PhD Entrance Scholarship. Sherif presented his doctorate research in more than 3 international conferences, in professional journals, and books. He is also actively engaged in co-editing books and organizing research events. He completed a M.A.Sc. in building engineering at Concordia in 2016 with a focus on energy efficiency in commercial buildings. His masters research was published in more than 5 journals and 4 conference articles. During his masters, he received the Concordia University Retired Faculty and Staff Graduate Award. Before that, Sherif completed a B.S. in Architecture at the American University in Cairo (AUC-Egypt) where he graduated top of his class in 2014 and received the academic achievement award for the 5 consecutive years of undergraduate studies. Sherif also presented some of his undergraduate work in student conferences. Today, Sherif is actively engaged in several research laboratories, centers and groups where he teaches and conducts research in design, engineering, architecture and finance. He is also involved in several sustainability initiatives and projects at Concordia on the student as well as the administrative levels.

Title: Our buildings have credentials…Now what? “Green” Buildings and Sustainable Development Goals in Canada

Supervisor: Prof. Carmela Cucuzzella

Research Summary: Today, our understanding of sustainability in our cities and buildings is at crisis. The standards that we depend on are disconnected from the social, cultural and economic realities of both users and localities. In the last 10 years in Canada, 26% of the new awards in architecture are environmentally focused. Yet, we observe a clear gap between our technical definition of sustainability in buildings and the holistic Sustainable Development Goals. New frameworks and approaches are urgently needed to shape our future cities and urban environments. This interdisciplinary research tackles this problem on both the theoretical and practical levels. The research roots Sustainable Development Goals in local contexts and defines quality of sustainable design through critical design approaches. The research presents a theoretical model which is adaptable to different locations and goals, and confronts it with 13 award-winning architecture projects from across Canada. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be used to analyze the design, its description, and the users’ perspective for each project. This will enable us to understand the limitations and potentials of our current methods and the possible future directions. The research contributes to the theory and practice of environmental design within a number of academic fields. The outcomes will provide important insights for governments, scholars, practitioners and institutions to align building practices with local realities and holistic sustainability goals. The research supports Canada’s leadership in sustainable and clean-growth development in the built environment.

Keywords: Sustainable built environment, Environmental design, Sustainability assessment, Building sustainability, Sustainable development goals, Sustainability assessment tools, Local and global tensions, Contextual design, Theory of environmental design, Design assessment

Alessandra Mariani is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Université du Québec à Montréal. Her research focuses on the nature and aims of the interdisciplinarity of New York architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R). Her thesis explores the means developed by DS+R over forty years to widen their field of architectural interventions and alter their role as architects. The dissertation exposes DS+R’s undertakings in developing a cultural agency based on an assessment of the internal dynamics of the architectural discipline, their probing of the cultural conditioning produced by visual culture and mediated experience, and their maieutic centered on the creation of spaces promoting collective and individual subjectivization. Alessandra was awarded scholarships by the Fonds de recherche Société et Culture du Québec, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Faculty of Arts of UQAM and the Laboratoire d’Études pour l’Architecture Potentielle to conduct her research. In 2006, she founded the journal Museologies (, which mandate is to disseminate and promote interdisciplinary research focused on the plurality of functions and stakes of the contemporary museum’s environment. She has been the editor ever since. The double-blind reviewed articles by a recognized committee have attracted an international distribution of the journal to over two hundred museums and academic institutions and a Force Avenir Award (2009). Alessandra has published articles related to previously mentionned issues and architectural related themes, and gave papers on the progress of her doctoral research. Since 2011, she teaches the theory and history of modern architecture at the UQAM School of Design.

Adrienne Costa is a Ph.D. student of Montreal University (UdeM), with, as tutors, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Ph.D., and Rémi Papillault, HDR, within the framework of a cotutelle convention with the National Toulouse Architecture School (ENSAT).

After accomplishing her architecture studies at Paris Belleville (ENSAPB) and Toulouse (ENSAT) in 2006, she created her firm in 2010 in the Pyrénées-Orientales, constructed mainly academic and social buildings (CROUS of Perpignan) and took part to competitions (Cathedral Space in Perpignan). Since 2012, she teaches with the National Toulouse Architecture School.

Her doctoral research establishes section through the history of architectural representation, considering its links with resistance doctrines which may occur during crises of the discipline and the profession.

The section, a manifestation of doctrinal resistances to architectural crisis

The section, abstractive figuration, allows showing a sight of the invisible: the inside, the outside, the ground, the sky, what divides them, links them or includes one into the other. It shows the shades of proportions and the relationships between man and nature. This results it to be a visualization device as well as a theoretical device; a geometric construction as well as an analytical drawing.

Whereas architects have numeric technologies which offer the possibility of showing volumes as they are wanted to be seen, the section shows them as they will not be seen, but as they are designed, built and as a tangible experience. Looking to the section today, is to take account of the context in which software and 3D models are conceived, in such a way it is nearly impossible to start drawing – and so thinking- a project from the point of view of the section.

By analyzing sections acting as manifests, collected from treaties and publications, it is wished to identify the disciplinary and professional inputs of the architectural section as a theoretical retroactive and reflexive tool for designing and teaching.

How does the section, as a theoretical and practical instrument for a doctrinal body, positions in the field of architectural representation studies in front of professional crises and disciplinary mutations?