About the School
Interim Director's Message
5 July 2021
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Year after year, over more than a decade at our school, I have had the pleasure to witness the exceptional abilities and talent of my colleagues and the students in our program. During the last year, our capacity for adaptability has been put to the test by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, and we have been re-conceiving, re-thinking, re-modeling our lives and its architectures from the inside out, changing our capacity for quality design, compassion, equity, and inclusivity through and beyond architecture!
As students, you have shown resilience, comradery, and an ability to support one another through unexpected challenges that affected many, including friends and families, in many different ways—and I want to acknowledge all those who have been affected by this.
After a challenging year troubled by a worldwide health crisis, we have begun planning our return to campus. I look forward to our future collaborations and to collectively constructing a vision for the future. This is an exciting time of renewal, where many and all voices, inclusive of dedicated faculty, staff, and students, will contribute to the discussions that shape and reshape who we are as a school, and I look forward to working together and share many conversations, ideas and plans.
French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy (Listening, 2002) stated that “communication is not transmission, but a sharing that becomes subject: sharing as subject of all subjects.”
Indeed, we will share opportunities along with the responsibilities for the world that we partake in—facing complex problems of health, climate change, equity, racial and social justice.
I am thrilled to welcome three new faculty members. Dr. Menna Agha was appointed Assistant Professor in Design and Spatial Justice. Assistant Professor Jake Chakasim brings his expertise in Indigenous Planning & Design, Sustainable Building Technologies, and Design-Based Research to the school. Dr. Omeasoo Wahpasiw brings to our university her expertise on Indigenous Culture, Values, and Spatial Heritage. Dr. Chakasim and Dr. Wahpasiw are cross-appointed with Carleton University’s School of Indigenous & Canadian Studies.
I would like to express my gratitude to retired Associate Professor Yvan Cazabon and Associate Professor Roger Connah for the many years of collaboration, teaching and research at our school.
I join the school in saluting our former Director, Professor Jill Stoner, and thank her for her six years of dedicated service to our school and community.
I look forward to welcoming you back to a hybrid & transmedial school!
Dr. Federica Goffi
Interim Director, Professor of Architecture
Co-Chair PhD Program, Architetto (Italy)
Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism
The Architecture Building - Building 22
Building 22 at Carleton University is much more than a fine example of the late-1960s Brutalist architecture. Its strict tartan grid contains dynamic spatial relationships that display a clear commitment to the exchange of ideas, the vitality of community, and democratic ideals. As a purpose-built architecture school, it acts both as a pedagogical tool and a model environment for creative learning.
The central Pit, two perpendicular “streets” on different levels, and complex visual transparencies lend an urban quality to the interior. These spaces host both formal and informal events. Small transformations over time have honoured the architects’ original vision of “building as laboratory.” Now 50 years old, the school and university are exploring renovation strategies to prepare the building for its next half-century.
The Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism
The School of Architecture opened in fall 1968 with 12 students and four faculty under the directorship of Douglas Shadbolt. The purpose-built architecture building followed four years later as the program grew in size and significance. A pivotal period in the school’s history took place under the directorship of Alberto Perez-Gomez (1983-86); it defined an era for the school’s pedagogy and left a lasting legacy of design thinking and production. These ideas have left a tangible layer onto the otherwise brut concrete walls.
Ottawa - Our Nation's Capital
The Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism continues to increase its profile and strengthen ties with Canada’s National Capital Region, home to 1.4 million people. Community interaction, essential to the school’s mission, occurs in many ways. The school’s Local Advisory Board (LAB), not only provides advice and advocacy but also keeps us informed about community-based initiatives to which the school can contribute. Interaction with the broader community occurs through collaborative projects, sponsorships, research, an expanding array of continuing education programs, and public programming, including the school’s Forum Lecture Series and exhibitions in its Lightroom Gallery.
The school uses the Ottawa region as a design laboratory, working with community associations, developers, design professionals, and local governments to promote design excellence and advocate on behalf of the built environment.
As many architects practicing in the region are Carleton alumni, good community relations are also good alumni relations. Alumni, and other design professionals, play an important role in the ongoing review of student work, which occurs in a very public forum.
Ottawa is home to national institutions of art and culture. As Canada’s capital, it also possesses a wealth of significant Canadian architecture, historical and contemporary.