Building 22 Edition 23 showcases creativity of Carleton architecture students

April 24, 2024

The latest edition of Building 22 features a curated selection of 109 exemplary student projects, showcasing the talent, creativity, and dedication of students at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism.

Established in 2009, Building 22 is an annual student-initiated publication. Edition 23 displays work from all four years and streams of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program (Conservation & Sustainability, Design, and Urbanism) and the professional two-and-three-year Master of Architecture programs.


The publication is available to purchase in both physical and digital formats and is available for pick up or can be shipped.


With contributions from 137 students, this stunning 240-page book offers a captivating glimpse into the world of Canadian architectural education and practice.


From first-year drawings to graduate thesis to competitions, the book spans the spectrum of architectural education, providing insights into the evolving landscape of architectural design. The selected work demonstrates beautiful imagery and technical proficiency, highlighting designs that are represented in unique ways or have a high degree of resolution, both in drawing and written expression.


Edited and designed by Cameron Penney and Nupur Agrawal, the publication serves as a testament to the rigorous education and creative potential of architecture students in Canada.


“This edition can be seen as a reference guide for architectural inspiration, editorial design, creative problem solving, and interdisciplinary positioning,” they say.

Edition 23 also underscores the next generation of designers’ commitment to addressing pressing societal issues through thoughtful and innovative design solutions. Under the theme “Common Cause,” the publication shows projects that reflect a commitment to architecture in the public interest and address social, environmental, and political challenges through design.


“There is a remarkable commitment in this School to social and environmental justice, and the projects gathered in this book show all the ways in which we might stand up to this responsibility as designers,” said Dr. Anne Bordeleau, director of the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism.


The entries include projects nominated by faculty, and, for the first time, self-nominations by students. The editors wanted to increase inclusivity among the student body, so they inaugurated a self-nomination portal for students “to extend their creative boundaries beyond course deadlines and submit projects that may not have been considered otherwise.”

Edition 23’s cover takes inspiration from the primary entry of the Architecture Building at Carleton, specifically the window mullions.


“This material transparency emphasizes the iterative workflows explored on trace paper at the architecture school,” explain Penney and Agrawal.


“The diagonal hatched poche acts as an interstitial link between studio and practice, highlighting hand-drawn hatching and its relation to the typical architectural CAD drawing conventions. As a relief to these elements, the super graphic ‘23’ is revealed, both in cover, poster, and in a transposed position.”

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