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Connor O'Grady

Contract Instructor

Connor O’Grady is a registered intern architect with the Ontario Association of Architects. He has almost 10 years of experience working at leading firms in Toronto, New York, and Edmonton. O’Grady has worked on all phases of design and construction on a large range of building types, including ecclesiastical, light industrial, multi-unit residential, commercial office, and single-family homes.

He  also has urban design experience in the form of urban masterplans, residential subdivision layout, development of municipal built form guideline documents, transit-oriented development, and environmental impact assessments.

O’Grady previously held an adjunct professor position at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, teaching Introduction to Digital Fabrication.

His co-management of the 2013 ACADIA Conference, and participation in the installation of Philip Beesley’s Epiphyte Chamber in South Korea earned him the 2015 Alpha Rho Chi Medal.

O’Grady writes and presents on peer-to-peer education, as well as empathy as a tool for the aspiring architect.


Master of Architecture – University of Waterloo, 2015

Bachelor of Architectural Studies – University of Waterloo,  2012


O’Grady’s research interests lie at the intersection of professional practice and academic investigation. He seeks innovative informal and formal design propositions that subvert current built typologies resulting from city policies, guidelines and frameworks.

The intention is to find both place-based solutions and systemic evolution for solving human-centred concerns such as domestic living, affordable housing, incremental density, inclusive public space, and pedestrian-oriented streets.

His thesis dissertation explored diffuse, responsive environments for a future Dundas Square.