Johan Voordouw

Associate Professor, Associate Director Undergraduate

Johan Voordouw is a registered architect in the UK. Prior to his appointment at Carleton University, Voordouw taught at the Leicester School of Architecture and London Southbank University in England. He has worked in professional practice in London, most notably at Foster + Partners, and in Canada and the Netherlands.

His visual work has been extensively published and exhibited in Canada, the United States, England, Austria and the Netherlands. Venues include the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna, International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam, Royal Academy Summer Show London, and the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Voordouw’s research interests include digital design practice, new modes of architectural representation, and its
connection to fabrication and emerging theoretical discourse. Recently, he attended the Art Omi Architecture Residency in Hudson, New York. With a multi-disciplinary team of scholars and academics, he was shortlisted for the Canada Pavilion at the 2020 Venice Biennale.

In early 2020, Voordouw staged exhibitions showcasing his New Image of Home and Cloud Formations projects.


Master of Architecture – Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London

Bachelor of Environmental Design – University of Manitoba


ARCS 5500 – Thesis

ARCS 5031 – M.Arch 1 Studio 1

ARCS 4107 – BAS Studio 7

ARCH 5002 – Advanced Theories of Representation


Emelie Desrocher-Turgeon, Ozayr Saloojee & Johan Voordouw “Being and Medium: Fish and Water” in LapsusLima (September 2019)

Johan Voordouw “Digital Line: Architecture’s Expanding Thread” in The Plan Journal, vol. 4, No. 1, (2019)

Johan Voordouw, “Cloud Formations: Operations of Ambiguity”, Playing with the Rules: ACSA Fall Conference,
Milwaukee, U.S.A. (2018)

Johan Voordouw, ‘No One is Home’. Chon, Jae-Sung. ed. House Us (Winnipeg: OCDI Press, 2018): 126-133

Johan Voordouw, ‘Re-Visiting Utopia: Digitality to Augment Moments of the Real’, AMPS Proceedings Series 12:
Critical Practice in an Age of Complexity (Architecture, Media Politics and Society) 2018, 202-209

Johan Voordouw, ‘Topology & Interiority: Folding Space Inside’. Marinic, Gregory, ed. The Interior Architecture Theory Reader (New York: Routledge, 2018): 318-326


Johan is establishing a  research-based design practice with his colleague Ozayr Saloojee. This practice will continue the line of design thinking established through the Fluid Boundaries project, and aims to develop socially, and environmentally considered projects and installations.