Forum Lecture: Indigenuity

March 6, 2023

6:00 pm EST



Annual Charles Gordon Lecture on Society and Design


Date: Monday, March 6, 6:00 p.m.

Location: Ottawa Art Gallery, 10 Daly Avenue

Speaker: Alfred Waugh


Free and open to the public.


Vancouver-based architect Alfred Waugh discusses the work of Formline Architecture, including the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre on the UBC campus, which won a 2022 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.


Alfred Waugh

Founder, Formline Architecture

Alfred Waugh, the founder of Formline Architecture, specializes in culturally and environmentally sensitive projects and has extensive experience with First Nations, cultural societies, and educational institutions.


His firm is dedicated to developing solutions that reflect the culture, community, and geographic regions specific to each project. The designs directly respond to site context, topography, climate, and regional materials. And as part of a sustainable design philosophy, Waugh aims to maximize comfort, longevity, functionality, and energy efficiency.


Waugh is Status Indian and part of Treaty 8. He was born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. He was the first Aboriginal person to graduate with honours from the UBC School of Architecture (in 1993) and become LEED certified and a registered architect. Prior to his architecture degree, Waugh acquired a Bachelor of Arts majoring in urban and regional analysis at the University of Lethbridge (in 1989). He is influenced by native culture, the northern climate, and frontier architecture. His connection to, and respect for, nature is inherent in his work.

About Forum Lecture Series: Perspectives 


The annual Forum Lecture Series is presented by the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at Carleton University. 


The 2022-2023 lecture series encompasses a variety of perspectives on topics that relate to each of the school’s three specializations:   


•  Design — Ron Thom: Life, Art, and Architecture (Adele Weder) and Indigenuity (Alfred Waugh) 

•  Conservation and Sustainability — Art | Architecture | Craft: a museum for the future (Jennifer Luce) and Adapting —Design in a Fully Built Metropolis (Sol Camacho) 

•  Urbanism — City Building in Context: a Conversation (David Wex, Michael Sørensen, and Joe Lobko) 


The series also engages the issue of Indigenous people and housing — Housing (for) Canada’s Indigenous Populations (Jake Chakasim, David Fortin, and Mark Maracle). 


We are also pleased that the speakers include two Carleton University alumni (Jennifer Luce and Joe Lobko) and a 2022 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture winner (Alfred Waugh). 



We acknowledge the generous support of our founding sponsors: 

Charlesfort Developments 

GRC Architects 

Hobin Architecture 

IBI Group 

Merkley Supply 

Trinity Development Group