RESEARCH
Building Inspiring Futures
Researchers in the Faculty of Architecture are actively engaged in a wide variety of projects impacting how the built environment is designed, constructed, experienced and understood. Our researchers propel innovation and insight, contribute to disciplinary knowledge, and help society envision, comprehend and create more sustainable and inspiring environments.

Research in the Faculty of Architecture is diverse in topic, method and scope. This diversity stems from the range of allied disciplines – architecture, environmental design, interior design, city planning and landscape architecture – as well as from diverse research agendas of individual faculty members and students. Research spans design, planning, technology, arts, ethics and philosophy, while intersecting with the goals and mandates of all three federal Tri-Agency funding programs: the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Research is supported by well-equipped making and thinking facilities, including the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (C.A.S.T.), the FABLab, and the Architecture/Fine Arts Library. The Faculty of Architecture also benefits from a wide variety of Research Centres, Institutes, Facilities and Groups within and beyond the University of Manitoba.

Thanks to the centrality and complexity of Winnipeg’s milieu, our research is both local and global – addressing issues facing urban and rural Manitobans, including the need for affordable housing and Indigenous design, while engaging global issues such as human rights and environmental responsibility.   

Research Specializations
Faculty of Architecture research is both productive and reflective, critical and creative – projecting better futures and learning from past discoveries, while addressing present challenges and opportunities. Faculty of Architecture researchers aim to design sustainable cities; materially improve construction techniques; enhance the energy efficiency of building envelopes; explore and evaluate how environments impact health and happiness; and foster critical understanding and agency through community engagement, creative experimentation, and historical and theoretical inquiry. These complementary modes of research produce and mobilize knowledge in ways that positively influence not only design practice, pedagogy, and public policy, but also current perceptions of the built environment and its cultural and material value.

Collaborative and Interdisciplinary
The Faculty of Architecture is committed to pursuing research excellence while fostering a supportive and collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment. We welcome new research collaborations with academic, industry, government and community partners. We also look forward to involving new students – the next generation of researchers – in the shared pursuit of knowledge creation and design excellence.

The Faculty of Architecture recognizes different forms of scholarship (applied scholarship, creative work, professional practice and research), as outlined in its Guidelines for Tenure and Promotion. Faculty of Architecture research supports the Faculty of Architecture Strategic Plan, the University of Manitoba Strategic Research Plan, and the University of Manitoba Strategic Plan: Taking our Place (2015-20), while respecting the principles of academic freedom embedded in the University of Manitoba Faculty Association Collective Agreement.

For more details on individual research areas, see the Faculty of Architecture Research News, and the faculty profiles of Ph.D. Advisors and Academic Staff.

Research inquires may be directed to the appropriate researcher; the Associate Dean Research; and/or the Office of the Dean.