Department of Architecture
305A Architecture 2 Building
56 Curry Place
University of Manitoba
(Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2M6
M. Arch., Manitoba
Professor Enns works across disciplines on a wide range of research and creative projects. Maintaining an active architecture practice, curating exhibitions, producing publications, and lecturing widely, he explores new territories of design innovation in architecture, urban design, product design, interdisciplinary creative practice, and digital technology. Professor Enns was Seconded (40%) to the University of Winnipeg as Director, CISCO Innovation Centre for Collaborative Technologies, the University of Winnipeg (2012-18)
Invited to join the Architect Selection Committee for the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) Inuit Art Centre, Prof. Enns has been a member of the Building Committee since 2012. He has served on the WAG Board of Governors for two consecutive 3-year terms.
Prof. Enns is active in practice, including Architecture, Urban Design, Product Design, Media, Publication and Exhibition Design and Curation.
Enthusiastic about the immediacy, density and interaction of installations, he has curated a number of exhibitions at the University of Texas at Austin (2010) and the University of Lapland (2011/2012). These explore immersive and media-rich spatial experience, including dense layers of 8 channel (U.Texas) and 4-channel (University of Lapland) spatial audio programming working collaboratively with Örjan Sandred and Gordon Fitzell from the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music. His most recent installation were in Iceland - the Strange Spaces exhibition at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts; a Masters I studio (Light & Space & Sound) in Hofsós, on the north coast; and an exhibition of Masters I Studio work in the Reykjavik City Hall, Iceland, October 2019.
Professor Enns collaborated with Dr. Serena Kashavjee on the Manitoba Modernist Architecture: 1945-1975 Exhibition at the WAG and the well-known book - Winnipeg Modernist Architecture: 1945-1975 – its second printing of 2,000 copies has sold out.
Mining Location J.O. 180: Experimental Buildings at Shoal Lake – a comprehensive overview of 20 years of design, fabrication and documentation on an island in Shoal Lake, Ontario - was published by the Center for American Architecture and Design, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin (2014), edited by Kevin Alter. Professor Enns served as Chair of the Editorial Board of MOSAIC: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal with Dr. Dawne McCance as Editor from 2000 to 2017. In 2019 he completed the University of British Colombia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Program Review as Chair.
His research interests include Pre-Fab Architecture as a means of integrating high-quality sustainable off-site construction techniques with low-carbon targets specifically for remote sites. Projects at Crow’s Nest Pass, Alberta (2010), Treaty Island, Lake-of-the-Woods (2012) and a series of energy efficient housing units for the IISD / Experimental Lakes Area (2016). With the exception of dual glycol/hot water boilers and cook tops the ELA Units operate entirely on solar energy, including appliances, lighting, radiant floor heat pumps, and communications and control systems. Active solar energy infrastructure is further supported by passive solar gain, high insulation values, compact and efficient spaces, wood stoves, and triple glazed windows. The Units operate year-round.
Future Studio: An Elective Course in Digital Technology for Undergraduate Architecture Option Students
Strange Spaces, Iceland
Your Own Harbour, Reykjavik Harbour, Iceland
MB Department of Architecture:
Light & Sound, Space & Span: Production & Collaboration Facilities for Iceland's Creative Economy
MB Department of Architecture + U. Texas at Austin School of Architecture Studio: Reykjavik Harbour, Iceland
Live + Work
Two Special Topics Courses: Hosted by EQ3
New Iceland: Designs for a Settlement Strategy on Iceland’s North Atlantic Frontier at Hofsòs
MB Department of Architecture + U. Texas at Austin School of Architecture Studio
Strange Spaces: Icelandic Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik, Iceland (November 2015)
Strange Spaces, MAKE, Winnipeg, Canada (March, April, 2016)
Mass Market Alternatives (Nov. 2017 - Jan. 2018)
John Szot Studio, Brooklyn, New York