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Mark Baechler holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture professional degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. Since 1999, Mark has practiced with the award winning firm of Teeple Architect Inc. in Toronto. Mark has been an invited design studio teacher at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, and in the second and third year undergraduate design studios at Carleton University School of Architecture. His areas of expertise include drawing, model building and sculpture. Mark is a Registered Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA).    


Kenneth (Jake) Chakasim holds a Master of Architecture professional degree from Ryerson University and a Civil Engineering Technology Diploma from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. In 2008, Jake assisted in the installation of 41° to 66° Architecture in Canada: Region, Culture, Tectonics at the Venice Biennale’s international architecture exhibition. Jake has cultivated an inter-disciplinary approach to architecture. Most recently, Jake has worked as Housing Policy Analyst with the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC) in Toronto. 



David Fortin holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Univeristy of Saskatchewan, a professional Masters of Architecture from the University of Calgary and a Ph.D in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Upon graduation, David worked for Eleven Eleven Architecture/MDB Design Group in Calgary. Since 2008, he has been an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman, Montana. Recent work includes the design-build of a straw bale potato storage building in Kenya. David is a Registered Architect with the Alberta Association of Architects, a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. 



Tammy Gaber holds Bachelor degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture from the University of Waterloo, and a Master of Architectural Engineering and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Cairo University. Tammy has taught design, theory and building sciences at the British University in Egypt, the American University in Cairo, and the MISR International University in Cairo. Dr. Gaber comes to LU from the University of Waterloo in Southern Ontario where she was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Architecture. She is a Licensed Architect with the Egyptian Society of Engineers. 



Randall Kober holds a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Randall has taught at both the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and has been a visiting critic both in Europe and the USA. During the past decades, he has lived and worked in the town of Dinkelsbühl, Germany. Randall has been a principal in the office of ANARCHITECTURES since 2004 where he brings together the skills of carpenter and architect in his constructions and exhibitions. 



Kai Mah holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University, a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies and a Ph.D. from the McGill School of Architecture. Kai is coming to LU from a position as an Assistant Professor the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where he was teaching Art History, Theory and Criticism. His dissertation focused on Residential Schools, entitled “Sites of Learning: The Architecture of Educational Reform  in Toronto (1847-1917).” Recent research includes the assimilation of African children in South Africa during apartheid. Kai is a Registered Architect with the Order of Architects of Québec/Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ).   



Terrance Galvin, MRAIC, is the Founding Director of the new School of Architecture at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Canada. Galvin holds a professional degree in architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia  (TUNS, 1987), as well as degrees in the history and theory of architecture from McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his doctorate (2003). Galvin has been the recipient of fellowships from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Fine Arts, Philadelphia; the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation, New York; the Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l'Aide à la Recherche (FCAR), Québec; and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in Ottawa.


Galvin’s teaching career began at TUNS, continued at McGill University in Montreal and was later at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he was the Director of the School of Architecture. In 2008, Galvin was awarded a ‘Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) Award for Teaching Excellence.’ Galvin’s committment to architectural education has led him to engage in a wide spectrum of roles, from teaching design studio and architectural history to conducting research projects on appropriate technology around the world to serving on the national accreditation board. He has been an active member of the Canadian Collegiate University Schools of Architecture (CCUSA) board and the Canadian Architectural Certification Board - Conseil canadien de certification en architecture (CACB-CCCA).


Galvin’s applied research in architecture during the last twenty years has enabled students and faculty to have meaningful exchanges regarding design and technology with local communities around the globe. Studies of local technology, housing, and community design have led to work with NGOs and research institutions in Peru, India, Thailand and Mexico. His ongoing engagement with vernacular practices relates deeply to cultural meaning and place; it involves a critique of development theory and supports ‘cultural sustainability’ through economy of means and appropriate building technologies, constantly referencing what Alberti termed ‘good fit.’


Galvin’s academic research has been funded through grants from Canadian government agencies, including CIDA, IDRC and HRSDC. In 1993 Galvin initiated the ‘RAIC-CIDA Youth Program in Architecture,’ which awarded grants to researchers at schools of architecture in order to study human settlement patterns in developing countries. He has since served on research juries for the Fonds de recherché sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) in Québec and for the IDRC ‘Ecopolis Program’ in Ottawa. He has published in select magazines and journals in Canada, the USA and Germany.  


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