Professor / Associate Dean
Faculty of Applied Science & Technology
Teaching & Research Interests
Scholarship, Research & Creative Activities
Shannon Pirie is a Professor and Research Coordinator for the School of Architectural Technology at Sheridan.
After completing her Bachelor of Architecture at Carleton University, Shannon continued her academic evolution earning her Post-professional Masters of Architecture at McGill University in Minimum Cost Housing, then her PhD at the Université de Montréal where she defended her dissertation on Architectural Devices and the Idea of Home in 2015.
Shannon’s experience in higher education has been widespread. Having previously been a lecturer at McGill, and now with 11 years at Sheridan as a Professor and 5 years as the Architectural Technology Research Coordinator, Shannon has a breadth of knowledge delivering a practical and theoretical knowledge-base. As Research Coordinator, Shannon is frequently applying for, and receiving, research grants, most recently a cross-disciplinary SSHRC Explore Grant to study supportive housing and Passive House. With a particular interest in innovative and creative teaching methodologies, Shannon has hosted the Creative Campus Design Talks, a lecture series featuring expert guest speakers delivering engaging and informative content around Architectural Technology, Design, Building Science, Creativity, Urban Design, and Technical Innovation. Prior to returning to her studies, Shannon worked as a Designer and Project Manager in Chicago with projects ranging from corporate interiors to emergency power generators. Shannon prides herself on her ability to learn from a diverse and multifaceted experience in architecture, knowing that the broader her knowledge, the better she can meet the various needs of her students.
Shannon embraces inventive approaches to disseminate knowledge and strives to deliver an experiential education drawing from real-life examples. The brains behind an academic learning platform focusing on experiential learning, Architecture Week has become a yearly, and highly anticipated, week of learning activities for all ArchTech students. Shannon also conceptualized the All-School Design Charrette - an intensive collaborative planning session which has become a mainstay of the Architectural Technology program - an activity that engages over 400 students in the same project. With a focus on creativity, Shannon is continually looking for activities that will open students' minds to new ways of thinking around building technologies and bring real-world experiences to their day-to-day education.
Shannon has sat on numerous committees during her tenure at Sheridan including the Creative Campus Advisory Council and the Academic Freedom Working Group. She has been a member of the Academic Senate as the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology rep for three terms and is currently the FAST Local Academic Chair. She has contributed to the development of both degree and diploma programs and has been recognized as a skilled writer in this context. Her professional focus is around the manipulation of architectural devices and how we use them to produce useful, environmentally-friendly buildings in relation to the future health and well-being of our communities, especially those that are marginalized.