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Chris Ferguson

Christopher Ferguson

Professor, School of Architectural Technology

Christopher Ferguson is a licensed architect in Ontario. He has worked professionally for 10 years, managing various design and construction projects within the Province of Ontario. He has several degrees in technology and design, including a master’s of architecture. Ferguson is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) and the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP).

He has been engaged in all facets of project management, from the pre-design stages of feasibility studies, through complete design processes, and into the construction phases ending with commissioning and project closeout.

Chris’s portfolio includes elementary-school additions and renovations, day cares, senior’s residences and low-rise multi-unit residential buildings. His specialty is heritage conservation: he has worked on the planning and design, and has overseen the construction, of several large-scale conservation projects, including Toronto Union Station, St. Michael’s Cathedral, Queen’s Park, and the Library of Parliament in Ottawa. During these projects, Chris wrote various Heritage Impact Assessment Statements, Building Condition Assessments, and Historic Structures Reports, which were submitted to government organizations including Parks Canada, the Ontario Realty Corporation, and various municipal heritage departments.

Chris’s research interests include the study of data-driven design methodology and the philosophical implications of the parallels between cyborg theory and modern architecture—primarily, the vast difference between intellectualized space and intellectualized habitable space. He also has an interest in the archaic materials study of glass and its manufacturing methods (the perceptible visual differences between today’s modern glass and typical archaic glass material, using the example of original and modern skylights to illustrate this point).

Chris’s research has been published several times. His paper “Cyborg Culture Informing Architecture: Reinserting the Human” was presented at the conference proceedings at ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) at the California Institute of Technology in 2002. At the 12th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics Symposium on Digital Architecture and Design presented in Germany in 2000, Chris presented his paper “Data-Driven Form: A Reinterpretation of the Design Synthesis.”

Currently, he is a full-time faculty member in the Architectural Technology program in the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology at Sheridan College.

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