architecture & words

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© Amrit Kaur Phull 2017

I am an architectural designer, writer and researcher.
I have lived, worked, and studied in major urban centres and remote northern areas.
(ex. Rome and The Cree Nation of Wemindji)

This contrast of experience has informed my interest in ethical and culturally-aware practices in engaging with communities in the Canadian landscape.
In Toronto, where I have roots, my work is keenly focused on Indigenous place-making within urban centres.
Topics of interest are influenced by the places I go and the people I meet.

[I also dance kathak and flamenco (and occasionally house, alone in my apartment)]

/On my writing desk/
The architecture of colonialism in Ireland,
Gibellina: Sicilian graveyard of post-modern architecture

/On my nightstand/
The Secret Life Of Date Palms, Cyril Veillon
The City As A Project, Pier Vittorio Aureli
Mad Love, Andre Breton (Again)


2015      Master of Architecture (Commendation) - University of Waterloo, Canada
2013      Rome Program II - University of Waterloo, Italy
2011      Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies - University of Waterloo, Canada
2010      Rome Program I - University of Waterloo, Italy

Work Experience

current   Architectural Designer, Brook McIlroy - Toronto, Canada.
current   Editor, Site Magazine.
current Indigenous Place Making Council.
2015         Instructor, Cultural History. University of Waterloo, School of Architecture. Canada.
2014-5   Architectural Advisor, Cultural Department, The Cree Nation of Wemindji. Wemindji, Canada.
2014        Architectural Designer, nkA Architects. Toronto, Canada.
2012-3   Teaching Assistant, Cultural History. University of Waterloo, School of Architecture. Canada.
2010-1   Architectural Intern, Brook McIlroy. Toronto, Canada.
2009        Architectural Intern, Sims & Shorten Architects. Edmonton, Canada
2008        Architectural Intern, Sturgess Architecture. Calgary, Canada


2017    Panel Discussion: Vernaculars. Site Magazine.
2016    Panel Discussion: Co-creating Paths to Well Being. Birmingham, UK.
2016    Panel Discussion: Group Chat. Toronto, Canada.
2015    Panel Discussion: Conference: ACSA 103rd Annual Meeting. Resource Territories. Toronto, Canada.
2015    Workshop: Better Science Policy in Canada. University of Toronto.
2013    Lecture: "Silence and Light in Shaker Architecture". 2nd Year Design Studio. University of Waterloo, School of Architecture.
2012    Lecture: "Synecdoche's in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales". 2nd Year Cultural History. University of Waterloo, School of Architecture.
2010    Roundtable, Article: The Sky’s the Limit. OALA, Ground Magazine.

Creative Affiliations & Activities

On Empathy. Co-founders: Fernie Lai, Connor O'Grady, Currim Suteria. Canada.
cree8. with Connor O'Grady. Wemindji, Canada.
UWSA Peer Support Group, Founder & Coordinator. University of Waterloo, School of Architecture. Chhandam Dance Company, Toronto.