Christine Macy



Phone: 902-494-3971
Fax: 902-423-6672
Mailing Address: 
5410 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • architecture and the city
  • public space
  • social role of architecture
  • waterfront development
  • spaces of memory
  • critical reflections on architectural history and theory
  • culinary landscapes


  • BA (Arch), University of California at Berkeley
  • MArch, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Current Teaching (2023–24)

  • ARCH 3001: Design
  • ARCH 3106: Ancient Settlements, Buildings, and Landscapes
  • ARCH 5004: Urban Housing Studio

Research/Practice Interests

Professor Macy’s research interests include the representation of cultural identity in architecture and landscapes, temporary urbanism, civic infrastructure, and architectural and landscape history. She established her design practice Filum with Sarah Bonnemaison in 1990, specializing in lightweight structures and public space design. Professor Macy’s current research work is focused on the cultural dimensions of Nova Scotia’s food-producing landscapes.

Selected Publications - Books

  • Macy, Christine. Dams. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010.
  • Macy, Christine. Free Labs: Design-build Projects from the School of Architecture, Dalhousie University, 1991–2006. Halifax: Tuns Press, 2008.
  • Bonnemaison, Sarah, and Christine Macy, eds. Festival Architecture. London: Routledge, 2008.
  • Bonnemaison, Sarah, and Christine Macy, eds. Responsive Textile Environments. Halifax: Tuns Press, 2007.
  • Macy, Christine, and Sarah Bonnemaison. Architecture and Nature: Creating the American Landscape. London: Routledge, 2003.

Selected Publications – Book Chapters

  • Bonnemaison, Sarah, and Christine Macy. "The Dwelling-Garden Dyad in Twentieth-Century Affordable Housing." In The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture, ed. Charissa Terranova and Meredith Tromble, 90–111. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • Macy, Christine. "The Value of Beauty in Architecture." In Brian MacKay-Lyons, Local Architecture: Building Place, Craft, and Community, ed. Robert McCarter, 201–4. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2015.
  • Macy, Christine. “The Political Street Theatre of Basel’s Fasnacht as an Agent of Social Change.” In Architecture as a Performing Art, ed. M. Feuerstein and G. Read, 147–161. London: Ashgate, 2013.
  • Macy, Christine, and Sarah Bonnemaison. “The Concept of Flow in Regional Planning: Benton MacKaye’s contribution to the Tennessee Valley Authority.” In Routes, Roads and Landscapes, ed. M. Hvattum, J.K. Larsen, B. Brenna, and B. Elvebakk, 139–49. London: Ashgate, 2011.
  • Bonnemaison, Sarah, and Christine Macy. “Pérennité, événement et temporalities.” L’architecture et l’événement, Cahiers thématiques 8, 119–25. Lille: École National Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Lille, 2009.
  • Macy, Christine. “The geodesic dome as a metaphor for expanding consciousness.” in On Growth and Form, ed. S. Bonnemaison and P. Beesley, 74–83. Halifax: Tuns Press, 2008.
  • Macy, Christine. “The TVA Architect’s Office.” In The Tennessee Valley Authority: design and persuasion, ed. T. Culvahouse, 26–51. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2007.

Selected Built Works

  • Commonwealth Pavilion, for Druk Padme School, Shey, Ladakh (with BASIC Initiative). Exhibited at Design Week and Earth Awards, Pall Mall, London. (2010)
  • Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, Birchtown, NS (with Peter Henry Architects) (2010-15)
  • Outdoor tensile classroom for Druk Padme School, Shey, Ladakh (with BASIC Initiative) (2009)
  • Bamboo Pavilion, Sansia, Taiwan (2008)

Selected Honours and Awards

  • Alice Davis Hitchcock Award, Society of Architectural Historians (2006) for Christine Macy and Sarah Bonnemaison, Architecture and nature: creating the American landscape (London: Routledge, 2003).

Scholarly or Professional Memberships

  • Registered architect, Washington State
  • Certification with the National Council of Architectural Certification Boards (NCARB)
  • American Society of Environmental Historians
  • Society of Architectural Historians

Current Service Activities

  • Executive Board, Dalhousie Architectural Press
  • Member, Advisory Board, The Berkeley Prize Committee