Christine Macy



Phone: 902-494-3972
Fax: 902-423-6672
Mailing Address: 
5410 Spring Garden Road
PO Box 15000
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


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

Current Teaching

Research/Practice Interests

Dean 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. Dean Macy’s current research work is focused on the historical influences of water infrastructure on the development of urban form.

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 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.
  • 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

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

Current Service Activities

  • Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Dalhousie University
  • Presiding Dean, College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University
  • Executive Board, Dalhousie Architectural Press
  • Member, Advisory Board, The Berkeley Prize Committee