Émélie  Desrochers-Turgeon

Assistant Professor


Email: emelie.dt@dal.ca
Phone: 902-431-5360
Fax: 902-423-6672
Mailing Address: 
5410 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2

Research Topics:

  • settler colonial architecture
  • architecture of extraction
  • spatial and environmental justice
  • housing
  • exhibition design
  • critical speculative design
  • architectural history and theory


  • BA DesEnv (UQAM)
  • MArch (McGill)
  • PhD candidate (Carleton)

Current Teaching (2023–24)

  • ARCH 4112: Architectural History and Theory: 20th Century to the Present
  • ARCH 5199: Humanities Seminar
  • ARCH 9015: MArch Thesis 2

Research/Practice Interests

Émélie's research focuses on the history and theory of material ecologies of settler colonial architectures in North America. Trained professionally in architecture and environmental design, Émélie gained experience in affordable housing and exhibition design in Canada and Germany. She is committed to fostering spatial and environmental justice through drawing practices, anti-colonial pedagogies, and community-centered initiatives.

Selected Publications

  • Abughannam, Rana, Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon, Pallavi Swaranjali, and Federica Goffi, eds. 2024. Architectures of Hiding: Crafting Concealment | Omission | Deception | Erasure | Silence. London and New York: Routledge. link
  • Todd, Zoe, Ozayr Salojee, and Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon. 2022. In Anthropogenic Table of Elements: Experiments in the Fundamental, edited by Timothy Neale, Thao Phan, and Courtney Addison, 95–108. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. link
  • Desrochers-Turgeon, Émélie. 2022. "On the Silence of the Archive: Examining Sensorial Agency Through the Drawings of Residential Schools in Canada." In The Routledge Companion to Architectural Drawings and Models. From Translating to Archiving, Collecting and Displaying, edited by Federica Goffi, 460–75. London and New York: Routledge. link
  • Desrochers-Turgeon, Émélie. 2021. "There is a Breach in the Wall: Encounter with Arctic Terrains." The Avery Review 53. link
  • Desrochers-Turgeon, Émélie. 2020. "Between Lines and Beyond Boundaries: Alootook Ipellie's Entanglements of Space." Études Inuit Studies 44, no. 1–2: 53–84. link

Selected Honours and Awards

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2018–2021
  • Doctoral Research Residency Program, Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2020
  • Marco Frascari Prize in Architecture, Carleton University, 2017
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS-Master's Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), 2016–2017
  • Collège des Présidents award, Ordre des Architectes du Québec, 2014

Scholarly or Professional Memberships

  • Society of Architectural Historians
  • Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada
  • American Society for Environmental History
  • Landscape Research Group
  • European Architectural History Network

Current and Past Service Activities