Sarah Bonnemaison


Phone: 902-494-3008
Fax: 902-423-6672
Mailing Address: 
5410 Spring Garden Road
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2

Research Topics:
  • adaptive reuse of buildings
  • housing
  • public space
  • social role of architecture
  • responsive environments
  • design-build
  • public interest design
  • contemplative space
  • spaces of memory
  • critical reflections on architectural history and theory


  • BSc, Corcordia University
  • BArch, Pratt Institute
  • MSc (Arch), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • PhD, University of British Columbia

Current Teaching

Research / Practice Interests

Prof. Bonnemaison's passion lies in bringing history and theory to life through interactive exhibitions and installations. Her current research project explores the aesthetic and politics of motion studies in the design of everyday spaces. To explore the full potential of her research on the body in motion, she collaborates with movement specialists and dancers.

Selected Publications

Selected Built Works

  • The Ark, a demountable tensile stage set for an outdoor dance performance, Kingsport and Halifax; with Jacinte Armstrong, choreographer (2013)     
  • Responsive acoustic ceiling (2011–13)
  • Warming hut for the Canada Games, Halifax Common (2010–11)
  • Portable Cricket massage enclosure (2009)
  • Commonwealth Pavilion, Druk Padme Karpo School, Shey, Ladakh, India. Demountable tensile structure designed and fabricated in thirty-day workshop with Dalhousie students and Basic Initiative; installed on The Mall, London, England, for the Earth Awards (2010)

Selected Honours and Awards

  • Finalist, Masterworks Art Award, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia: for Warming Hut (2011)
  • Merit Award, The Design Exchange, Toronto: for Flamenco stage set (2010)
  • Alice Davis Hitchcock Award, Society of Architectural Historians (2006): for Christine Macy and Sarah Bonnemaison, Architecture and Nature: Constructing the American Landscape (London: Routledge, 2003)
  • Merit Award, The Design Exchange, Toronto: for Hummingbird, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (2000)         
  • Award of Design Excellence, Industrial Fabrics Association International: for Biopac Booth (1996)

Scholarly or Professional Memberships

Current Service Activities

Member, Advisory Committee on Planning, Design, and Realty, National Capital Commission