Sarah Bonnemaison


Phone: 902-494-3008
Fax: 902-423-6672
Mailing Address: 
5410 Spring Garden Road
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 (2022–23)

  • ARCH 3107: Modern Settlements, Buildings, and Landscapes
  • ARCH 9012: MArch Thesis I
  • ARCH 9013: MArch Thesis II

Research / Practice Interests

Dr. Sarah Bonnemaison's practice specializes in tensile structures and festival architecture. She is also a writer of books, including Architecture and Nature and Installations by Architects, as well as edited books and numerous book chapters and essays. Her passion lies in bringing history and theory to life through interactive exhibitions. She is currently writing a book about modern female architects who searched for the organic and whose projects contributed to the philosophy of Organicism.

Selected Publications

  • Bonnemaison, Sarah. Forthcoming. "Reflections on Anne Tyng and Carl Jung." In Women in Design and Architecture (conference proceedings). Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Bonnemaison, Sarah. Forthcoming. "Soap Film." In D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's Generative Influences in Art, Design and Architecture: From Forces to Forms. New York: Bloomsbury Press.
  • Beesley, Philip, Sascha Hastings, and Sarah Bonnemaison, ed. 2019. LASG: White Papers. Waterloo, ON: Riverside Press.
  • Bonnemaison, Sarah. 2019. "A Moth on the Modernist Window: A Reading of Eileen Gray's E1027 Through Virginia Woolf's 'The Death of the Moth'." Scroope: Cambridge Architectural Journal, no. 28.
  • Bonnemaison, Sarah, and Christine Macy. 2016. "The Dwelling-Garden Dyad in 20th Century Affordable Housing." In Routledge Companion to Biology, Art and Architecture, edited by Charisma Terranova and Meredith Tromble. London: Routledge.

Selected Built Works

  • Design of an imaginary village of 2,500 Innu people in northern Québec on the eastern shore of the "eye." This design is to be included in the feature documentary film Nitassinan. Production house: Terre Innue (2020-21).
  • With Living Architectural Systems Group: takeaway memento for the installation at the Venice Biennale (2021).

Selected Honours and Awards

  • Partnership grant, Insight program; stream leader in Living Architectural Systems Group. Principal Investigator: Philip Beesley, University of Waterloo. $2.3 million (2016–23).
  • Research/creation grant in fine arts for E-Motion Studies in the Age of Responsive Environments. SSHRC Strategic Research Grant. Co-investigator, with Robin Muller. $233,242 (2011–14).

Scholarly or Professional Memberships

Current Service Activities

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