Ted Cavanagh


Email: ted.cavanagh@dal.ca
Phone: 902-209-1444
Fax: 902-423-6672
Mailing Address: 
5410 Spring Garden Road
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • architecture and landscape
  • innovative building processes
  • rethinking technology
  • social aspects of architectural technology
  • design-build
  • public interest design


  • BSc, McGill University
  • BArch, McGill University
  • PhD, Lehigh University

Current Teaching

  • ARCH 4003: Design
  • ARCH 4112: Architectural History and Theory: 20th Century to Present
  • ARCH 5198: Humanities Seminar: Actor-Network Theory
  • ARCH 9012: MArch Thesis I

Research / Practice Interests

Dr. Cavanagh’s research focuses on the design and construction of innovative building prototypes appropriate to the coastal communities of Nova Scotia. He studies the history of innovation in construction technology and its influence on building design. He is founder of the design/build exchange for North American and European schools of architecture.

Selected Publications

Selected Built Works

  • Design-build of camera obscura, Cheverie, NS, 2011–12
  • Design-build of dining pavilion, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Canning, NS, 2010
  • Community project, design-build, bunkhouses, children's fine arts camp, Cheticamp, NS, 2006; with Roger Mullin and Peter Sassenroth
  • Community project, design-build children's theatre, Cheticamp, NS, 2004; with Richard Kroeker, Roger Mullin, and Alden Neufeld
  • Renovation to sawmill, programming of museum and wood research facility, National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan, 2004

Selected Honours and Awards

  • Total value of grants: $3,550,650.
  • Partner, Erasmus Mundi Action 3, Technische Universität Berlin (2013–16)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council: Partnership Grant (2013–20); Research/Creation Grants in Fine Arts (2005–8 and 2011–14)
  • Nova Scotia Department of Tourism: Destination Development Grant (2010); Canada Council: Inter-Arts Program, Creation/Production Grants (2006–7)
  • Cavanagh, Ted, and Alison Evans. dXa silver, Globe and Mail award, best urban design in Canada (2006)
  • Cavanagh, Ted, Richard Kroeker, and Roger Mullin. Lieutenant Governor Masterwork, Nova Scotia (2006); collaborative practice, ACSA, Salt Lake City; dXa gold, National Post award, best building in Canada (2005)

Current Service Activities

  • Conference organizer and co-chair, ACSA Regional Conference, Halifax (2014)
  • Public lecture at Oxford Brookes University (2013)
  • Advisor to provincial governments on cultural policy and to the Canada Council for the Arts on strategies for the Venice Biennale