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Rick Haldenby

Professor of Architecture

University of Waterloo

Job Description

I am a teacher who has the good fortune to be working in a field I love with some of the best students in the country. I teach students about the history of architecture, starting back in ancient times - Egypt, Greece and Rome - right up to the present day in our own changing cities. I teach them how to design buildings that are inspiring, efficient and contribute to social equity, environmental justice and the common good. In the end I want every graduate to be able to help build more fair, beautiful and environmentally sustainable cities. I also take our students to study in Rome each year. I do research on both ancient and modern buildings, especially the buildings in Waterloo Region.

Relevant School Subjects

  • Canadian and World Studies

Areas of Expertise

  • Building/Construction
  • Design/Arts
  • Environment

Career Story

I attended architecture school at the University of Waterloo. After I graduated I started teaching at Waterloo. Then I went to Europe, bought a bicycle and cycled from Greece to England for a year. I then got a full-time job at the School of Architecture at Waterloo and I have been there ever since. I was the Director of the School from 1988 to 2014. In December 2021, I was awarded the Order of Canada for a lifetime of work including founding Waterloo’s highly successful Rome program, conducting archaeological work in Italy, Malta and Tunisia and expertise in Mediterranean archaeology and the design and management of historic landscapes and sites.

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