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(C-URL) Carleton Urban Research Lab

Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism



The Carleton Urban Research Lab (c-url) at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism supports design-based thinking and collaborative projects centred on the entwined issues of watercities, and equity. Architecture at all scales is based on understanding and imagining environmental conditions and technical interventions in terms that are simultaneously social, political, cultural, and artistic. Challenges around globalization, urbanization, environment, energy, infrastructure, and mass migration increase the need for creative design thinking, which equally values human factors and quantifiable data.




AA514B and AA510, 5th Floor
Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6 Canada


Catherine Bonier (Co-Director)
Ozayr Saloojee (Co-Director)
Ian Dayagbil (Research Coordinator)

Research Fellows
Felix Mayer (2019 – Present)
Charles-Étienne Déry (2018 – Present)
Viktor Ivanovic (2018 – Present)
Andrea Tamayo-Bernal (2017 – 2018)

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The Urban Research Lab was founded by Professors Ozayr Saloojee and Catherine Bonier in January of 2017, with the support of Azrieli School Director Jill Stoner, to promote this type of design thinking, and to expand research, teaching, and engagement connected to the Lab’s three central themes. Professors Saloojee and Bonier look forward to building upon their own expertise in the areas of architecture and urbanism to establish ongoing transdisciplinary collaborations with university, government, and private entities within Canada as well as internationally. C-url hosted its inaugural symposium and workshop, Fluid Infrastructures, on March 3-4, 2017. With assistance from partners in the National Capital Commission and the help of visiting designers and researchers, students investigated Ottawa’s past and present relationship to its river through tours, lectures, discussions, and design workshops. The next c-url symposium in Summer of 2018 will bring together international students and experts to envision urban waterfront redevelopment around the issues of infrastructure, environment, and equity.