Dr. Janice Barry is an assistant professor in the department of city planning. Her research examines how Indigenous rights and title are addressed in the urban environment.
She and Dr. Libby Porter have written a new book called Planning for Coexistence? Recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia. Barry is particularly interested in the collaborative planning relationships that are beginning to emerge between municipalities and First Nations as land claims are settled and treaty land entitlements are fulfilled.
Her research focuses on collaborative approaches to planning, both in terms of the relationships between different levels and forms of government and with various citizen groups. She explores tensions between the transformative and regressive potential of collaborative planning, with a particular interest in how the norms and discourses embedded in written planning policy and procedure shape the depth and breadth of shared decision-making processes. While she is broadly interested in and enjoys working with students who are investigating different types of collaborative planning, Dr. Barry’s own research is centred on planning with Indigenous peoples.
Her previous work as a protected area planner with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources inspired her doctoral and postdoctoral research on different approaches to engaging Indigenous peoples in the planning of public lands. In recent years, her work has been almost exclusively focused on Indigenous peoples’ experiences of collaborative land use planning and the possibilities for decolonization, in both urban and natural resource contexts.
Barry’s recent publications include “Unsettling Planning Education through Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning: Reflections on the Indigenous Planning Studio” in Planning Theory and Practice and “Bounded Recognition: Urban planning and the textual mediation of Indigenous rights in Canada and Australia” in Critical Policy Studies.
Dr. Kelley Beaverford is an associate professor of interior design in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture. She is the founder and director of Architects Without Borders Canada (AWB), an organization focused on creating socially empowering environments.
Her work investigates cross-cultural design, with an emphasis on design for the other 90 per cent. For example, in one five-year project, students have the opportunity to work alongside communities that have been affected by poverty, war or pandemic.
These experiences allow them to learn of complex realities other than their own, while gaining the practical and theoretical knowledge that can lead to more socially responsible design. With the common threads of design-build and collaboration, the course has provided opportunities to explore: Islamic culture and design in a traditional Turkish village, the long-term impact of HIV/AIDS on development in Uganda, and the right to education through the construction of a boarding house for girls in Northern Ghana.
Beaverford holds a bachelor of interior design from the University of Manitoba and a masters of architecture from the University of Calgary.
Lancelot Coar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and a researcher at the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST). His research interests are centred on exploring the unexpected potentials of the dynamic properties of building materials.
In his design studios Lancelot has led numerous community-based studio projects in rural and indigenous communities. Since 2007, his studios have collaborated with the farming community of Clearwater, Manitoba, to revive the material and history of five century-old community buildings and used them to design and build eight new structures with the community members.
For the past two years his studios have focused on the settlement and housing issues facing First Nations communities in northern Manitoba and Nunavut. These projects have resulted in community led design projects proposing new housing and community architectures that seek to meet the building challenges of the far north while celebrating indigenous histories and values of these communities.
This work has earned the University Presidential Outreach Award, The Carl Nelson Teaching Award, and an Honorable Mention for the Excellence in Sustainability Award from Manitoba Roundtable.
Dr. Susan Close is an associate professor in the Faculty of Architecture and a senior fellow at St. John’s College, both at the University of Manitoba.
Her book Framing Identity: Social Practice of Photography in Canada (1880-1920) addresses how Canadian women at the turn of the 20th century used photography as a social practice to establish identity.
She used issues related to identity, gender, post-colonialism, tourism and travel as a way to analyze her subject matter. This book is based on her PhD dissertation presented to the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis in 2005.
Close’s recent publications include The Camera and the Contact Zone: Re-envisioning the Representation of Aboriginal Women in the Canadian North, Photography and Design Culture: Reading Photographs by Alain Paiement and Richard Holden, and Gender, Space and Photography: Reading the interiors of Clementina Hawarden.
Close is also a photographer, with work held in national and international collections. Her current teaching includes interdisciplinary courses on photography and theory.
Dr. Sarah Cooper is an Assistant Professor of city planning in the Faculty of Architecture. Her research interests focus on social policy and the implications of privatization and commodification of social programs. She approaches her work with a social justice lens, seeking to identify and address inequity in policy development and implementation. Her current research examines housing for low-income households in Canada, with a focus on the expiry of social housing funding agreements—an issue that will transform the landscape of housing and housing policy in Canada over the next few decades.
Prior to completing her PhD at University of Illinois (Chicago), she worked as a Research Associate and Planner at the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources in Winnipeg, and as a researcher at the Manitoba office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She has worked on a wide variety of research and planning projects, including neighbourhood housing plans, watershed and community plans, and housing and social policy analysis.
Prof. Enns is professor of Architecture and director of the Experimental Media Research Group, a new trans-disciplinary digital technology initiative of the University of Manitoba.
He has found that interactive exhibits – such as those that may be incorporataed into the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights – help trigger responses in individuals about ideas they are not even aware they are carrying.
He is the University of Manitoba lead for the Canada/California Strategic Innovation Partnership. In February 2010, Professor Enns debuted four short films: Arrival, Ice-Land, Night Flares and Metropolis for CLUSTER: New Music and Integrated Arts Festival in Winnipeg.
In 2007, Professor Enns was invited to curate the Canadian submission to the Lisbon Architecture Triennial. His installation, Alien Spaces/Strange Places: Canada’s Urban Rivers explored the environmental, contextual and perceptual connotations of these “urban voids.”
Recent research and creative works include design commissions for projects in the Q’uapelle Valley, Sask.; Crow’s Nest Pass, Alta.; Steep Rock, Man.; and Lake-of-the-Woods, Ont.
Dr. Milgrom is the head of city planning at the University of Manitoba.
Since 2008, he has participated in the Age-Friendly Communities – Active Aging Alliance as a researcher and project steering committee member. This alliance is built around the vision that Manitoba will become the most age-friendly province in Canada. To achieve this goal, the alliance created an ongoing partnership between seniors, representatives of government and community organizations, and an interdisciplinary team of researchers.
Some of the issues this alliance investigates include the current age-friendliness of communities, as well as what seniors feel constitutes an age-friendly community.
Milgrom’s work investigates the relationship between city planning and human rights through questioning how the design of a city has an impact on the health and well-being of its inhabitants. His research interests include the relationship of urban sustainability and urban form, urban environments for multicultural societies, and central city revitalization. He is also interested in the redevelopment of public housing, neighbourhood planning and community participation, and social and environmental impacts of mega-events.
Milgrom’s department is developing a graduate specialization in Indigenous planning and design.
He is a long-serving member and former co-chair of the Planner Network Steering Committee, and has been working on public education initiatives with the Manitoba chapter. He is also an active member of the International Network of Urban Research and Action.
Ralph Stern was appointed dean of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba in 2010. He has taught in the United States and Europe, including at the Technical University Berlin and the University of the Arts Berlin, where he was co-director of the Program for Urban Processes.
Stern spoke about lessons from Germany for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as part of the Idea of a Human Rights Museum seminar series.
Stern’s research addresses modern theories of architectural, landscape and urban representation. In the service of understanding architecture within a matrix of social, cultural, and environmental concerns, his research intersects areas of science and technology, history and aesthetics, memory and identity, as well as geographic exploration and environmental exploitation.
Stern has served as visiting faculty for the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics, the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, and the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art Program at MIT. He has also been a research associate in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Cambridge.
Stern has published in numerous international journals, including the AAFiles, Architectura, Kritische Berichte, Daidalos, Bauwelt, and Cinema Journal, as well as in anthologies, including Out of Ground Zero (ed. J. Ockman), The Return of Landscape (ed. D. Valentien), and Die Farbe Weiß (ed. Klaus J. Philipp). He co-edited a volume on new embassies in Berlin (Foreign Affairs) and co-authored Urbanizing the Mojave Desert: Las Vegas, excerpted in multiple journals. His photographic images of the processes of urbanization in the American West have been exhibited internationally (DAZ; German Center for Architecture, PURL; Phoenix Urban Research Lab) and he is co-editing an anthology on urban development entitled Visionary Urbanism: Representations of the Postwar American West.