David Fortin

David Fortin

Associate Professor | Director

School of Architecture
Science, Engineering and Architecture
TE-219 Sudbury Campus


Born and raised throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, David is a Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), a LEED accredited professional, and a registered architect in the province of Ontario.

He has worked on various commercial and residential projects throughout Western Canada, gaining experience with firms such as GEC Architects and McKinley Burkart Architects in Calgary. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in architectural design, history and theory, including systems-based courses studying farmworker housing shortages in the United States and design studios focusing on urban and rural conditions in Kenya. David has also led courses in various community-based projects using straw bale construction in Kenya and in Montana with the Northern Cheyenne.

He has recently taught a graduate studio focusing on Indigenous design as well as an introductory building science course emphasizing the impact of climate change on architectural thinking. He also completed a study of Red River Métis contributions to architectural thinking in Canada as part of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant.

David is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario and the RAIC Indigenous Task Force that seeks 'ways to foster and promote indigenous design in Canada'. He was also co-curator of UNCEDED: Voices of the Land, a team of Indigenous architects under the leadership of Douglas Cardinal, who represented Canada at the 2018 Venice Biennale in Italy.

David is the Associate Director of the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute and Director of the McEwen School of Architecture.


  • PhD, University of Edinburgh
  • MArch, University of Calgary
  • BA, University of Saskatchewan


Métis Design Topics

Indigenous Design

Science-Fiction and Architecture

Climate Change and Design

Systems Thinking

Film and Architecture

Speculative Thinking in Architecture


  • Social Sciences and Humanties Research Council Grant (SSHRC) to study prairie Métis contributions to architectural thinking in Canada
  • Science North Community Partnership Award (with colleagues)
  • Teaching Award of Excellence, Montana State University (student nominated)
  • Named a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Calgary Architecture Program
  • PhD nominated for RIBA Outstanding Research Award



ARCH 3505 - Design Studio 5 (Northern Building 1)

ARCH 5525 - Co-op 4

Previous - Laurentian University

ARCH 5525 - Indigenous Design Studio

ARCH 2306 - Design for Climate Change [introduction to sustainable design]

ARCH 2505 - Design Studio 3 (Landscape 1)

ARCH 2515 - Design Studio 4 (Landscape 2)

Previous - Montana State University and University of Edniburgh

Years 1-3 Undergraduate Design Studios (including specific focus on the following: Motility in Architecture [3rd year], Space Place Non-place [3rd year], Growing Place - Marketecture [3rd year], Opportunities in Draw-mation [2nd year], Landscape [2nd year}, Material and Presence [2nd Year], Point Line Plane [1st year], Design-Build of Ice Fishing Huts [1st year]

Graduate Studios (Including the following: "Agile City" - Vertical Systems Thinking for Nairobi, and "Mass Homing" - Farmworker Housing in Washington State, "Architectural Listening" working with Batchewana First Nation at Laurentian)

Graduate Seminars (Media and Culture, Architecture and Film, The Future and Architectural Speculation, URL [Urban-Rural-Lab], The Right to the City, Push/Pull Kenya Housing Seminar, Straw Bale Construction)

Graduate Thesis Advising