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Athabasca University

Dr. Henry Tsang - Architect, OAQ MRAIC, LEED GA, WELL AP, B.Sc.ARch (McGill), M.Arch (McGill), Ph.D. (UTokyo)

Academic Coordinator

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Born and raised in Montreal, I am a licensed architect in Quebec and member of the RAIC. Certified as a LEED and WELL professional, I am interested in the design of sustainable and healthy buildings. I joined Athabasca University’s RAIC Centre for Architecture in 2017 and am currently an academic coordinator teaching the technical stream courses. I graduated with a B.Sc.Arch. and M.Arch. from McGill University, and Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo as a Monbukagakusho Scholar. After graduation, I worked as an architect at Nihon Sekkei, where I designed many large-scale projects including hotels, resorts, schools and hospitals. Upon returning to Canada, I became an independent architect, expanding my scope of work to research and teaching. As a researcher for the Canada Green Building Council, my first research project was to investigate the implementation of the Living Building Challenge certification in Quebec, working with Canadian design firm Aedifica. Later, I was also appointed as director of the Sustainable Architecture program at Herzing College. I have since lectured at numerous colleges in Canada and abroad, including McGill, Concordia, Dawson College, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hanyang University, and Keimyung University, where I currently hold a visiting professorship. I’ve also spoken at TEDx, United Nations, and international conferences on global issues related to architecture and the built environment. Many of my research works are published in scholarly journals and I’ve also edited several books on green building and healthcare architecture. I am actively involved in community work, and am active member of the Canada Green Building Council, Architecture sans frontières Québec, Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat, and the Korean Association for Canadian Studies. In 2015, I was recognized for my pedagogical work and was awarded the Educator of the Year awarded by the National Association of Career Colleges. My best advice to architecture students is, rather than to study buildings, firstly study how humans live in them. As one of my favorite architects I.M. Pei once said: Life is Architecture and Architecture is the Mirror of Life.

Updated July 30 2018 by Student & Academic Services

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