Kai Wood Mah

Associate Professor, Architect, Ph.D.


  • PhD (Architecture), McGill
  • MA (East Asian Studies), McGill
  • BArch, McGill
Website www.afield.ca/

Contact kmah@laurentian.ca
Office: TE-218 - Downtown Sudbury Campus
705 675 1151 #7205

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Kai Wood Mah is a design historian, licensed architect with l’Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ), professor, and co-founder of Afield (www.afield.ca). Mah’s architectural practice is interdisciplinary and grounded in site-specific investigations employing archives, fieldwork, social science methodologies, and research-creation. His work includes designing and building community centres and institutional spaces with Cree and Inuit communities in Northern Québec. Writings by Mah have appeared in Visual Studies, Children, Youth and Environments, and Public among other international peer-reviewed journals, as well as edited volumes like Depicting Canada’s Children and Transitions: Race, Culture, and the Dynamics of Change.

Research and Scholarship

ongoing Surviving a Massive Refugee Situation
ongoing Democratic Early Childhood Development
ongoing Dynamic Referrals for Newcomer Youth in Greater Toronto
ongoing  Housing Unaccompanied and Separated Refugee Minors in Toronto


forthcoming April 2023 book_Situated Practices in Architecture and Politics 
2022 peer-reviewed journal article_Transposing Afropolitan Mobilities
2022 peer-reviewed book chapter_Diffractive Drawing
2019 peer-reviewed journal article_Spatializing Curriulum
2018 peer-reviewed journal article_Economies of Humanitarian Architectural Practices