Terrance Galvin

Professor, Ph.D.
Founding Director


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.Arch (History & Theory), McGill University
  • M.Arch (Professional), Tech.University of Nova Scotia

Contact tgalvin@laurentian.ca
Office: TE-219 - Downtown Sudbury Campus
705 675 1151 #

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Terrance Galvin, FRAIC, teaches design and histories + theories of architecture. He holds degrees in environmental design and architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS), a Master’s in the History & Theory of Architecture from McGill University, and a doctorate in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania (PENN). Galvin began teaching at McGill University (Montréal), taught and served as Director of the Dalhousie School of Architecture in Halifax (2007-2010), and is presently Professor and Founding Director (2012-2017) of the McEwen School of Architecture in Sudbury, Canada. He has been active in architectural education through the RAIC, the CCUSA, and the NSAA, and has twice served as President of the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB-CCCA) that accredits professional programs of architecture in Canada.

Dr. Galvin has been a visiting critic and lecturer at Schools of Architecture in Canada, the USA, Mexico, Germany and the UK. Publications and conference papers on a range of topics in architectural theory and education – including Angelology, Systems of Proportion, the Sir John Soane Museum, and Cultural Sustainability – have been shared widely. In 2012, he delivered an invited TEDx talk on architectural pre-knowledge and intuition.

Career highlights include being a University Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania; receiving the Sir John Soane Museum Foundation’s Fellowship; receiving an ‘Award for Teaching Excellence’ at Dalhousie; becoming a Paul Harris Fellow by the International Rotary Club (Sudbury), and being admitted to the RAIC College of Fellows in Ottawa. 

Dr. Galvin is the current Chair of the McEwen International Advisory Board at Laurentian University. Current research includes being a site leader in a SSHRC ‘Partnership Grant’ entitled “Quality in Canada’s Built Environment: Roadmaps to Equity, Social Value and Sustainability.” He is presently on a research sabbatical in Ireland, where he is working on the 19th c. collaborative practice between Sir John Soane and Joseph Michael Gandy.

Research and Scholarship

2021-2027 SSHRC Partnership Grant (PG) entitled “Quality in Canada’s Built Environment: Roadmaps to Equity, Social Value and Sustainability.” With PG PI Dr. Jean-Pierre Chupin at Université de Montréal and with LU team members Dr. Thomas Strickland and Prof. Shannon Bassett. There are 14 research clusters in the consortium and the project funding is $2.5 million over 5 years. See www.livingatlasofquality.ca 
2021 Evaluator for SSHRC grant application in Architecture (University of Manitoba).
2020 Evaluator, Full-Professor application, in Architecture (Carleton University).
2020 SSHRC Partnership Grant (Stage 1) Grant received:  $20,000. Participant in a pan-Canadian partnership with Dr. Jean-Pierre Chupin at the Université de Montréal, as part of 14 Research Clusters. Proposal title was: “Access To Quality In Architecture for Sustainable and Equitable Public Built Environments in Canada.” Research Proposal successful; moved on to Stage 2.
2019 External Reviewer, SSHRC Canada Research Chair (CRC) and CIF application.

Creative Activity


2021 Parry Sound Friendship Centre (PSFC), Parry Sound, ON. Invited by Indigenous staff at the PSFC to engage in a feasibility study for a new facility on First Nations land where the current Friendship Centre stands. Dr. David Fortin and I led a group of three MSoA students in a design visioning process with the staff. The study formed the basis for hiring an indigenous architect for the project.
2020 MSoA “Sudbury 2050 Urban Design Ideas Competition” – Professional Advisor to the Competition, along with Blaine Nicholls (see: www.ccc.umontreal.ca & www.Sudbury2050.ca )
2020 LAG (Library and Art Gallery), Sudbury, ON. I was invited as a community design consultant for the RFP submission by 3rdLine Studio (Tim James) with Hariri Pontarini Architects (Toronto) for the design of a new Library and Art Gallery for the City of Greater Sudbury. 
2019 Expo 2020 – Canadian Pavilion in Dubai, UAE . Invited by Bruce Mau, then Chief Design Officer at Freeman Company. McEwen School of Architecture professors Dr. Terrance Galvin, Dr. David Fortin, Randall Kober and Will Morin were culture consultants for the design of the Expo 2020 submission made by Mau and Freeman. The diverse Design Team, working from London, Chicago, Holland and Sudbury created a pavilion narrative that captured the diversity and indigeneity of Canada’s story of the land and the forest from coast to coast. We lost to Moriyama and Teshima Architects.
2019 OAA “SHIFT 2019 Infrastructure/Architecture Challenge” – invited jury member (with Janna Levitt, Ken Greenberg, Raymond Moriyama, etc.)

Work and Practice

2022-2023 Redesign of the YMCA reception desk, according to AODA code (FedNor grant) with Landen James and Siah Klassen
2022 Design-Build projects for Durham Street, with third yr. students from MSoA


2023 (forthcoming) Embodied Design Theory, Indigenous Cosmologies and the Creation of Place.” Architectural Research Quarterly (ARQ), UK. Invited by Editor-in-chief, Dr. Adam Sharr. Vol. TBA.
2022 “Under One Roof: Grand Sudbury’s New Place des Arts.”Canadian Architect, vol. 67, No. 8 (Nov. 2022). iQ Business Media Inc., pp. 35-40.
2021 “Sudbury’s school of architecture is a gem, so hands off, LU. ”Article by Terrance Galvin and David Robinson. The Sudbury Star, April 28, 2021.
2020 McEwen School of Architecture announces winners of Sudbury2050. Laurentian University News Release, Dec. 10, 2020.
2019 (referenced) Lam, Elsa and Graham Livesey (Editors). Canadian Modern Architecture: 1967 to the present. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2019. Laurentian quoted with my curriculum ‘Bauhaus Turtle Diagram,’ pp. 151-152.

Honors and Awards

2021 Appointed Fellow, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), (Ottawa, ON)
2019 Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club International (Sudbury, ON). Award for ‘service above self.’