Claire Lubell

Claire Lubell

Rotterdam, NL



Fueled by living in many cities in not-so-many years, Claire's work merges research in critical urban theory, geography, and architecture. Rather than prescribing an aesthetic, she develops non-linear methodologies that engage the broad economic and cultural complexities of diverse contexts in order to calibrate precise, yet territorial, design and research projects. Her focus is on how architectural forms act as urban devices (both products and catalysts) to crystallize global economic trends and exaggerate specific cultural juxtapositions in second-tier cities. Claire’s research finds relation in the production of urban space in such seemingly unrelated cities as my native Toronto, current home Rotterdam, and Johannesburg, Seoul, and Marseille where she has conducted projects.

A focus on relational rather than categorical frameworks evolved from work in emerging contexts, particularly in Johannesburg’s informal settlements with The Global Studio (2009) and 26’10 South Architects (2010) and on institutional projects in Haiti and Africa with MASS Design Group (2011-2012). She holds a post-graduate degree from The Berlage Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo for which, among other awards, she received the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal and was nominated for the Canada Council for the Arts Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners.

Claire's work has been published in Bracket, The Funambulist, Site Magazine, and T18. 


University of Waterloo, Teaching Assistant

Jan 2014 - May 2014

Archaeological Services Inc., Architecture Consultant

Aug 2013 - Jan 2014

OMAS:WORKS, Freelance Designer

Feb 2013 - May 2013

MASS Design Group, Boston, MA, US, Junior Associate

Oct 2011 - Dec 2012

HLW International, New york, Architectural Assistant

Jan 2011 - Apr 2011

26'10 south Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa, Research Assistant

Jul 2010 - Sep 2010

terroir, Sydney, AU, Architectural Assistant

Jan 2010 - Jun 2010

Omer Arbel Office (OAO), Vancouver, BC, CA, Architectural Assistant

Aug 2008 - Dec 2008

Frundgallina, Neuchatel, Switzerland, Stagiaire

Jan 2008 - Apr 2008


The Berlage Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, Masters, Urban Design

Jan 2016 - current

University of Waterloo, MArch, Architecture

May 2013 - Aug 2014

University of Waterloo, Bachelors, Architecture

Honours, Co-operative Program, Graduated with Distinction

Sep 2006 - Aug 2011


American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal, Award


Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Student Honour Roll, Award


Canada Council for the Arts Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners, Nomination


Master 1 Studio Design Award, Award


University of Waterloo Graduate Award, Scholarship


Urban Strategies Ltd. Design Award, Award


Fondation Concept Lumiere Urbaine, 2nd Place

For Buoyant Light


LAMP Lighting Solutions, 1st Place

For Buoyant Light


International VELUX Award, Honorable Mention

For Buoyant Light


Kavelmann Fonn Award, Scholarship

For International Experience


Areas of Specialization 

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