Claire Lubell

Claire Lubell

Rotterdam, NL



Fueled by living in many cities in not-so-many years, my work merges research in critical urban theory, geography, and architecture. Rather than prescribing an aesthetic, I develop non-linear methodologies that engage the socioeconomic complexities of diverse contexts in order to calibrate precise, yet territorial, design and research projects. I'm particularly interested in 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. This focus helps me to relate 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). I 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, I received the AIA Henry Adams Medal, RAIC Student Honour Roll and was nominated for the Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners.

I work with multiple forms of communication (film, cartography, newspaper, text etc) as a means to critique the methods and intentions of representing architectural research. My work has been published in Bracket, The Funambulist, Site Magazine, and T18 and exhibited in Toronto, Rotterdam, Johannesburg, Zurich and Seoul.



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

Architecture For Humanity, Cape Town, Design Fellow

Jun 2009 - Aug 2009

The Global Studio, Johannesburg, Researcher

Jun 2009 - Jun 2009

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

Sep 2014 - Jan 2016

University of Waterloo, MArch, Architecture

Graduated with Commendation

May 2013 - Aug 2014

University of Waterloo, Bachelors, Architecture

Honours, Co-operative Program, Graduated with Distinction

Sep 2006 - Aug 2011


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


American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal, Award

Top ranking graduate student and outstanding thesis work


Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Student Honour Roll, Award

Top 10% academic standing in graduate program


Canadian Architect Student Award of Excellence, Nomination

For outstanding thesis work


Master 1 Studio Design Award, Award

For excellence in thesis preparation studio


Urban Strategies Ltd. Design Award, Award

For excellence in thesis research


University of Waterloo Graduate Award, Scholarship

Entrance scholarship for exceptional M.Arch applicant


LAMP Lighting Solutions, 1st Place

For Buoyant Light


Fondation Concept Lumiere Urbaine, 2nd Place

For Buoyant Light


International VELUX Award, Honorable Mention

For Buoyant Light


Kavelmann Fonn Award, Scholarship

For participation in 2009 Global Studio Johannesburg


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