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Ph.D. Urban Planning, Policy, and Design, McGill School of Urban Planning (in progress)
Master of Architecture, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism (2007)
Bachelor of Architectural Studies, with high distinction, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism (2005)


Association of American Geographers, Specialty Groups: Cultural Geography / Ethics Justice and Human Rights / Sexuality + Space / Urban Geography
Canadian Society for Jewish Studies, board member
Heritage Ottawa
Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies


Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Medal (2008)
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll (2007-2008)
Dean’s Honour List, Carleton University (2001-2005)
Governor General’s Medal and Scholar of the Year, South Collegiate Institute (2001)


Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2016-2019)
Brenda Gewurz Scholarship for Feminist Leadership (2017)
Graduate Excellence Fellowship (2015-2016)
Schulich Graduate Fellowship (2014-2015)
CIHR Training Program in Neurodegenerative Lipidomics, Post-professional Degree Research Fellowship (2010-2011)
A. Andras Memorial Grant for Graduate Research in Jewish Studies (2007)
Carleton University Graduate Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship (2005-2007)
Carleton University Faculty Scholarship (2001-2005)
Education Foundation of the FCCP of Ontario Scholarship (2001)

Travel grants
AAG Urban Geography Student Travel Award (2016)
Canadian Society for Jewish Studies Travel Award (2016)
McGill School of Urban Planning Travel Grant (2016)
McGill Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award (2015)
Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant to Professional in the Visual Arts (2012)
CIHR Training Program in Neurodegenerative Lipidomics, Travel Grant (2011)

Artist/production grants
Canada Council for the Arts, Architecture: Grants to individuals and firms (2015)
Awesome Ottawa Grant (2014)


Editor, Spacing Ottawa
Co-director, yowLAB
Urban art and critical architecture practice, Independent / Impromptu Playground
Architecture and urbanism writer and critic, Independent
Researcher and tour leader, Ottawa (de)Tours
Guest studio reviewer, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

Past positions
Teaching Assistant, McGill Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics (2016)
Teaching and Learning Activities Coordinator, McGill School of Urban Planning (2015-2016)
Research Assistant, McGill School of Urban Planning (2015-2016)
Communications Director, Ottawa Architecture Week. ORSA (2014)
Forensics Visualization, Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) / Ottawa Crown Attorney’s Office (2013)
Research Fellow and Program Manager, CIHR Training Program in Neurodegenerative Lipidomics. University of Ottawa Neural Regeneration Lab / CIMS. (2010-2011)
Architecture Officer, Canada Council for the Arts (2009-2010)
Studio Instructor, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism (2009-2010)
Architecture Historian and Researcher, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada College of Fellows / Carleton Library and Archives / CIMS (2008-2009)
Teaching Assistant, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism (2005-2007)


Teaching Assistant. McGill University:
ARCH 550/CIVE 433/URBP 618 Urban Planning and Development (Winter 2016)

Instructor. Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism:
ARCS 1005 Architecture Studio 1A (Winter 2010, Winter 2009)
ARCS 2105 Architecture Studio 2A (Fall 2009)

Teaching Assistant. Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism:
ARCH 5201 Graduate Seminar II (Winter 2007)
ARCH 5200 Graduate Seminar I (Fall 2006)
ARCS 1105 Studio 1A (Winter 2006)
ARCS 1005 Introduction to drawing (Fall 2005)

“But what about the library? Past-forward placemaking.” Cultural Memory Workshops (2017)
Ottawa Brutalism Workshop, Westboro Brainery (2015)
SketchUp Workshop for forensics and court documents, Ottawa Police Services (2015)


articles in scholarly refereed journals
(2013) Blanchard, A. P., G. S. McDowell, N. Valenzuela, H. Xu, S. Gelbard*, M. Bertrand, G. W. Slater, D. Figeys, S. Fai and S. A. Bennett. Visualization and Phospholipid Identification (VaLID): online integrated search engine capable of identifying and visualizing glycerophospholipids with given mass. Bioinformatics 29(2): 284-285.
*co-author contribution: representation theory consultant and data visualization

published conference paper
(2013) Wandering Dwellings: Diasporic Architectures. Diasporic Choices. R. Seredynska-Abou Eid. Oxford, Inter-Disciplinary Press: 221-230.

master thesis
(2007) Wanderer’s Sojourn into Dwelling. Master of Architecture, Carleton University.

scholarly meetings and conferences [see abstracts]

(2017). ‘Fuck gentrification’ is the new ‘fuck the man’: the desirability of undesirable punk space. 1st International Conference of Anarchist Geographies and Geographers, Reggio Emilia
(2017). Making space for messy urbanisms: In and out of the public eye. European Geographies of Sexualities, Barcelona.
(2017). Schlemihls and squatters: Undesirable people and places in the city. Canadian Society of Jewish Studies. Montreal QC.
(2017) Fuck the man: punk space and feminist counter-resistance. AAG Annual Meeting. Boston MA.
(2017) Boycotting the Queers: punk and/or safe space in Ottawa. McGill Queer Research Colloquium. Montreal QC.
(2016) Schlemihls and buffoons: the spatial-political margins of punks and pariahs in the city. Philosophy of the City. San Francisco CA.
(2016) Messy Methodologies: Proposing radical alternatives to the formal research plan. Radical Planning: Spaces of Struggle. Portland OR.
(2016) Sacred Zoning: Spatial Demarcations in Jewish Thought. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Calgary AB.
(2016) A queer queer street? Reading Ottawa’s Le/The Village. McGill Queer Research Colloquium. Montreal QC
(2016) SK8: Urban innovation and governance in the spatial and social design of skateparks. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco CA.
(2015) Marginal Vernaculars and Place-making Tactics. Unsettling Heritage: Critical/Creative Conservation. Ottawa ON.
(2012) Diasporic architectures. Diasporas: Exploring Critical Issues. Oxford, UK.
(2011) Gelbard, S., H. Xu, A. Morin, L. A. Swayne, S. Fai, D. Figeys and S. A. Bennett. Multi-dimensional data representation for systems biology, a light/dark study. Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology Annual Retreat. Montebello, QC. (poster)
(2010) Modeling lipidomic visualization in representational theory. Neurolipidomics 2010. Ottawa, ON.
(2010) Return to a Foreign Home. Homelands: Diasporas Return. Oslo, Norway.(2007) Wandering Dwellings: the Diasporic Home. A Celebration of Jewish Studies in Ottawa. Ottawa ON.
(2006) Monsters in a Strange House: Permutations of cultural and tectonic memories of the ‘Other’ in representations of the Jewish home. CUNY Graduate Conference, Envisioning Home. New York NY.

conference organizing
(2018) Spaces of Struggle: AAG sessions on radical planning, New Orleans
(2017) Spaces of Struggle: mini-conference on radical planning, Denver CO
(2017) Canadian Society for Jewish Studies annual meeting, Montreal QC

articles in professional or trade journals and magazines
(2016) The presence of past futures in the OPL: Reading Ottawa’s Main Libraries. Spacing. Summer 2016.
(2015) Ottawa the Brutal: Canada’s capital cast in concrete. Spacing. Summer 2015.
(2009) Imagining and Practicing a Real Architecture. Award Magazine. 23.

newspaper and weblog articles (editor-reviewed)
2013-present. UrbSanity. Monthly column in Centretown Buzz/Spacing Ottawa. (go to full listing of articles)


public lectures, panels, and interviews
(2016) CU in the City: Old Buildings New Forms. Carleton University, Ottawa ON.
(2016) Pop Can Crit: Current Conditions in Popular Canadian Architecture Criticism. Carleton University and Spacing, Ottawa ON. (invited moderator)
(2016) Brutal Ottawa: Architecture’s concrete utopias. Jane’s Walk Ottawa Gatineau.
(2016) LeBreton Flats Public Consultation. Ottawa Morning, CBC Radio.
(2015) Brutalist architecture in Ottawa. In Town and Out. Ottawa ON, CBC Radio.
(2015) I am not an architect. Design Studies, Algonquin College. Ottawa ON.
(2015) Tactical Brutalism. Council of Canadian Urbanism Summit Pecha Kucha. Ottawa ON.
(2014) Practice Space. TEDxElginSt. Ottawa, ON.
(2014) Inhabiting Gentrification. Ottawa Architecture Week. Ottawa ON.
(2014) Library as space/place. The Library as Space: a panel discussion. Ottawa ON, LANCR.


urban art projects (Impromptu Playground)
(2014) Set the Stage. Awesome Ottawa Foundation. In collaboration with Musical Underground
(2014) Urbanism meets art: Collaborative mural. Bank Street Glow Fair. In collaboration with New Ottawa and M. Grigoriev.
(2013) LocoMaze, Science Play Day. Canada Science and Technology Museum.
(2013) DynamicMaze 2, ElectricFields & Nuit Blanche Ottawa + Gatineau. In collaboration with K Gillelan.
(2013) DynamicMaze, International Children’s Festival. In collaboration with K Gillelan, K Lucas, J Salmon.
(2012) Park_ingOttawa.
(2011) Pause & Play PARK(ing) Day 2011. In collaboration with K Gillelan, K Lucas, J Salmon.
(2011) Pause & Play, swings and hopscotch installations. In collaboration with K Gillelan, K Lucas, J Salmon.

(2014) Qu-lit, Chinatown Remixed. Art Flow Gallery, Ottawa ON.
(2011) Painting as Architecture. Gallery 173, Ottawa ON. (group show)

(2014) Entrenched Views. Jardins de Metis, Grand-Metis QC. (competition entry)
(2012) Impromptu Playground: yow/bru. Upcycle Human Cities Festival. Brussels. In collaboration with K Gillelan, K Lucas, J Salmon. (finalist)
(2007) Religious Courthouse. RAIC Justice Architecture Grad Competition. (National finalist)