David Fortin is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), a LEED accredited professional, and a registered architect in the provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2009 and has since taught undergraduate and graduate courses in architectural design, history and theory, in the UK, USA, and Canada. At the McEwen School of Architecture, he developed and taught an introductory building science course emphasizing the impact of climate change on architectural thinking and maintains research interests in speculative thinking in design. David was the inaugural Associate Director of the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute and the Director of the McEwen School of Architecture from 2018-2021. He is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario and member of the RAIC Indigenous Task Force that 'seeks ways to foster and promote indigenous design in Canada'.
From 2019-2021, David co-edited an issue of Scapegoat Journal with Associate Professor Adrian Blackwell (University of Waterloo) focusing on the delineation of land through notions of property, with particular emphasis on colonial frameworks in this process. He has advised Indigenous Services Canada on the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative and has worked with multiple Métis and First Nations communities across Canada through community-led design processes. In 2018, David was co-curator of UNCEDED: Voices of the Land, Canada’s official representation at the Venice Biennale. In collaboration with other firms in 2019, David T Fortin Architect Inc. also worked for the Assembly of First Nations to provide an Indigenous vision for the proposed Indigenous Peoples’ Space in Ottawa.