Tara Bissett

Assistant Professor

Tara Bissett is a historian of architecture and urbanism. She received her PhD from the University of Toronto, where she was a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral fellow. Tara teaches courses in both studio (Designing for Every Body) and cultural history (Cultural Encounters & Modernisms: Local and Global). She was the recipient of the OUSA Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2021.

Her research traces the history of women in architectural and urban design since 1900 and the global history and historiography of “care”, care practices, and care professions in architecture. Currently, she is researching the social history of standards and flexibility in architectural design, especially in kitchens, schools, and play spaces .Tara is leading the Enabling Change project at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. The project is both a study and intervention into systems of access and disability inclusion in architectural pedagogy and practice. Some of the work has been published in More than a Checklist: Accessibility as Creative Practice, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Architectural Summit Proceedings, which outlines the origins, methodology, and collaborative nature of the project