Tracey Winton

Associate Professor

Tracey Eve Winton is an architectural historian, artist, scholar, and urbanist, specialized in iconography, architectural narrative, and spatial symbolism. She received her PhD in the History and Philosophy of Architecture from the University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, with Dalibor Vesely, and her M. Arch. in the History and Theory of Architecture from McGill University, with Alberto Pérez-Gómez. She also holds a professional Architecture degree, and a bachelors degree in Environmental Studies. Tracey has worked professionally in offices in Toronto, Montreal, and London, and in her own studio. Her laneway house in Toronto was selected for The Conference on Innovative Housing at Yale University, and featured on the cover of Canadian Architect. 

Tracey is Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Canada. She is the winner of two international teaching awards: In 2014, the ACSA gave her a prestigious Creative Achievement Award for her original theatre productions, and in 2018 she received the NCBDS Faculty Award for teaching excellence. She has been Artist in Residence at Arts, Letters & Numbers (USA) and at the Siena Art Institute (Italy). Tracey is a Rome expert, taught in Italy for over a decade, and has published widely on topics in Italian architecture and art. In the study abroad Rome program she taught Design Studio and Italian Urban History, as well as leading an annual 10 day North Field Trip to multiple Italian cities and monuments. She has lectured extensively on Rome and Italian topics, on site and in the classroom, for 25 years. Recent courses include Landscape and Photographic Representation, based on selections from world cinema, and Discourse Modern and Postmodern Introduced through Science Fiction.  

Tracey is currently completing a SSHRC Research-Creation project titled Dwellings & Journeys. Research interests include architectural spoils and adaptive reuse in Modernism, part of an investigation into temporal processes, materiality and indexical representation; memory in urban space; symbolism of thresholds and gateways in Balinese architecture; history and iconography of the museum; and self-built housing in Mexico. Tracey lectured at the Bauhaus 100th anniversary Colloquium in Weimar, Germany and has given talks on architecture in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North America, been an editor of The Fifth Column, Alphabet City, and Journal of Research and Application in Architecture and Urbanism. Previous research included a translation of, and critical commentary on, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (Aldus Manutius, 1499). Recent publications include an architectural reading of the famous Renaissance library in the ducal palace at Urbino, a chapter on the modern reception of classical architecture in Peter Greenaway's film, The Belly of An Architect, in relation to the urban context of Rome, a paper on culture and tourism in Bali, Indonesia; and an essay on space-time in the metaphysical paintings of Giorgio de Chirico. Ongoing research investigates the language of modern architecture in the work of Bruno Zevi and Carlo Scarpa, and she is writing a book decoding discourses in Scarpa's Castelvecchio Museum in Verona.