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Publications + Media

Academic Work + Presentations


McCartney, Shelagh and (S) Rosenvasser, Ximena. “New student residence typologies: Introducing Housing Unit Classification (HUC), a tool for understanding student housing facilities and privacy”. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment.


McCartney, Shelagh and (S) Rosenvasser, Ximena. “Privacy territories in student university housing design: Introduction of the Hierarchy of Isolation and Privacy in Architecture Tool (HIPAT)”.


Sotomayor, Luisa, Vieta, Marcelo, (S) Tarhan, Derya, McCartney, Shelagh and (S) Maas, Aida. “When students are house-poor: Universities, student marginality and housing struggles in an aspiring global city”. Cities, 2022, 124, 103572.

McCartney, Shelagh, Arkilander, DeSandoli, E., Grout-Brown, F., Jamshidi-Moghadam, P., Lebel-Pantazopoulos, L., Malthaner, R., PMolloy, E. and Nicholson, S. “How cities can unlock the potential of laneway housing” in The Conversation. February 4, 2021.

McCartney, Shelagh, Herskovits, Jeffrey and Hintelmann, Lara. “Developing occupant-based understandings of crowding: a study of residential self-assessment in Eabametoong First Nation” in Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 2020, 1-18. DOI 10.1007/s10901-020-09768-y

McCartney, Shelagh. "Our Voices: Indigeneity and Architecture" [Review] in Canadian Architect, March 2019, p. 37.

McCartney, Shelagh and McKay, Michael. “What is Measured Defines the Crisis” in Plan Canada, Vol. 59 No. 3, Winter 2019. 

McCartney, Shelagh, Atlookan, Elizabeth, Kaupp, Courtney, Missewace, Ron and Sugarhead, Wanda. “Restructuring First Nation housing need through community driven metrics” in Ontario Planning Journal, Vol. 33 No. 6, November/December 2018, p.21

McCartney, Shelagh; (S) Herskovits, Jeffrey and (S) Hintelmann, Lara. “Failure by Design: On-reserve First Nations’ Housing Crisis and its roots in Canadian evaluation frameworks” in The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, Vol. 38, Iss. 2, 2018: 101-124.

McCartney, Shelagh and Krishnamurthy, Sukanya.  “Neglected? Strengthening the morphological study of informal settlements” in SAGE Open January-March 2018: 1 –11 DOI: 10.1177/2158244018760375

McCartney, Shelagh. “Re-Thinking Housing: From Physical Manifestation of Colonial Planning Policy to Community-Focused Networks” in Urban Planning 2016, Volume 1, Issue 4, 20:31

McCartney, Shelagh, Atlookan, Elizabeth, Sugarhead, Louie, Herskovits, Jeffrey and Trnavsky, Kathryn. “(RE)Imaging Our Community: Changing the Planner and Planning with First Nations Youth” in Plan Canada, Vol. 56 No. 4, Winter 2016.

McCartney, Shelagh. “Indigenous Housing: Towards a model supporting community health” in Alternatives Journal, 14.2 Coming Home, 2016.

Behrooz, Samira and McCartney, Shelagh. “Learning from Vancouver: Creating Affordable Housing using the Laneways of Toronto” in Canadian Architect (forthcoming)

McCartney, Shelagh. “Planning Policy for Indigenous Peoples: Collaboration or coercion?” in Ontario Planning Journal, Vol. 30, No. 6. December 2015.

Books + Book Chapters

McCartney, Shelagh; Lister, Nina-Marie; and Herskovits, Jeffrey. “Codesign, collaboration and systems change: Reflections on innovative cross-cultural and interdisciplinary  practice centred on action in landscapes of conflict” in A Landscape Approach: From local communities to territorial systems eds. Hannes Zander, Shelagh McCartney, Samantha Solano and Sonja Vangjeli. New York, NY: Applied Research and Design Publishers (AR&D). [expected book release May 2022]

 Zander, Hannes; McCartney, Shelagh; Solano, Samantha and Vangjeli, Sonya.  Landscape Approach: From local communities to territorial systems.  [Under contract to Applied Research and Design Publishers (AR&D). [expected book release May 2022]

Working Papers

McCartney, Shelagh, Finlay, Judy and Herskovits, Jeffrey. Deconstructing Housing Evaluation: Creating a framework for appropriate metrics in Mid-Canada Corridor First Nations Housing assessments. together design lab at Ryerson University, 2017.


Nibinamik First Nation, Wakahegun 241, Together Design Lab. Nibinamik Housing Policy 2017. together design lab at Ryerson University, 2017.


Future City: Metropolis of Cities [Barcelona, Metropolis of Cities; and, Global South, Metropolis of Cities], Paul H. Cocker Gallery, Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, March 8 - April 20, 2018, Curators: Joan Busquets and Shelagh McCartney

Conferences + Presentations

"Whose Housing Crisis? Creating First Nations Housing". OAA Annual Conference 2018. Toronto, ON, May 24, 2018. 

with Sotomayor, Luisa and Vieta, Marcelo. "Room for improvement: Post-secondary students' experiences of marginalization in Toronto's housing market". 2018 Urban Affairs Association Conference, Shaping Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City's Edge: Contestation and Collaboration in Urbanizing Regions, Sheraton Centre, Toronto, On, April 4-7, 2018.

"Building Together: Evaluating Culturally Appropriate Housing for Sustainable Indigenous Communities". FEDTalk Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Ottawa, ON February 8, 2018.

with Herskovits, Jeffrey and Hintelmann, Lara. "Community led Housing Policies in First Nations". First Nations Housing Conference, Thunder Bay, ON, February 6-8, 2018.

In the news

Coronavirus: Group mobilizes to help Ontario First Nations communities during pandemic (Global News, April 23, 2020)

Indigenous architects design a sovereign future (Now Toronto, October 18, 2018)

NAN and Ryerson University team up on housing project (TB News Watch, September 25, 2018)

Ryerson partners with First Nations communities to tackle housing crisis (CBC News, September 22, 2018)

The Indigenous Housing Crisis (Star Metro Toronto [print edition], September 20, 2018)

Ryerson partners with Nishnawbe Aski First Nations to address ‘desperate’ housing crisis (Toronto Star, September 19, 2018)

A new partnership could see First Nations designing their own homes (Vice News, September 19, 2018)

Huge demand for student housing makes it a lucrative opportunity for investors (Financial Post, May 31, 2018)

Ryerson Architecture Students Tackle Student Housing Crisis (Urban Toronto, January 15, 2018)

Ryerson DAS collaborative looks to tackle student housing crisis (Canadian Architect, January 8, 2018)

Horror stories from off-campus housing (Macleans, December 6, 2018)

Northern Ontario First Nation residents get to design their own homes in pilot project (CBC News, November 1, 2017)

Could a new approach to First Nations housing be a game-changer? (CBC The National, November 1, 2017)

Design of Everyday Places and Homes Can Heal Wounds (Tedx RyersonU, February 11, 2017)

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