Sherry McKay


Associate Professor

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412 – Lasserre





PhD, University of British Columbia
MA, University of British Columbia
BA, University of British Columbia


Sherry teaches history and theory in the Bachelor of Environmental Design, Master of Architecture, and Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture programs through courses, seminars, and collaborative research projects with students.

Her research is framed by the “present past” and includes studies ranging in time from the 18th to the 21st century, and in space from Vancouver to North Africa. It emphasizes architectural history that is responsive to the complex contemporary entanglements of different, plural and contested, pasts and places. Her exploration has taken many forms, including research and preparation for exhibitions and publications, studies abroad, and devising of representational venues. It has resulted in publications ranging from the interdisciplinary study of a gymnasium, to post-war “urban housekeeping” in Vancouver, to colonial deflections of avant-garde modernism in the 1930s, to exhibitions on cultural transformations effected by Japanese prefabricated housing.

Sherry’s present research focuses on “urban housekeeping” and the classing of modern apartment life in Brighton, Paris, and Vancouver. She is the Book Review Editor for Building Research & Information (UK). She has supervised PhD projects on topics such as “the ruin and the post-catastrophic city” and “immigrants, identity, and the built environment.” Sherry seeks to advance critical inquiry and practice by exploring the various ways in which cultural, political, and ideological investments are made in our assumptions about what is of value in architectural history.