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Dr. Will Galloway

Will Galloway
Assistant Professor
BED, MArch, PhD
416-979-5000 ext. 556495

Areas of Specialization


Urban planning

Resilience planning

Alternative architecture practice

Sustainable design

Design thinking


Year University Degree
2008 The University of Tokyo PhD
2001 The University of Manitoba MArch
1996 The University of Manitoba BED

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title


Studio in Collab Practice


Will Galloway is no stranger to sudden change. Throughout his career, external events have necessitated adaptation, most notably, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which killed more than 15,000 people and displaced countless others while Galloway was teaching at Keio University in Tokyo. "The entire faculty became focused on how to deal with reconstruction and, in my case, resilience,” recalls Galloway. "Adaptation is dealing with disaster after the fact, but if you want to be resilient, you need to be ready for what you don't know is coming down the line."

While we know what challenges our built environment is expected to face – rising temperatures and sea levels, increased wind speeds, more powerful storms and persistent drought, to name a few – Galloway contends that it isn’t enough to simply mitigate the effects of climate change. "You cannot just reduce carbon, because sea levels are already rising. We need to find ways to be more adaptive from the beginning." It's a tall order for architects, who today are tasked with more than just providing attractive housing. "If you only focus on that one aspect, you're not going to be able to solve the big problems – whether it's changing population, changing climate or changing economics. I'm interested in how to deal with those kind of global impacts through design."

Will Galloway

"Canadian architects should look outward more and become the leaders on the global stage."

Selected Works

  • ReThinking The Future Award - Second Award - Seizon Project, 2017
  • World Architecture Award (The Chicago Athenaeum) - HA Tower, 2012
  • WAN Residential Awards - Final Shortlist - HA Tower, 2012
  • Wallpaper* Magazine 50 World’s Best Young Architects, 2008
  • Galloway, William and Yan, Wanglin, Eds. Rethinking Resilience, Adaptation, and Transformation in a Time of Change. Springer, The Netherlands. 2017.
  • Galloway, William. “Planning for Disaster – Lessons from the 2011 Tohoku Disaster”, in Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law, Volume V: Legal Challenges for Nuclear Deterrence and Nuclear Security. Jonathan Black-Branch and Dieter Fleck, Eds. T.M.C. Asser Instituut. 2019. p. 1-24.
  • Galloway, William. “What Rules Make: The Possibility of A Home in Tokyo,” in HouseUS. Ed. Mundle, Kent. OCDI Press, 2017. p 182-193.
  • Galloway, William. “Learning From Traditional Planning in Asia”, in Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for A Changing Planet. Sandra Piesik, Editor. Thames and Hudson, London, UK, 2017. Pp. 518-521.
  • Yan, Wanglin, Galloway, William, Kang, Ju Youn “ Status of Climate Change Adaptation in Northeast Asia”, in Status of climate change adaptation in Asia and the Pacific. Lee, Jeongho, Alam, Mozaharul, and Sawhney, Puja, Editors. Springer. 2017. p 69-96.
  • Registered Architect in The Netherlands
  • Board of Directors - Alliance for Humanitarian Architecture