Douglas MacLeod

Douglas MacLeod, PhD., FRAIC, MEDes, BSc., BArch, NCARB, CAB

Chair, Centre for Architecture

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Research Interests

My specific areas of research are Regenerative Design and Virtual Design and Pedagogy. Regenerative Design focuses on a holistic restoration of the natural and built environments and examines how our designs can have a positive impact on where we live and work. Virtual Design and Pedagogy explores the role that new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality can play in revolutionizing learning.

Personal profile

Douglas MacLeod has over thirty years of teaching, research and senior administrative experience at post-secondary, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations across North America. During this time, he has led visionary, interdisciplinary projects in design, technology, research and education. A registered architect, he is recognized for his work in the field of design research and, in particular, for his expertise in Regenerative Design and Virtual Design. He is currently a tenured professor and Chair of the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Calgary

… → 2011

MEDes, University of Calgary

… → 2004

B.Sc, University of Toronto

… → 1985

B.Arch, University of Toronto

… → 1981

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