Veronica Madonna

Veronica Madonna, OAA, MAA, FRAIC, M.Arch, B.E.D.S., B.Arch.Sc.

Assistant Professor

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    Research Interests

    Veronica Madonna's research interests focus on developing holistic methodologies aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change through the built environment. Her research investigates the operation and embodied carbon of buildings, with a particular emphasis on innovative building techniques such as mass timber construction and the integration of regenerative practices into architectural design. Through her research, Veronica Madonna aims to establish a symbiotic relationship between buildings, land, and communities by employing innovative design methodologies. In addition to her research on sustainable architecture, Veronica Madonna also explores the equitable practices of architecture in both industry and academic contexts. Her work seeks to address the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of architectural practice to promote social and environmental justice. Veronica Madonna's contributions to the field of architecture are characterized by her commitment to sustainability, equity, and community-centred design.

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    Veronica Madonna is a Canadian Architect, educator and researcher focusing on regenerative and low-carbon building practices. She is an Assistant Professor at the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University and the founder of Studio VMA, a design practice dedicated to forming a symbiotic relationship between buildings, land, and communities. With nearly 20 years of professional experience, her work has received national and international recognition for design excellence and sustainability.

    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 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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