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Olivier Vallerand

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605

Olivier Vallerand holds a doctorate in architecture from McGill University. He has taught at Université Laval, Université du Québec à Montréal, and the University of California, Berkeley, where he also pursued postdoctoral research. An architect, he previously worked for firms in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Quebec, and currently keeps an installation-based practice. His research focuses on self-identifications, community identifications, and their relation to the design and experience of the built environment, on queer and feminist approaches to design education, on and alternative practices of design. His work has been published in the book Unplanned Visitors: Queering the Ethics and Aesthetics of Domestic Space, as well as in the Journal of Architectural EducationInteriors: Design | Architecture | CultureThe Plan, SomatechnicsCapturesInter art actuel, The Educational Forum, the Sexuality volume of the Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art series, and in the collections Contentious Cities: Design and the Gendered Production of Space and Making Men, Making History: Canadian Masculinities across Time and Place. He also regularly writes for Canadian Architect. Outside of ASU, Olivier is a member of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accountability, and Sustainability (IDEAS) Committee of the Society of Architectural Historians.

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship. College of Environmental Design, University of California-Berkeley 2018
  • Ph.D. Architecture, McGill University, Montreal, Canada 2014
  • M. Arch. (post-professional), Cultural Mediations and Technology, 2010
  • M. Arch. Architecture (professional), Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada 2005
  • B. Sc. Architecture, Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada 2004
Cover of Unplanned Visitors: Queering the Ethics and Aesthetics of Domestic Space (book by Olivier Vallerand)

Unplanned Visitors: Queering the Ethics and Aesthetics of Domestic Space Sexuality and gender have long been influential in understanding the construction of domestic space, its meanings, often revealing a binary division of private and public, female and male. By reconstructing the foundation of queer critiques of space and by analyzing the representation of domesticity in contemporary art and architecture, Unplanned Visitors shows the blurring of private and public that can occur in any domestic space and explores the potential of queer theory for understanding, and designing, the built environment.

Vallerand, Olivier. "Beyond Design Education: Queering Pedagogies of Space," Contentious Cities: Design and the Gendered Production of Space, ed. Nicole Kalms, Gene Bawden, Jess Berry and Timothy Moore. London: Routledge, 2021,194-203.

Campbell, Erin J. and Olivier Vallerand. "Approaching Home: New Perspectives on the Domestic Interior / Vers la maison: nouvelles perspectives sur l’intérieur domestique," introduction to special issue of RACAR 45, no. 2 (2020): 7-24.

Vallerand, Olivier. Unplanned Visitors: Queering the Ethics and Aesthetics of Domestic Space, Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020.

Vallerand, Olivier, Amélie Charbonneau, Kévin Lavoie, and Marie Houzeau. "La recherche communautaire pour soutenir l'action au GRIS-Montréal," Les politiques sociales 80, no. 1 & 2 (2020): 117-127.

Vallerand, Olivier and Marie Houzeau. “Améliorer la santé scolaire par l’éducation au respect de la diversité sexuelle et de la pluralité des genres : impacts de l’approche par témoignage du GRIS-Montréal dans les écoles primaires du Québec,” Santé LGBTI : les minorités de genre et de sexualité face aux soins, edited by A. Alessandrin, J. Dagorn, A. Meidani, G. Richard, and M. Toulze. Lormont: Bord de l’eau, 2020.

Vallerand, Olivier. "Where Are the Lesbian Architects? Visibility and Its Challenges." The Plan Journal 4, no. 2 (2019): 327-343.

Vallerand, Olivier, Kévin Lavoie, Gabrielle Richard, Amélie Charbonneau, Mickael Rolland-Déry, Marie-Pier Petit, and Marie Houzeau. "Témoigner plutôt que débattre : les interventions en milieu scolaire du GRIS-Montréal." Revue Genre Éducation Formation 3 (2019) : 99-112.

Knoblauch, Joy, Sben Korsh, Brent Sturlaugson, and Olivier Vallerand. "Raising a Family in the Academy" Platform (2019).

Vallerand, Olivier. “Learning from… (or “the need for queer pedagogies of space”).” Interiors: Design|Architecture|Culture 9, no. 2 (2019) : 140-156.

Vallerand, Olivier, Sylvie Marcotte, Kévin Lavoie, Amélie Charbonneau, and Marie Houzeau. “GRIS-Montréal, témoin et acteur de l’évolution des attitudes des élèves du secondaire envers la diversité sexuelle.” Jeunes et société 3 no. 1 (2018): 21-55.

Vallerand, Olivier. “An Open Window on Other Masculinities: Gay Bars and Visibility in Montreal.” In Making Men, Making History: Canadian Masculinities across Time and Place, edited by Peter Gossage and Robert Rutherdale, 150-72. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2018.

Vallerand, Olivier, Amélie Charbonneau, and Marie Houzeau “Démystifier l’homosexualité et la bisexualité dans les écoles : impacts de la formule par témoignage du GRIS-Montréal.” In Le témoignage sexuel et intime, un levier de changement social?, edited by Maria Nengeh Mensah, 115-33. Montréal: Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2017.

Mensah, Maria Nengeh, Janik Bastien Charlebois, Olivier Vallerand, Sandra Wesley, and Ken Monteith “Militer par le témoignage public : défis et retombées pour les communautés sexuelles et de genres.” Reflets : revue d’intervention sociale et communautaire 23, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 82-118.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Regards queers sur l’architecture: une remise en question des approches identitaires de l’espace.” Captures: Figures, théories et pratiques de l'imaginaire 1, no. 1 (May 2016):

Vallerand, Olivier, and Amélie Charbonneau. “L’expression de genre dans la démystification de l’homosexualité et de la bisexualité.” In Féminismes et luttes contre l’homophobie : De l’apprentissage à la subversion des codes, edited by Line Chamberland and Caroline Désy, 37-43. Montréal : Cahier de l’IREF/UQAM, 2016.

Vallerand, Olivier, Amélie Charbonneau, Kévin Lavoie, and Marie Houzeau. “Vingt ans d’intervention de démystification de l’homosexualité et de la bisexualité dans les écoles : transformations des publics, transformations des approches,” Nouvelles pratiques sociales 28 no.1 (2016): 277-287.

Richard, Gabrielle, Olivier Vallerand, Marie-Pier Petit, and Amélie Charbonneau “Discussing Sexual Orientation and Gender in Classrooms: Potentials and Limits of GRIS-Montréal’s Testimonial-based Approach to Fighting Homophobia in Schools.” The Educational Forum 79, no. 4 (2015): 421-435.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Endlessly Kissing in a Park: Berlin’s Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted under the National Socialist Regime, between Past and Present,” Sexuality, ed. Amelia Jones, Documents of Contemporary Art series, 131-33. London & Cambridge, MA: Whitechapel & MIT Press, 2014.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Living Pictures: Dragging the Home into the Gallery.” Interiors: Design|Architecture|Culture 4, no. 2 (2013): 125-148.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Home is the Place we all Share: Building Queer Collective Utopias.” Journal of Architectural Education 67, no. 1 (March 2013): 64-75.

Vallerand, Olivier “Un baiser en continu dans un parc : le Mémorial aux homosexuels persécutés par les nazis, entre passé et présent,” Inter, art actuel 112 (2012): 40-43.


Book reviews

Vallerand, Olivier. "A Community of Education and Exploration: Reframing Understandings of the Bauhaus. Architectural Histories 8, no. 1 (2020).

Vallerand, Olivier. "Francesco Garutti, dir. Nos jours heureux: architecture et bienêtre à l’ère du capitalisme émotionnel," RACAR 45, no. 2 (2020): 156-158.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Lucas Crawford, Transgender Architectonics: The Shape of Change in Modernist Space.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (2017): online.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Bridget Elliott, ed. Breaking and Entering: The Contemporary House Cut, Spliced, and Haunted.” RACAR: Canadian Art Review 41, no.1 (2016): 105-108.


Building reviews

O. Vallerand, “Urban Animation: Îlot Balmoral,” Canadian Architect 65(8): 30-34.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Stage Jewel: Le Diamant Theatre,” Canadian Architect 65, no. 7 (October 2020) : 20-28.

Vallerand, Olivier. "National Treasure: Pavillon d’accueil de l’Assemblée Nationale du Québec, Quebec City, Quebec," Canadian Architect, 64, no. 9 (Sept. 2019): 20-25.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Acting Out: Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault,” Canadian Architect 63, no. 11 (Nov. 2018): 36-42.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Italy’s Rogue Utopians: Utopie Radicali: Florence 1966-1976 at the CCA,” Canadian Architect 63 no. 7 (July 2018): 26-28.

Vallerand, Olivier. “A Passion for Architecture: the Professional Journey of Gilles Saucier and André Perrotte,” Canadian Architect 63 (RAIC Gold Medal issue 2018): 14-22.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Architecture for the Masses: The University Is Now on Air at the CCA,” Canadian Architect 63 no.2 (Feb. 2018): 46-47.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Building Net Worth: Crew Collective,” Canadian Architect 62 no. 6 (June 2017): 28-31.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Civic Art: OMA’s New Pavilion for a Quebec City Museum,” Canadian Architect 61 no. 11 (Nov. 2016): 36-43.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Liberté! Québec City’s Maison de la littérature,” Canadian Architect 61 no. 6 (June 2016): 31-36.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Calling Card: STGM Head Office,” Canadian Architect 61 no.1 (Jan. 2016): 20-25.

Vallerand, Olivier. “Under One Roof: Bibliothèque du Boisé, Montréal,” Canadian Architect 60 no.2 (Feb. 2015): 18-23.

Vallerand, Olivier “Rénovation du Complexe scientifique de Québec/Updating the Québec City Scientific Complex,” Architecture Canada (Spring 2015): 12-14.

Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 311History of Interior Design II
INT 492Honors Directed Study
INT 622Adv Interior Arch Studio IV
INT 650Diversity and Design
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 111Interior Desgn Issues/Theories
INT 492Honors Directed Study
INT 493Honors Thesis
INT 529Design Criticism
DSC 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 492Honors Directed Study
INT 590Reading and Conference
INT 598Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 362Int Dsgn Studio III: Retail
INT 492Honors Directed Study
INT 499Individualized Instruction
INT 529Design Criticism
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ADE 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 590Reading and Conference
INT 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 362Int Dsgn Studio III: Retail

Approaching Home: New Perspectives on the Domestic Interior, special issue of RACAR (2020), co-edited with Erin J. Campbell.

Professional Associations: 

Licensed architect, Ordre des architectes du Québec

Interior Design Educators Council

Society of Architectural Historians

Universities Art Association of Canada – Association d’art des universités du Canada

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 

Barrett Faculty Honors Advisor, Interior Design (2019 – present)

PhD Mentor

Yolanda Gallego-Rector (2019 – present)

Ibrahim Lasafer (2020 – present)


Member, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accountability, and Sustainability (IDEAS) Committee, Society of Architectural Historians

Program coordinator, 51st Environmental Design Research Association conference

Concrètement, que veut dire être une architecte féministe aujourd’hui ? Trajectoires, idées et projets de neufs architectes (portrait by Stéphanie Dadour in d'architectures, December 2019, p. 80-95)

Reviewer, since 2010, for various journals and edited collections including:

  • Service social
  • Multitudes queers (edited collection)
  • Journal of Housing & the Built Environment
  • Minorités lisibles
  • Genre, sexualité & société
  • Sprinkle: A Journal of Sexual Diversity Studies
  • Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada
  • Architecture & Film conference

Board member (as research coordinator), GRIS-Montréal, Montréal, QC, since 2009

Accreditation Committee member, Canadian Architectural Certification Board, since 2007

Board member (as vice-president from 2006 to 2009 and secretary from 2004 to 2006, GRIS-Québec, Québec, QC, 2004 – 2009

Board member, Regroupement d’entraide pour la jeunesse allosexuelle du Québec, QC, 2002 – 2003

Board member (as president in 2002-2003 and social activities coordinator in 2001-2002), Groupe gai de l’Université Laval, 2001 – 2003

Founding coordinator, Arco Iris, Cégep de Sainte-Foy, Québec, QC, 1999 – 2001

Industry Positions: 

1x1x1 Creative Lab, Québec/Montréal, QC, since 2007 (founding member)

Gagnon Letellier Cyr Ricard Mathieu Architectes, Québec, QC, 2005 – 2009

George Yu Architects, Culver City, CA, 2005

Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners, Washington, D.C., 2004