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Dr. Terri Peters

Terri Peters
Assistant Professor
BA, BEDS, DipArch, PhD
416-979-5000 ext. 556512

Areas of Specialization

Architectural design



Health and architecture

Environmental simulation for sustainable buildings

Architectural daylighting

Social sustainability

Resilient environments


Year University Degree
2015 Aarhus Architecture School PhD
2006 London Metropolitan University DipArch
2002 Dalhousie University BEDS
2000 University of Victoria BA

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title
ASC 201 Design Studio
ASC 200 Sustainable Practices
ASC 301 Design Studio II


Terri Peters has long been interested in the effects of building performance on well-being; but when she lived in Copenhagen, she experienced it firsthand. Design there was different, especially in the medium-rise housing blocks that many, including Peters herself, called home. Instead of the long, dark condos that are typical of North America, balconies facing sunny courtyards were common, as was a focus on hygge, meaning coziness. “In Denmark,” she says, “quality of life is most important.”

It’s important for Peters, too. Much of her research focuses on superarchitecture: where design is driven by what adds to our health, such as wide-open views, good air flow, maximized daylight and access to the outdoors. Here in Canada, Peters wants superarchitecture to play more of a central role. However, as many of these elements are not quantitative—i.e. how do you measure that calm feeling you get from a well-lit room?—there are challenges.

To overcome them, Peters is researching strategies that benefit both our natural environment and our well-being, like appropriate uses of daylight and testing design options via digital simulation. She’s also speaking up at various health-related conferences. “The more architects who advocate, the healthier our buildings will be.”

Terri Peters

“Our buildings can make us better—if we let them.”

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow 2017
  • Peters T, Peters B.  Computing the Environment:  Digital Design Tools for Simulation and Visualisation of Sustainable Architecture, (Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2018). ISBN: 978-1-119-09789-1
  • Peters T, Kesik T, “Daylight Simulation for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings: Occupant-Centered Approaches to Assessment”, eSim: IBPSA-Canada Building Simulation to Support Building Sustainability, Montreal 9-10 May 2018.
  • Peters T,  (Editor) Special Issue: Design for Health: Sustainable Approaches to Therapeutic Architecture. Architectural Design Series (Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, March/April 2017).  ISBN: 978-1-119-16213-1
  • Peters T, “Superarchitecture: Building Better Health”, Architectural Design Special Issue: Design For Health: Therapeutic Approaches to Sustainable Architecture (March/April 2017), p. 24-31., external link
  • Peters T, “Social Sustainability in Context: Rediscovering Ingrid Gehl’s Bo-miljø” Architectural Research Quarterly (arq) December 2016 Issue 20 Volume 4, p 371-380., external link
  • Registered Architect (ARB), UK 2008-present
  • Invited workshop presenter, (2017) “Superarchitecture”, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Interdisciplinary Workshop on Multi-Systemic Resilience, led by Dr Michael Ungar, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Invited keynote (2017): “Superarchitecture: Daylight and Health” at 5th Active House Symposium Designing for People First, What Comes Second?, Bornholm Denmark. 27-28 September 2017.
  • Invited speaker and panellist (2017), Daylight as a Driver for Change, 7th VELUX Daylight Symposium, Berlin, Germany, 3-4 May 2017.
  • Invited talk: “Superarchitecture: Building Better Health” at School of Environment Research Day, University of Toronto. April 19 2017