Elizabeth English

Architect, Engineer, Professor


Dr. Elizabeth English is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Her experience in education, practice, teaching and research is in both the fields of Architecture and Civil Engineering. Dr. English is the founder and director of the Buoyant Foundation Project, a not-for-profit research organization that since 2006 has been working on the development of retrofit amphibious foundation systems as a flood risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategy that supports the preservation of traditional housing forms and respect for local cultural practices. Current projects focus on vulnerable indigenous and low-income communities in Vietnam, northern Canada, south Louisiana and Jamaica.

Dr. English holds a BA in Architecture from Princeton University, an MS in Civil Engineering from MIT, and a PhD in Architectural Theory from the University of Pennsylvania.