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I am a researcher and designer studying the unseen structures of reality: spatial modulations, timescapes, smell fluxes, collective memory, and perceptive structures. My work spans across various mediums and takes place in the fields of LANDSCAPE URBANISM and NARRATIVE ARCHITECTURE.
I hold a degree in Woodworking, a B.A. in Environmental Design (Université du Québec à Montréal) with a minor in Architecture (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK), and a M.Sc.A. in Planning / Urban Design (Université de Montréal). My thesis (written in French, 2013) is about the power of smells to trigger various spatio-temporalities in the environment: The Olfactory Memory Theater. I am currently pursuing my research within a Philosophy - Cognitive Science doctorate at UQÀM in order to develop a compendium for the community of architectural and urban designers interested in working with the olfactory dimension. The Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC) awarded me a three and a half years doctoral research scholarship to carry out this study.

I am currently working on a text titled Travelling on smell-time for a book project. Abstract: The human olfactory system is a collection of distinct anatomical subsystems that are unified by their function: detecting chemicals and converting them into neural signals (Trimmer & Mainland, 2017). Five to ten percent of the air we breathe is directed by the nasal conchae toward a patch of cells on the roof and adjacent sides of the nasal cavity (Keyhani et al., 1995; Zhao et al., 2004). This area, which contains more than 100 million receptor cells (Keller & Vosshall, 2016), is where the stimulus conversion kicks off. An interesting fact: olfactory transduction is much slower than in vision or audition due to the timing of the sniff cycle. This allows the system to use temporal encoding, in combination with spatial encoding, to increase the capacity of the system. Smells smelled by those who are able to smell are thus processed from the very beginning as potential time-traveling machines, because each odorific complexity we register in our memory reflects a world in and of itself [...]

Please follow this link to access most of my papers and presentations on ResearchGate.

I am a junior member of the Institute of Cognitive Science (ISC) UQÀM, a member of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC), the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MIRAIC), the Quebec Association of Urban Designers (ADUQ), and the Association Francophone pour le Savoir (ACFAS).


I am always looking for creative teams or collaborator(s) i can grow with. If my expertise draws your attention, please contact me