Zach Colbert

Lecturer in Architecture


  • Architecture
  • School of Architecture
Zach Colbert

CAPLA East Building

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Areas of Expertise

  • Architecture
  • Climate futures
  • Equitable housing
  • Urban design


  • M.Arch, Columbia University
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado at Boulder


Zach Colbert (he/him/his) is an architect and associate professor of architecture at Carleton University in Ottawa. He has also held invited academic appointments at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and the Parsons New School for Design School of Constructed Environments. His teaching, design and research explore the infrastructures that give rise to architecture and the entanglements between architecture, nature and politics. In his work, architecture isn't seen as an object but a rather a complex interweaving of social, technological and energetic processes that impact complex communities, vast geographies and more-than-human stakeholders. This work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and has been featured in both professional and scholarly publications, including AD, Pidgin, the Journal of Architectural Education, Art Forum, Architect, Canadian Architect and Architectural Record. His work has also been exhibited internationally. He holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His professional practice work has been recognized with design awards from the American Institute of Architects and the Ontario Association of Architects and he is a licensed architect in the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. states of New York and Arizona.


  • ARC 401 Design Studio VI Comprehensive Integration
  • ARC 510 Design Studio III
  • ARC 526 Pre-Design