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Susane is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research interests lie at the intersection of housing, community engagement and user-generated cold-climate building techniques. Dr. Havelka’s doctoral thesis, completed at McGill University, investigates the rapid rise of a hybrid architectural design practice in Canada’s Eastern Arctic. Building on the success of the 21st Annual inter-university Charrette, she co-organized the award-winning 2017 Kuujjuaq Hackathon. She studied science, art and design at MIT and Architecture at Columbia University. After completing her Master’s degree, Susane practiced as an architect in New York, Berlin and Prague before undertaking a doctorate at McGill University. During this time, and inspired by her friends in Nunavut and at the Monolithic Dome Institute, she designed and tested a self-build prototype as an innovative building system for extreme climates and remote northern communities. Susane is currently involved in several large research projects on housing and well-being in Arctic and sub-Arctic communities while developing a workshop to support a community-design and build of an experimental cluster of dome houses as the first working “dada-Domes” in an Arctic region. She hopes to enable Inuit to design and build affordably and autonomously using local materials, simple techniques and the internet to share designs and ideas.

susane havelka


Susane is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research interests lie at the intersection of housing, community engagement and user-generated cold-climate building techniques. Dr. Havelka’s doctoral thesis, completed at McGill University, investigates the rapid rise of a hybrid architectural design practice in Canada’s Eastern Arctic. Building on the success of the 21st Annual inter-university Charrette, she co-organized the award-winning 2017 Kuujjuaq Hackathon. She studied science, art and design at MIT and Architecture at Columbia University. After completing her Master’s degree, Susane practiced as an architect in New York, Berlin and Prague before undertaking a doctorate at McGill University. During this time, and inspired by her friends in Nunavut and at the Monolithic Dome Institute, she designed and tested a self-build prototype as an innovative building system for extreme climates and remote northern communities. Susane is currently involved in several large research projects on housing and well-being in Arctic and sub-Arctic communities while developing a workshop to support a community-design and build of an experimental cluster of dome houses as the first working “dada-Domes” in an Arctic region. She hopes to enable Inuit to design and build affordably and autonomously using local materials, simple techniques and the internet to share designs and ideas.


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