Chloe Town is an Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) and a licensed Ontario architect. She studied at McGill University and the University of Toronto prior to receiving, in 2002, a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University, where she was awarded the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Graduate Thesis Prize for her study on the relationship between 20th-century mass gatherings (crowds) and architecture. She has been teaching and working in architecture offices since 2003 and today has her own design and research practice called Town Office.
Before joining the Daniels Faculty, Town taught architecture at PennDesign in Philadelphia, the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and the University of Waterloo School of Architecture.
Her expertise is in construction and space-making, materials, representation, and cross-disciplinary readings. She is interested in the underpinnings that connect architecture and theory to other design disciplines and creative production, the conceit of (and necessity for) originality, and critical spatial practices that include additive and subtractive strategies as well as the rising possibility of neither.
Her winning competition entry for the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, a design collaboration with Janette Kim, was extensively documented in the book Emergent Memory (edited by Neal Schwarz, AIA) and was a subject in the feature-length documentary The Grove: AIDS and the Politics of Remembrance.
In New York City, Town spent close to a decade working as an NCARB intern architect before returning to Toronto, where she was born, to practice. At Moriyama & Teshima Architects and at LGA Architectural Partners, she oversaw several built projects including cultural institutions, social housing, and public schools.
Town’s design work has been published in numerous publications, including The New York Times and Architecture Record, and exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Center for Architecture in New York. She has also written many articles about contemporary Canadian architecture for Canadian Architect.