Menno Hubregtse

BFA (USask), MA (UVic), PhD (UBC)
Sessional Instructor

Fine Arts Building
By appointment: 250-721-7942

Areas of research

  • Modern and Contemporary Architecture and Design
  • Public Art
  • Transportation Design and Travel Imagery
  • Mathematics and the Arts

Brief biography

My teaching and research interests include the history and theory of modern and contemporary architecture and design, public art, accessibility, early twentieth-century modernism, mathematics and art, history of photography, and theories of affect, space, and mobilities.

My publications examine the  relationship between architecture and art, how building materials and design affect behaviour, and philosophical ideas pertaining to architectural design and theory. My research contributions also consider art and the built environment in terms of identity, heritage, and political conditions.

I have a recently published book, Wayfinding, Consumption, and Air Terminal Design (London: Routledge, 2020), which examines how international airports organize passenger movement and generate spending. I illustrate how architecture and artworks operate visually to guide people through the space and affect their behaviour. My analysis draws upon visits to airports in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as well as interviews with architects and planners.



Book chapters

  • “The Airport Terminal: Circulation and Soft Power,” in The Routledge Handbook of Infrastructure Design: Global Perspectives from Architectural History, edited by Joseph Heathcott (London: Routledge, 2022), 142-152.
  • “Gilles Deleuze’s The Fold: Calculus and Curvilinear Design,” in Handbook of the Mathematics of the Arts and Sciences, edited by Bharath Sriraman (Berlin: Springer, 2021).