The Final Review is a Space and Time of Performance

Implications and Alternatives


  • Allegra Friesen University of Waterloo
  • Jason McMillan University of Waterloo
  • Mona Dai University of Waterloo


As the culminating event of design studios, the Final Review directly impacts the mediums in which projects are presented, the social hierarchies of those present at the review, the types of feedback given or received, and what students learn from the process. The questions we consider around the spatial and temporal practice of the final review emerged from research around feedback and studio culture in the authors’ own school, the University of Waterloo School of Architecture (UWSA).