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The Cellar Architectural Journal (CAJ) is a student-run publication dedicated to space, design, and architecture-based research at McGill University. Based out of Montreal, QC, the annual publication presents curated and editor-reviewed work realized in paper and digital form. CAJ intends to explore the interdisciplinary nature and implications of architecture through a collection of knowledge from various fields of study. Submissions from all faculties within the University are welcome. The Journal’s purpose is to share, inspire, and exchange ideas with students and practitioners of all backgrounds through written and visual work.

2023 TEAM

Lukas Hirz Boivin
Nathaniel Chavez
Beatriz da Silva Takahashi
Gabrielle Goldman
David Khanh Lafond
Max Leblanc
Rob Pelletier
Eliza Pertigkiozoglou
Sofia Usman
Erica Vinson
Katrin Zavgorodny-Freedman

Lukas Hirz Boivin
Yixuan Gu
David Khanh Lafond
Tianrun Li
Kateryna Tyutyunyk


Gaël Haddad
Angelica Sasso
Mariah Sasso


McGill University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtià:ke, so-called Montréal, is historically known as a site of meeting and exchange amongst many First Nations including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within our city. 

We acknowledge architecture’s past and present role in the dispossession and displacement of Indigenous people from their land. We support the struggles for decolonization and the reconciliation of the practice of architecture within this perspective, especially considering Tiohtià:ke/Montréal’s position as a site of ongoing settler colonialism and Indigenous survivance.

Beyond this acknowledgement, we invite you to check out these resources to learn more about the history and present contexts of Indigenous Peoples and how to take concrete steps toward reconciliation, decolonization, and indigenization.

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