Doctor of Design

Since September 2020, Barry Johns is pursuing a Doctor of Design (DDes) at the University of Calgary, a practice based program which is the first of its kind in Canada. His research topic is Infill and missing middle typologies in mature urban neighborhoods focussed on creating community and an environment that fosters innovation and affordability, through new business models and respectful housing development via mass customization. The DDes draws upon reflection and evaluation of one’s own practice, plus broader research into relevant projects around the world. This complex subject in context with an aging Canadian population, dramatically changing demographics and anticipating how we might live in a post Covid-19 world; represents a new chapter in a rewarding career.