OCAD University
Cheryl Giraudy
Associate Professor
Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

Architecture and Inclusive Design, Facilities Planning for Accessible Wayfinding


Cheryl Giraudy is an Associate Professor, and practicing architect, with over twenty five years of experience in building design, facilities planning and assessment, with a more recent focus on accessible design and wayfinding. Over the past decade, she has taught in the Environmental Design program. Design courses include Professional Practice, Social Space, Myths, Beliefs and Imagery, and Think Tank. She has also participated in academic planning & policy, co-managing studio policy and facilities on behalf of the Faculty as one of two Associate Deans during 2008-2013. Cheryl lead a team of students, alumni, researchers, and community advisors as part of design outreach to investigate wayfinding in the social housing context. The major undertaking between OCAD U and Toronto Community Housing engaged a diverse disability community in investigating how complexes such as Moss Park High rise towers could adopt a resident-focussed approach in reimagining wayfinding for access and inclusion Concurrent with teaching and practice, Cheryl has contributed to architectural committees, competition juries, and volunteer groups, and continues to enjoy painting and integrated art and design practices during summer sessions at Gibralter Point Centre, Artscape on the Toronto Islands.


-University of Toronto, 1977. Various courses in Humanities and Sciences -University of Salford, UK, 2011-2014. Masters of Science (Accessible & Inclusive Design) -Carlton University, 1977-1983. Bachelor of Architecture

Professional Experience

1994-Present Principal, CCG Architect Toronto 1991-1994 Project Leader, Public Works Canada, Toronto 1985-1991 Associate, Alexander Temporale Architects, Mississauga

Awards \ Grants

1992: Commemorative Medal bestowed by Governor General for work accomplished on behalf of the Government of Canada.

Selected Publications

2014: Wayfinding in the Baycrest Context-Report of Think Tank 1: Awareness collaboration with Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care 2012: Report of Pilot Project 1: Inclusive Wayfinding in the Social Housing Context 1999: Sybil's Place, OAA Perspectives Magazine 1999: Advocate for Dialogue - Interview with Phyllis Lambert, Founder, Former Director, CCA, Women and Environments Magazine, York University

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

2014 Affiliate Member, National Register of Access Consultants, UK (Pending) 2010-Present, Jury Member, Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) Annual Awards 2000-Present Toronto Society of Architects 1989-Present Ontario Association of Architects 1989-Present Royal Architectural Institute of Canada