Action Research Commons Hamilton (ARCH)

The School of Graduate Studies will be closing the Action Research Commons Hamilton – better known as the Arch – as of February 27, 2018. We have enjoyed the past four years working with our community partner, Indwell, providing an opportunity to create a space where members of the McMaster and broader Hamilton communities could come together.

If you are a current user of the Arch and have questions, please email Peter Self


Are you involved in community-based scholarship, research, or neighbourhood initiatives? Looking for a free space to hold meetings, study, or conduct research related activities? The ARCH is available to you. 

The Action Research Commons Hamilton is a small, multi-use storefront space that provides a gathering place for researchers, students, area residents, and others to connect with each other, while conducting or preparing for community-engaged research. It's not connected with one particular project, school, or agency. 

Follow The ARCH on Facebook to stay connected with what's happening. If you've reserved the space and would like to share the details, you're welcome to post to The ARCH on Facebook.

Have an idea for how The ARCH can be improved? Would you like to be involved with The ARCH? Call us or drop us an email. We’d love to hear your suggestions.

About The ARCH

The ARCH is closing on February 27, 2018. No bookings will be available after that date.

The ARCH functions as a no-cost bookable space for interviews, focus groups, and other meetings. Additionally, researchers and residents can use this space to exchange resources related to community-based research.

The ARCH is located in East Hamilton, at 1429 Main Street East, near the corner of Main Street East and Kenilworth Avenue.

ARCH assets 

  • Free space
  • 600 square feet with an additional small meeting room (2-4 people) and a washroom (no kitchen facilities).
  • Max. capacity = 56 persons, seating for 33
  • Movable furniture consists of 9 small tables, 24 chairs plus 4 tub chairs and 5 cushioned chairs.
  • Free WIFI 
  • Microwave
  • Available for bookings (focus groups, interviews, community meetings and presentations, knowledge mobilization and translation, art, seminars, workshops, etc.)

Who can book The ARCH? The criteria for using the space is built loosely around those who are

    • currently involved in community-based scholarship/research/neighbourhood iniatives
    • interested in initiating community-based scholarship/research/neighbourhood initiatives

The ARCH is available 7 days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. 
See the calendar for available times.

How do I book The ARCH? Check the calendar for availability.

Send your booking request to More information will be sent to you via email, along with user guide.

Questions? Contact Andrea Cole or Peter Self in the School of Graduate Studies at 905 525 9140 x 23437 or email

Who operates The ARCH? The ARCH is affiliated with the McMaster University School of Graduate Studies, in partnership with Indwell. Staff in the School of Graduate Studies coordinate the space and bookings.

If you book the space for your own use, you are responsible for opening and closing the space, and making sure it is tidy before you leave. 

Is The ARCH wheelchair accessible? The ARCH has a washroom that is NOT universally accessible. A fully accessible washroom is available in the adjoining Perkin’s Centre, and instructions to access will be provided when you book. 

Positive Space The ARCH is an LGBTQ positive space.


1429 Main Street East (near corner of Main St. E. and Kenilworth Ave.)
Hamilton, Ontario 

The ARCH is part of the vibrant McQuesten community and closely connected with the Crown Point community. It is located in Ward 4 and represented by councillor Sam Merulla. Federally, the area is represented by MP Bob Bratina and provincially by MPP Paul Miller.