Book Panel | Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women


BEAT is pleased to introduce the book, Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women written by Jane Hall and published by Phaidon which includes work by BEAT advisory committee members Shirley Blumberg and Brigitte Shim. There will be a panel discussion for this book on Friday October 18, 2019 at The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium at the Cooper Union in New York city.

Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women

Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women (Phaidon, 2019) is a timely record of the extraordinary contribution women architects have made to the profession.  Documenting more than 200 significant buildings designed by women all over the world, this publication is a visual manifesto of outstanding architecture. Marking the celebration of this new book's release will be a panel discussion including Toshiko Mori, AR '76, Mónica Ponce de León, Brigitte Shim, Hilary Sample, and Marion Weiss.

The panel will be introduced and moderated by School of Architecture's Hayley Eber and Lorena del Rio.

This program is part of Archtober. Copies of Breaking Ground will be available for sale by The Strand. This event is co-sponsored by Phaidon, the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation. 

This event is free and open to the public. General public should reserve a space. Please note seating is on a first come basis; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house.”

BEAT Executive Member, Fotini Pitoglou appointed Vice-Chair of the RAIC EP Committee


The RAIC EP Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of  Fotini Pitoglou as the vice-chair.


Fotini Pitoglou is a licensed architect in the UK and Greece and is currently working her way to licensure in Toronto, ON. She is a designer with KPMB Architects and has a broad work experience ranging from high-profile institutional to high-rise residential projects. She holds master's degrees from the University of Waterloo and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she conducted extensive research on waterfront design, and community building. Her work has been published on various websites in the architecture industry and presented at the Changing Cities conference.

Additionally, Fotini is actively involved within the architectural community through various organizations, including Building Equality in Architecture, Toronto (BEAT) and Lawrence Heights Arts Centre, as well as through mentoring students and young architects. Most recently, she has been developing a non-profit organization that focuses on empowering vulnerable communities impacted by tourism. 


As the incoming vice-chair of the RAIC EP Committee, I am determined to create an open and inspiring community of young practitioners and encourage minorities to complete their licensing and stay in the profession. Furthermore, I aim to promote and educate the new era of architects on sustainable design and be part of RAIC EP continuing education programs.

Matrix 360: The Colour Code

The Conversation continues!

BEAT’s Managing Director, Camille Mitchell, joined an incredible panel with a broad range of experience for the Matrix360 and International Women’s Day discussion on Race, Colour and Gender within the Real Estate Industry!

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People notice race and colour. There is no alternative to getting around this fact. Many senior and executive leadership teams avoid conversations about race and colour out of fear of saying the wrong thing. Many people of colour avoid these conversations in the workplace out of fear of being seen as a com-plainer, disruptor — or worse. But pretending that the elephant in the room isn’t there won’t make the current challenges and barriers faced by many in the workplace go away.

What we know is despite Toronto’s demographic composition of being comprised of over 52% people of colour, there are less than 15% in senior and executive leadership positions. Racial and ethnic diversity in the workplace – from recruitment to the advancement of people of colour – continues to progress at an unimpressive pace. The needle is moving so slowly that it appears to be broken.

With organizational culture being so critical, it is the responsibility of senior and executive leadership teams to create an environment that fosters success among employees from all backgrounds.

Therefore, striving to establish an equitable and inclusive organizational culture just may be the single most crucial factor in building a diverse workforce.

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A meaningful conversation on the importance of partnerships between men and women focused on race, colour and gender equity. While most IWD events have showcased women only themes, our intent is to spotlight how men are required to be included in the conversation, recognizing that inclusion and the advancement of equity in leadership is not a women’s issue, it is a collective opportunity to elevate business strategy.

BEAT Executive Member, Safoura Zahedi's installation at Gladstone Hotel

New for Gladstone Hotel this year, the launch of a permanent installation by BEAT Executive Member Safoura Zahedi, entitled 'Connect', that will be active for one year. The immersive installation will exhibit during Come Upto My Room and then transform into an artist designed meeting room available for private bookings.


'Connect', is part of an independent experimental design series entitled 'Beyond the Surface', exploring geometry and its potential as a contemporary universal design language. These explorations use two-dimensional geometry to create three-dimensional spatial experiences through principles of fractal geometry. 'Connect' unites the subtle and meaningful order of our universe by reflecting the unseen. The design series seeks to reflect the universal language of Unity as derived from multiplicity, and transport the viewer from immersion in the mundane to serene contemplation.

Safoura Zahedi is a Toronto-based architectural designer whose work explores geometry through a process of merging traditional analogue design methods with contemporary digital technology and fabrication.