BEAT Dinner with Marina Tabassum
Jan
16
6:00 PM18:00

BEAT Dinner with Marina Tabassum

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BEAT dinner series is bimonthly dinner with access to sensational food and stimulating conversation. BEAT believes that every conversation counts and works to create inviting contexts that foster open dialogue. Each BEAT dinner is hosted at a remarkable Toronto restaurant. A highlight of this event is that a different guest of honour will be invited to each dinner.

MARINA TABASSUM

We are honoured that our featured guest for the upcoming BEAT Dinner will be Marina Tabassum.

Marina Tabassum founded her firm in 2005 and is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her practice is one that seeks to establish a language of architecture that is contemporary yet rooted in place. Her work is varied and focuses on community centres, public schools, museums and eco resorts.

Ms. Tabassum graduated from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1995. The same year, she founded URBANA where she was a partner for 10 years. The most important project of this partnership is the Independence Monument of Bangladesh and the Museum of Independence designed in 1997 and completed in 2013.

Ms. Tabassum is the academic director of the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. She taught Design studio at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She taught Advanced Design Studio as visiting professor at the University of Texas in 2015 and in BRAC University from 2005 to 2010.

She is a member of the Steering Committee of Aga Khan Awards for Architecture. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Prokritee, a guaranteed Fare Trade organization that has empowered thousands of women and artisans of Bangladesh through export of handcrafted objects.

Ms. Tabassum won the Jameel Prize 5 in 2018. She is also a recipient of 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Bait ur Rouf Mosque in Dhaka. Her project the Pavilion Apartment was shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award in 2004. Ms. Tabassum received the AYA Award from India in 2004 for the project NEK10 located in Dhaka. She is a recipient of 2005 Ananya Shirshwa Dash Award, which recognizes women of Bangladesh with exceptional achievements.

Limited tickets to the dinner will be available. See dinner menu below!


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SET PRIX-FIX MENU
Wine will be paired with the prix-fix dinner. Tea and/or coffee service will be offered with dessert.

--- ANTIPASTI ---
RED ROMAINE | avocado oil vinaigrette, pumpkin seeds
SOUP | daily soup choice
ARANCINI | provolone, truffle, mushrooms, tomato bomba

--- SECONDI ---

ARCTIC CHAR | cauliflower, chicory, fingerlings, almonds
POLLO ALLA DIAVOLA | spicy chicken, creamy fregola, kale
8oz BLACK ANGUS | roasted fingerlings, crispy brussels sprouts, panna fresca
RAVIOLI | spinach ricotta stuffed, zucchini, oven dried tomatoes, pecorino

--- DOLCE ---
CANNOLO | apricot-orange marmellata, mascarpone, white chocolate, pistachio
LEMON & VANILLA BUDINO | coconut shortbread, torched marshmallow, whipped cream
TIRAMISU | Italian cookies, espresso, mascarpone

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BEAT Talk with Helena Grdadolnik
Nov
12
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT Talk with Helena Grdadolnik

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Helena Grdadolnik, M.Arch, FRAIC
Director of Urban Design and Culture, Workshop Architecture

Helena leads the studio’s urban design work, community and cultural projects. She loves to collaborate with other disciplines and is always open to new challenges. She has twenty years of experience in architecture, urban design, cultural planning and community engagement. Helena has worked with non-profits, private companies and public sector organizations in Canada, USA and the UK including England’s Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (2007-09) and the Manifesto Foundation for Architecture in Scotland (2002). She is a member of the Metrolinx Design Review Panel, and Toronto’s Public Art Commission. Helena has taught at Emily Carr University (2003-06), University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (2005-06) and has co-authored two books: The Contemporary Canadian Metropolis and Towards an Ethical Architecture.

Workshop Architecture is an architecture and urban design studio that was established in 2010 to create innovative buildings and public spaces. Our studio provides a full range of architectural services and cultural planning for public and private clients. We welcome client commissions and also identify and initiate our own community-based projects.

We are always open to applying our design approach to new challenges and new places. We have no house style, but respond to unique design problems with innovative solutions. We love to collaborate with other disciplines and with our clients.

Our studio is led by architect David Colussi and urban designer Helena Grdadolnik, who have over 30 years of combined experience. We are committed to being a fair employer and to providing at least 1% of our time towards pro bono work.

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This is a limited space event. Ticket sales begin November 2nd, 2018 . 

 

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Film + talk: Islands and Villages
Nov
9
6:30 PM18:30

Film + talk: Islands and Villages

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This event is part of the Home and Away lecture series at the Daniels Faculty.

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) and the Daniels Faculty present a public screening of the Islands and Villages documentary film series on Friday, November 9 from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the Main Hall of the Daniels Faculty (1 Spadina Crescent). Introduced by CCA c/o Tokyo Curator Kayoko Ota, the films explore the transformation of architecture in rural Japan, featuring Atelier Bow-Wow, Kazuyo Sejima, Toyo Ito, dot architects, and Hajime Ishikawa.

The event will begin with a Curator’s Talk by CCA c/o Tokyo Curator Kayoko Ota, followed by the film screening and concluding with a Q&A with Kayoka Ota and Mauricio Quiros Pacheco, Assistant Professor at our Daniels faculty and former Researcher for the Office of the Director and Chief Curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA). Also present from the CCA will be Director Mirko Zardini and Chief Curator Giovanna Borasi.

CCA c/o is a series of temporary initiatives that are locally anchored, moving from city to city worldwide. They can feature independent curators, architects, journalists, photographers, and editors — or other interesting figures encountered along the way. Over the course of 2018 and 2019, the CCA is working with Kayoko Ota, an architectural curator and editor based in Tokyo and commissioner of the Japanese pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, to develop research and facilitate public engagement with their projects in Tokyo.

To launch c/o Tokyo, the CCA commissioned a multi-part documentary on the posturban phenomenon in Japan. Traveling to small villages and tiny islands far from Tokyo, Ota explores how, in place of the conventional system of commissioning, a new kind of exchange is emerging between architects and rural communities. The documentary premiered within a larger online editorial project, What About the Provinces, focused on nonurban cities, providing the perspective of another culture to an ongoing CCA investigation.

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About Kayoko Ota
Tokyo-based architectural curator and editor Kayoko Ota is a founding partner of PLAT, a platform for enhancing architectural thinking in socially engaged cultural and educational projects. From 1987 to 1996 she co-directed Workshop for Architecture and Urbanism, organizing a variety of cultural and educational programs, publishing Telescope magazine, and hosting summer schools with the AA School of Architecture in Tokyo. She was also vice editor and editorial board member of Domus magazine in Milan from 2004 to 2007. After ten years at AMO, the creative think-tank arm of OMA in Rotterdam, she returned to Tokyo to curate the Japanese pavilion in the 2014 Venice Biennale for Architecture as commissioner. Ota is the curator of CCA c/o Tokyo through 2019.

About Mauricio Quiros Pacheco
Mauricio Quirós Pacheco is an Assistant Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. He was Researcher for the Office of the Director at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) from 2010 until 2014 and has practiced in America and Europe in offices including Stanley Saitowitz Office and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Read his full biography here.



The Daniels Faculty
The University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty is an internationally recognized school of design offering professional and other programs in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual/curatorial studies, and is at the forefront of research in these fields. For more information, visit us at www.daniels.utoronto.ca

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Sylvia Lavin in Conversation with Mark Kingwell: Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Sylvia Lavin in Conversation with Mark Kingwell: Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths

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CCA Guest Curator Sylvia Lavin joins University of Toronto Philosophy professor Mark Kingwell for a discussion on themes raised in the CCA exhibition Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths.

This event is part of the Home and Away lecture series at the Daniels Faculty.

A joint initiative with the Canadian Centre for Architecture and their exhibition Architecture Itself and Other Postmodern Myths(Nov. 7, 2018 – Apr. 7, 2019).

Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths proposes a counter-reading of postmodern procedures, replacing the myth of the autonomous architect with accounts of empirically describable architectural activity. The exhibition makes original contributions both to a counter-historiography of the postmodern and to contemporary curatorial methods.

A broad selection of material evidence—including drawings, models, and primary source documents gathered from building sites, libraries, and archives including the CCA collection—supports accounts of architects’ and architecture’s entanglements with bureaucracy, the art market, and academic and private institutions, as postmodernization challenges the discipline to redefine its modes of practice and reconsider the very idea of architecture itself.

Curator: Sylvia Lavin
Associate Curator: Sarah Hearne
Exhibition design: Besler & Sons, Princeton/Brooklyn
Graphic design: Chad Kloepfer, Cambridge

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BEAT Dinner with Kelly Bair
Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT Dinner with Kelly Bair

BEAT dinner series is bimonthly dinner with access to sensational food and stimulating conversation. BEAT believes that every conversation counts and works to create inviting contexts that foster open dialogue.

KELLY BAIR

Kelly Bair is partner at BairBalliet (www.bairballiet.com).  BairBalliet is a joint design venture invested in architectural research in the form of both speculative and built projects. As designers we reference the current world around us, lean on a long history of precedents, and imagine what lies ahead in the form of two & three dimensional architectural projects. Bair’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015), the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2016) and MoMA PS1 as a Young Architects Program Finalist (2018) among others. 

 

Bair is the Director of Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bair’s writing on architecture has been published in Project, Log, and Room One Thousand among others. She is also co-founder of Possible Mediums (www.possiblemediums.com), a collaborative of four architects and educators interested in shaking up the context and format in which architecture is taught, produced, and engaged. She is also co-author of the book, Possible Mediums published in 2018 by Actar.

 

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What do I want to do when I grow up?
Nov
2
2:30 PM14:30

What do I want to do when I grow up?

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This event is a collaboration among BEAT, the Daniels Faculty Committee on Diversity and Equity and the Graduate Architecture Landscape and Design Student Union (GALDSU). It is open to Daniels Faculty students and registration is not required.

The speakers will address the following questions:

What in your career so far has surprised you?
What do you hope to do that you haven't done yet?
What have been the greatest career challenges you have experienced?

Featuring:

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Kyra Clarkson is the Principal of Kyra Clarkson Architect Inc. and co-President of MODERNest Inc.

Kyra has been practicing architecture since 1995.  She founded her eponymous architecture practice in 2007.  Her firm specializes in house projects both renovation and new construction.  The work of the office is characterized by a clean modernism with a commitment to warmth, the importance of daylight and connections to the outdoors. 

In 2011, Kyra and her husband launched MODERNest Inc., a development venture building architect-designed homes in downtown Toronto.  In reaction to the typical neo-traditional homes being built in the city, they saw the need for high-quality, honest, and inspiring homes that express a modern spirit.

MODERNest Inc. has built six houses to date, and has been recognized in several publications, including Canadian ArchitectThe Globe and MailMonocle Magazine and Dwell.

Kyra holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto (B.A., 1991) and a graduate degree (M. Arch., 1995) from Yale University.  She worked for ten years in New York with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, and joined Shim-Sutcliffe Architects when she moved back to Toronto in 2005.

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Beth Kapusta is a Principal of Brook McIlroy. Throughout thirty years in the design field, Beth has left a mark on Toronto’s urban landscape through her advocacy for design excellence, undertaken in her many roles as a critic, consultant, and strategic advisor. In 2013, she founded Metrolinx’s Design Excellence program as the organization’s first Chief Design Excellence Officer, charting a vision to elevate the quality and customer focus of design across the provincial agency’s transit projects. She also provided design excellence consulting to TTC and Regional Express Rail.

In addition to transit, she has provided strategic consulting for competitions and awards that have shaped the urban realm. As an architecture critic, she has written extensively on architecture, sustainability and design for publications from Huffington Post to the Globe and Mail. She began her writing career as an editor at Canadian Architect, overseeing its award-winning redesign in 1993. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Waterloo.

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Kate Nelischer is the Assistant Dean, Academic and Outreach Programs at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. She is also a PhD Candidate in Planning at the University of Toronto, where she studies the governance and public-private partnership structures associated with the Google/Sidewalk Labs plan for Toronto's Quayside neighbourhood. Kate previously worked in urban planning and community consultation for the City of Toronto, the City of Brampton, and local firm The Planning Partnership. Kate regularly writes for a number of urban-focused publications, including SpacingSITE, and Ground Magazine. Since 2013 she has been a Director of the National Board of YWCA Canada, the country’s oldest multi-service women’s organization.  

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BEA Prairies Visioning Session
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

BEA Prairies Visioning Session

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Join BEA Prairies for a collaborative visioning session. Learn more about the initiative and how to get involved!

RSVP by October 25th to BEAPrairies@gmail.com

Drinks and snacks provided! This is a physically accessible location. Please indicate if you have specific accessibility requirements or need on site child-minding. Available upon request.

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BEAT Dinner with Joyce Hwang
Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT Dinner with Joyce Hwang

We are honoured that our featured guest for the upcoming BEAT Dinner will be Joyce Hwang, Director of design office Ants of the Prairie.  BEAT successfully creates opportunities for local design community to network and foster open dialogue. Our dinners require an engagement with a delicious meal within a unique context and among incredible company.  

Joyce Hwang founded her Buffalo-based firm Ants of the Prairie in 2004 as an architecture and research practice “dedicated to developing creative approaches in confronting the pleasures and horrors of our contemporary ecologies.” Recent and ongoing projects such as Bat Tower (Ashford Hollow, New York), Bat Cloud (Tifft Nature Preserve, Buffalo, New York)—each in collaboration with biologist Katharina Dittmar and structural engineer Mark Bajorek—and bird and bat Habitat Wall realize her firm’s goal to “consider challenges posed by ecological conditions today, not as limitations, but rather as instigators for innovative practice.”

Hwang is also a Sessional Lecturer at University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.

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BEAT Talk with Merike Bauer
Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT Talk with Merike Bauer

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MERIKE BAUER 

Merike Bauer was born in Canada in 1975. An award winning student at the University of Toronto, she received her Professional Bachelor of Architecture in 2002.  In 2005 she and partner Stephen Bauer, launched Reigo & Bauer, a design office that has been widely published and recipient of numerous awards.

Working closely with partner, Stephen Bauer, on all aspects of design, Merike’s success in heading the project management for their projects is owed to her strength in delicately balancing design goals, on site forces, and strict budgets. Her passion for finishes and furniture have allowed Reigo & Bauer’s work to bridge architecture and interior design seamlessly, delivering cohesive projects that carry design concepts from the overarching architectural ideas down to the finest details during the furnishing of the project.  

As a compliment to the design practice, Merike launched Are & Be in 2011, an architectural finishes showroom with a curated collection of carpet and wall coverings. 

A frequent guest lecturer for the Professional Practice courses at both Waterloo University and University of Toronto, Merike has also lectured on the work of Reigo & Bauer for the AGO; the Toronto Society of Architects; and the London Society of Architects.

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Limited space event. Ticket sales begin in October 13th at noon. 

 

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Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

BEAT: Forum - What is Your Unconscious Bias?

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BEAT’s annual Forum is devoted to diversity and inclusion in the architecture and design industry. This year’s inaugural BEAT Forum is focused on the topic of Unconscious Bias.

Toronto has become known as the most “diverse” city in the world (BBC Radio, 2016). As such, issues surrounding ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, and discrimination of all kinds, remain at the forefront of Toronto’s contemporary society. How are these issues being addressed within the profession of architecture? How are we addressing unconscious bias in the workplace? How do the experiences of architecture students, academics and professionals differ based on their demographic background? How can we develop and promote an inclusive profession that represents the most diverse city in the world? Through a series of presentations and discussion, this event will raise awareness, share experiences and provide tools for ‘inclusion’, that will inspire the audience to become part of the solution to a more inclusive architectural profession.


Presenters

Special Presentation on Behalf of the Toronto Society of Architects

Ana-Francisca de la Mora, Associate and Manager of Architecture, IBI Group  and TSA Executive Member

Special Presentation on Behalf of the Ontario Association of Architects

Vanessa Fong  Principal Architect, Vanessa Fong Architect  and OAA Council Vice President

Special Presentation on Behalf of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Susan Ruptash  Principal Emeritus, Quadrangle  and RAIC board member representing Ontario Southwest

Keynote Presentation on Unconscious Bias

Loreli Buenaventura  Director, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

Panel Discussion Moderator

Brigitte Shim  Principal, Shim Sutcliffe

Panelists

David Fortin  Associate Professor and Director, McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University

Ruba Kana’an  Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, University of Toronto Mississauga

Fadi Masoud  Assistant Professor, Daniels Faculty at University of Toronto

Kate Nelischer  Assistant Dean of Academic and Outreach, Daniels Faculty at University of Toronto


Schedule & Details

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Great Hall at OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Level 2
Toronto, ON

Registration    |   9:00 am – 10:00 am

Seminar Part I - Understanding Unconscious Bias   |    10:00 am – 11:15 am

Coffee Break  |    11:15 am – 11:30 am

Seminar Part II - Panel Discussion  |    11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Coffee, tea and light fare will be provided by BEAT.

This event has been generously sponsored by OCAD University, and Mason Images.

This event qualifies for OAA ConEd.

Tickets are $30 each. Ticket sales begin Sept 26th at 11:00 am


Thank you to our supporters:

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BEAT Talk with MJMA
Sep
24
6:15 PM18:15

BEAT Talk with MJMA

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MJMA

MJMA is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary design firm focused on projects that advance personal and civic wellness. In addition to Architecture, the firm fully integrates the design disciplines of Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Interior Design, and Environmental Graphic Design under one roof, with accredited designers in each field. This process allows us to integrate and overlap at each stage of a project to generate diverse and holistic thinking, ensuring an innovative but consistent and rigorous tailored design solution.

 

Olga Pushkar, OBEC, MRAIC | Associate

Olga’s design career is highlighted by award-winning projects completed at some of Canada’s most reputable architecture firms including: Ian MacDonald Architect, Shim Sutcliffe Architects, and KPMB Architects. Since joining MJMA in 2009, Olga has led a broad range of community recreation projects. She continues to bring thoughtful project-specific design solutions with responsive site strategies, spatial richness and carefully articulated materials to her projects. Furthermore, Olga’s design strength is rounded out by a global perspective and continued advocacy for local issues through her involvement with non-profit organizations: participating on international teams with Habitat for Humanity building homes in Central America, Kenya, and Kyrgyzstan.

 

Tarisha Dolyniuk, OAA, ARIDO, NCIDQ, IDC, MRAIC, LEED AP | Director of Interiors

Tarisha graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Architecture in 2003. She is both a registered Architect and Interior Designer. Over her 20-year career, she has focused her attention to interior design and detailing and has developed strong organizational, graphic and communication skills, working in multi-disciplinary team environments for a variety of project types. She now works almost exclusively on community and recreation interiors. This expertise allows her to translate design concepts into innovative, creative and supportive design solutions, and her close attention to technical detailing has resulted in numerous national design awards.

 

Darlene Montgomery, OALA, CSLA | Director of Landscape

After completing a BLA at the University of Toronto in 2001, Darlene returned to Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape and Design in 2013, to complete a post-professional MLA as a way to further her research and understanding of the profession. She has designed landscapes in Canada and in the U.S. that range from a 50-mile long bioremediation project in Riyadh; to a rooftop children’s garden for the YMCA; to a post-Sandy resiliency study for buildings along Water Street in Manhattan. All of the projects evaluate natural and sociological systems and project ways of navigating into future decades. Several of her projects have won prestigious awards including two 2014 New York ASLA Awards for the Master Plan of Hudson Square and the design of West Point Foundry Preserve where she served as the prime designer / project manager, with large teams of specialized consultants.

 

Claudia Cozzitorto, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP  | Director of BIM and Digital Practice

As MJMA’s Director of BIM and Digital Practice, Claudia leads the implementation of BIM and ensures the studio continues to be at the forefront of technology and innovation. Claudia is a licensed architect with nearly 15 years of practice in both Ontario and British Columbia. She oversees all of MJMA’s BIM Projects and is integral in their setup and is a key member of all the firm’s recent recreation projects. Claudia is a BIM industry recognized thought leader, as the Executive Director of the Toronto BIM Community, the Vice-Chair of Communications for BuildingSMART Canada, and a board member of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) Steering Committee as a RAIC representative.

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Limited space event. Ticket sales begin in September 10th at noon. 

 

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BEAT MIX with Herman Miller
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

BEAT MIX with Herman Miller

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In the workplace today, it is important that we are known to others, and to ensure that others are aware of our resourcefulness. Networking can be one of the most powerful and productive activities an individual can do to launch and manage their career. BEAT MIX at the Herman Miller Showroom will be a platform to develop a series of relationships across Toronto’s Architecture and Design communities.

BEAT MIX will include five invited Featured Guests who are stationed in five specific Zones. The Featured Guests will comprise of Partners and Principals from local design firms of various sizes, along with leaders in adjacent professions. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the Featured Guests and meet a succession of individuals in small groups throughout the evening.

BEAT encourages Interns, emerging practitioners and seasoned professional to join this interconnected community to share information, advice and opportunities.

Beverages and light refreshments provided curtesy of the Food Dudes. All guests are required to be 19 years of age or older. Limited space available.


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BEAT Talk with Pina Petricone
Jun
25
6:15 PM18:15

BEAT Talk with Pina Petricone

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Pina Petricone

B.Arch, M.Arch.II, OAA MRAIC

Pina Petricone shares her time as Principal of Giannone Petricone Associates and as a Professor of Architecture at the University of Toronto. This dual role is a defining feature of the practice, enabling Pina to contribute intellectual rigor and research to the firm’s projects and processes, as well as to give real projects academic consideration.

Pina’s creativity and love of design has led to some of the firm’s most remarkable projects including the award-winning Fresh Restaurant, the Centre for Ethics, at the University of Toronto, and Chester Le Daycare and Community Space, a new pilot project for the City of Toronto’s ‘priority neighbourhoods.’ Her current portfolio includes an exciting mixed income development in Phase II of the Regent Park Revitalization Project; two new house projects on the edges of Toronto’s unique ravines; a new retail concept for Cumbrae’s butchery on Toronto’s Queen Street; and, the resuscitation of the Royal Hotel in Ontario’s Prince Edward County.

Pina has presented her work and research at several international conferences and symposia, including the IFWorld Conference at the Politecnico di Milano, the Banff sessions on Architecture in Banff, Alberta, the Tectonics: Making Meaning Conference at the Eindhoven Technical University, Netherlands, and recently at the Columbia University Think Tank on the Building Intelligence Project. Her work and research has been published widely in Canada, the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2012 Pina celebrated the publication of her first book, “Concrete Ideas: Material to Shape a City”.

Pina received her professional degree in architecture from the University of Toronto in 1991 and a Masters in Architecture from Princeton University in 1995.

Website: http://gpaia.com/

Limited space for event. Tickets sales begin June 18th, 2018 at noon. 

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May
31
5:00 PM17:00

Women of The Round Table - Charting Our Own Course

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Date: May 31st, 2018
Time: 17:00 - until late
Location: Picaroons General Store, 32 Canterbury Street, Saint John, NB

SAINT JOHN, Monday, May 28, 2018 - The official launch of Building Equality in Architecture Atlantic (BEA Atlantic) will be held at Picaroons General Store on Thursday, May 31st from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in partnership with Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT). Titled “Women of the Round Table,” this inaugural networking social and celebration invites friends, partners, allies, and colleagues to attend in support of this exciting initiative and share ideas on how on to propel the project forward in Atlantic Canada. The keystone of BEA Atlantic is leveraging opportunities for women, men, students and practitioners to engage with women leaders and mentors in our profession; creating connectivity with and visibility of women led design excellence across eastern Canada. To capture this momentous occasion, a photographer will be on hand to take a group photo of all women in attendance at 6:00pm - sharp. Introductory words of welcome will be given by collaborator and BEAT Managing Director Camille Mitchell, as well as award winning architects, and BEAT advisors Bridget Shim – principal architect and co-founder of Shim Sutcliffe Architects - and Shirley Blumberg – founding partner at KPMB Architects.

A laneway party on Grannan Lane will follow the “Women of the Round Table” event – all supporters are welcome. BEAT was formed in October 2015 by a team of dedicated architects and designers with the support of local established architects. It is an independent organization dedicated to supporting equality and diversity in the profession of architecture through advocacy, community engagement and professional development. As its Atlantic Canadian arm, BEA Atlantic will develop web content, programming and social events – such as retreats and charettes – in collaboration with our BEAT colleagues and advisors, as well as architectural allies and advocates throughout the region and beyond to support continued mentorship, networking and leadership opportunities for women in the

architectural profession, and collaborative fields. BEA Atlantic is the voice for quality architecture in the Atlantic Region. ‘Women of the Round Table’ is an official event of the 2018 RAIC/AANB Festival of Architecture and made possible by the Architects Association of New Brunswick (AANB). The Festival of Architecture is an annual event that brings architects, interns, and students from across Canada together to celebrate the journey of architecture; its cultural legacy, the outstanding achievements of Canada’s design professionals, and the opportunities of tomorrow. BEA Atlantic looks forward to having you join us as we chart our journey – getting there from here.

For inquiries, please contact Monica Adair or Melissa Wakefield.

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BEAT Talk with Tania Bortolotto
May
28
6:15 PM18:15

BEAT Talk with Tania Bortolotto

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Tania Bortolotto

OAA, ARIDO, FRAIC, LEED AP, WELL AP, President

Tania Bortolotto is the founder and president of the Toronto based architecture and interior design firm, Bortolotto. Tania is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and is a WELL AP and WELL Faculty member. Tania is a program advisory member for the architecture program at Ryerson University and was an inaugural member of Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel. Tania believes that architecture has an enormous impact on society’s quality of life and her passion for design is grounded in its ability to enhance happiness, health and productivity.

Under Tania’s leadership, Bortolotto has steadily grown and has been recognized nationally and internationally, receiving numerous design distinctions and awards. Her Toronto firm has enjoyed a string of accomplishments recently, most notably plans to re-imagine the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion at OCAD University. The firm was also recently named by Blog TO as one of the “Top 15 architects in Toronto.” A design advocate, Tania lends her time to numerous design and academic committees, panels and juries, individual mentoring, teaching, and speaking engagements. Tania was the recipient of Ryerson’s Alumni Achievement Award, a distinction given to graduates who have made a significant contribution to their profession, community and country.

 

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Limited space for event. Tickets sales begin May 14th at noon. 

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Dinner with Martha Thorne
May
15
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner with Martha Thorne

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Martha Thorne

Dean of IE School of Architecture & Design

Martha Thorne is Dean of IE School of Architecture & Design, part of the innovative IE University in Madrid/Segovia, Spain. She also is Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, a position she has held since 2005. From 1995 to 2005, she worked as curator in Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago. She has written numerous articles for books and journals on contemporary architecture. She served on the Board of Directors of the International Archive of Women in Architecture and the Graham Foundation for Fine Arts. She has participated on juries for the new National Museum of Chinese Art, Zaryadye Park in Moscow and the international jury for ArcVision – Women and Architecture Prize.

Ms. Thorne received a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She undertook additional studies at the London School of Economics.

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BEAT Talk with Lisa Rapoport
Apr
23
6:15 PM18:15

BEAT Talk with Lisa Rapoport

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Lisa Rapoport, Partner

BES, BArch, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP

Lisa Rapoport is a founding partner of PLANT Architect Inc. with 30 years of experience. She is widely known for her strong conceptual vision and rigorous approach to the practice of institutional and residential architecture and urban design, and for her work in exploring the relationship between architecture, landscape, and the public realm. Born and raised in Montreal, she graduated in 1988 from the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture. She co-founded PLANT in 1995, and has led many of the studio’s award-winning projects, including the Dublin Grounds of Remembrance (which received an EDRA Great Places Award and a CSLA National Honour Award), the Forest Hill Village North Gateway, and Liza’s Garden at the Royal Ontario Museum. Lisa was PLANT’s partner-in-charge on Ground Plane design and the document production phase of the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture-winning Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization. Recently she was PLANT’s partner-in-charge on the Woven Stories permanent installation at Sheridan College’s Davis Campus, and she heads the design team for With Words as their Actions, a public artwork for Lyon Station, on Ottawa’s new Confederation Line LRT transit corridor.

Lisa presently teaches at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, and served as adjunct professor for 10 years at the Waterloo School of Architecture.

PLANT Architect Inc. branches into architecture, landscape, and design. The studio operates across spatial scales and disciplinary borders to formulate a clear design vision that is responsive to client needs and the identity of the place. In this strategic and nimble 20-person practice, architects and landscape architects collaborate closely, and the partners remain directly involved in each project’s design and construction.

Website: www.branchplant.com

Twitter: @plantarch

Instagram: plantarchitectinc

Limited space for event. Ticket sales will begin on April 9th at noon.  

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Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner with Alison Brooks

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Alison Brooks

Principal and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects

Alison Brooks, Principal and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects, is one of the leading architects of her generation. She has developed an international reputation for a multi-award winning body of work since founding the practice in 1996. Born in Ontario, Canada in 1962, she moved to London in 1988 after graduating with a BES and BArch from the University of Waterloo.

Alison Brooks’ architectural approach emerges from broad cultural research, with each project expressing a specific response to place, community and landscape.  This has produced a portfolio of projects of distinct identity encompassing urban design, housing, education and buildings for the arts. Her work has attracted international acclaim for its conceptual rigour, sculptural quality and ingenious detailing, exemplified by the spectacular new Cohen Quadrangle for Exeter College, Oxford.

Alison has become a public voice for the profession advocating the role of housing as civic building, the resurgence of building craft and the use of timber in architecture. In 2017 Alison was appointed as a Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA and selected as Mayors Design Advocate for London. She was honoured with the 2017 AJ 100 Contribution to the Profession Award giving the keynote speech to the UK’s 100 largest practices. 

Named in 2012 by Debrett’s as one of ‘Britain’s 500 Most Influential’, Alison Brooks is the only British architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize.  She was awarded 2013 Woman Architect of the Year by the Architect’s Journal in recognition of her work in housing, regeneration and education. In 2012 Alison Brooks and her team were awarded Architect of the Year and Housing Architect of the Year.

Alison Brooks is a CABE / Design Council National Design Review Panel Chair and Trustee of Open-City. She was a member of The Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment and the RIBA Awards group from 2010-15, where she was juror for the 2011 Stirling Prize and 2010 Lubetkin Prize. Brooks is currently External Examiner at the Architectural Association where she taught a Diploma Unit from 2008-2010. Alison lectures internationally on architecture and urban design.  In  2016 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from University of Waterloo, Canada.

To mark 21 years since the founding of Alison Brooks Architects she published ‘Ideals then Ideas’; an overview of the practice’s work within conceptual, formal and material themes that have emerged over the past two decades.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Linkedin

Tickets for this event are SOLD OUT. 

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Dinner with Anne Whiston Spirn
Apr
6
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner with Anne Whiston Spirn

Anne Whiston Spirn

Landscape Architect, Professor, Author and Photographer

Anne Whiston Spirn is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at MIT. The American Planning Association named her first book, The Granite Garden (1984), as one of the 100 most important books of the 20th century, crediting it with launching the ecological urbanism movement. Since 1987, Spirn has directed the West Philadelphia Landscape Project (www.wplp.net), whose mission is to restore nature and rebuild community through strategic design, planning, and education programs. WPLP employs landscape literacy as a cornerstone of community development and served as a laboratory for Spirn’s second book, The Language of Landscape (1998). Other award-winning books continued to develop the concept of landscape literacy as part of the larger subject of visual literacy and visual thinking: Daring to Look (2008), and The Eye Is a Door (2014). Before coming to MIT in 2000, Spirn taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard and before that worked at Wallace McHarg Roberts and Todd on diverse projects, including the Toronto Central Waterfront. Spirn is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship and Japan’s International Cosmos Prize for “contributions to the harmonious coexistence of nature and mankind.” Her homepage is a gateway to her work and activities: see www.annewhistonspirn.com.

Academic Website

Projects: MARNAS | West Philadelphia Landscape Project

Limited space event. Ticket sales begin on March 26th at 12:00 pm. 

*Wine and Tea included

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"How Do I Get a Job?" with Vanessa Fong, Pat Hanson and Gunta Mackars
Mar
29
12:30 PM12:30

"How Do I Get a Job?" with Vanessa Fong, Pat Hanson and Gunta Mackars

In this panel discussion, three prominent Toronto design practitioners — Vanessa Fong, Pat Hanson and Gunta Mackars — will speak to the following questions:

    •    What technical skills do you look for in a candidate?
    •    What personal skills do you look for in a candidate?     
    •    What should a candidate never do in an interview?

Featuring:

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Vanessa Fong
Architect
B.Sc. (Arch) (McGill), M.Arch (McGill), OAA, LEED AP
 
Vanessa is an Ontario Architect and Principal Architect at VFA, a Toronto studio bringing together diverse individuals with a shared passion for great architecture at a human scale. A graduate of McGill University with over a decade of architectural experience, Vanessa worked at Quadrangle Architects and RAW Design before establishing her own studio in 2014. Vanessa is also the co-founder and co-owner of FOLD, a workshare space for the architecture, landscape and interior design community.
 
A strong believer in giving back to the community, Vanessa has served for the past four years as a Council member for the Ontario Association of Architects. During the past three years she has also held the position of OAA Vice President Communications, driven by a belief in the architectural community’s obligation to educate the public and decision makers about the value of architecture. Vanessa also sits as board member of the City of Toronto’s Design Industry Advisory Committee.

 

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Pat Hanson
Architect
RAIC OAA AAA BFA MArch
 
Pat Hanson is a founding partner of gh3, a practice which explores the overlap of architecture, landscape and sustainability. Under Pat’s leader, gh3 has grown steadily since its inception and has won awards from its peers. Most recently, the firm received the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for the design of June Callwood Park in downtown Toronto.
 
Pat has directed a number of architecture, urbanism and planning projects which have involved complex programs and extensive public consultation processes, as well as the realization of competition winning designs. She has designed many institutional education projects which bridge beyond architecture into urban design and landscape.
 
Pat has lectured throughout North America and Europe. She has served as an adjunct studio professor and the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo. Pat is presently a member of the Waterfront Design Review Panel.

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Gunta Mackars
Landscape Architect
 
Gunta Mackars is a landscape architect with 30 years of experience in landscape architecture, urban design, planning, design for sustainability and land entitlement. She has lived and worked in Canada, Duban and Southern California, exposing her to a broad range of views, attitudes and experiences. She has led design teams on a variety of projects in Canada and the USA, and abroad in the Middle East, Europe, China and Southeast Asia. She is interested in finding ways to ensure balanced, healthy and viable cities for the future.
 
Gunta is the Vice President Design Excellence at Metrolinx. She has led the Landscape Architecture group in the GTA for Stantec Consulting Ltd. She is the principal and owner at GMLA Design. Gunta is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the design review board for Toronto Community Housing.

 

This event is a collaboration between Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), the Daniels Faculty Committee on Diversity and Equity and the Graduate Architecture, Landscape, and Design Student Union (GALDSU).

Open to Daniels Faculty students. Registration is not required.

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BEAT Talk with Valerie Gow
Mar
5
6:15 PM18:15

BEAT Talk with Valerie Gow

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Valerie Gow, Gow Hastings Architects

Valerie Gow co-founded Gow Hastings Architects in 2002 with Partner Philip Hastings after many years of practice as a Project Architect at significant design firms. She graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in interior design and architecture from the University of British Columbia.  Valerie is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

In over 25 years of practice Valerie has helped public clients bring their project visions to life in meaningful ways. With a portfolio of over 250 academic projects, she is recognized for her design leadership in creating innovative and interactive learning spaces that have helped Colleges and Universities across Ontario align their facilities with 21st century pedagogy. She and her colleagues at Gow Hastings developed the first interactive culinary teaching lab where students practice their skills in real time with high-powered kitchens and quality teaching restaurants. Valerie also played a key role in the development of a “field-to-fork” concept that drove the design of the new culinary school at Durham College. These projects have been recognized by several OAA Awards of Excellence and ARIDO Awards, along with a number of international design awards.

Active in the local architecture and design communities, Valerie is a founding member of the Harbourfront Architecture Gallery Advisory Committee, the Dean’s Advisory Council at Humber College and the Fanshawe College Interior Design Advisory Committee.  She has lectured and critiqued at several architecture schools, including “Instantanes d’architecture” at Université Laval, “AIA Popularize” at Ryerson University and frequently juries design and product competitions worldwide.

Valerie strongly believes in nurturing the development of the next generation of designers and is a passionate advocate for the advancement of women in the design profession. She has participated in the “Women’s Leadership Seminar” for BEAT and has mentored many intern architects and students.

Valerie's commitment to equality and diversity is most evident at Gow Hastings, which boasts one of the best male-female ratio in the industry. Valerie makes a proactive effort to ensure that the office is as diverse and gender balanced as the larger multicultural Canadian context, and of the clients and user groups we serve.

Limited space for event. Tickets sales start on February 26th, 2018 at 12:00 pm. 

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Feb
26
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT Talk with Kelly Buffey

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Kelly Buffey, AKB

In 2004, Kelly Buffey co-founded the award-winning architecture practice Atelier Kastelic Buffey alongside partner Robert Kastelic, and drives the vision of the studio with thoughtful integrity and a clarity of conceptual intent. While the profession is one of profound responsibility, she believes that architecture has the potential to provide grace, dignity, joy and reflection to clients and the community at large. Kelly’s extensive training in both architecture and interior design is the foundation for AKB’s comprehensive strategy, resulting in buildings of exceptional resolution and an uncommon level of refinement. With an ideology premised on the poetics of space, she synthesizes emotion and intellect in her goal of creating buildings that transcend both form and function.

Kelly received a Master in Architecture degree from the University of Toronto for which she was distinguished with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll and the Toronto Architectural Guild Medal.  She also received a highly awarded Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design from Ryerson Polytechnic University and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University.

The studio of Atelier Kastelic Buffey is dedicated to the practice and art of building.  The quest to capture the ineffable qualities of space manifests in AKB’s design process, which prioritizes a clarity of vision, attention to detail, and a rigorous commitment to conceptual intent.  The work benefits from the partners’ extensive training in both architecture and interior design; a comprehensive strategy results in buildings of exceptional resolution and an uncommon level of refinement.  Compelling in their tranquility and quiet simplicity, AKB’s buildings are warmly engaging, elegant and functional.  Meticulous research, precedent studies and the deployment of current sustainability strategies enable the studio to fuse the practical and the abstract in an architecture that is inspired and enduring.

Website: http://www.akb.ca/kelly/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/atelier.kastelicbuffey/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atelierkastelicbuffey/

Limited space for event. Tickets will be on sale Friday February 16th at 12:00 pm

 

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BEAT Talk with Barbora Vokac Taylor
Jan
22
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT Talk with Barbora Vokac Taylor

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Barbora Vokac Taylor Architect

As a practice, we identify unique conditions in each project to articulate, reveal and amplify their potential in however small a way.

Our work is about telling a story – a subtle poem suggesting and revealing what is most important and delighting those who use and experience the space. Our unique design approach puts people first: we strive to create places that people want to spend their time in.

Through study, observation, rigorous design and partnership with the client, our process works to create projects that are functional, innovative, beautiful and distinct.

Barbora Vokac Taylor

M.Arch OAA MRAIC LEED AP

Prior to founding her practice, Barbora Vokac Taylor Architect, Barbora worked with acclaimed architects in Toronto, London UK and Montreal, developing professional expertise on award-winning institutional, commercial and residential projects.

Barbora holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture, both from McGill University where upon graduation she was awarded the Ray Affleck Prize in Design for excellence in the Thesis design project. Barbora also received the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, for general excellence and was honoured with a place on the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll.

Barbora is a registered architect and principal of Barbora Vokac Taylor Architect - a practice focused on residential, educational and commercial projects – new build, renovations and interiors. The practice’s work is driven by desired user behaviours to develop elegant and successful solutions to involved design briefs.

Barbora Vokac Taylor has been serving on the Toronto Society of Architects executive board since 2015. A former RAIC Syllabus mentor, Barbora has served on the Programme Advisory Committee of the School of Architectural Studies at the George Brown College Centre of Construction & Engineering Technologies, where she has also been a part-time professor since 2013.

http://www.bvtarchitect.com

Instagram: @bvtarchitect

LinkedIn: Barbora Vokac Taylor

Pinterest: BVTa*

Twitter: @BvtArchitect

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BEAT Annual Leadership Seminar 2018
Jan
20
9:30 AM09:30

BEAT Annual Leadership Seminar 2018


BEAT’s fourth annual seminar is devoted to exposing students and young practitioners to leaders in the architectural profession. From sole practitioners and partners in Toronto's leading design firms to academics, we will hear from women who have established careers in planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and interior design. The seminar is open to both students and recent graduates who intend on practicing or teaching in these fields.

 
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Presenters

Speakers

Jodi Batay- Csorba  Partner, Batay-Csorba Architects

Break out session and Office Tour:  Batay-Csorba Architects studio

Lisa Bate  Regional Managing Principal - North America, B+H

Building Tour: University of Toronto Jackman Law Building (Faculty of Law)

Tammy Gaber  Assistant Professor, School of Architecture at Laurentian University

Break out session: Daniels Spectrum, Artscape Lounge

Nina-Marie Lister  PLANDFORM, Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor, Ryerson University

Break out session: TBC

Anne McIlory  Partner, Brook McIlroy

Break out session: Daniels Spectrum, Second Floor, Artscape Lounge

Moderator

Lola Sheppard  Partner, Lateral Office

Special Presentation on Behalf of the Ontario Association of Architects

Vanessa Fong  Principal Architect, Vanessa Fong Architect  and OAA Council Vice President

Additional building tour of Daniels Spectrum will be hosted by Jennifer Mallard of Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Schedule & Details

Saturday, January 20

Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON   M5A 2B7

Registration    |   9:30 am – 10:30 am

Seminar    |    10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch and Networking    |    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  

Tours / Break out session    |    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Lunch will be provided by BEAT. Tours and break out sessions are led by seminar speakers. Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the seminar. 

This event has been generously sponsored by the Ontario Association of Architects and Artscape

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Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

BEAT Mix: Networking Event At Drechsel Studio

BEAT MIX: Expand Your Professional Contacts

 

Networking can be one of the most powerful and productive activities an individual can do to launch and manage their career. BEAT MIX is a platform to develop a series of relationships across Toronto’s Architecture and Design communities. In the workplace today, it is important that we are known to others, and to ensure that others are aware of our resourcefulness.

BEAT MIX will include five invited Featured Guests who are stationed in five specific Zones. The Featured Guests will comprise of Partners and Principals from local design firms of various sizes, along with leaders in adjacent professions such as construction, accounting, engineering or architecture critiques Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the Featured Guests and meet a succession of individuals in small groups throughout the evening.

BEAT encourages Interns, emerging practitioners and seasoned professional to join this interconnected community to share information, advice and opportunities.

More information on event and Featured Guests is available through www.BEAToronto.com. Tickets to event will be available on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at noon. Please be prepared to submit questions or comments for each Featured Guest to help shape the discussion.

Drechsel Studio is excited to host the first BEAT MIX event at their King and Jarvis showroom on the evening of December 7, 2017 featuring

Alice Liang

B.Arch., OAA, Architect AIBC, SAA, FRAIC | Principal | Montgomery Sisam Architects

For over 30 years, Alice has been a leader and innovator in the design of care facilities for children, youth, adults, and seniors with complex needs. She joined Montgomery Sisam in 2001, becoming a Principal in 2006, and has since been instrumental in shaping the firm’s philosophy of design for therapeutic spaces to support the recovery of our most vulnerable populations requiring mental health and addictions treatment.

Delivering projects ranging from small private facilities and not-for-profit initiatives to multi-phased campus redevelopments, Alice is immersed in the most current thinking on the impact of design on removing barriers to care. She strives to craft care experiences that make a positive contribution to occupants’ physical and mental well-being. Her designs are founded on a desire to create normalized, home-like settings that are comforting and empowering to patients, while also being supportive of staff and visitors. She is a firm believer in promoting the healing power of nature and the outdoors, incorporating therapeutic gardens for the wellness of all building occupants. Distinguished projects such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Carefirst One Stop Centre for Seniors, the Philips House Redevelopment and the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, demonstrate Alice’s achievement, as Principal-in-Charge, in balancing lean-thinking, operational efficiency and occupant safety within the healing environment. These designs not only satisfy functional requirements, but enhance the activities they house.

With such extensive knowledge and rich body of work, Alice was named a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. She has been invited to participate in international conversations surrounding best practice, research and innovation in Mental Health care and contributes regularly to research-based publications. She is a member of the International Academy of Design and Health, the “Design in Mental Health Network” and a Post Occupancy Evaluation Round Table/Think Tank. She is also an active member of the academic community, mentoring Master’s Thesis students from various universities and leading a Study Group between Psychiatry Residents from University of Toronto and front-line practitioners.

Elaine Pantel

CPA, CGA | Shimmerman Penn LLP

Elaine provides business advisory, assurance and accounting services to a broad range of owner-managed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She advises clients in areas including succession planning, ownership agreements, business financing, cash flow management, bench-marking and managing business operations and compensation strategies for employees and owners. Elaine is responsible for the firm’s Marketing and Business Development programs and co-leads the firm’s industry specialty groups for Architecture, Engineering and Design (AED) and Investment Management Firms. Elaine is the firm’s expert for not-for-profit organizations. She has written widely and spoken regularly at the firm's industry seminars and workshops. Elaine is the Vice-Chair of the North American Board of Directors of PrimeGlobal, and is also a member of the World Board of Directors, which is focused on supporting the regions, governance, strategy, communications, member interaction and business development. Over the years Elaine has represented the firm at many PrimeGlobal conferences. Elaine is also a member of the Verity Women’s Club in Toronto.

Pina Petricone

B.Arch., M.Arch., OAA FRAIC | Principal | Giannone Petricone Associates

Pina Petricone shares her time as Principal of Giannone Petricone Associates and as a Professor of Architecture at the University of Toronto. This dual role is a defining feature of the practice, enabling Pina to contribute intellectual rigor and research to the firm’s projects and processes, as well as to give real projects academic consideration.Pina’s creativity and love of design has led to some of the firm’s most remarkable projects including the award-winning Fresh Restaurant, the Centre for Ethics, at the University of Toronto, and Chester Le Daycare and Community Space, a new pilot project for the City of Toronto’s ‘priority neighbourhoods.’ Her current portfolio includes an exciting mixed income development in Phase II of the Regent Park Revitalization Project; two new house projects on the edges of Toronto’s unique ravines; a new retail concept for Cumbrae’s butchery on Toronto’s Queen Street; and, the resuscitation of the Royal Hotel in Ontario’s Prince Edward County.

Pina has presented her work and research at several international conferences and symposia, including the IFWorld Conference at the Politecnico di Milano, the Banff sessions on Architecture in Banff, Alberta, the Tectonics: Making Meaning Conference at the Eindhoven Technical University, Netherlands, and recently at the Columbia University Think Tank on the Building Intelligence Project. Her work and research has been published widely in Canada, the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2012 Pina celebrated the publication of her first book, “Concrete Ideas: Material to Shape a City”. Pina received her professional degree in architecture from the University of Toronto in 1991 and a Masters in Architecture from Princeton University in 1995.

Barbora VoKac Taylor

OAA M.Arch OAA MRAIC LEED AP | Principal | Barbora VoKac Taylor Architects

Prior to founding her practice, Barbora Vokac Taylor Architect, Barbora worked with acclaimed architects in Toronto, London UK and Montreal, developing professional expertise on award-winning institutional, commercial and residential projects. Barbora holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture as well as a Master of Architecture, both from McGill University where upon graduation she was awarded the Ray Affleck Prize in Design for excellence in the Thesis design project. Barbora also received the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, for general excellence and was honoured with a place on the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll. Barbora is a registered architect and principal of Barbora Vokac Taylor Architect - a practice focused on residential, educational and commercial projects – new build, renovations and also interiors. The practice’s work is driven by desired user behaviours to develop elegant and successful solutions to involved design briefs. Barbora Vokac Taylor has been serving on the Toronto Society of Architects executive board since 2015. A former RAIC Syllabus mentor, Barbora has served on the Programme Advisory Committee of the School of Architectural Studies at the George Brown College Centre of Construction & Engineering Technologies, where she has also been a part-time professor since 2013.

Betsy Williamson

M.Arch., OAA FRAIC | Principal | Williamson Willamson Architects Inc.

Betsy Williamson is a registered architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Through her years of experience in small award winning design firms, Betsy brings to the office her enthusiastic commitment to architectural practice and high quality design. She has developed expertise in detail clarity and creative solutions balanced by focused project management skills. Betsy received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Architecture from Barnard College. Her office’s work has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Emerging Architectural Practice Award by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the 2014 Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York. Betsy was also named a finalist for the Architects’ Journal 2015 Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award. In its early days WWInc. was awarded the Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement from the Canada Council for the Arts and won the Canadian Prix de Rome for their research in the field of innovative wood construction.

Betsy continues to foster her commitment to engaging the city in a greater capacity through volunteer work on a number of boards and committees. As a member of the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel, she actively contributes to a culture of quality at an urban scale by signaling that high quality design is a critical consideration for the development of Toronto’s waterfront and the city. Her work with the RAIC’s Age Friendly Housing Task Force addresses the responsibility of the architectural profession to create design solutions that assist older individuals to live well and safely in their community of choice. WWInc. has engaged this subject directly over the years, having done a number of multi-generational homes on small lots in Toronto that have allowed families to address this important issue.

Betsy is also a tireless advocate for equality in the profession. With a group of like-minded architects, she founded and professionally advises BEAT, Building Equality in Architecture Toronto. BEAT is dedicated to the promotion of equality by creating events and web content for the advancement of women in the profession and by providing mentorship, networking and leadership opportunities. Networking can be one of the most powerful and productive activities an individual can do to launch and manage their career.

 
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Dinner with Monica Adair
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Dinner with Monica Adair

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BEAT is honoured to welcome Monica Adair as the next Dinner Series guest.   

Monica Adair  |  Acre Architects
 
ACRE ARCHITECTS IS A PRACTICE OF STORIED ARCHITECTURE - INSPIRING PEOPLE
TO LIVE GREAT STORIES. WE ARE COMMITTED TO CREATING ORIGINAL, PROVOCATIVE, CONTEXTUALLY DRIVEN DESIGN. AT THE CORE OF EVERY IDEA IS A UNIQUE STORY. 

Selected for Wallpaper magazines 2016 Architects’ directory of rising-star and breakthrough practices from around the globe, Acre Architects’ unique practice of Storied Architecture champions more meaningful ways of living, and through narrative help shape a vision that inspires people to embark on a process of discovery, defying convention and ultimately creating your own myth. 

Stephen Kopp & Monica Adair are recognized leaders through design, education, and community service. Master of Architecture graduates from the University of Toronto, they co-founded their award-winning firm Acre Architects of Saint John, New Brunswick. Studio lead, Monica was the 2015 recipient of the honored Royal Architecture Institute of Canada’s Young Architect Award and named one of the women of the year in Chatelaine Magazine’s 30 Canadians who rocked 2015. 

Acre Architects has been twice named one of the top emerging design firms in Canada by Twenty + Change, having garnered national and international exposure as a recipient of the prestigious Sheff Visiting Chair in Architecture at McGill University, as a member of ‘Team Canada’ for the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture, as well as with their role in the television series ‘Majumder Manor’ on the W Network and the National CBC documentary ‘City on Fire’. Stephen & Monica are currently sessional lecturers at the Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape & Design. Acre Architects are committed to expanding the role of contemporary architecture in Atlantic Canada. At its philosophical core, the Acre believes - we are what we create. 

website: www.theacre.ca
Instagram: theacre
Twitter: @acrearchitects \ @monica_acre
#AcreArchitects
#StoriedArchitecture


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Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Unique Networking Event with Odile Decq

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BEAT is pleased to offer this very special networking opportunity with French architect Odile Decq at EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology .

Odile Decq will be presenting an education keynote for EDIT on Oct 4th from 6-7pm. Following her presentation, BEAT will be hosting an opportunity for our members to meet Ms. Decq in the VIP lounge at EDIT with drinks and snacks. 

Where: 6th Floor VIP Lounge at EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology
When: Oct 4th 7-9pm

About Odile Decq

French architect Odile Decq, recipient of the 2017 Jane Drew prize, is known for her dramatic architecture, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, the restaurant for Paris' Opera Garnier and FRAC Bretagne. Decq is also founder of Confluence, a new school of architecture in Lyon that merges various disciplines and points to the future of the practice.

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BEAT Talks with Megan Torza of DTAH
Sep
25
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT Talks with Megan Torza of DTAH

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BEAT is honoured to have Megan Torza of DTAH Studio host upcoming session on Monday, September 25th, 2017.

Megan Torza is an architect whose professional development has been influenced by a strong personal interest in adaptive re-use and the integration of contemporary architecture into historic urban fabric. She joined DTAH in 2006 and became a partner in 2012. Her approach is driven by the belief that architects are important servants of the public good, as demonstrated in a socially-minded, contextually-sensitive portfolio which includes the development and implementation of two of Toronto’s most beloved destinations: the Artscape Wychwood Barns and the Evergreen Brick Works. She has completed numerous institutional, mixed-use and housing projects for public and private-sector clients, as well as designed multiple integrated landscape pavilions. With a background in art and architectural history, Megan has taught the history of Contemporary Architecture at the University of Toronto, and is a frequent guest lecturer and design critic at the University of Waterloo and Ryerson University. She is a member and vice-chair of the City of Vaughan Urban Design Review Panel and vice-chair of the Toronto Society of Architects.

https://dtah.com/

BEAT Talks qualifies for one OAA Learning Hour.
Limited space for event.  Tickets are available on Friday Sept 15th at noon.

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BEAT Talks with Denegri Bessai Studio
Jul
24
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT Talks with Denegri Bessai Studio

BEAT is honoured to have Maria Denegri of Denegri Bessai Studio host upcoming session on Monday, July 24, 2017.


Denegri Bessai Studio
Denegri Bessai Studio was established in 2013 by partners Tom Bessai and Maria Denegri. The studio is built upon a rich history of collaboration. The work has won numerous design awards, and has appeared in a range of local and international publications including Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Architect, Azure and Plan Magazine. Projects in the studio are carefully developed through an iterative design process that combines experimental research with engaged client consultation. Extensive material testing and prototyping is a constant factor in the design work of the studio and is accomplished through the use of state-of-the art computation and fabrication techniques. This experimental practice model is supported and enhanced through teaching and research at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto alongside allied partners in academia and industry.
 
Maria Denegri OAA, MArch (UPC, Barcelona), BArch (UBC),  BA (UBC)
Maria Denegri holds a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the UPC, Barcelona and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia.  Before founding DB Studio, she worked with diverse architectural practices in Vancouver, Barcelona, Los Angeles and Toronto. Maria‘s design work and research integrate innovative sustainable solutions.
Maria has been an adjunct faculty member at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture since 2002. Between 2008 and 2016, she coordinated the Daniels Faculty Global Architecture Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

http://www.denegribessaistudio.com/

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