BEAT Talk with Elisa Silva
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT Talk with Elisa Silva

BEAT is continuing to work in collaboration with architects to provide a platform for promoting equality within the profession, through networking and leadership opportunities. BEAT Talks are a series discussions held at the offices of varying architects across the city. Hosts share their learned experience.

We are honoured to have Elisa Silva host the upcoming BEAT Talk session on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

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Elisa Silva

Director and founder of Enlace Arquitectura and Enlace Foundation

Elisa Silva is director and founder of Enlace Arquitectura 2007 and Enlace Foundation 2017, established in Caracas, Venezuela. Projects focus on raising awareness of spatial inequality and the urban environment through public space, the integration of informal settlements and community engagement in rural landscapes. Public space interventions in informal settlements through didactic and participatory methodologies are central to the firm´s practice and were awarded in the XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in Valparaiso, Chile 2017. Other recognitions include winners of the VIII Ibero-American Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism for the Sabana Grande Pavement Project in Caracas, Venezuela 2012, the XI National Architecture Bienal Award for Ecoparque Maracay 2014, the Walk 21 Award for Puerto Encantado Higuerote Venezuela 2015, the X Salon Malausena Publication and Urban Design Awards 2016, and winners of several design competitions.

In 2017, Elisa received a Graham Foundation Grant for the publication Pure Space: Expanding the Public Sphere through Public Space Transformations in Latin American Informal Settlements (Actar, 2019). She has co-authored Pro-Inclusion: Practical tools for the integral development of Latin American cities (CAF Development Bank of Latin America, 2016) presented at Habitat III in Quito; and CABA Cartography of the Caracas Barrios 1966-2014 (Fundación Espacio 2015), widely recognized as a seminal contribution to the city ìs urban history records. Elisa was awarded the Wheelwright Fellowship in 2011 and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2005. She was Design Critic in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2018 and has taught workshops at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú in Lima, Peru. She has taught at the Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, Venezuela since 2011 and is a consultant to CAF and UN Habitat. This fall, she is a design critic at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture in Toronto.

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Thank you to Hariri Pontarini Architects, and partners Siamak Hariri and David Pontarini, for generously hosting this talk in their new space.

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Limited tickets to the event are now available. All attendees are required to be 19 years of age or older.

Doors will open at 6:15 with the discussion starting at 7pm followed by Q&A / networking session until 8:30pm.

BEAT Talks qualifies for OAA Learning Hours.

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RAIC Festival Plenary BEAT Forum: How Are We Addressing Inclusion in Architecture Today?
Oct
29
8:30 AM08:30

RAIC Festival Plenary BEAT Forum: How Are We Addressing Inclusion in Architecture Today?

Toronto has become known as the most diverse city in the world, and issues related to ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity and discrimination remain at the forefront of our society. Following on the success of the Building Equality in Architecture (BEAT) inaugural Forum in 2018, this session will explore diversity and inclusion. The Canadian Centre of Diversity and Inclusion will lead a presentation, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Brigitte Shim. Each panelist brings a unique perspective on diversity and inclusion in the context of education, administration, practice, and professional governance. The presenters will raise awareness, share experiences, and provide tools for a more inclusive architectural profession.

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Moderator:

Brigitte Shim, FRAIC, Principal, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects; Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto; Advisor, Building Equality in Architecture Toronto

Presenters:

Loreli Buenaventura, Head of Learning, Talent and Diversity & Inclusion for HSBC Canada

David Fortin, MRAIC, PhD, OAA, Director of the 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 of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto

Susan Ruptash, FRAIC Principal Emeritus, Quadrangle Architects Limited; Regional Director for Ontario Southwest, RAIC Board of Directors


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BEAT Dinner with Mariana Ibanez
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT Dinner with Mariana Ibanez

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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 VIP guest of honour will be invited to each dinner.

We are honoured that the featured guest of the upcoming BEAT Dinner will be Mariana Ibanez.

Mariana Ibanez

Mariana Ibañez is an Argentinian architect involved in practice, academia, and research. She is Associate Professor of Architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, and co-founder of Ibañez Kim. Before joining MIT, Mariana taught at Harvard University Graduate School of Design for eleven years as Assistant and Associate Professor. She is an external examiner for the Architectural Association, and is on the awards jury of the Boston Society of Architects, the MacDowell Colony, and the Rotch foundation. 

As an academic and editor, Mariana’s research is in the disciplinary core of architecture and its growing periphery, with a focus on the relationship among technology, culture, and the environment. Her recent publications include Paradigms in Computing by ACTAR D, and Organization or Design, published by a + t. 

Mariana has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires, and a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association in London where she received thesis honours. Upon completing her graduate studies, she worked at the Advanced Geometry Unit at ARUP before joining Zaha Hadid Architects where she was Project Architect for the London Aquatic Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games, among other projects. 

Mariana has exhibited work at the MoMA New York, the MAXXI Museum in Rome, and The National Art Museum in Beijing, with projects for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism.

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Architecture & Design Film Festival
Nov
14
to Nov 17

Architecture & Design Film Festival

Presented by Eventscape.

The Architecture & Design Film Festival, celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. With well-attended screenings, legendary panelists, vibrant discussions and events in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, it has grown into the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject. The ADFF also programs for international film festivals as well as cultural institutions and private venues.

More information may be found here: https://adfilmfest.com/

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Interior Design Show 2020
Jan
16
to Jan 19

Interior Design Show 2020

The Interior Design Show is Canada’s design fair. Since the doors first opened in 1999, IDS has been visited by over 700,000 design professionals, design-savvy consumers and media. It has served as a design industry hub providing a unique and unrivalled business opportunity for thousands of design-driven businesses. Each year, world-renowned designers and architects participate as keynote speakers and create inspiring feature exhibits. Located in the city of Toronto, Canada’s economic engine, IDS provides an annual catalyst for millions of dollars spent on design and has positioned Toronto as a frontrunner in the global design scene.

Meet this year’s IDS Contract curatorial team including BEAT executive Camille Mitchell here: https://toronto.interiordesignshow.com/en/blog.html

More information about the show may be found be found here: https://toronto.interiordesignshow.com/en/home.html

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Technical Lecture Series| Building Leadership: Identifying & Developing your Workstyle
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Technical Lecture Series| Building Leadership: Identifying & Developing your Workstyle

This fall the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) and Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT) are teaming up to bring you two technical lectures focusing on building leadership through those essential but often elusive soft skills! Our first lecture will take place on September 17 and will focus on communication styles and body-language. The second lecture will take place on October 17 and will center on identifying your work style and how it impacts your ability to make decisions, manage stress and communicate with others.

Lecture Description

As a leader, you are most effective when you develop and leverage your own, unique style. In this engaging session, you will identify your workstyle and learn how it holds you back or helps you to be successful. You will learn practical tips to develop a style that builds strong relationships and minimizes conflict.

Agenda:

• Review the 4 types of workstyles
• Understand how to flex your style to build strong working relationships
• Learn how to best leverage your workstyle to become an authentic leader.

About the Speaker

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Vanessa Judelman, is the author of the book Mastering Leadership: What it Takes to Lead in Today’s Fast Paced World. Prior to starting Mosaic People Development in 2011, Vanessa was in leadership positions in several organizations. Vanessa is passionate about developing leaders who have the tools they need to be happy and productive. For almost two decades, Vanessa has been developing her “secret sauce”. She knows that there is a science to developing leaders and has created a proven formula to develop results-oriented leaders who feel empowered and confident to do their job.

This lecture is a joint event between the Toronto Society of Architects and Building Equality in Architecture Toronto.

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Facades+ Toronto
Oct
11
7:30 AM07:30

Facades+ Toronto

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LET’S GET WITH THE BEAT!

 One of the reasons women leave the architecture profession at a higher rate than men is due to:

 

Being sidelined to limited areas of work, often based on protective paternalism, preventing development experience *

 

The Facades Conference will  be coming to Toronto on Friday October 11th, 2019.  It will be bringing together some of the world’s most productive building professionals.  This is an opportunity to be inspired and learn how to innovate all steps of facade implementation, from systems and materials to designs and delivery strategies.

 BEAT will be giving away 10 complimentary Student Tickets to the event!  To qualify for the draw – all contestants need to complete CONTEST ENTRY by Thursday October 3, 2019 at noon.

Winning names will be drawn on October 4, 2019 at noon.  Successful recipients will be contacted via email and their names and schools posted on BEAT website and social media platform.

Tickets are non-transferable so please ensure that you are available to attend Facades Conference on October 11th prior to entering raffle!    

 

 

* Canadian Architect; “Because It’s 2017: Gender Diversity in Canada’s Architecture Profession”  February 2018

Bringing together some of the world’s most productive building professionals

Be inspired and learn how to innovate all steps of facade implementation, from systems and materials to designs and delivery strategies.

The Symposium -

Attend a full day of stimulating presentations and panels that examines the fast-paced evolution of facade technology, addresses new perspectives on building skins, and explores innovative, sustainable design practices. Includes access to Methods+Materials Sponsor Gallery.

The Expo Floor -

Visit the Methods + Materials gallery to meet with industry-leading manufactures of every possible product from cladding, glazing, framing + facade systems to advanced materials and services. Over sixty companies on hand to field questions and demo products for all of your project needs.

The Workshops -

Engage in in-depth conversations with the industry’s leading design professionals in an intimate, seminar-style setting. Customize your schedule by selecting one morning and one afternoon sessions which match your level of expertise and interest.


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BEAT MIX with Steelcase WorkLife Centre
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT MIX with Steelcase WorkLife Centre

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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 Steelcase WorkLife Centre 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 will be provided. All guests are required to be 19 years of age or older. Limited space available.

ANA-FRANCISCA DE LA MORA, OAA ARQ. MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C

Associate Director - Practice Lead, Architecture | IBI GROUP

As an Associate Director, Practice Lead of Architecture at IBI Group, Ana-Francisca has built an extensive portfolio focused on Transit projects and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in Canada, Mexico and the Middle East. She has been responsible for the successful design and execution of transit facilities that include subway, LRT, BRT, buses and ancillary facilities. Her work is characterized by its innovative, high quality architectural design with a deep commitment to making healthy places that are accessible and inclusive. Her experience spans all project phases from Conceptual to Construction documents and various forms of project delivery.  She has a deep understanding on best practices for transit and the application of transit agencies’ and industry standards on to the architectural design. Ana-Francisca is currently leading the design of the London, Ontario BRT, the preliminary design of the Richmond Hill Terminal of the Yonge Subway extension in Toronto and the design and construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT’s Keelesdale Station and the Easier Access of Summerhill Station. She currently serves as an Executive Member of the Toronto Society of Architects.

IBI Group Inc. is a globally integrated architecture, planning, engineering, and technology firm with over 2,600 professionals around the world. For more than 40 years, its dedicated professionals have helped clients create livable, sustainable, and advanced urban environments. IBI Group believes that cities must be designed with intelligent systems, sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure, and a human touch.

From high-rises to industrial buildings, schools to state-of-the-art hospitals, transit stations to highways, airports to toll systems, bike lanes to parks, we design every aspect of truly integrated cities. Our collaborative approach focuses on future-forward solutions. We’re bridging the gap between design and technology, unlocking new potential in data-driven environments.

 

 

ANDREW MUFFITT, BES, B.Arch, OAA, LEED AP

Partner | Kohn Partnership Architects Inc.

As a Partner at Kohn Partnership Architects Inc., Andrew Muffitt has taken the lead on many of the firm’s most successful projects. Known for his technical approach, Andrew’s continual pursuit of exceptional project delivery has set a clear example for staff within the practice and gained the respect of clients, consultants, and municipal officials. He plays an active role in overseeing the drawing production and has a great deal of experience navigating many aspects of building constructability. Andrew is an exceptionally engaged Partner with a strong focus on mentorship and leadership. He has fostered great connections with clients and takes pride in leading them towards success. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from University of Waterloo. He is a member of OAA and is a LEED AP.

Kohn Partnership Architects Inc. is an architectural firm with a wide range of experience in both residential and commercial projects. We are dedicated to the delivery of projects to our clients that reflect a high quality of design, bringing aesthetic appeal, technical innovation and sustainable principles to each project. Experienced in working with numerous developers and private sector clients, Kohn has developed a reputation for being “intelligently creative”– delivering projects of exceptional value.

 

ANYA MORYOUSSEF, BES M.Arch OAA MRAIC

Director | AM_A

A registered architect with over 15 years of experience, Anya has a broad portfolio of published and award-winning designs.

Anya founded her practice in 2014. Prior to that, she was the first named Associate at superkül, one of Canada’s leading design practices, where she was project architect on several internationally recognized and award-winning projects, including Steelcase Worklife and Compass House. Anya also spent several formative years at Sarah Wigglesworth Architects (London, UK), where she was a key member of the design team for the RIBA award-winning Sandal Magna Primary School.

Anya’s work is driven by a strong interest in the reinvention of typology and the poetics of space. This approach, enacted in earlier lighting and installation projects, was crystallized in her Master of Architecture thesis, which earned her the prestigious Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Medal. These interests have also been explored in many projects since, whether it’s working through texture and material, light and reflection, or in related fields such as literary fiction (with the publication of two short stories on architecture by non-architects) or archival research.

Since 2014, Anya has been on faculty at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, her alma mater, and previously taught design studio (with Sarah Wigglesworth) at the Bergen School of Architecture in Norway. She is a regular guest critic at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture and Design at the University of Toronto and the Ryerson School of Interior Design, and is a mentor to OAA Intern Architects.

 

CAROL PHILLIPS, B.E.S., B.Arch., OAA (BCDS), AAA, AIBC, NSAA, FRAIC, LEED AP, SCUP

Partner | Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Carol is a Partner at Moriyama & Teshima Architects, having led some of the firm’s most valued civic, cultural and educational buildings. A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Carol’s passionate drive for powerful and graceful architectural solutions has been honed over a span of 20 years working in Canada and abroad. Known for her ability to transform and serve diverse communities with grace, Carol’s designs accommodate inclusivity and intercultural understanding — underlying principles that inform all of her projects. Carol’s projects reinforce principles of generous, regenerative and inspiring spaces that not only serve their communities, but also address their historical and urban contexts. Her projects include the U of T Multi-Faith Centre, Goldring Student Centre, and UTM Innovation Complex. Most recently, Carol completed the Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation and UBCO Teaching and Learning Centre in Kelowna, BC. Currently, she is working alongside Acton Ostry Architects on the landmark, mass timber ‘The Arbour,’ George Brown Tall Wood Building, which will feature Net Zero, low carbon building solutions and be the first of its kind in Ontario.

Moriyama & Teshima Architects (MTA) is a team of architects, planners and designers collaborating with visionary clients to build inspiring and enduring spaces that transform communities and reinforce civic identity. The firm believes that context underlies the spirit of every project, and has delivered high-quality, sustainable and award-winning design services for 60 years. MTA’s extensive portfolio of national and international projects has received over 200 awards and includes museums and art galleries, post-secondary buildings, schools, corporate and government headquarters, recreational facilities, libraries, restoration projects, renovation projects, and urban/campus planning.

MTA’s collaborative studio is made up of individuals who reflect the cultural diversity that defines our country: a combination of industry leaders and young designers working together to design and deliver exceptional projects. MTA’s projects express a deep respect for natural, urban and social conditions, meeting the needs and aspirations of the individuals and institutions they serve. Whether designing buildings that delight the human spirit, developing urban strategies that generate active healthy cities, or supporting clients’ objectives with sound problem-solving business sense, MTA strives to maintain a sense of delight and curiosity in our built surroundings.

NAOMI KRISS, BA MA

Principal | Kriss Communications

Naomi Kriss is a passionate authority on public relations for the architecture and design industries. She founded Kriss Communications in 2006 with the aim to broaden awareness of quality contemporary design in Canada and expand recognition of work by Canadian designers abroad.

Representing architects, interior designers, schools of architecture, design hotels and restaurants, as well as noteworthy cultural projects and institutions coast to coast, Naomi helps her clients to understand what makes them unique from their often similarly perceived competitors, to find ways to present their stories beyond a press release, and to become regular participants in a global dialogue about innovative design.

Raised in Toronto, Paris, London, Oxford and Jerusalem, Naomi presents a broad vision and an international perspective. For over 20 years she has applied strategic thinking and creativity to help architectural practices transform their communications and drive new business.

Naomi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and a master’s degree in post-war and contemporary art from Sotheby’s Institute, University of Manchester.

Tickets are $20 and will be available through the above link as of September 11th at noon.  All guests are required to be 19 years of age or older.  Limited space available.

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BEAT Dinner with Peta Heta and Jade Kake
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT Dinner with Peta Heta and Jade Kake

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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 VIP guest of honour will be invited to each dinner.

We are honoured that our featured guests of the upcoming BEAT Dinner are Elisapeta (Peta) Heta and Jade Kake.

Elisapeta Heta

Elisapeta Heta is an engaged and politically active artist and graduate of architecture. Brought up in Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau, she was entrenched in the realities of urban Māori and second-generation diaspora Pacific Island families. She is now a Senior Associate at Jasmax, where she co-founded the Waka Maia collective, which works within design teams to embed a Māori world view into design outcomes, to facilitate political and cultural conversations, and to support in the upskilling of the office and its’ understanding of Te Ao Māori (the Māori world).

Elisapeta is interested in how space and place can have a positive impact on the lives of the communities in which they function, and takes every opportunity to mentor, support and run outreach programmes for Māori and Pacific Island youth. She has had significant involvement with many collectives, including Architecture+Women NZ and Ngā Aho – the national network of Māori design professionals. In 2016 she was co-opted to the Board of the New Zealand Institute of Architects to help implement Te Kawenata o Rata (a covenant) between Ngā Aho and the NZIA, recognising Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Jade Kake

Jade Kake (Ngāpuhi – Te Parawhau me Ngāti Hau, Ngāti Whakaue, Te Whakatōhea) is an architectural designer and writer. Through her studio Matakohe Architecture and Urbanism, she works with Māori organisations on marae, papakāinga and civic projects, and with mana whenua groups to express their cultural values and narratives through the design of their physical environments. She lives and works in Whangārei.

Jade is the producer and host of Indigenous Urbanism (available on iTunes and Spotify, or at www.indigenousurbanism.net), a place-based storytelling podcast about the spaces we inhabit, and the community drivers and practitioners who are shaping those environments and decolonising through design. She has written for a variety of housing and architecture magazines and contributed chapters to several books on architecture and urbanism. 

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Technical Lecture Series | Building Leadership: Communication Style and Body-Language
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Technical Lecture Series | Building Leadership: Communication Style and Body-Language

Presented by The Toronto Society of Architects & Building Equity in Architecture

This fall the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) and Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT) are teaming up to bring you two technical lectures focusing on building leadership through those essential but often elusive soft skills! Our first lecture will take place on September 17 and will focus on communication styles and body-language. The second lecture will take place on October 17 and will center on identifying your work style and how it impacts your ability to make decisions, manage stress and communicate with others.

Communication Style and Body-Language

In this interactive presentation, participants will learn how to put their best selves forward when presenting, using skills to communicate in a style that is transparent, courageous, compelling, persuasive, influential and conversational. Learn how certain common nonverbal behaviors may be steering you away from building and strengthening relationships and develop the most effective skills to win your listeners over to you and your message, engaging them, and inspiring action.

About the Speaker

Mark Bowden is a world-renowned body-language thought-leader and founder of TRUTHPLANE® communication training company, Mark’s cutting-edge system of nonverbal communication techniques helps audiences become more confident, collaborative, and credible in their communication. Bowden, renowned trainer to Fortune 500 CEOs and G7 political leaders, demonstrates how perceptions can be completely altered by a simple gesture or action.

This lecture is a joint event between the Toronto Society of Architects and Building Equality in Architecture Toronto

To sign up, please follow the link here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/technical-series-building-leadership-communication-style-and-body-language-tickets-69819509031

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Jul
24
6:30 PM18:30

Hot Docs: THE EXPERIMENTAL CITY WITH SAADIA MUZAFFAR & KEN GREENBERG

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Our series on the future of Toronto returns with this fascinating film about one of the world's earliest—and most ambitious—attempts to build a "smart city". The Minnesota Experimental City was a futuristic effort to solve urban problems by creating a full-size city from scratch in the isolated woods of northern Minnesota. Conceived by renowned inventor Athelstan Spilhaus in the 1960s, the MXC sought to employ the newest technologies—even a large-scale dome inspired by Buckminster Fuller—in an attempt to create more livable spaces for the 21st century. But not everyone fell in line with this newfangled vision for the future. At a moment when Toronto is considering numerous "smart city" projects, including the now world-famous Quayside neighborhood being designed by Google's Sidewalk Labs, The Experimental City couldn't be more timely or relevant.

Following the screening, The Globe and Mail's Alex Bozikovic will moderate a Q&A with tech entrepreneur Saadia Muzaffar, founder of Tech Girls Canada and co-founder of Tech Reset Canada, and Ken Greenberg former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City Toronto, author of Toronto Reborn, and adviser to Sidewalk Labs Toronto.

Check our insta story this week for your chance to win free tickets!

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Jul
19
to Jul 25

Hot Docs: PUSH

With housing prices soaring past income levels, and families being squeezed out of cities worldwide, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. In this urgent and incisive Hot Docs ‘19 hit, director Fredrik Gertten (Bikes vs. Cars) follows Leilani Farha, a newly appointed UN specialist from Ottawa, in her fight to define affordable housing as a fundamental human right. On her quest, she travels to some of the world’s biggest cities—London, New York, Barcelona, and Toronto—to examine the scale and causes of the crisis, and confront the corporate players turning housing into a commodity that can be bought and sold.

Check our insta story this week for your chance to win free tickets!

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Matrix 360: The Colour Code
Jun
25
5:30 PM17:30

Matrix 360: The Colour Code

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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.


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.

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The Conversation continues! BEAT’s Managing Director, Camille Mitchell, will join 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!

Register Here: https://bit.ly/2YzH9yE hashtag#leadership hashtag#inclusion hashtag#equity hashtag#gender hashtag#IWD2019

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AZURE TALKS: Martha Schwartz – "Landscape, Art and My Existential Crisis"
Jun
22
2:00 PM14:00

AZURE TALKS: Martha Schwartz – "Landscape, Art and My Existential Crisis"

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On June 22, the day after the 2019 AZ Awards Gala, Azure will host a talk by the legendary landscape architect – and climate change activist – Martha Schwartz.

Martha Schwartz is renowned for the vibrant public spaces she has created around the world over the past 40 years: Village of Yorkville Park in Toronto, completed in 1995; Jacob Javits Plaza in New York (1997); the landscaping for the Swiss Re Headquarters in Munich; the re-programming of Place de la République in Paris and a new central park for the Beiqijia Technology Business District in Beijing. Her firm continues to design exhilarating landscapes around the world.

Schwartz herself, however, has switched gears in the past few years. In what she calls her “second career” she is pressing the landscape architecture profession to confront the realities of climate change. In tandem with her work as a tenured professor in practice of landscape of architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she is teaching climate change mitigation, she is also a founding member of the university’s Working Group of Sustainable Cities at and an active member of the Landscape Architecture Foundation Climate Change Task Force.

In “The Long and Winding Road: Landscape, Art, and My Existential Crisis,” the topic of her Azure Talks presentation, Schwartz will discuss the beginning of her career in art, which set the trajectory for her practice – now in its fourth decade – and shaped the field of landscape architecture. And then she will turn to the topic of the climate crisis, and how she has turned her attention in academia towards understanding the science of climate change as well as the solutions that may help to create a pathway forward – with the aim of encouraging others to participate and act in behalf of achieving climate stability.

This talk qualifies for one ConEd structured learning hour. A certificate will be provided by request, post-event.

This Azure Talk is generously supported by our sponsors, Arper and Scavolini; in partnership with the George Brown School of Design.


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BEAT Talk with Bonny McLoud of Gensler
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT Talk with Bonny McLoud of Gensler

BEAT is continuing to work in collaboration with local Architects to provide a platform for promoting equality within the profession, through networking and leadership opportunities. BEAT Talks are a series discussions held at the offices of varying Architects across the city. Host will share their learned experience.

We are honoured to have Bonny McLoud of Gensler host the upcoming BEAT Talk session on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

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Bonny McLoud

Managing Director/ Principal, Gensler

A Co-Managing Director of Gensler Toronto, Bonny brings nearly three decades of experience in commercial design and a passion for integrating interior and base building architecture. Having worked on projects ranging from corporate headquarters to trading floors, Bonny has a deep understanding of and Corporate Headquarters and is a veteran leader within the firm’s Financial Services Firms practice. A registered architect in Ontario and as well in the U.S. and a registered interior designer in Texas, she excels in successfully leading the workplace strategy and design of large, complex projects. Bonny has served a number of senior leadership roles, including directing the firm’s Project Management Steering Committee for 15 years and shaping policy on Gensler’s Management Committee. Committed to supporting her community, Bonny served on the Board of Directors of AIA Houston, CREW Houston, and the Corporate Guild for Dress for Success; and now is an active member of Toronto CREW and ULI.


Magic Moment: Beyond graduate school, MANY moments – gleaned from amazing client / consultant leaders, have helped hone my business acumen. While motherhood strengthened my patience and empathy, travel inspired awareness and creativity, it was curiosity about the success of business and cities, which drove me to be a continuous student. As innovators, we have the rare opportunity to voyeur into global companies / developments / cities, understand drivers and create effective solutions. I cannot think of a more rewarding career.

Key Influence: Wayne Peacock / President, USAA P&C: As a young RE leader, Wayne taught me that EVERY encounter is an opportunity. Be prepared, treat everyone as a client, and remember success for one is success for all.

Robin Klehr-Avia / Gensler, Mng. Principal: Face each day, every issue with a “can do” attitude. Challenges are there to be resolved.

Next Big Challenge As An Industry: Global climate change and carbon footprint are having an enormous impact not only on Canadian cities, but on the precious resources across these vast lands. We need to look very long, far past political ebb and flow, to guide the course now for future generations. ULI / WLI can help create the forum and the connection for this vital effort.

On Championing Others: Lead by example – sponsor, encourage, mentor and motivate – through the creation of classes/programs in practice, management and leadership, and by involvement in local chapters of global programs such as “Lean In”, I have made an attempt to pay forward, in honor of the wonderful mentors who always had an open door for me.

Secret Talent: I can tie a great bow! For black tie events bearing gifts, I have it all “wrapped up”.

One word that captures you: Tenacious

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Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 48 locations and more than 6,000 professionals networked across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,500 active clients in virtually every industry. Gensler designers strive to make the places people live, work, and play more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful.


Limited tickets to the event will be available on Friday, June 7th at noon. All attendees are required to be 19 years of age or older.

Doors will open at 6:15 with the discussion starting at 7pm followed by Q&A / networking session until 8:30pm.

BEAT Talks qualifies for OAA Learning Hours.

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BEAT x GSD Workshop: 10 Habits of Effective Communicators
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT x GSD Workshop: 10 Habits of Effective Communicators

Jointly hosted by Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT) and GSD Alumni/GSD Women in Design. This workshop will be presented by Emily Waugh, a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where her practice in design communication forms the basis for her ongoing research into the changing role of communication in the fields of landscape architecture and architecture.

ABOUT:
Emily has given versions of this talk to an executive education seminar on leadership and also to professional practice classes which provides an overview of 10 principles of effective communication with examples from within the design professions. Things like clarity, authenticity, storytelling, and persuasion. It can apply to people at all stages of career from intern to principal.

SPEAKER BIO:
Emily Waugh is founding principal of Survey Studio, a multidisciplinary practice focused on the transformative power of narrative in design through writing, research, exhibition design, publications, and graphic communication. Within this context Emily has collaborated with a range of clients including Enrique Norten/TEN Arquitectos, West 8, Winy Maas and The Why Factory at TU Delft, Martha Schwartz Partners, SuperSudaca, WOMO Architects, The Métis International Garden Festival, The Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, and PUBLIC WORK, Office for Landscape and Urban Design.

Recent publications include: Experimenting Landscapes, Testing the Limits of the Garden (Birkhauser, 2016), Harvard Design Magazine 36, Landscape Architecture’s Core? Recycling Space: Curating Urban Evolution. The Work of Martha Schwartz Partners (ORO Editions, 2012), GSD Platform 3 (Barcelona, GSD/ Actar, 2010), Visionary Cities, with Winy Maas and Alexander Sverdlov (Rotterdam, NAi Publishers, 2009), and Because of Who We Are—50 Years With OWP/P, with Bruce Mau Design (2007).

Emily holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

Tickets will be on Sale 17 May 2019 at 12:00 PM!


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 Hot Docs : Toronto Reborn with Ken Greenberg and David Crombie
May
22
6:30 PM18:30

Hot Docs : Toronto Reborn with Ken Greenberg and David Crombie

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Over the last 50 years, Toronto has undergone a startling transformation, developing into one of the world's most culturally and economically dynamic cities. That renaissance is the subject of Toronto Reborn, Ken Greenberg's riveting new account of how the work and decisions of citizens, NGOs, businesses, and governments have all combined to refashion Toronto since the 1970s. Join Greenberg, one of the world's foremost urban designers, as he discusses this remarkable rebirth with former Mayor of Toronto, David Crombie, widely credited for kickstarting the revitalization of the city's neighbourhoods and institutions. At this Toronto debut, the two bold thinkers will assess the challenges that still must be addressed to realize our city’s potential: will Toronto become one of the great, innovative and inclusive global cities of the 21st century, or will it be stymied by inequality and political polarization?

Moderated by Mary Wiens, award-winning journalist and producer for CBC's Metro Morning.

Book sale and signing to follow.

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BEAT Talk with Perkins+Will’s Gender Equity Task force Toronto (GETT)
Apr
23
6:30 PM18:30

BEAT Talk with Perkins+Will’s Gender Equity Task force Toronto (GETT)

Perkins+Will’s Gender Equity Taskforce Toronto (GETT) presents an evening of discussion with five established and emerging leaders from Perkins+Will’s Canadian practice. Representing a breadth of disciplines and experience levels, our speakers will discuss career trajectories within the practice and the profession; opportunities for leadership that exist at every stage of a career; and their own experiences as women leading change in an evolving discipline.

Speakers include:
Susan Gushe, FRAIC, AIBC, AIA, LEED AP | Managing Director (Vancouver)
Aimee Drmic, OAA, LEED AP BD+C | Associate and Senior Architect
Gayle Meeks, LEED AP BD+C | Associate and Senior Contract Administrator
Clara Romero, LEED AP ND | Associate and Senior Urban Designer
Eunice Wong| Urban Designer

Established in January 2018, GETT is an initiative of Perkins+Will’s Toronto studio to promote gender equity and diversity in architecture and design, both within the practice and more broadly within the larger design community. Established by female leaders within the office, and comprised of ten employees on a rotating basis, the Taskforce represents the studio’s full range of disciplines and seniorities, from student interns to Principals. GETT is delighted to be hosting a BEAT discussion as their first public event!


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BEAT MIX with Interface
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

BEAT MIX with Interface

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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 Interface 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.

Brenda Webster Tweel, Hons.BA, BEDS, M.Arch, MRAIC

Urban Places | Stantec

 

Brenda Webster Tweel holds a Master of Architecture (1988) and Bachelor of Environmental Design (1985) from the Technical University of Nova Scotia where she received the RAIC Student Medal. Prior to her education in Architecture, Brenda completed a BA Honours from Trinity College at the University of Toronto in Political Science and Economics.  She currently serves as a member of the Trinity College Building Project Steering Committee and the Architect Selection Advisory Committee as well as a member of the Board of the First Free Schoolhouse located in Corktown.

 

A champion for urban renewal with solid international experience, Brenda partners closely with infrastructure, financial, and government teams. She integrates technical foundations in Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Urban Design to build resilient solutions. With over 20 years’ experience in leading urban designs and master plans in Toronto, London and Berlin, Brenda has an exceptionally strong record for designing large, complex, multi-stakeholder projects.

 

She has nurtured an extensive network of design advocates in business, government, and academia and is an inspirational speaker. Before joining Urban Places in 2017 she spent close to a decade on urban revitalization at Waterfront Toronto.  Having previously worked as a Professor of Architecture, she continues to find time to join reviews at both McGill and the Daniels School. She has had great success with taking a studio approach to public engagement.  She gains understanding of community needs through iterative observations and conversations, tests the ideas through collaboration and delivers solutions that are embedded in the community governance.

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Gloria Apostolou, BES, B.Arch, OAA, LEED AP

Principal | post architecture

 

Gloria Apostolou graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1997 with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degree. She has interned in offices in Greece, Italy and Finland, before returning to Toronto where she worked with Baldwin & Franklin Architects for 10 years and eventually started her own practice. She is a licensed Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and an accredited LEED Professional.

 

Post Architecture is a boutique architecture firm, based in Toronto, specializing in contemporary custom home design and residential transformations. They are known and respected for sensitive integration of new, modern design in traditional contexts, applying innovation to create spaces for an exceptional lifestyle.

 

They believe the spaces we inhabit, and also our lives, are blurring the distinction between our working, social, and private selves—and design naturally needs to respond to this. Residential clients are asking for the inclusion of home offices, restaurant-like kitchens, boutique hotel bedrooms, and spa bathrooms in their homes; their designs deftly cross disciplines and borrow from the research and development available in the commercial and retail sectors, for new solutions in lighting, fixtures, furnishings, and construction materials, to support the new living environments.  

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Kathryn Seymour, Hons.BA, M.Phil, LL.B., M.Arch

Director of Marketing | PCL

 

Kathryn is currently the Director of Marketing, Canadian Buildings with PCL Constructors Canada Inc.  Prior to joining PCL in 2013, Kathryn was a Principal with Moriyama + Teshima architects where she worked for ten years managing business development, marketing and proposals.  Prior to her career in architecture and marketing, Kathryn was a lawyer initially practicing land use planning and municipal law with Smith Lyons and subsequently as Discipline Counsel with the Law Society of Upper Canada.  Kathryn received an honours Co-op degree in Recreation and Sociology from the University of Waterloo; an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Cambridge; her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School; and her M.Arch from the University of Toronto.  Passionate about the environment, Kathryn is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Environmental Defence. When not chained to her desk, Kathryn reminisces about her youthful adventures bicycling solo across Canada, trekking to Everest Base Camp, and defeating Oxford at the British Henley as a member of the Cambridge University varsity squad.

 

Jayne Aspell, MRICS, MSc

Project Manager | PCL

 

As a highly skilled project manager at PCL Constructor Canada Inc. (Toronto), Jayne has over 16 years of professional experience in the construction industry. Jayne received an honours Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science from Salford University in the UK. She is also a professional member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. 

 

She started her career as an apprentice quantity surveyor studying while working full-time. Through her experience, she worked in the field and was promoted to her current role of project manager. She has extensive experience working with clients and design teams to work through design solutions and meet budgeting and functionality requirements.

 

Jayne recently completed the $43M Billy Bishop Airport Revitalization project that involved both the renovation and addition to the existing terminal building at Billy Bishop Airport, while maintaining full operations.

 

When not at work, you can find Jayne with her two dogs or at a yoga studio. As an avid advocate for elevating women into leadership roles, Jayne is on the advisory committee of The Petra Initiative that tackles the external and integral challenge women face pursuing leadership. She is also the co-chair of PCL Toronto’s new Diversity and Inclusion Team.

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Leslie Jen, BA (Adv), JD, B.Arch, FRAIC

Design Journalist | Marketing Director | superkül

 

Leslie holds degrees in English Literature and Law from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of British Columbia. For nearly 12 years, she was the Associate Editor of Canadian Architect magazine, during which time she contributed significantly to the discourse of architecture and urbanism in Canada.

 

In her present role as Marketing Director at Toronto-based architecture firm superkül, Leslie works to develop the distinctive brand of the studio through focused research, strategic communication initiatives and promotional opportunities. She is concurrently authoring a book on Canadian architectural practices and their work that is scheduled for release by Figure 1 Publishing.

 

Additionally, Leslie maintains a consultancy practice, undertaking writing, editing and curatorial projects for several design magazines, award-winning architectural firms and arts organizations. She has been an invited jury member for exhibitions and awards programs, and her commitment to and advocacy for architecture and design manifests in her active role on the Board of Directors of the DesignTO Festival. Leslie was named a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC) in 2016. 

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Shannon Hilchie, P.Eng

Owner and Principal | fæt lab

 

Shannon studied Structural Engineering at Dalhousie University, before becoming an associate at Blackwell Engineering. At Blackwell, she was privileged to work on some fantastic projects, such as Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport and NFCS Headquarters (including the longhouse). After many wonderful years at Blackwell, she decided to try something new, and worked with cast steel at Cast Connex. It was fun and she loved traveling North America, dealing with some of the top Architecture and Engineering firms in the world, but she missed designing. In 2014 she decided to start her own firm, faet lab. This allowed her to focus on feature elements and component design. Shannon also teaches the Structures curriculum in the Masters and Undergraduate programs at Daniels School of Architecture and Landscape design, University of Toronto.

 

When she is not having babies, she is also completing her Masters of Tensile Membrane Structures at the Anhault University of Applied Science, at the site of Bauhaus in Germany. Where there is also lots of beer.

Tickets are available through above link as of March 21st at noon.  All guests are required to be 19 years of age or older.  Limited space available.

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BEAT Dinner with Erandi de Silva
Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

BEAT Dinner with Erandi de Silva

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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.

Erandi de Silva

Erandi de Silva is a British/Canadian architect and editor, currently based in Rwanda.

She is the founder of LOKÉ, a project that actively seeks to diversify architectural narratives. Her organization produces and sells design objects that raise funds to enable community building projects in low-income countries. Accompanying this work, she edits a design publication which examines the practice of making as an inclusive, international pursuit. Interviewees have included: Paris-based architect India Madhavi, artist Nick Cave, New Delhi-based fashion designers NorBlack NorWhite, design critic Alice Rawsthorn, Milan-based artist Nathalie du Pasquier, and many more.

She is a graduate of London's Architectural Association and is a registered architect in the United Kingdom. Her work has appeared in PIN-UP, Domus, Bidoun's With/Without, and is discussed in Keller Easterling's Extrastatecraft.

Limited tickets to the dinner will be available on Monday March 25, 2019 at noon.  All guests are required to be 19 years of age or older. See dinner menu below!

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INSPIRING FUTURE WOMEN IN SCIENCE
Mar
7
8:00 AM08:00

INSPIRING FUTURE WOMEN IN SCIENCE

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Perimeter Institute will host an inspirational half day conference on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The goal is to bring together like-minded young women with a strong interest in science and expose them to the rewards, challenges, and possibilities of a career in science.

BEAT’s Managing Director Camille Mitchell will be a panelist for the event.

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BEA Atlantic Nova Scotia Launch
Jan
17
7:30 PM19:30

BEA Atlantic Nova Scotia Launch

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Join us for the official launch of Building Equality in Architecture Atlantic (BEA Atlantic) for Nova Scotia, held at 2 Crows Brewing Co. on Thursday January 17, 2019 from 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM in partnership with Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), a not for profit organization promoting diversity and equity for the profession of architecture. We invite friends, partners, allies, and colleagues to celebrate this exciting initiative and engage in the event by coming together to share ideas on how to propel the initiative forward in Atlantic Canada and celebrate the leaders of respective fields on the east coast.

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Gender, Race and the Incessant Obstacle Course
Jan
17
1:00 PM13:00

Gender, Race and the Incessant Obstacle Course

BEAT’s Managing Director, Camille Mitchell, will be a featured speaker at Toronto’s Interior Design Show in January!

Gender, Race and the Incessant Obstacle Course

The proverbial glass ceiling is an ineffective metaphor to describe the barriers of women, visible minorities and marginalized groups within the architecture profession. There is not a singular challenge or trajectory to overcome when yearning to achieve effective work-life balance, a healthy work environment, or professional recognition. These are among the numerous inherent challenges that young women will encounter along an incessant obstacle course throughout their careers within the architecture profession. And each “obstacle course” is unique to the individual who may decide to endure it or leave if they are not presented opportunities while striving to overcome the many challenges facing them throughout their careers.

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Camille Mitchell Architect, KPMB Architects

Camille Mitchell has been a part of the design team of KPMB Architects since graduating from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. She was recently part of the design team for the of new Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and is currently a project architect for a new commercial tower development at Bay Adelaide Centre in Toronto. Camille is currently volunteering as the director for the independent organization Building Equality in Architecture, Toronto (BEAT) whose programs are dedicated to creating events and web content that support mentorship, networking and leadership opportunities for women and visible minorities in the profession. She is a firm believer in involving visible minority groups in designing their built environments and participating in various STEM programs. Camille is passionate about promoting architecture as a profession to youth and marginalized communities through career workshops and as a member of OCADU’s Black Youth Design Initiative. She continues to serve as a mentor with the Lifelong Leadership Institute, a program that promotes excellence amongst Black students as they transition to post-secondary education, work that was captured in the CBC Television documentary HERstory in Black that aired September 2017.

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Interior Design Show 2019
Jan
17
to Jan 20

Interior Design Show 2019

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We bring people together to experience the power of design.

During one four-day weekend each January, the Interior Design Show shapes the industry for the year to come – in North America and beyond.

IDS Toronto celebrates and promotes design in Canada and across the world. Experiential and transformative, we bring together compelling concepts, innovative products, upcoming talent and key experts in the industry so that you can be inspired by the best of the future.

Meet the leading designers, thinkers, makers, changers, shapers and dreamers like you who are coming together to change the world for the better.

New this year!

IDS Contract - a hyper curated B2B trade-only exposition focused on the most innovative products and services that will focus on all verticals of design including workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, public space and government.

IDS Conference - a comprehensive 2-day symposium with a focus on 4 specific verticals Future Cities, Experience, Technology and Diversity & Talent.

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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!


MENU
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

  • 1157 Davenport Rd Toronto, ON M6H 2G4 Canada (map)
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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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