Attendance to this event is limited.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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CANNOLO | apricot-orange marmellata, mascarpone, white chocolate, pistachio
LEMON & VANILLA BUDINO | coconut shortbread, torched marshmallow, whipped cream
TIRAMISU | Italian cookies, espresso, mascarpone
This event is part of the Home and Away lecture series at the Daniels Faculty.
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.
This is a limited space event. Ticket sales begin November 2nd, 2018 .
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.
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
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
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 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.
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?
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 Architect, The Globe and Mail, Monocle 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.
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.
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 Spacing, SITE, 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.
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.
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.
served family style
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.
Limited space event. Ticket sales begin in October 13th at noon.
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.
Special Presentation on Behalf of the Toronto Society of Architects
Special Presentation on Behalf of the Ontario Association of Architects
Special Presentation on Behalf of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Keynote Presentation on Unconscious Bias
Panel Discussion Moderator
Brigitte Shim Principal, Shim Sutcliffe
David Fortin Associate Professor and Director, McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University
Schedule & Details
Saturday, October 13, 2018
The Great Hall at OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Level 2
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:
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.
Limited space event. Ticket sales begin in September 10th at noon.
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.
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.
Limited space for event. Tickets sales begin June 18th, 2018 at noon.
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.
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.
Limited space for event. Tickets sales begin May 14th at noon.
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.
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.
Limited space for event. Ticket sales will begin on April 9th at noon.
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.
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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.
Limited space event. Ticket sales begin on March 26th at 12:00 pm.
*Wine and Tea included
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Limited space for event. Tickets will be on sale Friday February 16th at 12:00 pm
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.
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