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.
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.
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.
LinkedIn: Barbora Vokac Taylor
BEAT’s fourth annual seminar is devoted to exposing students and young practitioners to leaders in the architectural profession. From sole practitioners and partners in Toronto's leading design firms to academics, we will hear from women who have established careers in planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and interior design. The seminar is open to both students and recent graduates who intend on practicing or teaching in these fields.
Break out session and Office Tour: Batay-Csorba Architects studio
Building Tour: University of Toronto Jackman Law Building (Faculty of Law)
Break out session: Daniels Spectrum, Artscape Lounge
Nina-Marie Lister PLANDFORM, Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor, Ryerson University
Break out session: TBC
Break out session: Daniels Spectrum, Second Floor, Artscape Lounge
Special Presentation on Behalf of the Ontario Association of Architects
Schedule & Details
Saturday, January 20
585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7
Registration | 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Seminar | 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch and Networking | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Tours / Break out session | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Lunch will be provided by BEAT. Tours and break out sessions are led by seminar speakers. Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the seminar.
BEAT MIX: Expand Your Professional Contacts
Networking can be one of the most powerful and productive activities an individual can do to launch and manage their career. BEAT MIX is a platform to develop a series of relationships across Toronto’s Architecture and Design communities. In the workplace today, it is important that we are known to others, and to ensure that others are aware of our resourcefulness.
BEAT MIX will include five invited Featured Guests who are stationed in five specific Zones. The Featured Guests will comprise of Partners and Principals from local design firms of various sizes, along with leaders in adjacent professions such as construction, accounting, engineering or architecture critiques Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the Featured Guests and meet a succession of individuals in small groups throughout the evening.
BEAT encourages Interns, emerging practitioners and seasoned professional to join this interconnected community to share information, advice and opportunities.
More information on event and Featured Guests is available through www.BEAToronto.com. Tickets to event will be available on Thursday, November 23, 2017 at noon. Please be prepared to submit questions or comments for each Featured Guest to help shape the discussion.
Drechsel Studio is excited to host the first BEAT MIX event at their King and Jarvis showroom on the evening of December 7, 2017 featuring
B.Arch., OAA, Architect AIBC, SAA, FRAIC | Principal | Montgomery Sisam Architects
For over 30 years, Alice has been a leader and innovator in the design of care facilities for children, youth, adults, and seniors with complex needs. She joined Montgomery Sisam in 2001, becoming a Principal in 2006, and has since been instrumental in shaping the firm’s philosophy of design for therapeutic spaces to support the recovery of our most vulnerable populations requiring mental health and addictions treatment.
Delivering projects ranging from small private facilities and not-for-profit initiatives to multi-phased campus redevelopments, Alice is immersed in the most current thinking on the impact of design on removing barriers to care. She strives to craft care experiences that make a positive contribution to occupants’ physical and mental well-being. Her designs are founded on a desire to create normalized, home-like settings that are comforting and empowering to patients, while also being supportive of staff and visitors. She is a firm believer in promoting the healing power of nature and the outdoors, incorporating therapeutic gardens for the wellness of all building occupants. Distinguished projects such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Carefirst One Stop Centre for Seniors, the Philips House Redevelopment and the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, demonstrate Alice’s achievement, as Principal-in-Charge, in balancing lean-thinking, operational efficiency and occupant safety within the healing environment. These designs not only satisfy functional requirements, but enhance the activities they house.
With such extensive knowledge and rich body of work, Alice was named a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. She has been invited to participate in international conversations surrounding best practice, research and innovation in Mental Health care and contributes regularly to research-based publications. She is a member of the International Academy of Design and Health, the “Design in Mental Health Network” and a Post Occupancy Evaluation Round Table/Think Tank. She is also an active member of the academic community, mentoring Master’s Thesis students from various universities and leading a Study Group between Psychiatry Residents from University of Toronto and front-line practitioners.
CPA, CGA | Shimmerman Penn LLP
Elaine provides business advisory, assurance and accounting services to a broad range of owner-managed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She advises clients in areas including succession planning, ownership agreements, business financing, cash flow management, bench-marking and managing business operations and compensation strategies for employees and owners. Elaine is responsible for the firm’s Marketing and Business Development programs and co-leads the firm’s industry specialty groups for Architecture, Engineering and Design (AED) and Investment Management Firms. Elaine is the firm’s expert for not-for-profit organizations. She has written widely and spoken regularly at the firm's industry seminars and workshops. Elaine is the Vice-Chair of the North American Board of Directors of PrimeGlobal, and is also a member of the World Board of Directors, which is focused on supporting the regions, governance, strategy, communications, member interaction and business development. Over the years Elaine has represented the firm at many PrimeGlobal conferences. Elaine is also a member of the Verity Women’s Club in Toronto.
B.Arch., M.Arch., OAA FRAIC | Principal | Giannone Petricone Associates
Pina Petricone shares her time as Principal of Giannone Petricone Associates and as a Professor of Architecture at the University of Toronto. This dual role is a defining feature of the practice, enabling Pina to contribute intellectual rigor and research to the firm’s projects and processes, as well as to give real projects academic consideration.Pina’s creativity and love of design has led to some of the firm’s most remarkable projects including the award-winning Fresh Restaurant, the Centre for Ethics, at the University of Toronto, and Chester Le Daycare and Community Space, a new pilot project for the City of Toronto’s ‘priority neighbourhoods.’ Her current portfolio includes an exciting mixed income development in Phase II of the Regent Park Revitalization Project; two new house projects on the edges of Toronto’s unique ravines; a new retail concept for Cumbrae’s butchery on Toronto’s Queen Street; and, the resuscitation of the Royal Hotel in Ontario’s Prince Edward County.
Pina has presented her work and research at several international conferences and symposia, including the IFWorld Conference at the Politecnico di Milano, the Banff sessions on Architecture in Banff, Alberta, the Tectonics: Making Meaning Conference at the Eindhoven Technical University, Netherlands, and recently at the Columbia University Think Tank on the Building Intelligence Project. Her work and research has been published widely in Canada, the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2012 Pina celebrated the publication of her first book, “Concrete Ideas: Material to Shape a City”. Pina received her professional degree in architecture from the University of Toronto in 1991 and a Masters in Architecture from Princeton University in 1995.
Barbora VoKac Taylor
OAA M.Arch OAA MRAIC LEED AP | Principal | Barbora VoKac Taylor Architects
Prior to founding her practice, Barbora Vokac Taylor Architect, Barbora worked with acclaimed architects in Toronto, London UK and Montreal, developing professional expertise on award-winning institutional, commercial and residential projects. Barbora holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture as well as a Master of Architecture, both from McGill University where upon graduation she was awarded the Ray Affleck Prize in Design for excellence in the Thesis design project. Barbora also received the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, for general excellence and was honoured with a place on the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll. Barbora is a registered architect and principal of Barbora Vokac Taylor Architect - a practice focused on residential, educational and commercial projects – new build, renovations and also interiors. The practice’s work is driven by desired user behaviours to develop elegant and successful solutions to involved design briefs. Barbora Vokac Taylor has been serving on the Toronto Society of Architects executive board since 2015. A former RAIC Syllabus mentor, Barbora has served on the Programme Advisory Committee of the School of Architectural Studies at the George Brown College Centre of Construction & Engineering Technologies, where she has also been a part-time professor since 2013.
M.Arch., OAA FRAIC | Principal | Williamson Willamson Architects Inc.
Betsy Williamson is a registered architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Through her years of experience in small award winning design firms, Betsy brings to the office her enthusiastic commitment to architectural practice and high quality design. She has developed expertise in detail clarity and creative solutions balanced by focused project management skills. Betsy received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Architecture from Barnard College. Her office’s work has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Emerging Architectural Practice Award by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the 2014 Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York. Betsy was also named a finalist for the Architects’ Journal 2015 Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award. In its early days WWInc. was awarded the Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement from the Canada Council for the Arts and won the Canadian Prix de Rome for their research in the field of innovative wood construction.
Betsy continues to foster her commitment to engaging the city in a greater capacity through volunteer work on a number of boards and committees. As a member of the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel, she actively contributes to a culture of quality at an urban scale by signaling that high quality design is a critical consideration for the development of Toronto’s waterfront and the city. Her work with the RAIC’s Age Friendly Housing Task Force addresses the responsibility of the architectural profession to create design solutions that assist older individuals to live well and safely in their community of choice. WWInc. has engaged this subject directly over the years, having done a number of multi-generational homes on small lots in Toronto that have allowed families to address this important issue.
Betsy is also a tireless advocate for equality in the profession. With a group of like-minded architects, she founded and professionally advises BEAT, Building Equality in Architecture Toronto. BEAT is dedicated to the promotion of equality by creating events and web content for the advancement of women in the profession and by providing mentorship, networking and leadership opportunities. Networking can be one of the most powerful and productive activities an individual can do to launch and manage their career.
BEAT is honoured to welcome Monica Adair as the next Dinner Series guest.
Monica Adair | Acre Architects
ACRE ARCHITECTS IS A PRACTICE OF STORIED ARCHITECTURE - INSPIRING PEOPLE
TO LIVE GREAT STORIES. WE ARE COMMITTED TO CREATING ORIGINAL, PROVOCATIVE, CONTEXTUALLY DRIVEN DESIGN. AT THE CORE OF EVERY IDEA IS A UNIQUE STORY.
Selected for Wallpaper magazines 2016 Architects’ directory of rising-star and breakthrough practices from around the globe, Acre Architects’ unique practice of Storied Architecture champions more meaningful ways of living, and through narrative help shape a vision that inspires people to embark on a process of discovery, defying convention and ultimately creating your own myth.
Stephen Kopp & Monica Adair are recognized leaders through design, education, and community service. Master of Architecture graduates from the University of Toronto, they co-founded their award-winning firm Acre Architects of Saint John, New Brunswick. Studio lead, Monica was the 2015 recipient of the honored Royal Architecture Institute of Canada’s Young Architect Award and named one of the women of the year in Chatelaine Magazine’s 30 Canadians who rocked 2015.
Acre Architects has been twice named one of the top emerging design firms in Canada by Twenty + Change, having garnered national and international exposure as a recipient of the prestigious Sheff Visiting Chair in Architecture at McGill University, as a member of ‘Team Canada’ for the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture, as well as with their role in the television series ‘Majumder Manor’ on the W Network and the National CBC documentary ‘City on Fire’. Stephen & Monica are currently sessional lecturers at the Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape & Design. Acre Architects are committed to expanding the role of contemporary architecture in Atlantic Canada. At its philosophical core, the Acre believes - we are what we create.
Twitter: @acrearchitects \ @monica_acre
BEAT is pleased to offer this very special networking opportunity with French architect Odile Decq at EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology .
Odile Decq will be presenting an education keynote for EDIT on Oct 4th from 6-7pm. Following her presentation, BEAT will be hosting an opportunity for our members to meet Ms. Decq in the VIP lounge at EDIT with drinks and snacks.
Where: 6th Floor VIP Lounge at EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology
When: Oct 4th 7-9pm
About Odile Decq
French architect Odile Decq, recipient of the 2017 Jane Drew prize, is known for her dramatic architecture, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, the restaurant for Paris' Opera Garnier and FRAC Bretagne. Decq is also founder of Confluence, a new school of architecture in Lyon that merges various disciplines and points to the future of the practice.
BEAT is honoured to have Megan Torza of DTAH Studio host upcoming session on Monday, September 25th, 2017.
Megan Torza is an architect whose professional development has been influenced by a strong personal interest in adaptive re-use and the integration of contemporary architecture into historic urban fabric. She joined DTAH in 2006 and became a partner in 2012. Her approach is driven by the belief that architects are important servants of the public good, as demonstrated in a socially-minded, contextually-sensitive portfolio which includes the development and implementation of two of Toronto’s most beloved destinations: the Artscape Wychwood Barns and the Evergreen Brick Works. She has completed numerous institutional, mixed-use and housing projects for public and private-sector clients, as well as designed multiple integrated landscape pavilions. With a background in art and architectural history, Megan has taught the history of Contemporary Architecture at the University of Toronto, and is a frequent guest lecturer and design critic at the University of Waterloo and Ryerson University. She is a member and vice-chair of the City of Vaughan Urban Design Review Panel and vice-chair of the Toronto Society of Architects.
BEAT Talks qualifies for one OAA Learning Hour.
Limited space for event. Tickets are available on Friday Sept 15th at noon.
BEAT is honoured to have Maria Denegri of Denegri Bessai Studio host upcoming session on Monday, July 24, 2017.
Denegri Bessai Studio
Denegri Bessai Studio was established in 2013 by partners Tom Bessai and Maria Denegri. The studio is built upon a rich history of collaboration. The work has won numerous design awards, and has appeared in a range of local and international publications including Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Architect, Azure and Plan Magazine. Projects in the studio are carefully developed through an iterative design process that combines experimental research with engaged client consultation. Extensive material testing and prototyping is a constant factor in the design work of the studio and is accomplished through the use of state-of-the art computation and fabrication techniques. This experimental practice model is supported and enhanced through teaching and research at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto alongside allied partners in academia and industry.
Maria Denegri OAA, MArch (UPC, Barcelona), BArch (UBC), BA (UBC)
Maria Denegri holds a Master of Architecture and Urban Design from the UPC, Barcelona and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia. Before founding DB Studio, she worked with diverse architectural practices in Vancouver, Barcelona, Los Angeles and Toronto. Maria‘s design work and research integrate innovative sustainable solutions.
Maria has been an adjunct faculty member at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture since 2002. Between 2008 and 2016, she coordinated the Daniels Faculty Global Architecture Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
THINK BIG: Navigating your career within the framework of a large practice
Sydney Browne (Principal) and Peggy Theodore (Senior Associate) will host this exciting BEAT Talk Event. We welcome everyone’s questions/topics in advance to structure and focus a meaningful conversation about careers in a large architectural practice.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is a leading architectural studio based in Toronto with an international reputation for design excellence.
The company is rated among the top 100 architecture firms in the world by Building Design (UK), which also ranks the studio among the world’s top ten in the cultural sector. Our extensive portfolio comprises academic buildings, libraries, performing arts centers, residential and commercial properties, life science facilities, research laboratories and hospitals.
We have been recognized with more than 250 awards for design, including seven Governor General’s Medals for Architecture, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Civic Trust Awards, and Architectural Record’s Good Design is Good Business Awards.
Diamond Schmitt is recognized as a great place to work. We are among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Canada’s Greenest Employers and Canada’s Best Managed Companies. We strive to create a culture that supports both an enriching work environment and personal growth.
Diamond Schmitt is made up of close to 200 architects, interior designers and administrative staff, working from offices in Toronto, Vancouver and New York. While the complete office cohort provides a depth of experience that informs all of our work, projects are typically undertaken by smaller closely-knit teams which develop each project from design through construction.
Our studio currently has 69 projects in design and 38 projects in construction across Canada and abroad. These include the new David Geffen Hall for the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center in New York City; the National Arts Centre transformation in Ottawa; the new campus of Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver; and the master plan and buildings for Canada’s largest urban development, Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.
Limited space for event. Tickets available on Friday May 19 at Noon. Please have a discussion topic prepared when completing Eventbrite RSVP.
BEAT is honoured to welcome Omar Gandhi as the first male Dinner Series guest. Omar was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario to parents who were born in India. Omar was profiled within this year’s iteration of 'The A-List', a publication series featuring 49 eminent Indo-Canadians and friends of India. Past recognition has gone to the Minister of Defense Harjit Singh Sajjan, acclaimed film director Deepa Mehta, author Rohinton Mistry and chef Vikram Vij. In 2011, The Globe and Mail published one of the first articles about Omar’s (then fledgling) studio titled, “In Nova Scotia, a man and a woman walk into a house…”. The article speaks to the studio’s collaborative approach and celebrates the diversity of Omar’s design and construction team. Six years later, these points still ring true. Supported by a diverse group of individuals, Omar is a role model for equality in the profession. Omar is actively involved in community organizations including ISANS - Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia and Laing House - a drop-in centre aiming to empower youth living with mental illness through innovative youth engagement and peer support. BEAT is looking forward to having Omar join us for this exciting event!
Omar Gandhi is a Canadian architect raised in Brampton, Ontario and currently practices and resides in both Toronto and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
After studying in the Regional Arts program at Mayfield Secondary School (Caledon), attending the inaugural year of the Architectural Studies Program at the University of Toronto, Omar moved to Halifax, where he earned his Master’s degree from Dalhousie University in 2005. After graduation, Omar worked for Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Young + Wright Architects and more recently for MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in Halifax. During his early experience, Omar worked on several key projects including Manitoba Hydro, Two Hulls, the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University and the Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum- Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo. At the age of 30, Gandhi started his own design studio in Halifax and in 2012, Omar Gandhi Architect became a registered architectural practice. In early 2016, Omar opened his second studio which is located in the west end of Toronto.
Omar Gandhi Architect is the recipient of the 2014 Canada Council for the Arts Professional Prix de Rome. In the same year, the firm was listed in Wallpaper Magazine’s Architects Directory – their list of the top 20 Young Architects in the World. In 2016, Omar was named one of Monocle Magazine’s 20 most influential Canadians as well as The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices – recognizing the studio as one with a distinct design “voice” in the discipline of architecture.
As a dedicated member of Canada’s architectural community, Omar has participated in local, national and international awards juries - most recently in both Copenhagen and Berlin for the Velux Student Design Competition, the largest of its kind globally. In addition, Gandhi has been a sessional instructor at Dalhousie University’s School of Architecture and Planning. Gandhi has presented lectures in New York, Toronto, Maine, Minnesota, (Bogota) Colombia, (Aberdeen) Scotland and across Canada.
Omar’s studio takes an active role in both the architectural and broader community. Since 2012, the studio has volunteered with ISANS (Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia) to assist newcomers to Canada in the fields of architecture and engineering to find employment. Omar Gandhi is a member of the Board of Directors at Laing House which is a peer support organization for youth with mental illness in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Gandhi has also been a member of the Board of Directors at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and is currently on the advisory board for the Toronto Interior Design Show.
As Omar leads his studio into its 8th year, he and his teams continue their efforts to excel by embracing a self-critical mentality and pursuing a direction that explores new ways of integrating program, site and materials using contemporary technology to create critical architecture. Their dedication to outstanding client/architect/builder relationships allows them to keep firm architectural convictions in spatial organization, material palette and landscape integration.
Salumi E Formaggi
Artisanal cheeses and charcuterie with accompaniments upon arrival
A selection of hot and cold appetizers
Four different pasta dishes
One large dessert to share
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Moriyama and Teshima Architects
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 office offers services in architecture, master planning and urban design, interior design and program development. The firm’s extensive portfolio of Canadian and international projects comprises museums and art galleries, university buildings, schools, corporate and government headquarters, recreational facilities, libraries, restoration and renovation projects, and urban/campus planning.
Under the leadership of Jason Moriyama, Diarmuid Nash, Daniel Teramura, Carol Phillips, and Brian Rudy, MTA has cultivated a dynamic team of young, innovative designers around a long-standing core of design traditions that continue to define the practice. The studio is made up of individuals who reflect the cultural diversity that defines our global present: a combination of industry leaders and young designers working together to design and deliver exceptional projects. MTA’s designs are rooted in collaborative processes that approach challenges and solutions holistically, working at all times to integrate site, building, context and a plurality of perspectives into a built reality we can all be proud of.
Carol is a Partner at Moriyama & Teshima Architects, having led some of the firm’s most valued civic, cultural and educational buildings. She brings a passionate drive for powerful and graceful architectural solutions developed over 20 years of working in Canada and abroad. Carol immediately distinguished herself upon arrival at MTA with her first completed project, the award-winning Multi-faith Centre at the University of Toronto. This centre continues to serve diverse communities with grace, accommodating inclusivity and intercultural understanding – underlying principles that inform all of Carol’s projects.
Carol’s civic experience includes Surrey City Hall and Plaza, the Guelph Civic Administration Complex, and Ottawa’s new Parliament Hill Visitor Welcome Centre which is under construction. Her projects in downtown Toronto include the Toronto Reference Library Revitalization, Goldring Student Centre at University of Toronto, and the upcoming Ryerson Centre for Redevelopment and Urban Innovation. Carol is currently an Architectural Design Lead on one of four shortlisted teams for the Etobicoke Civic Centre Design Competition.
Additionally, Carol is known for her exceptional presentation skills and her ability to gain broad support for her projects, promoting designs to stakeholders in ways that result in wide-scale consensus. A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Carol’s complete design and collaborative skills allow her to drive and lead every phase of a building project. Her exceptional and versatile design leadership drives the vision for designs of varying building programmes, reinforcing the principles of generous, inspiring spaces that serve their communities.
BEAT’s third annual seminar is devoted to exposing students and young practitioners to leaders in the architectural profession. From sole practitioners and partners in Toronto's leading design firms to academics, we will hear from women who have established careers in architecture, landscape architecture and interior design. The seminar is open to both students and recent graduates.
Irene Gardpoit, Uufie
Pat Hanson, Principal, gH3
Marianne McKenna, Founding Partner, KPMB
Kate Fox-Whyte, Principal, Foxwhyte Landscape Architecture
Lola Sheppard, Associate Professor, Waterloo Architecture and co-founder, Lateral Office
Betsy Williamson, Partner, Williamson Williamson Inc. and BEAT Advisory Committee Member
Tours / Breakout Sessions
Tours and breakout sessions led by seminar speakers. Sign up is on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the seminar, between 9:30 am and 10 am. Hard hats and boots may be required for certain tours.
Transportation from the Gladstone to tours and breakout sessions are by the participant. We encourage you to mingle during lunch and find a group of people in the same session to travel with.
Kate Fox-Whyte, BLA OALA CSLA - Principal, Foxwhyte Landscape Architecture
Project Tour: 28 Whitney Avenue, Toronto M4W 2A8 *Safety boots and hard hats required
Irene Gardpoit, B.Arch, OAA, MRAIC - Director and Principal Architect, Uufie
Office Tour and Break-out Session: Uufie Office - 202-258 Wallace Avenue, Toronto M6P 3M9
Pat Hanson, FRAIC OAA AAA – Partner, gh3
Project Tour: 436B Markham Street, Toronto M6G 2L2 *Safety boots required
Marianne McKenna, OC, FRAIC, OAA, OAQ, AIA - Founding Partner, KPMB
Project Tour: Rotman School of Management - 105 St. George Street,Toronto M5S 3E6. Led by Myriam Tawadros
Lola Sheppard, OAA, OAQ, M.Arch, B.Arch - Co-founder, Lateral Office
Office Tour and Break-out Session: Lateral Office - 703 Bloor Street West, Toronto M6G 1L5
Amy Norris, OAA MRAIC - Project Manager, ERA and OAA Intern Committee Member
Q&A: Amy will be available to answer questions during lunch at the Gladstone Hotel. Sign-up not required.
Schedule & Details
Saturday, March 4
Gladstone Hotel, North Ballroom
Registration | 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Seminar | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch and Networking | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Tours / Break out session | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tours and break out sessions led by seminar speakers. Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the seminar. Hard hats and boots maybe required for certain tours. More information to follow.
BEAT is proud to announce that the upcoming session of Mentorship Mondays will be hosted by Marianne McKenna and Shirley Blumberg of KPMB Architects on the evening of February 27, 2017. The objective of the event is to provide a platform for dialogue, networking and mentorship while supporting and advancing equality within the Architecture profession.
Partner, CM, OAA, FRAIC, AIA
Shirley Blumberg is a Member of the Order of Canada “for her contributions to architecture and for her commitment to creating spaces that foster a sense of community.” Her portfolio ranges from mixed-use developments to highly specialized cultural and academic institutions, many with a focus on revitalizing heritage contexts.
Shirley’s projects include the James Stewart Centre for Mathematics at McMaster University and the CIGI Campus in Waterloo, both winners of AIA Honor Awards. She played a role in Toronto’s Cultural Renaissance as the partner-in-charge of Canada’s National Ballet School, the Gardiner Museum, and the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Shirley is currently KPMB’s partner-in-charge for the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, Toronto Community Housing, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto. She was the design partner for UBC’s new Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre and Ponderosa Commons a prototypical mixed-use campus development.
Shirley is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel, and has served on the City of Toronto Design Review Panel. She also established Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), an independent initiative dedicated to the promotion of equality in the profession of Architecture.
Partner, OC, FRAIC, OAA, OAQ, AIA
Marianne McKenna is an invested Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2013, she was recognized as one of the 50 most powerful people in Canada by Maclean’s magazine.
Marianne offers diverse experience in a range of project typologies, inclusive of spaces for higher education, workplace interiors, hospitality and master planning. She has completed projects for the University of Toronto, McGill University, Concordia University, Torys LLP, and Goldman Sachs. For the past 20 years, Marianne’s special focus has been the architecture of concert halls and how design is used to engage community. Projects include the Orchestra Hall Renewal for the Minnesota Orchestra and Toronto’s Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, including the renowned Koerner Hall. In 2011, Marianne was made an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory. Current projects include an expansion and renovation of iconic Massey Hall, the Kellogg School of Management, the workplace strategy for The Globe and Mail offices, and an expansion for The Brearley School in New York City.
Marianne is the Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture and sits on the Board of Directors for Metrolinx, a provincial agency charged with improving transportation in the Greater Toronto area.
KPMB Architects is an award winning, internationally recognized Canadian practice. It is notable for its unique hybrid form of architecture and practice, developed to respond to our multi-cultural, dynamically changing world. This is manifested in the diversity of the portfolio for culture, education, healthcare and paradigm shifting climate responsive design. Every project is conceived to support an essential belief in the power of architecture to influence civil and moral conditions. The firm comprises a deep pool of highly talented women and men who together form dynamic integrated design teams to ensure every design solution balances vision and pragmatism, environmentally responsible design and architectural excellence. KPMB has over 250 awards. The founding partners, Bruce Kuwabara, Marianne McKenna, and Shirley Blumberg are each recipients of the Order of Canada for their contribution to Canadian culture and society.
Their approach prioritizes integrated design thinking, and the making of architecture of the highest quality in a manner that supports everything our clients wish to achieve – socially, functionally, financially, aesthetically, and environmentally.
The diversification of the practice is also demonstrated by projects in healthcare, urban development, and high performance sustainability design. Recently Bridgepoint Health, a new model for preventative care, received the 2016 the Governor General’s Medals in Architecture and Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg continues to reign as one of the world’s 10 most sustainable buildings.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Petra Blaisse (1955) started her professional career in 1978 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, in the Department of Applied Arts, where she worked as assistant curator until 1986.
From 1986 onwards, she worked as freelance exhibition designer and won distinction for her installations of sculptural and architectural works (Rotterdam ’88 ‘Sculpture Route’ and OMA exhibitions 1988-1992). Gradually her focus shifted to interior spaces where textiles, color, light and acoustic effects became her tools. At the same time the first commissions for garden designs were given.
In 1991, she founded Inside Outside, a one-man studio. From 1999 onward, the team grew to around twelve professionals of varied disciplines and nationalities, together working in a multitude of creative areas, including textile-, landscape- interior- and exhibition design. In collaboration with architects, planners, engineers and curators, Inside Outside gains international recognition with projects of increasing technical sophistication, ambition and scale. Public parks, interior interventions, large-scale curtains and gardens for cultural and commercial buildings, landscape master plans, small built structures and planting plans for roof- and private gardens fill their portfolio.
Blaisse has lectured and taught extensively at universities and schools in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. She is regularly invited as (key-note) speaker at conferences and as jury-member internationally. Her work has been included in numerous international design- and architecture exhibits and publications. The first solo-exhibition on her work was organized in 2000, at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in Soho, New York. For this exhibit Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom created Blaisse’s booklet “Movements, 25%”, one of Boom’s most renowned conceptual works.
The first extensive monograph on the work of Petra Blaisse|Inside Outside (called Inside Outside Petra Blaisse) has been published in February 2007 by NAi Publishers (with Birckhauser, Berlin) and was reprinted by The Monacelli Press (a division of Random House Inc.) in New York, October 2009. Book design by Irma Boom Studio, Amsterdam; edit by Kayoko Ota, Tokyo.
speck, gorgonzola, spiced walnut, brussel sprouts
potato, sweet potato, rosemary
pork roast or gnocchi
Sweet table & coffee
BEAT is honoured that the forthcoming session of Mentorship Mondays will be hosted by Betsy Williamson, Sonia Ramundi and Dimitra Papantonis from the design studio Williamson Williamson on the evening of Monday November 14, 2016. The objective of the event is to provide a platform for dialogue, networking and mentorship while supporting and advancing equality within the Architecture profession. Invitations are open to those at different points in their careers and to those practicing or pursuing various forms of design. Limited space available.
Betsy Williamson M.Arch, OAA, FRAIC
Betsy Williamson is a partner with Shane Williamson in the architectural design studio of Williamson Williamson, experienced architects and academics committed to using both built and unbuilt work as vehicles to explore diverse agendas associated with research and practice. Their design approach privileges specificities of context, materials research, economies of construction, building performance, and client-based collaboration.
Betsy is a registered architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Through her years of experience in small award winning design firms, Betsy brings to the office her enthusiastic commitment to architectural practice and high quality design. She has developed expertise in detail clarity and creative solutions balanced by focused project management skills.
Betsy received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Architecture from Barnard College. Her office's work has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Emerging Architectural Practice Award by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the 2014 Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York. Betsy was also named a finalist for the Architects' Journal 2015 Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award. In its early days WWInc. was awarded the Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement from the Canada Council for the Arts and won the Canadian Prix de Rome for their research in the field of innovative wood construction.
Betsy continues to foster her commitment to engaging the city in a greater capacity through volunteer work on a number of boards and committees. As a member of the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel, she actively contributes to a culture of quality at an urban scale by signaling that high quality design is a critical consideration for the development of Toronto's waterfront and the city.
Her work with the RAIC's Age Friendly Housing Task Force addresses the responsibility of the architectural profession to create design solutions that assist older individuals to live well and safely in their community of choice. WWInc. has engaged this subject directly over the years, having done a number of multi-generational homes on small lots in Toronto that have allowed families to address this important issue.
Sonia Ramundi, M. Arch
Sonia received her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree with High Distinction from the University of Toronto with a double major in Architecture and Fine Art History, and a minor in Visual Studies. She received her professional architecture degree from the same institution where she won various design awards and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Medal. Sonia is a registered Intern Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects.
Prior to joining Williamson Williamson Inc. Sonia worked in offices in Los Angeles and Toronto as a project designer on various institutional projects as well as award winning high-end interiors and residential projects. Since joining WW Inc. in 2015, she has worked on master planning, retail and residential projects, and is currently working on a mixed-use new build in one of Toronto's rapidly changing neighbourhoods.
Dimitra Papantonis, M.Arch
Dimitra Papantonis is an Architectural Designer at Williamson Williamson, and a registered intern architect with the Ontario Associated of Architects. She received a Master of Architecture from Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours double majoring in Architectural Design and Economics from the University of Toronto. Dimitra's research and interests are in housing, historical development of spaces, and typologies. She has lead and worked on a variety of projects including residential, commercial, and mixed use
Janna Levitt (Principal, B.A., B. Arch., OAA, FRAIC) has a background in the visual arts which continues to distinguished her architectural career and is known in the office for her curiosity and commitment. She seeks opportunities to integrate art into the firms projects and to collaborate with artists on installation based work. Her current projects include the new School of Architecture of the North in Sudbury for Laurentian University; Market 707- the first pop up shipping container market in Toronto and 100th branch of the Toronto Public Library.
In addition to her architecture practice, Janna is an active lecturer, critic, adjunct professor (at the University of Waterloo and Halifax, Schools of Architecture) and jury member. Until recently she was a member of both the National Steering Committee for the Canadian Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale and Cape Farewell Canada advisory group, -a North American NGO promoting a cultural response to climate change by establishing long-term collaborations with international artists and architects. Janna is a member of the Principles of Excellence for LRT Projects Advisory Panel for Metrolinx. With a keen interest in apiary culture, she is also a member of Ontario’s Bee Keepers Association.
BEAT is proud to announce that the upcoming session of Mentorship Mondays will be hosted byBrigitte Shim, Monica Leung and Roxane Bejjany of Shim-Sutcliff Architects on the evening of October 3, 2016. The objective of the event is to provide a platform for dialogue, networking and mentorship while supporting and advancing equality within the Architecture profession.
Brigitte Shim and A. Howard Sutcliffe are both principals in the design firmShim-Sutcliffe Architects. Brigitte Shim is also a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.
Shim-Sutcliffe’s work straddles public and private commissions for sacred spaces, public parks and landscapes as well as institutional and residential projects. Their projects small and large are engaged in the human intensification of our urban centres and also rethinking ways of building in the Canadian landscape. Shim-Sutcliffe has redefined design practice by intertwining light, water and landscape in exploratory and innovative ways.Shim-Sutcliffe’s built work explores the integration and interrelated scales of architecture, landscape and furniture and fittings.
To date, Shim and Sutcliffe have received fourteen Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award along with many other professional accolades for their built work ranging from projects for non-profit groups to public and private clients.
Brigitte Shim is an architect and founding partner in the Toronto based design firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and she is also a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. She was born in Kingston Jamaica and graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture with a Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Design.
Professor Shim has been engaged in core design studios, advanced design studios as well as teaching courses in the History and Theory of Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto. She has also been a visiting professor at Yale University’s School of Architecture, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the University of Auckland’s National Institute for Creative Arts and Industries, the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and others.
In January 2013, Brigitte Shim and her partner Howard Sutcliffe were both awarded the Order of Canada, “for their contributions as architects designing sophisticated structures that represent the best of Canadian design to the world.” along with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Monica Leung is an architect at Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and has been part of the team since 2011. She received her Masters of Architecture at Dalhousie University. Prior to joining Shim-Sutcliffe, she worked at Herzog and De Meuron in Basel. Since 2011, she has also been the project manager for a private residential project with multiple buildings in a mature forest site on the outskirt of Moscow. Ms. Leung has been the project manager for a Retreat Conference Centre for the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in Moscow. In 2014, Ms. Leung was also the project manager for the Wong Dai Sin Taoist Temple in Toronto. This sacred space utilizes two asymmetrical cantilevers to support a worship space. This project recently received a 2016 Governor General’s Medal for Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Roxane Bejjany is an intern architect with a Masters of Architecture degree from the Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Ms. Bejjany has been at Shim-Sutcliffe Architects since graduating in 2014 working on various projects. She has been involved in the early stages of projects of various scales, including the Atherley Narrows Pedestrian Bridge. Most recently, she has led the renovations of a professor’s office suite at Massey College at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Shelagh McCartney will be hosting this month’s session at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University on the evening of September 12, 2016. Invitations are open to those at different points in their careers and to those practicing or pursuing various forms of design. Limited space available.
Dr. Shelagh McCartney is a licenced architect and urbanist with a specialization in community development and housing. Dr. McCartney received her Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Professional Architecture degrees from the University of Waterloo, before attending Harvard University where she received a Master’s in Design Studies with Distinction concentrating on Urban Development and Housing, and a Doctorate of Design. As a Fulbright scholar at Harvard, Dr. McCartney’s research focused on exploring community-based housing solutions for American Indigenous people and comparing American and Canadian Housing policies. Other research interests have included informal settlement morphology, and the effect of land policy on housing development in both North America and the global south. Dr. McCartney has held teaching positions at the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, Carleton University as Co-ordinator of the Urbanism Program and Harvard University. Now, as an assistant professor at Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning, Dr. McCartney is committed to innovative teaching, developing within students a sense of responsibility and social-awareness, encouraging students to explore creative design solutions to the problems facing their world.
Outside of academic research, Dr. McCartney has practiced privately across the globe, leading teams in projects requiring extensive community consultation, and as part of a team or individually she has secured wins or mentions in four international competitions as well as over twenty Canadian design awards in the past ten years.
In 2012, she founded +city lab, an innovative research and design practice exploring platforms that focus on contemporary, interdisciplinary approaches to city and open territory design. Through scholarly and applied research +city lab uses design and planning as a research vehicle to pose and explore alternative urbanisms that address the broader social contexts of a project.
Shelagh McCartney lives in Roncesvalles-High Park in Toronto with her husband and their two young daughters. When not designing like she gives a damn, McCartney loves to bike with her family through Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods and seek new moments and tastes.
On Sunday August 14th from 9am-7pm, you are invited to join us on a day trip to explore the architecture and taste the wine at:
Fielding Estate Winery designed by Superkül
Jackson-Triggs designed by KPMB
Pearl Morissette designed by gh3
Southbrook Vineyards designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects
Stratus designed by Les Andrew
BEAT is excited to announce the launch of Mentorship Mondays! We are working in collaboration with local Architects to provide unique networking opportunities for supporting and advancing equality within the Architecture profession.
Our kick-off event will be held at the design firm gh3 and hosted by Principal Pat Hanson on the evening of July 11th, 2016. Invitations are open to those at different points in their careers and to those practicing or pursuing various forms of design.
Tania Bortolotto is an architect and interior designer and the founder and president of the Toronto-based design firm Bortolotto, established in 1999. Under Tania’s leadership, Bortolotto has steadily grown and has been recognized nationally and internationally, receiving numerous design distinctions and awards. Her firm has enjoyed a string of accomplishments recently, most notably plans to re-imagine the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion at OCAD University. A design advocate, Tania lends her time to numerous design and academic committees, panels, juries and speaking engagements. Tania is currently a Program Advisory Committee member assisting the Department of Architecture at Ryerson University. Tania is also a member of the Design Review Panel for the City of Markham and served as an inaugural member of Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel.
selection of hot and cold appetisers
two different pasta dishes
desert from the Terroni bakery
Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT) invites you to the Spring Cross-Pollination Party at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.
The Party will feature private access to the current exhibition in the gallery spaces, VIP exhibition tours, $5 drinks, $5 snacks, and music by DJ Katey. To promote professional cross-pollination, every architect that brings a non-architect with them gets a special treat at the door.
Where: Power Plant Contemporary Gallery, 231 Queens Quay West
Heather Dubbeldam is the principal of DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design, a multi-disciplinary design studio recognized as one of the leading young practices in Toronto. The studio has received numerous awards for both design and practice, and wide recognition in national and international publications. In addition to managing a full-time practice, Heather is active as a leader and advocate for the profession. She is the Vice Chair of the Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC), the past Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, and Co-Director of Twenty + Change, a national organization dedicated to exposing the work of emerging Canadian architects. She is the co-editor and co-author of several architecture and design publications, and regularly makes time to mentor architecture interns.
Citrus Mixed Olives
Chili + Preserved Lemon + Cilanto
Roasted Red Beets
Pistachio + Caraway + Labneh + Barbari Bread
Dried Fig + Date Molasses + Tahini
Local Roma Salad
Pomegranate + Persian Feta + Pickled Red Onion + Hand Pestle Basil
Duck Fat + Tahini Sauce + Sesame + Coriander
Char-Grilled Cornish Hen
Sabzi Sauce + Toum + Fried Leek
Mejadra Basmati Rice
Lentil + Hung Yogurt + Fried Shallots
Ashta Cream + Honey Syrup + Sumac Muddled Strawberry