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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LinkedIn: Barbora Vokac Taylor
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.