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

  • Frontenac Ballroom The Westin Harbour Castle Toronto Canada (map)

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



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


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

David Fortin, MRAIC, PhD, OAA, Director of the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University

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

Fadi Masoud, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto

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

Earlier Event: October 23
BEAT Talk with Elisa Silva
Later Event: November 1
BEAT Dinner with Mariana Ibanez