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

BEAT x GSD Workshop: 10 Habits of Effective Communicators

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

BEAT MIX with Interface

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In the workplace today, it is important that we are known to others, and to ensure that others are aware of our resourcefulness. Networking can be one of the most powerful and productive activities an individual can do to launch and manage their career. BEAT MIX at the Interface Showroom will be a platform to develop a series of relationships across Toronto’s Architecture and Design communities.

BEAT MIX will include five invited Featured Guests who are stationed in five specific Zones. The Featured Guests will comprise of Partners and Principals from local design firms of various sizes, along with leaders in adjacent professions. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the Featured Guests and meet a succession of individuals in small groups throughout the evening.

BEAT encourages Interns, emerging practitioners and seasoned professional to join this interconnected community to share information, advice and opportunities.

Beverages and light refreshments provided curtesy of the Food Dudes. All guests are required to be 19 years of age or older. Limited space available.

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

Urban Places | Stantec

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Principal | post architecture

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Director of Marketing | PCL

 

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

 

Jayne Aspell, MRICS, MSc

Project Manager | PCL

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Design Journalist | Marketing Director | superkül

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Shannon Hilchie, P.Eng

Owner and Principal | fæt lab

 

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

 

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

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

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What do I want to do when I grow up?
Nov
2
2:30 PM14:30

What do I want to do when I grow up?

  • University of Toronto | Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design (map)
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This event is a collaboration among BEAT, the Daniels Faculty Committee on Diversity and Equity and the Graduate Architecture Landscape and Design Student Union (GALDSU). It is open to Daniels Faculty students and registration is not required.

The speakers will address the following questions:

What in your career so far has surprised you?
What do you hope to do that you haven't done yet?
What have been the greatest career challenges you have experienced?

Featuring:

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Kyra Clarkson is the Principal of Kyra Clarkson Architect Inc. and co-President of MODERNest Inc.

Kyra has been practicing architecture since 1995.  She founded her eponymous architecture practice in 2007.  Her firm specializes in house projects both renovation and new construction.  The work of the office is characterized by a clean modernism with a commitment to warmth, the importance of daylight and connections to the outdoors. 

In 2011, Kyra and her husband launched MODERNest Inc., a development venture building architect-designed homes in downtown Toronto.  In reaction to the typical neo-traditional homes being built in the city, they saw the need for high-quality, honest, and inspiring homes that express a modern spirit.

MODERNest Inc. has built six houses to date, and has been recognized in several publications, including Canadian ArchitectThe Globe and MailMonocle Magazine and Dwell.

Kyra holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto (B.A., 1991) and a graduate degree (M. Arch., 1995) from Yale University.  She worked for ten years in New York with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, and joined Shim-Sutcliffe Architects when she moved back to Toronto in 2005.

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Beth Kapusta is a Principal of Brook McIlroy. Throughout thirty years in the design field, Beth has left a mark on Toronto’s urban landscape through her advocacy for design excellence, undertaken in her many roles as a critic, consultant, and strategic advisor. In 2013, she founded Metrolinx’s Design Excellence program as the organization’s first Chief Design Excellence Officer, charting a vision to elevate the quality and customer focus of design across the provincial agency’s transit projects. She also provided design excellence consulting to TTC and Regional Express Rail.

In addition to transit, she has provided strategic consulting for competitions and awards that have shaped the urban realm. As an architecture critic, she has written extensively on architecture, sustainability and design for publications from Huffington Post to the Globe and Mail. She began her writing career as an editor at Canadian Architect, overseeing its award-winning redesign in 1993. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Waterloo.

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Kate Nelischer is the Assistant Dean, Academic and Outreach Programs at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. She is also a PhD Candidate in Planning at the University of Toronto, where she studies the governance and public-private partnership structures associated with the Google/Sidewalk Labs plan for Toronto's Quayside neighbourhood. Kate previously worked in urban planning and community consultation for the City of Toronto, the City of Brampton, and local firm The Planning Partnership. Kate regularly writes for a number of urban-focused publications, including SpacingSITE, and Ground Magazine. Since 2013 she has been a Director of the National Board of YWCA Canada, the country’s oldest multi-service women’s organization.  

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BEAT: Forum - What is Your Unconscious Bias?
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

BEAT: Forum - What is Your Unconscious Bias?

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BEAT’s annual Forum is devoted to diversity and inclusion in the architecture and design industry. This year’s inaugural BEAT Forum is focused on the topic of Unconscious Bias.

Toronto has become known as the most “diverse” city in the world (BBC Radio, 2016). As such, issues surrounding ethnic, cultural and religious diversity, and discrimination of all kinds, remain at the forefront of Toronto’s contemporary society. How are these issues being addressed within the profession of architecture? How are we addressing unconscious bias in the workplace? How do the experiences of architecture students, academics and professionals differ based on their demographic background? How can we develop and promote an inclusive profession that represents the most diverse city in the world? Through a series of presentations and discussion, this event will raise awareness, share experiences and provide tools for ‘inclusion’, that will inspire the audience to become part of the solution to a more inclusive architectural profession.

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Presenters

Special Presentation on Behalf of the Toronto Society of Architects

Ana-Francisca de la Mora, Associate and Manager of Architecture, IBI Group  and TSA Executive Member

Special Presentation on Behalf of the Ontario Association of Architects

Vanessa Fong  Principal Architect, Vanessa Fong Architect  and OAA Council Vice President

Special Presentation on Behalf of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Susan Ruptash  Principal Emeritus, Quadrangle  and RAIC board member representing Ontario Southwest

Keynote Presentation on Unconscious Bias

Loreli Buenaventura  Director, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

Panel Discussion Moderator

Brigitte Shim  Principal, Shim Sutcliffe

Panelists

David Fortin  Associate Professor and Director, 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, Daniels Faculty at University of Toronto

Kate Nelischer  Assistant Dean of Academic and Outreach, Daniels Faculty at University of Toronto


Schedule & Details

Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Great Hall at OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Level 2
Toronto, ON

Registration    |   9:00 am – 10:00 am

Seminar Part I - Understanding Unconscious Bias   |    10:00 am – 11:15 am

Coffee Break  |    11:15 am – 11:30 am

Seminar Part II - Panel Discussion  |    11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Coffee, tea and light fare will be provided by BEAT.

This event has been generously sponsored by OCAD University, and Mason Images.

This event qualifies for OAA ConEd.

Tickets are $30 each. Ticket sales begin Sept 26th at 11:00 am


Thank you to our supporters:

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BEAT MIX with Herman Miller
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

BEAT MIX with Herman Miller

  • Herman Miller Toronto Showroom, Suite 400 (map)
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In the workplace today, it is important that we are known to others, and to ensure that others are aware of our resourcefulness. Networking can be one of the most powerful and productive activities an individual can do to launch and manage their career. BEAT MIX at the Herman Miller Showroom will be a platform to develop a series of relationships across Toronto’s Architecture and Design communities.

BEAT MIX will include five invited Featured Guests who are stationed in five specific Zones. The Featured Guests will comprise of Partners and Principals from local design firms of various sizes, along with leaders in adjacent professions. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the Featured Guests and meet a succession of individuals in small groups throughout the evening.

BEAT encourages Interns, emerging practitioners and seasoned professional to join this interconnected community to share information, advice and opportunities.

Beverages and light refreshments provided curtesy of the Food Dudes. All guests are required to be 19 years of age or older. Limited space available.


SPEAKERS

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May
31
5:00 PM17:00

Women of The Round Table - Charting Our Own Course

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Date: May 31st, 2018
Time: 17:00 - until late
Location: Picaroons General Store, 32 Canterbury Street, Saint John, NB

SAINT JOHN, Monday, May 28, 2018 - The official launch of Building Equality in Architecture Atlantic (BEA Atlantic) will be held at Picaroons General Store on Thursday, May 31st from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in partnership with Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT). Titled “Women of the Round Table,” this inaugural networking social and celebration invites friends, partners, allies, and colleagues to attend in support of this exciting initiative and share ideas on how on to propel the project forward in Atlantic Canada. The keystone of BEA Atlantic is leveraging opportunities for women, men, students and practitioners to engage with women leaders and mentors in our profession; creating connectivity with and visibility of women led design excellence across eastern Canada. To capture this momentous occasion, a photographer will be on hand to take a group photo of all women in attendance at 6:00pm - sharp. Introductory words of welcome will be given by collaborator and BEAT Managing Director Camille Mitchell, as well as award winning architects, and BEAT advisors Bridget Shim – principal architect and co-founder of Shim Sutcliffe Architects - and Shirley Blumberg – founding partner at KPMB Architects.

A laneway party on Grannan Lane will follow the “Women of the Round Table” event – all supporters are welcome. BEAT was formed in October 2015 by a team of dedicated architects and designers with the support of local established architects. It is an independent organization dedicated to supporting equality and diversity in the profession of architecture through advocacy, community engagement and professional development. As its Atlantic Canadian arm, BEA Atlantic will develop web content, programming and social events – such as retreats and charettes – in collaboration with our BEAT colleagues and advisors, as well as architectural allies and advocates throughout the region and beyond to support continued mentorship, networking and leadership opportunities for women in the

architectural profession, and collaborative fields. BEA Atlantic is the voice for quality architecture in the Atlantic Region. ‘Women of the Round Table’ is an official event of the 2018 RAIC/AANB Festival of Architecture and made possible by the Architects Association of New Brunswick (AANB). The Festival of Architecture is an annual event that brings architects, interns, and students from across Canada together to celebrate the journey of architecture; its cultural legacy, the outstanding achievements of Canada’s design professionals, and the opportunities of tomorrow. BEA Atlantic looks forward to having you join us as we chart our journey – getting there from here.

For inquiries, please contact Monica Adair or Melissa Wakefield.

JOIN BEA ATLANTIC | CONTACT BEA ATLANTIC | MORE INFO ON THE ROUNDTABLE 

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Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

BEAT Mix: Networking Event At Drechsel Studio

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

Alice Liang

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.

Elaine Pantel

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.

Pina Petricone

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.

Betsy Williamson

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.

 
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Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Unique Networking Event with Odile Decq

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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.

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Aug
14
9:00 AM09:00

Architecture & Wine

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

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May
13
7:00 PM19:00

Cross-Pollination Party 1.0

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

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