BEAT Managing Director
BEAT Managing Director
The BEAT Managing Director is responsible for leading the organization . They are to guide the team in the interest of the advisory committee, executive committee and the board of directors. The director is responsible for coordinating necessary resources for events and projects organized by BEAT, as well as assure the organization is working towards its long-term and short-term goals.
Camille Mitchell, OAA, M.Arch
I have been a part of the design team of KPMB Architects since completing Graduate studies at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. KPMB Architects is one of Canada’s leading design studios with projects receiving national and international praise and recognition. I was fully immersed in the design of the New Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. This is the most inspiring project I have worked on as I was a part of the initial design competition team and was fortunate to continue to develop the design through construction. Presently, I am a Project Architect for the new commercial tower development for the Bay Adelaide Centre in Toronto.
I volunteer with various groups and organizations around the Toronto. I am currently the Managing Director for the independent organization BEAT – Building Equality in Architecture, Toronto. Our programs are dedicated to creating events and web content to support mentorship, networking and leadership opportunities for women and visible minorities in the profession. My involvement with BEAT has provided opportunities to continue the conversation about Women in Architecture as a panelist in seminars held during IIDEX, Doors Open Toronto and the Young Architects Association of Hamilton Symposium. I was featured in the Globe and Mail January 2017 article ‘Success by Design’ by Architecture Critic Alex Bozikovic where the role of women within the Architecture profession was further explored.
There is a notable lack of representation of Black Architects and Designers within the profession as it is a disproportionate reflection of the local communities. Furthermore, Black Women compose 0.3% of licensed Architects in the United States. Comparable figures are not available in Canada as metrics regarding race or gender are not officially recorded.
I believe that is extremely important for visible minority groups to be involved with the design of their built environments and STEM programs. Therefore, I am passionate about promoting the Architecture Profession to youth and marginalized communities through career workshops and as a member of OCAD University’s Black Youth Design Initiative. I also serve as a mentor with the Lifelong Leadership Institute; a program that promotes excellence amongst Black Students as they transition to postsecondary education. This dedication to advancing and advocating on behalf of the Architecture profession was captured in CBC Television Documentary Herstory in Black that aired in September of 2017.