Recent surveys have noted the drop in the percentage of women who study architecture versus those who are in practice, a number that goes down even further when you look at the number of firm partners and principals who are women. While it is difficult to pinpoint why this is happening, one thing we know for sure is that we can help the cause by providing mentorship to the young women currently transitioning into the profession from graduate school.
We are preparing a seminar directed at recent grads and young professionals who intend on practicing architecture, landscape architecture and/or interior design. We aim to show this group who we are, how we got to where we are, and what we do! This is the third year we are running the program as it has proven to be a success. It is important that students and young professionals have this kind of exposure to women who are leaders in the profession and have founded award winning practices. Previously the seminar was hosted by the University of Toronto and Ryerson, but this year we are hosting it off site with BEAT as the key facilitator.
The seminar is a ticketed event. Due to high demand, any unclaimed tickets will be released to a rush line just after 10 am.
Please arrive early! Between 9:30 am - 10 am participants will get to check in, sign up for a tour/break out session, and settle in with a coffee/tea.
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 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.
Saturday, March 4
Gladstone Hotel, North Ballroom
Registration | 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Part 1: Seminar | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch and Networking | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Part 2: Tour / 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.
Event Registration: www.eventbrite.ca/e/women-in-architecture-seminar-tickets-32007337809
For those unable to attend, we'll be live-streaming the Seminar on our Facebook page. Stay tuned!
Women in Architecture Seminar, 2016
Women in Architecture Seminar, 2015