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Lisa D'Abbondanza + Jennifer Ujimoto

From Getting Places to Placemaking: Transit in Two Canadian Cities

One of the greatest challenges that face North American cities is keeping up with the demand for transportation infrastructure. In this session, the architects for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT in Toronto and the Mississauga BRT will discuss their respective projects in-depth and in context. The team will compare the development of transit in Toronto – an archetypal North American City – to the transit development in Mississauga, a suburb of Toronto which is now Canada’s fastest growing city. The team will reflect on the complexity of planning and designing infrastructure; whether it’s solving immediate needs or predicting future demands. They will identify key elements of how to create more than just waiting spaces by finding opportunities to think beyond how we move buses and trains and focus on how to move people. Further, the team will challenge designers to promote the positive impact of good design in mobility projects by treating each transit node as a civic space – worthy of beauty, light, visibility, and comfort.

Lisa D’Abbondanza is an award-winning architect with 25 years of experience as a Lead Design Architect and Project Manager. She began her Transit specialization in the office of Richard Stevens where she helped grow the firm’s portfolio. Lisa understands all facets of project delivery and has experience with the complexities of providing high quality architecture while meeting functionality, resilience, beauty and value. Her experience enables her to build consensus without compromising design intent or integrity.

Jennifer Ujimoto has more than 16 years of experience in transit architecture, project design and management. As a designer, she is dedicated to the collaborative process that is essential to the practice and brings a deep commitment to design excellence on all levels. Jennifer's multidisciplinary experience, including award-winning high-end residential design, curation, academic writing and teaching, demonstrates her ability to implement rigorous design, project management and construction standards.

Dr. Mohammad Fakoor

Compliance with NECB 2017: Towards Net-Zero Energy Ready Buildings

As part of the Paris Agreement, Canada has committed to reducing greenhouse gases and energy consumption. What role does architecture have in achieving these goals? Provinces are adopting energy codes and standards to advance the energy performance of buildings towards the ambitious 2030 energy efficiency goals (i.e.net-zero energy ready buildings.) Alberta has adopted the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) 2017. Key differences between NECB 2017 and 2011 will be explored, showcasing the required energy conservation measures for different archetypes that tie in mechanical/structural/building envelope strategies to comply with NECB 2017.

Dr. Fakoor is sought nationally for his deep knowledge of building performance, specifically for designing high performance buildings aligned with contemporary energy standards. A published author and lecturer, Dr. Fakoor actively contributes to his field through practice and research with his work extensively cited in pertinent literature.

Eric Pempus

Ethically Looking Outward - Architectural/Interior Design Perspectives

Ethics is always a relevant concern that causes architects and interior designers to consider their past, present and future actions within the culture of the professions that they seek to lead. The perspectives that they bring as problem solvers must evolve with societal forces, from their ethical platforms from which they must continuously inspire. And these inspirations must be done by looking outward of their professions, in order to be respected by their clients, fellow professionals, the construction industry as a whole, and the public. This presentation will examine the current Alberta’s Architects Act’s Code of Ethics and Interior Designers of Alberta’s Code of Ethics as a starting point to build from their platforms, empowering attendees to reflect back within themselves to be prepared for looking outward towards society. Unfortunately, ethical dilemmas seem to arise when design professionals least expect them, especially if they are unprepared to manage the transformations in and about society. As a take away, this presentation will then examine how architectural and interior design firms may utilize tools such an internal firm code of ethics in their practices, which is distinguished from an employee manual.

A risk manager in the U.S. for the past 14 years, Eric Pempus is a licensed architect, lawyer and professional liability insurance professional, with 25 prior years in architecture and professor teaching ethics/professional practice for 32 years. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and member of the AIA National Ethics Council, he presents programs across the U.S. and Canada.

Susan Drew

Designing for an Aging Population

Senior Living communities, although healthcare environments, are residential in nature and residents need to feel safe and secure. Whether a new building or a renovation, a community should be designed to support inclusivity and encourage connection thus contribute to that sense of belonging that is central to not only physical health but also social, spiritual and emotional well-being. This presentation will discuss how the built environment can support this goal by understanding the underlying human needs of the residents and how the appropriate selection of floors and wall protection can promote wellness and support independence. 

Susan Drew, Market Segment Manager -Senior Living and Residential Healthcare for Altro, has over 15 years’ experience in the flooring/walling industry. Susan brings a wealth of knowledge to the unique challenges of the
Residential Healthcare/Senior Living Environment. In the past 5 years, she has traveled across North America speaking to the A&D community. 

Brian Palmquist

Designing Construction Administration in the Age of Immediacy

Construction Administration (CA) is usually seen as a necessary chore in design execution— seldom is it viewed as an opportunity to apply design thinking to improve CA quality & profitability. This presentation describes the design of a simple CA system called PATH that builds on core CA services, allowing each practitioner to easily & continuously customize a firm's CA services to more closely match their variety of Clients, Contracts, Collaborators, Conditions & Concepts. After explaining the basic elements, processes & media of PATH, the presentation describes how to evaluate & optimize your current CA systems. PATH principles are applicable to all practice phases.

Brian Palmquist has been an Architect AIBC and MRAIC since 1976. Architecture has introduced him to specialized consulting, contracting, teaching and most recently writing for student, intern and professional audiences around North America. He is the author of “An Architect’s Guide to Construction—Enduring Ways in the Age of Immediacy.” He lives and works from Vancouver.

Alex Speigel

One Planet Living: Using Synergies to Enhance Sustainability

If everyone in the world lived as we currently do in North America, we would need four planets to support us. There is an urgent imperative to find synergies that will enable us to live happy healthy lives within the resources of our one planet. The presentation focuses on three case studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of finding synergies in the One Planet Living Framework to achieve sustainable outcomes: Zibi, a community-scale development in Ottawa/Gatineau; The Plant a mixed-use vertical village in Toronto; and Baker District, a public -private partnership in downtown Guelph.

Alex Speigel is a partner with the Windmill Development Group. A retired architect with 40 years of experience in design and development, he is strongly committed to a high standard of design and sustainability. He also works as sustainability advisor and project manager to other developers, asset managers and social enterprises as a senior consultant with Urban Equation.

Amanda Large

The Value of Architectural Photography for the Working Architect/Interior Designer

Photography is arguably the most powerful communication tool of the design world, as it is the medium through which architecture and interiors are most often experienced. This influence is even more pronounced in our increasingly digital age, yet capturing design is often treated as an afterthought. Architectural photography balances faithfully representing a space or structure, with conveying the designers’ intent and staying true to
the photographer’s own creative vision - this balance requires intent, strategic thought and planning. A strong visual identity is imperative in building a brand, and well-crafted imagery is key in promoting the designer’s

Amanda Large is a professional photographer based in Toronto, ON. After studying fine arts at a post-secondary level, she received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo, and went on to practice as an intern for a few years. Her love of photography began with an old 35mm film camera and the black-and-white darkroom on campus. She - along with her partner Younes Bounhar - established their studio, Doublespace Photography, in 2012. They strive to create simple, bold and elegant architectural photography. Their commissioned work has taken Amanda and Younes across Canada, as well as further afield to Europe, North Africa and Asia. Doublespace's images have received international acclaim and been featured in several exhibitions and numerous publications both in Canada and abroad.

Mahdiar Ghaffarian, Yehia Madkour + Mehdi Einifar

Smart Implementation - Built-In Intelligence and Future of Fabrication

Future of Built Environment: PERSPECTIVE of Sustainable Futures. Exploring the area of "Smart Implementation" this session addresses a forward-thinking methodology in design, communication and fabrication for moving towards sustainable future in design. Presenting advanced techniques of digital fabrication, robotics, 3d printing and prefabrication, this session investigates the concept of built-in intelligence in areas of design communication and construction.

With an interdisciplinary team we are proposing a session on the intersection of architecture, innovation, technology, computation, and material science.

Mahdiar is an academic researcher, practicing designer in the broad field of architecture and design. While pursuing the implementation of digital architecture and computational design in research-based architectural practice at Perkins and Will in Vancouver, his main academic area of research is an interdisciplinary field that combines architecture, biology and computation with the goal of introducing new dynamic design methodologies, 
establishing intelligent problem-solving techniques through computational design and predicting the future of design as an organic on-going evolutionary phenomenon.

Yehia’s practice spans scales of architecture, with a focus on transportation design, research, and a particular interest in the intersection of technology and design process. Yehia is founder of the firm’s Computational Design Integration, and he currently sits on the Perkins and Will’s Research Board, were he provides strategic direction of research across the firm.

Mehdi is a Project Manager/Designer at Perkins and Will interested in the integration of emerging technologies that will soon disrupt the building industry. His current research is focused on the opportunities that 3D printing technology presents to architecture.