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OAA Annual Conference 2018

Friday May 25 2018 - MTCC South Building and Delta Hotel, Toronto

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Conference Program



Friday May 25 2018

Registration: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Continental Breakfast: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Refreshment Breaks: Morning 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Afternoon 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sponsor Displays: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

07AC

Bid Theory and Bid Practice

ADMISSION COURSE

3 ConEd Learning Hours
3.0 AIA CES LU

Course Outline

This session will review the legal framework in which construction bidding and other forms of procurement are carried. This session will also review a set of Instructions to Bidders in an effort to demonstrate how theory and practice merge. The rationale for various clauses in the Instructions to Bidders will be explained.

Course Objectives

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • understand bid theory and the development of the bidding contract;
  • appreciate the history of Contract A;
  • understand the architect’s responsibilities;
  • know how to approach bid documents; and
  • understand the broader public-sector bidding/procurement and requirements.

To see the full course details, click here.

Speaker
Michael R. Swartz (partner, WeirFoulds LLP, Barristers & Solicitors)

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

02AC

Construction Lien Act

ADMISSION COURSE

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours
3.0 AIA CES LU

Course Outline

Part 1 (“Construction Lien Act”) looks at the Construction Lien Act and outlines the purpose of the legislation, how lien legislation relates to the architect’s responsibilities, costs, claims and the lien rights of architects. Part 2 (“Implications for Architectural Practices”) looks at the practical implications of the Construction Lien Act related to the normal administration and payment certification of standard construction contracts.

Course Objectives

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • prepare a diagram of the traditional ‘construction pyramid;’
  • describe who is eligible to benefit from the Construction Lien Act;
  • identify when, and how, to issue a certificate of substantial performance and a statement of completion;
  • explain when the lien period commences and expires for contractors and subcontractors;
  • outline the process of registering a lien;
  • differentiate the following procedures (and describe the consequences of each):

- Notice of Lien;
- Preservation of a Lien;
- Perfection of a Lien;

  • explain at least five actions that might be taken when a lien is claimed;
  • describe how the certification of substantial performance relates to the warranty period in a Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) contract;
  • describe how the lien rights of an architect differ as an architect engaged as a prime consultant by the client and as a sub-consultant to the prime consultant; and
  • understand the various office processes of an architectural practice that are required of the payment certifier on a construction contract related to the Construction Lien Act.

To see the full course details, click here.

Speaker

Glenn Ackerley

Glenn Ackerley is a partner with the law firm of WeirFoulds LLP.  With almost 30 years of experience, Glenn practices exclusively in the area of construction law, representing clients from across the construction industry—including public and private owners, contractors, trades, suppliers, and design consultants. He advises on project structures, construction and consultant contracts, procurement issues, and risk-avoidance strategies, often in the role of “project lawyer”.  When disputes arise, Glenn acts for clients in construction lien and trust claims, bond claims, and construction deficiency and delay claims.  Glenn is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and has been recognized as a leading construction law practitioner in both the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory and Best Lawyers in Canada.  He is active in the construction industry, having been Chair of the Board of the Toronto Construction Association, and is now serving on the Board of the Canadian Construction Association.

8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

44CE

Managing Cost and Performance in Construction

6.0 ConEd Learning Hours
6.0 AIA CES LU

For many teams, it is an almost impossible challenge to simultaneously deliver high-performance, cost-efficient buildings while maintaining high customer satisfaction and profitability. It is not uncommon for high-performance commercial buildings to cost 10 to 20 per cent more to build than conventional buildings. Adam Cohen of Passiv Science has been designing and building commercial buildings at costs comparable to typical new construction and is achieving Passive Building level results. 

This class will discuss the basics of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Passive Building design principles, lean construction, work flows specific to IPD, building information modelling (BIM) integration and in-depth instruction in the design/estimating integration needed for a successful project. Specific tools and methods will be taught that cover the design/cost evolution process from initial cost validation to design/cost advancement through real-time cost management during construction.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the similarities and differences between Standard Project Delivery (SPD) and IPD.
  2. Understand how and why cost-neutral high-performance design (versus standard code performance) is achievable with IPD.
  3. Understand the specific similarities and differences between SPD and IPD decision making.

Speaker

Adam Cohen, Reg. Arch., New Zealand, US (VA, MD, CO, VT, NH, NCARB), CPHC, LEED AP

As an active builder, architect and green building expert, Adam Cohen is a leading North American Passivhaus practitioner whose innovative work on market-rate delivery of commercial high-performance building has made his expertise sought-after for projects across North America. As a recognized national leader in the Passivhaus movement, he has presented technical papers at both national and international Passivhaus conferences. His leadership in commercial Passivhaus design has made him a sought-after speaker, consultant and teacher of advanced courses in Passivhaus ultra-low energy design.

He served as vice-chair of the Passive House Institute US technical committee for five years and is co-creator and teacher of its builder training curriculum. Adam is a current board member of Yestermorrow Design/Build School and Passive Buildings Canada. His notable projects have included the first North American Passivhaus-certified public school, university student center and religious assembly buildings, as well as the world’s first Passivhaus dental clinics and commercial kitchens.

This session is sponsored by Parsons Precast Inc.

 

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

45CE

Workbook Workshop: Using the Claims Experience Workbook

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours
3.0 AIA CES LU

What is most likely to draw your practice into a professional liability claim? How does ‘what tends to go wrong,’ ‘who complains’ and ‘who else is implicated’ vary with building type? What can you do to lower your risks? A recent review for Pro-Demnity Insurance Company has revealed interesting patterns among the claims made against Ontario architects. The Claims Experience Workbook (published jointly by the OAA and Pro-Demnity in 2017) highlights numerous strategies that architects can take to manage their risks.

This workshop will be hands-on: using life-like scenarios inspired by the claims history, you will use the Workbook during the session. As a result, you should leave better-prepared to apply the Workbook, and related resources, to a current project in your office. 

If you attended a Pro-Demnity-sponsored presentation of “Lessons from Claims” (during 2016-2017), you will experience very limited recapitulation of the information presented there—this is a chance to take the Lessons and apply them. If you did not attend “Lessons from Claims,” this workshop will help you catch up and keep current.

Attendance at each session will be limited to 40 persons.

Learning Objectives

  1. Using a series of Checklists provided in the Workbook, identify risk-management priorities relative to a current project (that is, prepare to take specific initiatives to lower risks in relation to potential claims of error or omission).
  2. Remember how the areas of greatest risk to architects vary in relation to building type, and prepare to apply that knowledge to all future projects in your office.
  3. Feel motivated to review OAA Practice Tips and Pro-Demnity Bulletins that relate to contracting and co-ordinating consultants, understanding how these guidelines relate to the recent history of claims against Ontario architects.
  4. Be able to encourage and guide office colleagues in their use of the Claims Experience Workbook and related resources.

Speaker

Barbara M. Ross, M.Arch., CUT, OAA, FRAIC

Founder of The Research in Architecture Studio, Barbara Ross was the lead researcher for Pro-Demnity’s “2015 Review of Claims,” lead presenter in Pro-Demnity’s 2016-2017 “Lessons from Claims” sessions and the principal author of The Claims Experience Workbook. An accomplished practitioner, researcher and teacher, she is a recognized specialist in the design of justice facilities, and in energy conservation.

 

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

46CE

Understanding the Business Impacts of IPD

This session is also being offered on Wednesiday, May 23 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours
3.0 AIA CES LU

This interactive session will prepare participants to understand the business impacts to architecture firms participating in integrated project delivery (IPD). Experience drawn from seven IPD projects ranging from $3M to $53M will be shared and form the basis for a number of exercises focused on conveying the unique characteristics of this potentially rewarding project type. In addition to the broad experience through projects, the presenters have participated in, and contributed to, university and industry research studies that have analyzed over 20 additional IPD projects from across North America.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand impacts to autonomy, liability and statutory requirements.
    2. Understand changes to profitability, team structure, cash flow, firm valuation, firm financing and succession planning.
    3. Understand changes to personnel requirements, staffing models and opportunity costs.
    4. Understand key character traits of successful team members.

Speakers

Craig Webber, Architect AAA, SAA, MAIBC, FRAIC, REFP, and Laura Plosz, Architect SAA, AAA, MRAIC, LEED AP, PMP

One of the most experienced IPD architects in Canada, Craig Webber has been directly involved in seven full IPD projects and is a board member of the IPD Alliance, a national organization developing and supporting the design and construction industry as it adapts to IPD and collaborative delivery models. He serves as chair of the Research and Performance Committee, as well as a member of the Education Committee. Craig provides training on lean design and construction, Last Planner System and pull planning, and has consulted on IPD research studies being conducted by the Universities of Minnesota, British Columbia and Washington.

Laura Plosz has been involved in the development stages of several IPD contracts, as well as serving as a member of the senior management team on two IPD projects. Her experience in multiple project delivery types (including traditional design-bid-build, design-build, construction management and public-private partnerships [P3s]) in addition to IPD, allows her to share insight relative to other contractual models. She is the COO for Group2 and has been heavily involved in managing the broader business impact to the firm as a result of participating in this form of delivery.

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

47CE

Freehand Sketching for Architects

This session is being offered again on Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:00PM - 5:30 PM and Friday, May 25, 2018 2:00 PM  - 5:30 PM.

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours
3.0 AIA CES LU

This is an abbreviated, condensed version of the very popular full-day sketch course at the OAA. In this condensed session, attendees gain a basic, essential professional skill and delight: the ability to communicate easily, clearly and quickly through freehand sketching. With practical instruction and coaching from the course leaders, participants will learn different freehand sketching techniques, one by one, at different locations: thumbnail sketches, contrast/value and speed sketching. Sketching will focus on interesting outdoor and/or indoor locations in Toronto near the Conference venue, and will reflect the ‘Bold by Design’ Conference theme.

Basic sketching supplies for the course (sketchbook, pencils, sharpener, viewing tool) will be provided by the instructors for all advance registrants. Sketching will be outdoors if weather permits. Come prepared to do some walking, whether we are outdoors, indoors or a combination.

Learning Objectives

    1. Learn or improve on the following freehand sketching skills and techniques: composition, and value and contrast.
    2. Improve ability to document and remember the existing built environment.
    3. Improve your ability to use freehand sketching as an architectural design tool.
    4. Learn how to draw faster and with more confidence.

Speakers

Joel Berman, LEED AP, ALA, and Anne Milchberg  OAA, RPP, MCIP

Joel Berman is the founder and president of Joel Berman Architecture & Design, Ltd., a Chicago architecture firm specializing in inner-city adaptive reuse and heritage restoration for restaurant, hospitality, institutional and residential development. Project work includes an award-winning historic preservation renovation of a 1920s White Castle building, and conversion of a 1906 Chicago fire station into a major video production and post edit facility. For Joel, clear and fast sketching enhances his design work and architectural practice. Joel is an executive board member of Urban Sketchers, a non-profit promoting the art of onsite freehand drawing and painting with more than 180 chapters around the world.

Anne Milchberg is a registered architect and registered urban planner in private practice in Toronto with over three decades of specialized, successful experience in both the public and private sectors, and three years of teaching planning at the graduate level at the University of Toronto. Anne is also an active Member (part-time) of the Ontario Municipal Board. For Anne, fast and clear sketching was her ticket into architecture and teaching, and an advantage in urban planning and design work.

This session is sponsored by LP Building Products.

 

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

48CE

Why on Earth? Ancient Wisdom for a Healthy Future

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Why on earth would two architects, educated to be good modernists, choose to build their own homes out of earth? In this presentation, architects Paula Baker-Laporte, FAIA, from Oregon and Bobby Ilg, OAA, from Ottawa will explain the science behind natural building and share why they both concluded that building out of ancient wisdom, age-old, low-tech materials presents one of the boldest and most viable solutions today for achieving optimal health and ecological performance. They will also explain how they worked with building officials to accept this ‘alternative solution,’ documenting the process and showing their finished homes. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Discover the Building Biology approach to human health, building longevity and ecology. Attendees will gain understanding into the reason why contemporary proprietary building systems have an extremely poor track record in all three of these categories while buildings built of natural and minimally processed building materials have a long and proven history of success.
  2. Learn about the challenges we face as architects in understanding the health consequences of our professional decisions. They will learn about the Building Biology criteria for healthy building material and system selections and why these choices are also intrinsically ecological choices.
  3. Get to ‘yes’ with building officials when presenting them with alternative, non-proprietary building systems. Attendees will learn about our approach to successfully obtaining a permit for alternative technologies. 
  4. Explore case studies that demonstrate how the Building Biology principles have been applied in both of the presenter’s personal homes to achieve nurturing environments. Attendees will learn about practical applications and materials choices that are healthy, ecologically sound and viable within the current building climate.

Speakers 

Paula Baker-Laporte, FAIA, and Bobby Ilg, OAA, MRAIC, M.Arch., B.Env.D.

Paula Baker-Laporte is an architect, building biologist, author, international healthy building consultant and educator. She is the principal architect of EcoNest Architecture, Inc. and primary author of the following books: Prescriptions for a Healthy House, EcoNest, and The EcoNest Home. EcoNest natural homes have been built throughout North America and featured in numerous publications.

Bobby Ilg is an architect in Ottawa who has particular interest in designing and creating healthy, natural buildings. He is also a part-time professor in the BAA Interior Design program at Algonquin College He has recently hosted a 2016 and 2017 natural building workshop in Ottawa, which several of his students attended.

 

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

49CE

Passive House as a Path to Net Zero

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Around the world, policy makers and institutions have established targets for net zero building construction. But how do we get there? Space heating continues to comprise the majority of energy consumed by our buildings, despite gains in the efficiency of mechanical systems. Designing building envelopes that keep heat from escaping in the first place is the next step in significantly reducing energy consumption in buildings, in turn resulting in building energy demand that can more feasibly be met by renewables. The Passive House Standard provides a roadmap for this improvement.

Learning Objective

  1. Understand how Passive House principles can be used to reach net zero.
  2. Understand the many benefits of Passive House.
  3. Understand the principles and requirements of the Passive House standard.
  4. Recognize and apply passive design concepts.

Speaker

Kamilia Vaneck, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC

Kamilia Vaneck has been a member of WSP’s Sustainability & Energy team since 2013, after beginning her career in Massachusetts working on energy modelling and new build commissioning projects. With a background in the physical sciences and energy modelling, she provides assistance during all phases of building design and construction for a variety of building types pursuing LEED certification and energy modelling services. Kamilia has worked on institutional, educational, recreational, multi-unit residential and commercial projects. She regularly applies codes and standards as part of her project work, including the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards, National Energy Code for Buildings and Passive House.

 This session is sponsored by Acrytec Panel Industries

 

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

50CE

The Construction Act: Prompt Payment, Adjudication and Liens

This session is available on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

The new Construction Act adds prompt payment rules and adjudication of disputes to an updated construction lien regime. Learn how the Act will affect projects and your practice in this key session.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how the new changes will significantly impact how construction contracts are administered in the future.
  2. Understand how the new mandatory payment regime helps architects get paid more quickly, and creates more responsibility.
  3. See how the new dispute adjudication process will function, and the essential role architects will play.
  4. Understand how the new accounting rules for project finances increase risks for everyone.

Speaker

Glenn Ackerley

Glenn Ackerley is a partner with the law firm of WeirFoulds LLP.  With almost 30 years of experience, Glenn practices exclusively in the area of construction law, representing clients from across the construction industry—including public and private owners, contractors, trades, suppliers, and design consultants. He advises on project structures, construction and consultant contracts, procurement issues, and risk-avoidance strategies, often in the role of “project lawyer”.  When disputes arise, Glenn acts for clients in construction lien and trust claims, bond claims, and construction deficiency and delay claims.  Glenn is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and has been recognized as a leading construction law practitioner in both the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory and Best Lawyers in Canada.  He is active in the construction industry, having been Chair of the Board of the Toronto Construction Association, and is now serving on the Board of the Canadian Construction Association.

 

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

51CE

Simulating Building Energy Performance in the Early Design Stages

This session is also offered on Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Most energy modelling tools require a developed design for inputting parameters, and have relatively long turnaround times and training periods for specialist software use. The energy model is available near the end of the design phase, when there is no time or design fee left for any design changes suggested by the energy model.

The presenters will demonstrate a modelling method that can be learned quickly within the time of the presentation. The method allows for many iterations of energy model done from the earliest stage of design. Designed for students as well as professionals, the tool can be easily accessed as a shared platform for architects, clients and consultants to make informed design and budget decisions based on clearly presented, quantified outputs at points where fundamental decisions are made.

This energy modelling tool, called Matchbox, has undergone extensive testing for accuracy and ease of use. The presentation will look at the model outputs and how they inform design decisions related to budget and energy loads. The audience members can follow and construct their own energy model, using Internet access on their laptop, tablet or cell phone.

Learning Objectives

    1. Learn about an energy modelling tool directly applicable to your design practice.
    2. Understand which design factors are critical to building energy loads.
    3. Learn how to apply energy model outputs to design decisions.
    4. Learn how to present energy models to clients.

Speaker

Trevor Butler has over 20 years of experience as an architectural engineer, providing professional services to a wide range of international projects involving implementation of integrated sustainable design solutions delivered through an interdisciplinary approach. Recent work ranges from large-scale carbon-neutral district energy and wastewater systems to detailed technical reports for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He has been an invited guest lecturer at several leading universities and is an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University, where he began working with Richard Kroeker. He was named Sustainability Champion of the UK by the UK Construction Industry, and is currently completing his PhD in sustainable building technology.

This session is sponsored by Adex Systems.

 

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

52CE

The Making of the Bergeron Centre: What, Why and How?

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

The “Renaissance Engineer,” “Design Excellence, Sustainability,” “Modified Project Delivery” and “Building Information Modelling” were all thematic issues explored during the development of The Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence at York University. At a time when universities are competing to distinguish themselves and innovate with new programming and industry partnerships, this new facility has made an impact in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Bergeron Centre reflects a university’s aspiration to provide facilities that make an impact on a grand scale: bold architecture, smart classrooms and dynamic community spaces. It also demonstrates a commitment to rethink these places as student-centric with a building that responds to the student journey in its planning and development.

The project will be described through the experiences of the university architect and the project director/consulting architect through a diverse conversation about what, why and how challenges were faced and lessons learned. Beginning a project with a start-up faculty, an ambitious new program aspiration, modest budget and an immoveable schedule required the project team to leverage skills and new processes to shape this complex building. The result is a facility designed to empower the next generation of male and female engineers to better solve the world’s problems.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn what inspired the development of this program and how a building can support that vision.
  2. Learn why it was important to strive for design excellence and sustainability in this context.
  3. Learn how modified project delivery was a key driver to schedule and budget certainty.
  4. Learn how the power of building information modelling (BIM) was harnessed to produce a building of high technical quality and futureproofed for adaptive change.

Speakers

Patrick Saavedra, B.Arch.Sci, M.Arch., M.U.P., OAA, RAIC, AIA, NCARB, and Paul Stevens, OAA, AIBC, AAA, NSAA, MRAIC, AIA, LEED AP

Patrick Saavedra is the university architect and director of planning, architecture and renewal Projects at York University where he oversees approximately 200 projects a year and several large-capital projects. Patrick has a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University, a Masters of Architecture and Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and has completed studies at University of Copenhagen. He has 25 years of professional experience as an architect, a planner and educator. Patrick currently teaches foreign trained architects at Ryerson University in a post-professional program and has been a guest critic at architectural schools in the United States and Canada.

Paul Stevens is a senior principal at ZAS Architects Inc. in Toronto where he has directed and designed many high-profile projects across Canada, Asia and the Middle East. Recent and innovative lauded projects include the Digital Media Lab at the University of Waterloo, the Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library and the River City residential development in Toronto’s West Don Lands. Paul was the project director for multi-award-winning Bergeron Centre at York University, where he led the design and technical team to produce a building of iconic notoriety and wide popularity.

This session is sponsored by:

 

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

53CE

Challenges and Opportunities of Revitalizing Aging Façades

This session is available on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Architects are well-versed in new construction practises. As the built stock ages, significant opportunities will be available for practitioners who can provide innovative solutions for revitalizing façades on occupied commercial buildings. Retrofit projects introduce significant constraints and challenges that are not present in new construction. Budget limitations and the need to maintain occupancy often render full façade replacement infeasible. The goals of improved energy efficiency, performance and aesthetics remain.

This session discusses innovative methods for retrofit of occupied buildings and ways of dealing with the unique challenges posed. The relative advantages and disadvantages, and technical considerations for each method, are reviewed. The challenges of planning, designing and implementing the renewal on an occupied commercial building are discussed along with case histories of major retrofits at buildings such as The Zurich Building (400 University Avenue, Toronto). During this retrofit, a new, thermally broken façade was installed while the existing remained in place. As such, the building interior was never exposed to the exterior, full occupancy was maintained throughout construction and tenant disruption was minimized. Learn how this was accomplished and how the methods can be extended to other buildings across Canada.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the unique challenges and constraints posed by retrofits.
  2. Learn about the different methods of retrofit and their relative advantages and disadvantages
  3. Understand the challenges of preparing for and implementing a retrofit on an occupied building.
  4. Understand new, innovative approaches that should be considered.

Speaker

Rob Wood, P.Eng.
Since 2005, Rob Wood has served as a member of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC), the organization responsible for oversight of the National Building Code.

 This session is sponsored by DuRock Alfacing International Ltd

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

54CE

Net-Zero Energy Building: Process-Driven Design

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation (JCPI), a new wing at Mohawk’s Fennell campus, is a project for the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building pilot program. Mohawk College is a leader in sustainability, and the broader community. The project, led by a team of expert consultants including mcCallumSather, B+H Architects and RDH Building Science, has been driven by a net zero energy budget and has garnered national attention including that of The Joyce Family Foundation and the federal government.

This presentation will explore a new philosophy for net zero building design with the objective of understanding the concepts and implementation of an energy budget and integrated building systems design.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how strategic integrated design can simplify systems design.
  2. Learn how to treat an energy budget in the same way as one would treat a capital budget while filtering design decisions through project priorities.
  3. Recognize how passive design measures support high-efficiency HVAC solutions.
  4. Understand various system options, their advantages and disadvantages, and how renewable energy generation can be integrated in design solutions.

Speakers

Kristen Yee Loong, P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C, Mike Taylor, M.Arch., OAA, and Kevin Van Hartingsveldt, Dipl.T.(Arch.), LEED AP

Kristen Yee Loong moved to RDH Building Science Inc. in 2016. As an energy and sustainability specialist, with over nine years of prior experience, her responsibilities include performing whole building energy modelling and interpreting their results to analyse energy conservation measures and support design decisions as well as capital and life cycle cost analyses. RDH is responsible for the enclosure consulting, developing HVAC concept designs, energy simulation analysis and post-occupancy measurement and verification for the Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation project. Kristen is responsible for the latter two undertakings for the project. Prior to joining RDH, Kristen was a senior energy analyst at a Toronto-based firm where she led the team of energy analysts and provided technical reviews of analyses and reports.

Mike Taylor joined B+H architects in 2016 as job captain on the Mohawk College JCPI project, in joint venture with mcCallumSather out of Hamilton. With a diverse set of interests including energy modelling, systems design, building science, enclosure detailing and architectural visualizations, he contributes to all aspects of architectural design from early concept ideation, into construction document implementation and continuing into contract administration. Mike is currently responsible for the Mohawk College JCPI project overseeing the contract administration portion while carefully guiding the project to a net zero finish line. He is currently pursuing his BSSO and OAA certifications. Prior to joining B+H, Mike worked at Hariri Pontarini and NORR Limited. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture.

Kevin Van Hartingsveldt is the architectural project manager on behalf of mcCallumSather for the Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation project at Mohawk College; mcCallumSather is the executive architect, in joint venture partnership with B+H. Kevin is an associate with mcCallumSather, and has been with the firm since 2008. Prior to acting as an architectural project manager, he has worked in various other capacities from design co-ordination through contract administration. Kevin manages projects of varied typologies, sizes, budgets and schedules; with mcCallumSather in the role of prime consultant, this involves leading teams of subconsultants with owners, constructors, and other stakeholders. Kevin is an honours graduate of Mohawk College, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

 This session is sponsored by VELUX Skylights

 

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

55CE

Impact of CFTA & Construction Lien Act Changes on Architects

This session is also being offered on Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

1.5 AIA CES LU

Recent legislative updates impact architects and the way in which they advise owners on procurements and administer contracts. This session is intended to address the impacts and changes to an architect’s practice that arise from the recently enacted Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) and the pending changes to the Construction Lien Act. The Ontario Legislature is in the process of revamping Ontario’s Construction Lien Act, including changing its title to the Construction Act. This session will place particular emphasis on how the proposed amendments to the Construction Lien Act may impact the contract administration aspect of an architect’s practice.

Learning Objectives

    1. Identify changes in legislation that impact procurement processes.
    2. Gain an overview of key amendments to the Construction Lien Act.
    3. Understand the effect of the legislative changes on an architect’s practice.
    4. Learn some dos and don’ts in contract administration.

Speakers

Drazen Bulat, LLB

Drazen Bulat is a partner in the Toronto office of Miller Thomson and is the national leader of the Procurement, Construction and Infrastructure Group. The focus of Drazen’s practice is on the development and drafting of front-end procurement and contract documents, including tender documents, RFPs and different forms of contracts. He is an expert in the procurement law and the Construction Lien Act. Drazen represents both owners and contractors/vendors in working out disputes involving a wide variety of issues. His expertise spans over 27 years and covers most areas of the construction industry, including professional services agreements for architects, engineers and design professionals.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

56CE

Bird Collision Standard, Assessments and Mitigation Strategies

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Birds connect people with the beauty of our natural world and provide critical ecological functions. Taking from that inspiration is an environmental design opportunity: bird-safe buildings. This session explains how the issue of bird/building collisions has become an international concern and provides innovative building design strategies on how best to mitigate this threat.

Architects play a central role in reducing the impact. In a 2016 open letter, the OAA expressed the need for a single province-wide standard for bird-friendly design. Background on the development of such standards will be showcased in this presentation. Bird deterrent research, standards for visual markers and bird-friendly architectural design will also be addressed. It will touch on bird-friendly guidelines and mandatory requirements for new and existing construction, as well as current legislation that impacts design, property and reputation.

While it is true that all glass can pose a risk to birds, some façades experience a higher frequency of collisions than others. This session explores FLAP Canada’s BirdSafe standard, its accompanying risk assessment and glass best practices, all designed to objectively and effectively evaluate each building façade to identify those posing the greatest risk to birds.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the history of the bird/building collision issue.
  2. Understand the work that has been completed to develop standards and guidelines for bird-safe buildings across the country.
  3. Be able to assess and compare various bird deterrents, bird-friendly architectural designs and visual markers.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the FLAP Canada’s BirdSafe Standard and Risk Assessment.

Speakers

Michael Mesure, John Robert Carley, B.Arch., OAA, FRAIC, and Daniel Klem Jr., BA, MA Biology, PhD Zoology, D.Sc.

Author, speaker and a founding member of FLAP Canada in 1993, Michael Mesure delivers presentations on bird-building collisions, bringing attention to the reflective light issue that impacts millions of migratory birds across Canada every year. His work focuses on research for solutions to mitigate and remediate the negative impact to birds in built environments. He led the development and launch of BirdSafe Building Standards and risk assessments. Michael advocates for bird protection at all levels of government, consults with city planners and architects across North America and has contributed to numerous literature including bird-friendly guidelines for cities like Toronto and Markham.

John Robert Carley is the sole principal of the firm of John Robert Carley, Architect Incorporated, established in 1979, which specializes in custom residential projects. In 2011, he was elected to Fellowship in the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). John was the only architect participating in the City of Toronto’s Bird-Friendly Development Working Group, which received the Canadian Urban Institute’s City Initiatives Urban Leadership Award in 2008 for its production of the Bird-Friendly Development Guidelines. John recently assisted the City of Toronto with a companion Best Practices document published in 2016 as Bird-Friendly Best Practices: Glass.

Daniel Klem Jr. is Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Among other diverse avian investigations, he has studied, written and taught about the threat that sheet glass and plastic pose to birds. He is motivated by available and growing evidence that bird-window collisions are an important animal welfare, architectural and conservation issue for birds and people worldwide.

This session is sponsored by Viracon.

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

57CE

Re-modern

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours
3.0 AIA CES LU

Waterloo Region literally remade itself in the period after the Second World War. Eight local firms and a small number from outside the region produced an extraordinary stock of high-quality modern buildings consistent with the dominant industrial heritage. These buildings form the background of the urban environment. They have been taken for granted. Some have been demolished. Thanks to the commitment of owners who value the quality and culture of the now-aging post-war modern architecture, some stunning examples of renewal and reuse have been achieved. This talk presents these examples and considers the design, technical and economic issues associated with reuse of modern buildings.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the environmental, economic and cultural benefits of reusing post-war modern buildings.
  2. Understand a variety of approaches to the reuse, restoration, renovation and transformation of post-war modern buildings.
  3. Understand the rich heritage of post-war modern buildings in Ontario and their significance in the history of architecture in our province.
  4. Understand the ways in which the case can be made for reuse of post-war modern buildings with owners, municipal officials and the general public.

Speaker

Eric Haldenby, PhD, FRAIC

Eric (Rick) Haldenby is a professor at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and served as director for 26 years. He founded the Waterloo Rome Program, won the University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher Award and led the School of Architecture’s move to Cambridge in 2004. Professor Haldenby was chair of the Council of Canadian University Schools of Architecture and a member of the Board of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). He served on the boards of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the Canadian Architectural Certification Board. He chaired the juries for the Dundas Square and Nathan Phillips Square design competitions.

 

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

58CE

Freehand Sketching for Architects

This session is being offered again on Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:00PM - 5:30 PM and Friday, May 25, 2018 8:30 AM  - 12:00 PM.

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours
3.0 AIA CES LU

This is an abbreviated, condensed version of the very popular full-day sketch course at the OAA. In this condensed session, attendees gain a basic, essential professional skill and delight: the ability to communicate easily, clearly and quickly through freehand sketching. With practical instruction and coaching from the course leaders, participants will learn different freehand sketching techniques, one by one, at different locations: thumbnail sketches, contrast/value and speed sketching. Sketching will focus on interesting outdoor and/or indoor locations in Toronto near the conference venue, and will reflect the ‘Bold by Design’ conference theme.

Basic sketching supplies for the course (sketchbook, pencils, sharpener, viewing tool) will be provided by the instructors for all advance registrants. Sketching will be outdoors if weather permits. Come prepared to do some walking, whether we are outdoors, indoors or a combination.

Learning Objectives

    1. Learn or improve on the following freehand sketching skills and techniques: composition, and value and contrast.
    2. Improve ability to document and remember the existing built environment.
    3. Improve your ability to use freehand sketching as an architectural design tool.
    4. Learn how to draw faster and with more confidence.

Speakers

Joel Berman, LEED AP, ALA, and Anne Milchberg  OAA, RPP, MCIP

Joel Berman is the founder and president of Joel Berman Architecture & Design, Ltd., a Chicago architecture firm specializing in inner-city adaptive reuse and heritage restoration for restaurant, hospitality, institutional and residential development. Project work includes an award-winning historic preservation renovation of a 1920s White Castle building, and conversion of a 1906 Chicago fire station into a major video production and post edit facility. For Joel, clear and fast sketching enhances his design work and architectural practice. Joel is an executive board member of Urban Sketchers, a non-profit promoting the art of onsite freehand drawing and painting with more than 180 chapters around the world.

Anne Milchberg is a registered architect and registered urban planner in private practice in Toronto with over three decades of specialized, successful experience in both the public and private sectors, and three years of teaching planning at the graduate level at the University of Toronto. Anne is also an active Member (part-time) of the Ontario Municipal Board. For Anne, fast and clear sketching was her ticket into architecture and teaching, and an advantage in urban planning and design work.

This session is sponsored by LP Building Products.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

59CE

The Emerging Digital Practice

This session is available on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

This discussion is centred on the evolution of digital practice, and how emerging digital technologies are integrated in a malleable, iterative and creative workflow. Through an in-depth look of the award-winning Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, and other case studies, we will examine how the roles of technology and digital tools have shaped the way we strategize and manage project workflows. From schematic design to fabrication and construction, we will touch on how advancements in technology have redesigned Teeple’s approach to embolden architectural process.

Learning Objectives

  1. Become familiar with the practice’s past, present and future workflows and design tools to address the unique challenges individual projects can present.
  2. Identify the challenges and opportunities of employing various technologies through project development and delivery.
  3. Identify tools and processes that could be applied to design challenges within their own practice.
  4. Illustrate how the technology can be applied creatively to bridge the gap between a design, fabrication and construction techniques.

Speaker

Martin Baron, OAA, Mark Baechler, Architect OAA, and James B. Janzer, LicTech OAA, LEED GA

Martin Baron is a partner at Teeple Architects with over 20 years of experience in the practice of architecture. Since joining the firm in 2005, Martin has managed many of the office’s most challenging projects, including the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, the OAA Award-winning Boulevard Club Expansion and the recently completed SQ Condominiums at Alexandra Park. Prior to joining Teeple Architects, Martin practised in Vancouver and Toronto, where he was involved in numerous influential residential, institutional and urban renewal projects. Martin believes in supporting and educating young architects and is an active mentor in the OAA internship program.

Mark Baechler is an assistant professor at the School of Architecture where he teaches Architectural Design Studio and Design Thinking courses. He holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture professional degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. From 1999-2013, he practised architecture with the Toronto firm, Teeple Architects Inc. Mark is a Registered Architect with the OAA.

James B. Janzer has been involved in the practice of architecture and emerging digital technologies for more than 14 years. He has comprehensive experience in design and construction in Canada, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, focusing on project management and directing the team from schematic design to project completion. As digital practice leader, he employs a multi-disciplinary approach to realize efficient, integrated, design processes and confidently co-ordinated project delivery, in parallel, controlling risk management. He provides a digital practice vision that elevates Teeple’s expertise beyond 3D and 2D documentation, while implementing data management, optimized design practices and analytical tools.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

60CE

Smart and Connected Buildings

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

The Intelligent Building Automation Systems (IBAS) research group at George Brown College is closely collaborating with the leading industries of this field on development of the next generation of smart buildings and smart homes. This includes harnessing buildings’ big energy data to understand their behaviour and enable sustainable control of HVAC, lighting and IT systems to maximize the energy efficiency and cost, increase comfort and facilitate energy management decision-making processes.

This course will provide the participants with knowledge of the digitization, innovation and disruption occurring at Ryerson and George Brown. It outlines their research and practical applications of new technologies on campus, from the point of view of an architect, as well as reflecting on the future of partnerships/innovation with manufacturers.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain an understanding of the diversity of systems than can be integrated in smart buildings.
  2. Explore the George Brown demonstration project and the impact of smart building approaches.
  3. Recognize the opportunities inherent in the emerging practice of informing design based on operations.
  4. Gain lessons learned from case studies of intelligent buildings.

Speakers
Joy Henderson, B.E.S., B.Arch., OAA, M.Int’l.Coop.Arch.,
Jenn McArthur, P.Eng., PMP, CEM, M.A.Sc, B.A.Sc., and
Rick Huijbregts

Joy Henderson is a building architect and urbanist, currently developing a software platform for sustainable urban data. A sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto, she has worked in private practice, public service and academia on both sides of the Atlantic. Varied architectural work includes design development for the Toulouse Centre d’Art Contemporain (constructed), helping socially marginalized communities in Spain and collaboration at Diamond and Schmitt Architects, before her master’s degree in International Co-operation in Architecture: Urbanization and Housing in Developing Contexts, from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona. She led the Toronto: Smart and Connected Tour for the OAA in 2016.

Jenn McArthur is a mechanical engineer and certified energy manager with 15 years of consulting experience, most recently at Arup, where she led the mechanical design on over $700M in construction projects, before joining the faculty at Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science. In her current role, Jenn’s research focuses on improving the holistic performance of existing buildings. To this end, she is actively researching the integration of Big Data analytics, building information modelling (BIM) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices to simultaneously improve occupant comfort and reduce energy consumption. Jenn will be leading the Schneider Smart Building Analytics Living Lab at Ryerson, which is currently under design/construction.

Rick Huijbregts spent 12 years with Cisco, most recently as vice-president of digital transformation and innovation at Cisco Canada. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his transformational work in municipal innovation in Canada. That same year he was named one of the “Top 35 People to Watch” and recognized with a Digie Award by Realcomm. Rick was an executive-in-residence at George Brown and chair of the Automation Program Advisory Committee. In honour of his many contributions to the college, in 2017 he was granted an honorary Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management). Prior to his VP role, Rick was general manager for Cisco Canada’s Smart + Connected Communities practice and managing director Americas of digitization – IoE (Internet of Everything) and industry solutions acceleration. Before his time at Cisco, he was the executive director of the Center for Design Informatics at the Harvard Design School and was co-founder and CEO at Edificium, an Internet-based construction collaboration platform. Rick is also a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Tilburg Polytechnic University in the Netherlands, a master’s degree in real estate development and project management from Delft University in the Netherlands, and a doctoral degree from Harvard University with a specialization in real estate technology and investment management.

This session is sponsored by RS Homes.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

61CE

Turning Cold Climate Design Assumptions Upside Down

This session is available on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

The Passive House (PH) program brings advanced residential design to the foreground with special attention to the building enclosure focused on lowering heating energy and cost. However, when this same program is applied to multi-unit residences, many of those heating-based rules of thumb are flipped on their heads. Part of this phenomenon is connected to neutralizing the impact of exterior ambient temperature on the building interior. Another part is the weak ability in multi-unit residences to night-flush or control temperatures with cross-ventilation.

Accomplishing cooling in buildings that don’t readily shed heat, and have air flow volumes tightly shaped around ventilation requirements, becomes a challenge. Trade-offs are required that diverge from the Passive House conventions of thermal insulation and thermal-bridge-free construction.

Architects Anthony Leaning and Stephen Pope will walk participants through implementation details of Passive House construction for multi-unit buildings. Participants will learn strategies for preserving the thermal performance of walls using 2D heat flow analysis, and calculating window performance with the Passive House formulas outside the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). Exploring the impacts of ventilation approaches using the PHPP will also be featured.

Learning Objectives

  1. Know what PH requires for your town.
  2. Avoid overheating in small boxes.
  3. Understand how renewable energy helps avoid excessive electricity use.
  4. Learn PHPP and 2D heat flow analysis: basic strategies to preserve enclosure performance.

Speakers

Anthony Leaning, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, and Stephen Pope, OAA, FRAIC, ASHRAE

Anthony Leaning is a founding principal of CSV Architects. He is a multiple-award-winning architect who has been engaged in sustainable design for much of his 30 years of architectural practice, and has a design approach that has long been informed by principles of responsible environmental stewardship, collaborative pursuit of architectural excellence and a commitment to social equity. His professional experience includes affordable housing, public recreation facilities and heritage architecture. His recent work has included one completed and two in-progress buildings designed to the Passive House Standard.

Stephen Pope has a comprehensive understanding of whole building performance arising from his work at Natural Resources Canada. As a researcher in sustainability for buildings, his tasks included operations energy modelling, embodied effects modelling, the development of green building assessment tools and design facilitation for high-performance buildings. Stephen is a vital member of the architectural and sustainability community. As chair of the board of directors at ATHENA, a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Technical Committee and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Stephen’s experience is key to the success of this project. 

This session is sponsored by Dorken.

 

 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

62CE

Retrofitting Office and Multi-Residential Buildings Sustainably

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Existing buildings comprise the largest segment of our built environment. One of the most sustainable ways to provide housing to Toronto’s growing population is to renew the existing housing stock. To address sustainability in the process of retrofitting buildings, four major aspects need to be considered: the feasibility of upgrading the building for energy efficiency, the effective implementation of current codes and standards, the decision to restore existing materials where suitable, and the selection of new materials based on durability and design longevity.

The course will address types of energy-related upgrades available, and a case study of a small commercial building in the city centre will highlight the metrics used to determine if a particular improvement is economically viable. Also covered are common violation of building codes and standards that must be rectified in older buildings in the province of Ontario. Example projects of multi-residential buildings in Toronto will be presented to illustrate lessons learned regarding material restoration of the typical conditions encountered in buildings from different eras. The palette of materials chosen for each retrofit will be reviewed for sustainable merit.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand metrics to determine if an energy efficiency upgrade should be pursued.
  2. Learn about updating buildings to meet current standards, abating hazardous materials and abiding by current accessibility standards and fire code regulations.
  3. Learn about the restoration of common materials found in aging buildings, such as terrazzo.
  4. Understand the selection of new materials based on durability, sustainability and design longevity.

Speaker
Christina Linda Chan, B.E.S., M.Arch., OAA

Christina is the first in-house architect for Akelius Canada, a real estate management company for multi-residential buildings and a subsidiary of its global affiliate of the same name. Before joining this Swedish firm, Christina worked on new builds of apartments in China, Australia and Canada. She has worked in Berlin, Melbourne and Toronto with architecture firms GMP, Elenberg Fraser and Diamond Schmitt Architects. Her interest in improving existing conditions began with her master’s thesis, “The City under the City: in/to the PATH,” where she proposed retrofitting the subterranean pedestrian network with sensory cues for spatial orientation.

This session is sponsored by Canam Buildings

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

63CE

One Spadina Crescent

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Richard Sommer, the dean of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design (DFALD) at the University of Toronto along with Katherine Faulkner, OAA, AIA, of NADAAA, will present the design and construction process of the new DFALD building at One Spadina Crescent at the University of Toronto.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how to solve/encourage pedestrian traffic on complicated urban sites.
  2. Discover the latest implementable sustainable systems and strategies.
  3. Integrate the inspiration of a historic Gothic building into building systems.
  4. Gain a better sense of studying spaces of learning needs.

Speakers

Katherine Faulkner, OAA, AIA, LEED AP, and Richard Sommer, Dean, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto

Katherine Faulkner is president and a founding principal of NADAAA. Since 2011, she has directed efforts to expand the firm’s institutional projects, master plans and international projects; in tandem, she has also expanded the office’s prototyping facilities with a focus on creating a better dialogue with the building industry. With 20 years of mid and large firm experience, she has expanded the firm’s market reach while establishing NADAAA’s position as an internationally recognized design firm. A 1987 graduate of Dartmouth College, Faulkner received her M.Arch. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Richard Sommer is an architect and urbanist with over 20 years of experience as a practitioner, educator and theorist, and is the dean of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. His design practice, research and writing take the complex physical geography, culture, technology, politics and historiography of the contemporary city as a starting point for creating a synthetic, cosmopolitan architecture. In addition to his focus on design in the context of broad trends in urbanization, Richard has been engaged in a long­term, multi­faceted research project examining the transformation of monument making in societies aspiring toward democracy, with a particular focus on America. His professional and academic activity in urban design is diverse and includes serving from 2005 to 2010, as the O’Hare Chair of Design and Development and as a Visiting American Scholar at the University of Ulster, Belfast. In this capacity, he worked with government agencies, academics and other groups to develop proposals for the design of Northern Ireland’s cities and towns as they emerge from The Troubles. 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

64CE

Technology to Specs and Procurement: Get the Lighting You Want

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Why is it so difficult to get what you want when it comes to lighting?
Architects’ common grievances include that fixture technology is confusing, lighting controls don’t work as expected, and the procurement process seems mired in mystery. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be the case, and this seminar will help you make sense of it.

First, we will deconstruct the industry, the players and their roles. Who adds value? What does the lighting distributor do? Where does the money go?

Then, we will navigate through the design process. How does one prepare an accurate lighting budget? The causes of unpredictable results, from colour shifting to cost overruns, will be uncovered and resolved.
Finally, the seminar will launch a bold new approach to procurement with two case studies that unlock the mystery and illustrate how you can, indeed, get what you want.

Learning Objectives
1. Develop an understanding of the lighting industry and where to find value added.
2. Discover new steps that enable complete and co-ordinated construction packages.
3. Learn how to develop an accurate lighting budget.
4. Be exposed to a different model for procurement.

Speaker
Deborah Gottesman, P.Eng., MBA, LC, Assoc.IALD,

Deborah Gottesman is principal of Gottesman Associates, an award-winning architectural lighting design firm with distinctive expertise in heritage and sustainable design. She is experienced in all facets of light, from design to manufacturing, and understands lighting from all perspectives. Currently, Gottesman is retained by the OAA for lighting and daylighting of their headquarters on its journey to net zero.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

65CE

Employer Liability and the Employee’s Family Life

This session is also offered on Thursday, May 24, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Did you know that more than half of all cases before human rights tribunals involve an allegation of discrimination on the basis of disability? When it comes to disability management, employers have a duty to accommodate under human rights legislation. Now, more than ever, employers need to carefully and proactively manage disabilities in the workplace.

In addition to disability management, it is crucial employers pay close attention to family status accommodation. Employers should expect to see an increase in the number of family status requests from employees (child care and/or elder care). Further, the number of family status claims brought by employees is rising and likely to continue to rise due to the ‘sandwich generation.’ The biggest areas of concerns for employers that lead to accommodation requests are work schedules, company policies and the use of company benefits.

This session will explore the legal landscape surrounding managing disabilities and family status accommodation in the workplace providing employers with the knowledge needed to navigate the process and requests.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand disability management.
    2. Understand family status discrimination/accommodation.
    3. Understand what is the employer’s duty to accommodate.
    4. Understand what this means for the employers.

Speaker

Stuart Ducoffe, LLB, CHRL

Stuart Ducoffe is a seasoned employment and labour lawyer. He is the founder of e2r and partner and co-founder of Woolgar VanWiechen Cosgriffe Ducoffe LLP, practising exclusively in the area of employment and labour law. Prior to founding e2r and the law firm, Stuart practised for many years with one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious law firms. He obtained his law degree from McGill University in 1984, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986. Stuart is one of only a small group of employment and labour lawyers certified by Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) as a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

66CE

Sustainable Communities Around the World

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Avi Friedman, PhD, OAQ, professor of architecture, designer and author of 18 books including Innovative Houses, Narrow Houses, and Sustainable Houses with Small Footprints visited new innovative sustainable residential projects around the world and interviewed their designers. He documented award-winning communities on four continents in countries such as Singapore, China, Sweden, Denmark, Australia and the United States. In his presentation, Avi will describe these unique projects, their technologies, lessons and potential effects on future design of neighborhoods and homes in Canada.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain familiarity with social, economic and environmental trends that will affect future Canadian residential design.
  2. Gain familiarity with recent urban design and technological innovations that affect planning, construction, and design of communities.
  3. View cutting-edge designs by architects from around the world who included these principles and technologies in their work.
  4. See how these trends affect design of different housing types (i.e. low- and high-density dwellings) and their relevancy to Canada.

Speaker

Avi Friedman, PhD, OAQ, IAA

Avi Friedman co-founded the Affordable Homes Program at McGill University. He is the author of 16 books, a syndicated columnist, a practising architect and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Manning Innovation Award, the World Habitat Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Buildings Canada.

This session is sponsored by Molok North America Ltd.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

67CE

Lessons from Net-Zero Retrofits

This session is being offered on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Achieving net-zero energy for existing buildings through retrofits poses different challenges compared to new construction. Through WSP’s work with the OAA headquarters, and with carbon neutral feasibility studies for Public Work and Government Services Canada’s (PWGSC) portfolio of existing buildings, this session will share the best strategies, lessons learned and other considerations for achieving net-zero energy through retrofits.

An integrated net-zero review process must be in place, inclusive of iterative, integrated design facilitation, energy modelling, mechanical/electrical/renewables engineering, building science and commissioning to ensure all components of the design function together to deliver a net-zero retrofit that achieves high-performance energy and comfort goals.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the strategies for how existing building retrofits can achieve net zero/carbon neutrality.
  2. Understand the many challenges of net zero carbon or carbon neutrality.
  3. Understand how life-cycle costing can influence the financial drivers for achieving net-zero.
  4. Understand the risks that new technology and the complex system interactions poses for the goal of achieving net zero/carbon neutral retrofit.

Speakers

Luka Matutinovic

Luka Matutinovic has spent the past 12 years predicting, improving and managing the energy and carbon performance of the built environment. He currently leads WSP’s National Performance Analysis team and is helping champion his firm’s efforts in transforming the buildings market towards low-carbon, triple-bottom line outcomes. Luka’s background in Infrastructure Engineering, Building Physics and Sustainable Design are reflected in his diverse range of projects, including the design of the Winthrop Square Tower in Boston targeting LEED Platinum, WELL and Passive House; retro-commissioning of the LEED Platinum Royal Bank Plaza in Toronto; and several recent Zero-Carbon initiatives for the Federal Government and Private Developers. Luka is an active industry contributor, serving as past Vice-President of the Boston and Canadian Chapters of the International Building Performance Simulation Association. He most recently assisted with the development of ASHRAE Standard 209 for the Energy-Simulation Aided Design for Buildings.

This session is sponsored by Inline Fiberglass.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

68CE

Achieving Acoustic Design Objectives in Heritage Buildings

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU
 

One of the challenges in the renovation or rehabilitation of a historic building is to adapt parts of the building to new functions. The traditional stone, brick and glass interior finishes are acoustically very hard, resulting in an uncomfortably reverberant space. Where the new function requires a quieter space, the challenge is to introduce acoustic materials which are respectful of the historic nature of the building. The existing construction may also present challenges related to sound transmission between interior spaces. This session will discuss how concepts in acoustic design specifically applies to historic building renovations. Example projects will be presented.

Learning Objectives

  1.  Develop an understanding of how sound moves throughout a building.
  2. Learn how to provide optimal acoustic finishes that will maintain the historic integrity of a building.
  3. Recognize challenges when relying on existing partitions to provide noise isolation.
  4. Understand, recognize and prevent common contractor mistakes during construction that can lead to disturbing and unwanted noise in historic buildings.

Speaker

Michael Wesolowsky, PhD, P.Eng.

Michael Wesolowsky’s consulting experience includes involvement with a wide range of architectural projects such as healthcare facilities, university and research buildings, public service buildings and residential developments. He has published and presented several research papers in journals and international conferences. Michael is also a sessional faculty member in the Bachelor of Technology Program at McMaster University in Hamilton.

This session is sponsored by Permacon.

8:30 AM - 11:45 AM

10T

Master Plans on Spadina Ave. - Walking Tour

2.5 ConEd Learning Hours


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In the last decade, Toronto has seen only a few master planned projects. Having no green-field development sites left within the city, opportunities for master-planned communities are relatively rare and only occur when large sites can be redeveloped. Among these few sites, three are located along a 3-km stretch of Spadina Avenue. In the tour we will visit these three sites and will have an opportunity to observe three master plan sites at different stages of development and learn from each of their unique challenges: Alexandra Park (in design), The Well (under construction) and City Place (completed).

Hear from some of the biggest names in Toronto development about planning and design of large development sites. Join @Naama Blonder for this walking tour.

All tours will depart from the MTCC, South Building lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

8:30 AM - 11:15 AM

11T

Culture and Campus Tour (TSA) - Walking Tour

2.0 ConEd Learning Hours

View some of the jewels of Toronto's Cultural Renaissance, a program through which several museums and cultural centres were developed or transformed, along with a selection of the dramatic new buildings on the University of Toronto campus. Highlights of the tour include the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal addition to the Royal Ontario Museum, the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research.

Please wear comfortable footwear and weather appropriate clothing. 

All tours will depart from the MTCC, South Building lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

8:30 AM - 11:15 AM

12T

Research Laboratories - Walking Tour

 2 ConEd Learning Hours

Experience a unique opportunity to see the transitions and variations in research lab design over time.  This tour will cover three of the Faculty of Medicine research facilities at the University of Toronto. Beginning in the Brutalist 1968 Medical Sciences building, you will see the original layout of cloistered laboratories and reconfigured hybrid labs. You will then move to the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, which opened in 2006a Governor General's Award winning building.  You will see an open layout and the bamboo gardens. The tour will finish with the new open labs in the MaRS building.  No open-toed shoes on this tour.

All tours will depart from the MTCC, South Building lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

13T

Towers Tour (TSA) - Walking Tour

2 ConEd Learning Hours

Toronto's downtown skyline began a dramatic transformation in the mid-1960s that continues in the 21st century. The extraordinary design of City Hall launched Toronto as a modern metropolis with the major banks competing to erect the city's tallest and most iconic buildings. More recently, condominiums and hotels compete with the corporate towers. This tour includes City Hall, the major bank headquarters, the dynamic Brookfield Place and fantastic condo-hotel towers.

Please wear comfortable footwear and weather-appropriate clothing.

 

All tours will depart from the MTCC, South Building lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

 

2:00 PM - 3:45 PM

14T

Heirs to Industry in Southwest Liberty Village

1.0 ConEd Learning Hours

In capitalizing on the drama of gentrification, the press has presumed that artists are the rightful heirs to the architectural remnants of the industrial revolution.  It should be considered, however, that the masses of workers have not disappeared; they have merely transitioned from physical labour to the new blue-collar work of the digital age.  In exploring 2 and 7-15 Fraser Avenue, this tour will unpack the current state of industrial adaptive reuse in Liberty Village and examine the architectural features of these factories.  As a designer at Seifert Architects, the lead consultant on several Fraser Avenue developments, Alex Willms gives special access and insight into the future of this burgeoning corner of Liberty Village.  In addition, Parker Kay applies his theoretical research on the area to provide insight into the communities that reside in it. Hard hats and safety boots required for this tour.

All tours will depart from the MTCC, South Building lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

15T

The Bergeron Centre of Engineering Excellence, York University

2.5 ConEd Learning Hours

A pioneering model for post-secondary architecture, the Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence exemplifies education design innovation and a new face for one of Canada’s largest universities. The result is a ground-breaking facility designed to empower the next generation of engineers to better solve the world's problems with a modern, hands-on approach to learning. You will experience a school without lecture rooms, but with technologically enhanced active learning classrooms, and specialized labs including a three-storey, high-bay, materials-testing lab. The Bergeron Centre brings with it an ambitious goal to voice the client's mandate to educate future "Renaissance Engineers": entrepreneurial engineers with a social conscience and a sense of global citizenship. Reflective of the properties of a "Cloud," the building reflects light and pattern from the campus sky and into the interior. The result is a facade that uses triangular patterning to create a scaleless facade that is distinguishable and has become a signature for the new school. Designed by ZAS Architects Inc., this LEED Gold Certified project was programmed, designed and constructed in only three years. Exceptional project and construction management utilizing 3D Building Information Modelling allowed for successful delivery on a tight, inflexible timeline. The result was a nationally acclaimed 2016 Best in BIM Award. Since opening in 2015, the building has won six other awards thus far, and has been published in over 100 media and digital media outlets around the world.

All tours will depart from the MTCC, South Building lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Recognition Lunch

The Celebration begins on Friday, May 25 at the Recognition Lunch where the OAAAS will present its student award winners.

The OAA will also celebrate our newest Honorary Members.

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Celebration of Excellence

Join us at Evergreen Brick Works as we end Conference 2018 with a bang. The event will take on a new format this year beginning with a one hour awards presentation (theatre style) now for award winners and invited guests only followed by the After-Party.

Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
(For OAA Award Winners and invited guests only)

Award winners and guests are invited to join us at Evergreen Brick Works as we celebrate the achievements of the 2018 OAA Award Recipients. 

Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be comedian Jessica Holmes.

Jessica Holmes, a favourite on CBC TV’s Royal Canadian Air Farce, has opened for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious and validating take on life’s challenges have audiences in stitches. As a performer, Jessica’s productions have garnered her a “Platinum Award” at The Worldfest International Film Festival, nominations for Gemini Awards and the prestigious Tim Sims Scholarship.

The 2018 Awards presentation will include:

Best Emerging Practice
Design Excellence
Michael V. and Wanda Plachta
Lieutenant Governor's Award
People's Choice Award

Shuttle Bus Service Available for Conference delegates

Meet in the Delta Toronto lobby at 5:30 pm
Bus one departure: 5:40 pm
Bus two departure:  6:00 pm

8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

After-Party



Join us at Evergreen Brick Works as we end Conference 2018 with some fun!  All members as well as industry leaders, clients and allied professional are invited to join us for the After- Party as we celebrate our award winners. The evening will be filled with entertainment, music, food and drink stations. This party promises to be a premier networking event. You definitely don't want to miss it! 

Click here to register now, and forward this invite along to your friends, co-workers and colleagues!

Shuttle Bus Service Available for Conference delegates

Bus departures begin at 7:00 pm from the Delta Toronto lobby

The bus will depart from Evergreen Brick Works regularly until midnight.
Last  bus will depart at 12:00 am.