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Esther E. Shipman

//MOVE Installation Projects Curator/Coordinator

Esther E. Shipman has established a national reputation as an innovative curator, arts administrator, policy/strategy consultant and cultural issues advocate spanning the not-for profit, public and private sectors. She has lectured and written extensively on design and cultural issues and spearheaded scores of exhibitions, competitions, events, publications, and other initiatives intended to encourage increased knowledge, dialogue and incorporation of design and culture into daily life.
Since 2007, she has been the Curator of Architecture & Design for Cambridge Art Galleries, Idea Exchange at their Design at Riverside gallery, Canada’s only municipal gallery dedicated to architecture and design. She has curated/produced over 60 national and international exhibitions in Cambridge and she served as the Assistant Commissioner for Canada to the 11th International Biennale of Architecture in Venice in 2008.  Ms. Shipman was the Co-founder and Executive Director of VIRTU/Directions in Canadian Design (1985-1999), a highly acclaimed design advocacy organization, pivotal in the development and promotion of new design in Canada and abroad, including 15 national design competitions, co-creating the Centrifuge International Design Lectures, Canada’s first cross-disciplinary design series, as well as establishing the Design Directions retail store for Canadian Design in Production.

Esther also served as an Executive Board Member and the Chair of the Design Sector for the Trade Team Canada-Cultural Goods and Services Committee (TTS-CGS) Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada (2000-2006).

Adrian Blackwell

Assistant Professor/Graduate Officer, University of Waterloo


Adrian Blackwell received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and his Master of Urban Design from the University of Toronto. He is an artist and urban and architectural designer whose work examines the relation between physical spaces and political/economic forces. He has exhibited his work at artist-run-centers and public institutions across Canada, in the 2005 Shenzhen Biennale, the 2011 Chengdu Biennale and at London’s Architectural Association. In 2007 he was a member of the winning team in the international competition to renovate Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square and has won awards for his architecture and urban design from the Canadian Architect, Toronto Urban Design Awards, Design Exchange and I.D. Magazine. He has curated exhibitions, including Detours: Tactical Approaches to Urbanization in China and organized symposia such as Architecture and Spectacle in (Post) Socialist China. He writes regularly about the intersections of art, architecture, urbanism and his current research focuses on architecture’s political potential, urbanization in contemporary China, the disappearance of public housing in North America and the constitutive paradoxes of public space. Before joining the University of Waterloo, he was a visiting professor at Chongqing, Michigan and Harvard universities and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. He has been a member of Toronto’s Anarchist Free School and the Toronto School of Creativity and Inquiry and is a co-founder and co-editor of the journal Scapegoat: Architecture / Landscape / Political Economy.

Tammy Gaber

Assistant Professor, Laurentian University

Dr. Tammy Gaber teaches architecture design and theory courses at the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University and previously taught at University of Waterloo, American University in Cairo and the British University in Egypt. Professor Gaber serves on the committees of graduate students at University of Waterloo, Hartford University and the Illinois Institute of Technology. Professor Gaber is working on the pioneering study of Canadian mosques through support from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grant from the Federal Government of Canada with an upcoming exhibition of photographs and reesarch-creation artworks from this project in October at the Noor Cultural Centre in Toronto.

Christine Leu

Co-founder, LeuWebb Projects

Christine Leu is the co-founder, with Alan Webb, of the multi-disciplinary arts and curation practice LeuWebb Projects in Toronto.  LeuWebb uses space, light, sound and texture to activate public space, with a focus on social issues and respect for historical context.   Christine holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Masters of Architecture from the University of Waterloo.  She currently teaches courses in architecture and interior design at Ryerson University.  She recently won the 2017 Allied Arts Medal awarded by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and she is a licensed member of the Ontario Association of Architects.