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OAA Annual Conference 2018

Thursday May 24 2018 - MTCC South Building and Delta Hotel, Toronto

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Conference Program

Thursday May 24 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 - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Planning and Development Approvals


3 ConEd Learning Hours

Course Outline

This lecture provides an overview of the planning and land development approvals process in Ontario. This includes the roles architects, other professionals and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) play in that process. The lecture will describe the various planning tools that implement planning legislation and provide a guide to understanding and navigating the complex development approvals process.

Course Objectives

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

  • explain why the land use planning and development process is relevant to architects;
  • identify the ways the province and municipalities plan for growth;
  • identify the authorities that have decision-making powers within the planning process;
  • list, describe and compare the planning instruments that control land development in Ontario;
  • describe the circumstances under which planning instruments constitute applicable law;
  • explain how the various planning instruments are amended;
  • outline the criteria used to evaluate planning applications;
  • identify issues that can affect the approval process and how to address them;
  • describe the architect’s role in the planning and development approval process;
  • describe the planning powers of municipalities to control the exterior design of buildings;
  • describe the role of the architect as an expert witness before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB);
  • describe what the OMB takes into consideration in making planning decisions; and
  • describe the planning powers of municipalities to control the exterior design of buildings.

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Martin Rendl, B.E.S., M.Sc. (Pl.), MCIP, RPP (Martin Rendl Associates)

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Whose Housing Crisis? Creating First Nations Housing

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Current housing systems and policies for remote and isolated First Nations communities in Canada produce a physical manifestation of ongoing colonialism: the house. Indigenous families are in crisis as the housing system and federal planning policies have allowed for the provision of neither adequate nor appropriate homes for these communities. Different definitions of housing crisis by the government and the First Nations have shaped the understanding of home and the crisis in First Nations reserves today, but also provide insights into how positive change can occur.

How did we get here? Why do the houses look the way they do? Who defines the housing crisis in remote First Nations? Understand why the home is so significant in altering the lived experiences of remote First Nations, and how the house is the physical manifestation of Canada’s assimilative policies, as the presenter traces through history and through archival documents, including blueprints, to reveal the systemization of housing as a result of different definitions of housing crisis.

Importantly, the presenter will share how individual architects have used their agency in partnership with First Nations communities to work within the existing system and be critical in the creation of new housing typologies in culturally and environmentally responsive ways.

Learning Objectives

    1. Outline how the house has become the physical manifestation of colonialism in First Nations communities and how this is causing a crisis in First Nations Communities.
    2. Understand how the housing crisis is defined differently by the Federal Government and First Nations, and how understanding these definitions can help to design more culturally appropriate houses.
    3. Gain an overview of best practice Indigenous case study projects (both in process and built form) completed with Indigenous communities occurring today.
    4. See how architects can play a critical role in the reconciliation of Canada by working in partnership with First Nations communities.


Shelagh McCartney, DDes, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP

Dr. Shelagh McCartney is a licensed architect and urbanist with a specialization in community development and housing. McCartney received her Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Professional Architecture degrees from the University of Waterloo, before attending Harvard University where she received a Master’s in Design Studies, Urban Development and Housing, and a Doctorate of Design. As a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard, McCartney’s research focused on exploring community-based housing solutions for American Indigenous people and comparing American and Canadian Housing policies. In the past year, she has spent five cumulative weeks in remote First Nations reserves. As an assistant professor at Ryerson University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning, McCartney is committed to innovative teaching, developing within students a sense of responsibility and social-awareness, encouraging students to explore creative design solutions to the problems facing their world.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Information Fusion: Harnessing the "I" for Lifecycle Use

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

IBI Group would like to present a solution that connects a building information model (BIM) to an Asset Management System. This case study is focused on its office expansion where the assets within design model were cataloged and connected to a custom-built asset management system. The workflow harnesses OpenBIM technology, allowing the end user to experience a virtual representation of the asset via mobile devices as well as a medium to socially interact with them.

This data contains fused design information with records for maintenance along with social information identifying repair/replacements that can feed subsequent projects.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand the value of information.
    2. Experience an active example of a building information model connected to an Asset Management System.
    3. Understand the concept of “designing data,” as opposed to designing buildings in the traditional sense.
    4. Understand how social information can inform subsequent designs.


Brent Mauti, B.Arch., OAA, Architect AAA, LEED AP, MRAIC, NCARB, Int. Assoc. AIA, CANBIM CP

Brent Mauti is the global director for design technology within IBI Group and sits on the Canada BIM Council’s Board of Directors. Responsible to improve delivery of design services while supporting critical business strategies by managing the development, implementation and maintenance of design technology solutions, he provides advanced project level BIM Consultation. Brent is a licensed architect who has focused on BIM throughout his career. He has been involved with major projects such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Panama Canal Widening. Brent’s passion focuses on lifecycle BIM interoperability and cross-platform synergy.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Employer Liability and the Employee’s Family Life

This session is being offered again on Friday, May 25, 2018 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

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.


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).

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Advocating for Architects

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

This workshop will address ways in which architects can raise their profile and promote themselves by engaging with public buyers, politicians and industry stakeholders to advocate for architects, and for architecture. Using social media, networking and communication strategies to raise awareness of the role of architects in society, the economy and culture, the workshop will draw on personal experience to illustrate methodologies for engagement including the digital tools and tactics.

Learning Objectives

    1. Identify themes that start conversations with the community, politicians, media and procurement authorities–tell a story of what matters to everyone when it comes to great design.
    2. Learn how to advocate for a position by championing an idea, focusing on a particular topic of interest or angle.
    3. Understand how to listen to media messaging and correlate the connection between what others speak about and your story to build a relationship.
    4. Identify key messages, and a media for communication, to build momentum and credibility.


Toon Dreessen, OAA, PP.OAA, FRAIC, AIA, LEED AP, and Shelley True

Toon Dreessen is a graduate of Carleton University and recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi graduation medal. He became a member of the OAA and a member of the Architecture Canada (RAIC) in 2005. Toon is a certified LEED AP and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is the president of Dreessen Cardinal Architects Inc, a 14-person, Ottawa-based practice serving the Ottawa and Ottawa Valley region, with a company history going back more than 40 years. As the face of the company, he responsible for ensuring excellence in the quality of the work and continues to ensure ongoing ISO 9001 Certification. He leads the company in project development and is responsible for award-winning projects in infill development, as well as laboratory, research, industrial and high-profile projects. He began volunteering with the OAA in 2006, serving six years on the Practice Committee. He was a member of OAA Council from 2012 to 2017, serving on numerous committees, including representing the shareholder interests as a board member of Pro-Demnity Insurance, VP Communications, SVP-Treasurer and President 2015-2016. In 2016, Toon was honored with membership in the RAIC College of Fellows.

Shelley True is a trail-blazer in Ottawa’s business community. Never one to take the easy route or just wait for doors to open, she took the bold step of acquiring the award-winning Ottawa-based firm Avenue Design and has successfully merged the two companies under the TRUEdotDESIGN brand to build on two decades of experience while seamlessly integrating the culture, approach, mission and values of both firms—no small feat! At TRUEdotDESIGN, Shelley oversees a team of 14 vibrant and talented women, and continues to lead the way as the award-winning agency of choice, providing strategic marketing, branding, design and social media for companies within the architectural, engineering, property development and construction sectors. Known as a natural connector, Shelley is a champion of women entrepreneurship and women in business, believing that mentorship and encouragement is the role of all business leaders (not just women). She is on the board of directors for the annual Women in Business Conference and co-hosts Fore-Play for Charity, a women’s golf tournament which connects women leaders in the construction industry, while raising funds and awareness for Women’s Mental Health Programs at The Royal. Innovative and energetic, Shelley is leading the TRUEdotDESIGN team onto the national stage as they support the business growth and impact of their clients across Canada.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Net-Zero Carbon Approaches for New and Existing Buildings

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

This session will present two case study projects that are part of the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) Zero Carbon Building Pilot Program, and compare the proposed design solutions for each. One project is a new building designed to be a certified Passive House, use no fossil fuels and be certified to a LEED Gold standard. Because the project is new construction, the zero carbon strategy can employ a highly efficient Passive House thermal envelope, and plan to utilize electric-based HVAC systems to take advantage of B.C.’s low-carbon grid. The second project is an existing building with a highly efficient geo-loop and ground source heat pump, built in 2009 and certified to a LEED Gold standard. Because the project is an existing building, the zero carbon strategy options are limited by the constraints imposed by the existing thermal envelope and already highly efficient mechanical system, each with significant remaining service life. The new versus existing building implications, available energy efficiency options, local energy emissions factors, onsite generation potential, policy guidance and feasibility limits led to contrasting zero carbon strategies.

Learning Objectives

    1. Gain a nuanced understanding of the CaGBC’s Zero Carbon Building Standard and its application in new and existing projects.
    2. Learn how energy emissions factors guide choice of active building systems.
    3. Better understand how technical solutions are limited by feasibility and pragmatism.
    4. Learn the design impact of provincial or municipal policy.


Christian Cianfrone, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C, and Matthew Tokarik, M.A.Sc., EIT, CPHC

Christian Cianfrone is responsible for technical development, project delivery and business development for building-energy-related projects. Most recently, Christian has led the MH energy simulation team in developing the industry-leading, innovative energy optimization tool, Building Energy Mapping. The tool fills a much needed gap in the industry in providing accurate, real-time energy feedback that allows designers maximum flexibility toward meeting their project’s energy goals. Christian is one of Canada’s leading experts on energy simulation and currently sits on numerous committees, including the Energy and Engineering Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the CaGBC and the Energy & Atmosphere TAG for the USGBC.

Matthew Tokarik is responsible for creating energy models and implementing Passive House strategy for new buildings, and assessing energy use and evaluating energy retrofit options for existing buildings. Recently, he has worked on a number of institutional projects focusing on drastic greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions for both individual buildings and entire portfolios. During his Master’s studies, Matthew investigated optimal investment in passive energy conservation measures with respect to both life cycle cost and building performance. He has also instructed sessions at Ryerson University, McMaster University, and George Brown College in building science and building energy modelling.

This session is sponsored by Dryvit Systems Canada.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Impact of CFTA & Construction Lien Act Changes on Architects

This session is being offered again on Friday, May 25, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

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.


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


Learning from Brasilia, the Modern City Experiment

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours


Aspiring to represent higher goals and the fulfilment of a country yet to be made, Brasilia, was inaugurated as the new capital of Brazil in 1960, only three years after the choice of its project. It took great courage, boldness and, one could say, unawareness of the size of the task. Removing the capital from Rio de Janeiro, a globally known city, to a semi-desert region in the middle of the country, not even accessible by roads, would not only hurt feelings, but its economical effort would also leave scars until this day.

A political act or an act of self-affirmation? In bringing together the best human capital of a generation to realize the dream of a city that would constitute itself more than a symbol, but the future of a whole country, aspirations materialized. Or so was its aim.

Between dreaming, planning, good intentions, unintended consequences and the actual city, what lessons can be learned? The positive and negative outcomes of central planning and what parallels can we make to contemporary urban planning, Toronto and other major metropolises of the world.

Learning Objectives

    1. See the differences between good intentions and unintended consequences: the dangers of central planning.
    2. Understand the importance of thinking big: setting the grid and letting the city thrive.
    3. Understand the choice for doing nothing and its consequences: between preservation and asphyxiation.
    4. Learn contemporary urban planning strategies dos and don’ts.


Eduardo Sousa e Silva, B.Arch., Urban

Eduardo Sousa e Silva has a B.Arch. and Urban degrees from the University of Brasilia. He is an author, the director of MeiaUm Architects and responsible for over 500,000,000 square feet of designed area with great focus on residential and mixed use developments for the real estate sector, mostly in Brasilia, Brazil.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Resilient Design: Are We Ready for the Future?

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Resilient design is the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities and regions in order to respond to the disasters associated with climate change. Since the 1970s, we have seen a global five-fold increase in the number of catastrophic weather events and a 20-fold increase in annual insured disaster claims. In Canada alone, insurance claims resulting from extreme weather events have exceeded $1 billion annually for the past five years, totalling $8.25 billion over that time period. The June 2013 floods in Calgary alone resulted in insurance claims exceeding $1.7 billion (preliminary). Are you ready? Southern Harbour’s Alexander Hay and RWDI’s Duncan Phillips team in this session to present the strategies and techniques required to make sure your built asset is ready for future climates and associated weather events.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand what is meant by resilient design.
    2. Gain a sense of the realities of future climates on built assets.
    3. Learn what are the four key architectural variables to consider.
    4. Understand what strategies and techniques can be used to mitigate future issues.


Duncan Phillips, PhD, P.Eng., and Alec Hay, C.Eng., P.Eng., FICE, CRM

Duncan Phillips is RWDI’s Global Practice Leader for Building Performance. His team develops climate-responsive design strategies for individual buildings and masterplans. Clients benefit from Duncan’s ability to solve tough building physics problems by analyzing air flow and heat transfer phenomena. These capabilities have applications in ventilation strategies as well as renewable energy. Duncan is a critical player in RWDI’s efforts to both diminish buildings’ contribution to climate change through passive and low-energy design, and to design for future climate scenarios by increasing buildings’ resilience to extreme weather events.

Founding principal of Southern Harbour, based in Toronto, Alec Hay was previously the resilience and security leader at Dialog, before which he served 25 years in the British Royal Engineers. He specialized over the last 30 years in fortifications and infrastructure development, which he practised around the world. An adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Centre of Resilience of Critical Infrastructure, he focuses on operational resilience of communities and infrastructure systems. He is a principal and international secretary of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Simulating Building Energy Performance in the Early Design Stages

This session is being offered again on Friday, May 25, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

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.


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.

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Freehand Sketching for Architects

This session is being offered again on Friday, May 25, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM  - 5:30 PM .

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours

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.


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


The Big Change: Toward Inclusive Design/Document Workflow

This session is also offered on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Delivering high-quality architectural design and documentation for increasingly more complex projects requires collaboration among a broad spectrum of consultants. Simply stated, a deeper project partnership results in a better product that is produced with greater efficiency, delivering a healthy bottom line and satisfied clients.

This session explores the practicalities of inviting greater input into the design and documentation process and the changing role of architects in this new and more inclusive environment, both from a design perspective and for managing workflow.

The broad adoption of building information modelling (BIM) in our industry is an open opportunity to evolve consultant collaboration. It also holds the potential to allow more time for design. This presentation demonstrates the adoption of BIM workflows and technologies that reduce or eliminate the duplication of work between disciplines. We explore the advantages and challenges of consultant teams collaborating in a common BIM environment, and the available technologies to facilitate this process.

Learning Objectives

    1. Describe a collaborative building design and documentation workflow that reduces or eliminates the duplication of work between disciplines.
    2. Identify readily available information technologies that enable a common BIM environment to increase opportunities for collaboration between the consultant team.
    3. Identify challenges of having multiple disciplines working in a common BIM environment, including graphic representation, speed of model development and accurately placing building elements.
    4. Describe the benefits of a workflow with increased collaboration, including higher-quality documentation, improved BIM integrity and increased project team efficiency.


Gary Watson, OAA, Mike Moffatt, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP, PEO, and Joseph Troppmann, B.E.S., M.Arch., LEED AP, MRAIC, OAA

Gary Watson joined Diamond Schmitt Architects in 2002 and has worked on a number of award-winning projects, including large-scale academic buildings, athletic facilities, theatres, hospitals, offices and residential. A passion for clarity of project communication and workflow efficiencies is driven by his goal to provide architects with more time to focus on design. This objective is the foundation of his advocacy for advancing digital developments in studio, including the inception of BIM implementation at Diamond Schmitt in 2006. Gary was named an Associate with the firm in 2012.

As managing principal of RJC Toronto’s Structural Engineering team, Mike Moffatt is responsible for delivering innovative structural engineering solutions for the firm’s most notable projects. From institutional to residential, and commercial to transit sectors, Mike provides creative structural designs that turn architectural vision into reality. His approach is to work closely with the entire design team in a fully integrated design process to produce structural systems that support a holistic building solution, balancing economic, social and environmental needs while meeting the client’s goals in cost-effective ways.

Joseph Troppmann is a Toronto-based architect with over 19 years of experience working on a broad range of institutional projects, including the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids Hospital and Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park. He has been a proponent for BIM adoption in the construction industry for over a decade, and is a leader in BIM implementation. He is an Associate at Diamond Schmitt Architects where he advances the development and refinement of BIM workflows between the design disciplines, contributing to the ongoing evolution of the construction industry in Canada.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Transformative Infill of Church Properties

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

The confluence of changing demographics, diminishing congregations and increased land pressure in Canada’s urban centres has put places of worship in a position to consider their properties as opportunities to develop housing, amenities and social space. Many churches are struggling to address issues such as planning for alternative expressions of faith, meeting the needs of an aging population, maximizing the value of their properties and transforming and/or maintaining buildings within constrained budgets. This session will describe a unique working method going beyond the traditional role of architects to facilitate transformation of these properties.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand the historical role of churches in Canadian communities.
    2. Learn the factors leading to the shift in role of churches in today’s context.
    3. Learn design approaches that allows congregations to serve the community while preparing for new uses, residents and objectives for the future.
    4. Gain lessons learned from projects and thoughts on continued innovation.


Drew Sinclair, M.Arch., OAA, MAA, SAA, MRAIC

Drew Sinclair is a licensed architect and urban designer, and a principal of SvN. His work focuses on the design of housing, community facilities and master plans that meet the needs of rapidly expanding communities. Drew led SvN’s Athletes’ Village Master Plan for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games and continues to lead the firm’s housing and institutional building practice areas. Drew is a recipient of the Canada Council’s Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners and a past recipient of the Canadian Association of Geographers and Reisman Gold Medal in Design.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Challenges and Opportunities of Revitalizing Aging Façades

This session is available on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Architects are well-versed in new construction practices. 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.


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

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Turning Cold Climate Design Assumptions Upside Down

This session is available on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

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.


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


Augmented Reality in Architecture and Construction

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Technology plays an ever-increasing role in architecture and construction, and Augmented Reality (AR) is set to transform the way we envision and build our cities. Learn how it is being used now, both in design and on the jobsite, and how today’s technology pioneers see it being implemented in the near future. 

Clients and architects need to make every effort to make the best decisions in every step of the way toward the final architecture. With the help of CAD and building information modelling (BIM), we have made tremendous progress in representing a building on papers or on screens; however, we are still limited in the size of the medium in 2D. With the help of VR and AR, we can not only provide full-scale 3D environments to a client, but also demonstrate how a space functions interactively in real time. 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a real-life model worth?

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn current definitions and decipher the terms used in popular media.
  2. See and understand how AR is being used by architects and contractors now, and the potential for it in the future.
  3. Learn what tools are required to implement AR in your own practice.
  4. Get started building your own VR and AR models.


Joy Henderson, B.E.S., B.Arch., OAA, M.Int’l.Coop.Arch., Shuan Liu, M.Arch., OAA, and Michael Verity

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.

Shuan Liu, as senior architect, participated in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in NYC from integrating the “east bathtub” underground transit system to designing WTC Tower Four. He also designed hotel, retail shopping mall, commercial office and residential buildings in Abu Dhabi and Toronto. He has a bachelor degree in architecture from Chongqing University, School of Architecture in China and a master’s degree from Syracuse University, School of Architecture in the United States. Besides working at Hariri Pontarini Architects, he is a part-time professor teaching project management, specification writing and advanced CAD in Durham College.

Michael Verity is a founding partner at Boszko & Verity Inc., a construction company dedicated to the needs of architects and their clients operating out of Toronto. He plays a key role overseeing the construction of award-winning projects, as well as managing the development of the company. Michael is committed to fostering new technology in construction both in the office and on the jobsite. He began his career as an architect and formed B&V in 2001 with Orest Boszko on the principle that the construction process was as important as design for a successful project.


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Putting People in Design Using Crowd Simulation

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

As the world urbanizes, the need to accommodate more people in ever-greater densities increases. This challenge extends to all building types, from transit infrastructure to entertainment venues to public spaces. The discipline of pedestrian planning has evolved to meet these design challenges through the use of 3D building models and advanced computation. This session will explore the promise and the limits of crowd simulation through a grounding in theory and a number of case studies.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain a grounding in the fundamentals of pedestrian planning as it applies to the planning and design of buildings and public spaces.
  2. Develop an understanding of how BIM workflows enable simulation workflows, and how together they enhance the value of design through novel solutions and risk mitigation.
  3. Discover how crowd simulation has had a fundamental impact on the design of civic architecture through a number of high-profile case-studies.
  4. Discuss the promise and limits of crowd simulation with three leading practitioners.


Erin Morrow, AICP, RPP, Aarshabh Misra, P.Eng., and Lachlan Miles

Erin Morrow is the product director of MassMotion, a predictive microsimulation suite of tools for designing buildings and civil infrastructure. For over 15 years, Erin has demonstrated the highest commitment to excellence through peer publications on pedestrian simulation and analysis, a track record of successfully managed projects for some of the world’s highest-profile transport facilities and the development of advanced crowd simulation tools. He is driven to improve the interactions between people and data to foster optimal design outcomes.

Aarshabh Misra is an engineer in the Aviation Planning Team in the Arup Toronto office. With six years of experience working on transportation analysis for a wide range of projects across the globe, Aarshabh brings effective, reasoning-based solutions to help deliver projects successfully. His particular expertise lies in simulation and modelling that informs the planning and design of capital intensive infrastructure, including airports, transit terminals and multi-modal corridors.

Lachlan Miles is a senior planner who has 12 years of experience with Arup, working on a variety of transport and pedestrian planning projects across the globe. He currently leads Arup Canada’s Pedestrian Planning team. Lachlan has led various pedestrian planning and modelling projects, and has helped drive human-scale design of various types of built infrastructure, including rail stations and interchanges, stadia and airports.


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Expanding Context: Understanding User Needs and Data Inputs

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

People are using spaces differently, and their needs are becoming more complex. Data and information are more widely available, and our clients are expecting our recommendations to rely on more than just ‘professional intuition.’ Existing architectural models of learning mostly from experience are no longer acceptable for clients seeking a measurably successful design.

On the other hand, simply referring to ‘big data’ findings without context or interpretation will only result in a partial understanding as flawed as designing in a vacuum. A toolkit of both analytical and empathy-based inputs is required to properly translate user needs and other data-points into a design, and post-occupancy observations are critical to refine these techniques to support ever more complex future requirements. 

This session introduces attendees to the existing and emerging tools available to help designers and architects better understand their client and user groups needs using a context-driven design approach. It will also highlight findings from post-occupancy research into how spaces are used beyond opening day, and current trends in human-centric design. Integrated into the design process, these tools can allow us to create some truly innovative solutions that will serve clients from opening day well into the future.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about existing and emerging analytical tools for understanding user needs.
  2. Understand the importance of balancing both data-based and human-centric information.
  3. Learn how user-inputs can be incorporated into the design-process.
  4. Understand how post-occupancy observations can aid future designs.


Erin Corcoran, OAA

Erin Corcoran is an internationally experienced architect and design strategist with a passion for truly understanding her client’s needs using a mixed analytical and empathy-based design approach. Currently a part of Gensler’s Los Angeles Consulting Team, she works to develop solutions to complex space and cultural challenges for both public- and private-sector workplace clients, and post-secondary educational institutions.


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Borrow, Hack and Ship: Expanding Architectural Practice

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

This panel discussion will focus on three distinct methods by which architects might embed greater opportunities in design practice. They include (1) the hybridization of borrowed intelligence from other industries in the production of low-cost housing and community work, (2) the incorporation of newly hacked toolsets that reveal potentials for alternative means of design and production, and (3) the leveraging of manufacturing tools from industry to expand commonly held modes of architectural practice. The purpose of the discussion is not to advocate a single approach toward an architecture of intelligence, borne of consensus. Rather, it is to clearly convey the lessons learned from years of application of each approach, so as to better understand and advocate for a range of potentials and new forms of architectural practice.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the value of systematically embedding intelligence within various design processes.
  2. Understand the implications and value of design processes that hybridize borrowed intelligence from other industries, especially as it relates to the production of low-cost housing and community work.
  3. Understand the implications and value of design processes that hack toolsets in order to reveal potentials for alternative means of design and production.
  4. Understand the implications and value of design processes that leverage tools and approaches from diverse industries in order to expand commonly held modes of architectural practice.


Scott Shall, AIA, Karl Daubmann, AIA, and Jim Stevens, AIA

Scott Shall is an associate professor and the associate dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) and the founding director of the International Design Clinic (IDC), a registered non-profit that realizes socially responsive creative action with communities in need around the world. Shall’s work in this arena has been disseminated widely, including publications by the AIA Press and the University of Indianapolis Press, and exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Sheldon Swope Museum of Art and the Goldstein Museum of Design.

Karl Daubmann is an architect at the forefront of digital design. He is the dean of the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University. His architectural practice DAUB (design, architecture, urbanism, building) focuses on expanding the relationship between design and technology, particularly between digital/robotic fabrication and building. Daubmann is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Between 2010 and 2014, he was the vice president of design and creative director for Blu Homes, where he led a multidisciplinary team that developed green, prefab houses that folded for shipping across North America.

Jim Stevens is an associate professor of architecture at Lawrence Technological University’s College of Architecture and Design, where he is the founding and acting director of makeLab, a digital fabrication and design studio. As director, Jim oversees research, publication and industry-sponsored design projects. Additionally, he conducts frequent makeLab workshops and lectures across the United States and in China, Europe and India. Coauthor of the book Digital Vernacular, Architectural Principles, Tools and Processes (Routledge 2015), Jim is currently a PhD candidate at Polis University, Albania and the University of Ferrara, Italy.


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


The Emerging Digital Practice

This session is available on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

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.


Martin Baron, OAA, Mark Baechler, Architect OAA, and James B. Janzer, Lic. Tech. 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.


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Climate Change and the Toronto Community Housing Portfolio

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) controls the largest single component of residential stock in Canada. With the building sector responsible for over 25 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, this places TCHC in the position of being one of the largest GHG reduction target opportunities in Canada. 

With a building stock largely from the 1960s and 70s, and with only two per cent of tenants compelled to pay utility bills, TCHC’s energy costs compromise 25 per cent of its operating budget at nearly $140M per year.

Beyond meeting the ambitious energy and GHG reduction targets set at all three levels of government, the retrofitting of TCHC’s portfolio has become a matter of financial necessity. These energy retrofits present huge challenges for the historically underfunded corporation and represent a battle that must be waged on three fronts: the upgrading of end of life building systems, the provision of effective and consistent operating and maintenance programs and the extensive engagement of tenants.

This 90-minute presentation will outline the design opportunities and challenges of bringing TCHC into the 21st century and serve as a broader call for creative solutions from architects and design professionals.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about current strategies in the retrofitting of existing high-rise residential buildings.
  2. Learn about the current political, economical and sociological challenges surrounding the implementation of energy retrofits at social housing.
  3. Discuss the unique design considerations and need for creative solutions when endeavoring to solve the complex issues that face retrofit and renovation work in social housing.
  4. Explore the role of the architect as an important agent for change in these communities.


Keir Brownstone
Energy Manager, Toronto Community Housing.

Keir Brownstone is a sustainability expert working as an Energy Manager at Toronto Community Housing. Keir is responsible for Conservation Engagement, Waste Management and partnership projects, including a ground breaking 7 building energy retrofit project with the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

Prior to TCHC Keir worked with the Tower Renewal Office at the City of Toronto.

Keir was the General Manager of GLOBE delivering sustainability programs to social housing providers across Ontario.

Keir was also one time General Manager of Greensaver, one of the first residential energy efficiency not-for-profit companies to offer Energuide Energy audits in Ontario.

Noah Slater, M.Arch., OAA, LEEP AP

As a licensed architect with 15 years of senior level practical experience, Noah Slater had lead the design and construction administration of a large number of cutting-edge architectural, development and planning projects before joining Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) as the director of capital planning, design and engineering in 2016. As the director of two departments within TCHC, he now oversees the capital planning and design for repair projects in a portfolio of 2,100 residential buildings across the GTA. As one of North America’s largest social housing provider, this includes the oversight of 50 million square feet of residential space representing $9B in public assets.


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Schematic Design and Building Envelope Thermal Performance

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

In the complex world of building code energy efficiency compliance, architects often rely on energy modelling consultants to determine appropriate building envelope thermal performance levels. However, design sequencing and budgets dictates energy modelling to be completed after schematic design. Today, easy-to-use tools can highlight how schematic design decisions, building form, massing and exterior finishes impact building envelope thermal performance and overall energy efficiency. This presentation will look at case studies where this has successfully been implemented.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand energy efficiency code requirements as they relate to the building envelope.
  2. Understand how to perform building envelope thermal performance calculations. 
  3. Understand how the thermal performance of the building envelope influences future design decisions and overall energy efficiency of the building.
  4. Understand when to assess your building envelope’s thermal performance during the project design process.


Matthew Schiedel, B.Eng., and Tyler Simpson

Matthew Schiedel holds a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering with experience in construction, research, energy modelling, and consulting focused on heat transfer and residential zero-energy buildings. A published author, winner of the 2013 US DOE Solar Decathlon Engineering Contest with Team Ontario and designer of over a half-dozen Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) Net Zero Energy homes, Matt joined Owens Corning in February 2016.

Involved in the residential and commercial construction industry for seven years, Tyler Simpson’s educational background includes a diploma in architectural technology from Mohawk College and a degree in civil engineering from McMaster University. He represents Owens Corning on the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) and Ontario Home Builders Association (OHBA) technical committees. Through extensive educational background and developing in-field knowledge, he is able to provide detailed solutions for building envelope design and acoustical assemblies.

 This session is sponsored by Zip Systems. 


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Lessons from Net-Zero Retrofits

This session is being offered on Friday, May 25, 2018 from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

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.


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


The Construction Act: Prompt Payment, Adjudication and Liens

This session is available on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

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.


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.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Retaining Heritage Buildings in Four Dimensions

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Retaining buildings in three dimensions is a conservation goal; retaining buildings in four dimensions means preserving building form, respecting heritage value and enabling outstanding future performance.

Heritage conservation policies affect architects, developers and building owners who are adding to existing properties, or building new within a heritage context. Where development pressures are greatest, partial retention of buildings has sometimes been accepted by heritage authorities and planners as a substitute for whole building conservation, even though municipal regulation and policy do not recommend this approach.

There are multiple practical reasons for retention of whole buildings and their interiors, and good ways to imagine building additions to existing buildings that will achieve savings of time and money, and be acceptable within the heritage conservation, planning and community process. 

Three leaders in the architectural, structural, building envelope, sustainability and energy fields provide an approach to building retrofit and additions; their approach is geared to the 21st century models of sustainability and interdisciplinary practice. They discuss how architects and engineers can work together as a team to meet heritage conservation, intensification and technical goals through efficiencies of approach. They provide a provocative and practical approach to maintaining the landmarks of our towns and cities.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the multiple practical benefits of retaining whole buildings rather than only the façades of existing buildings.
  2. Understand the integrated framework of tools for building adaptation, including architectural, structural, building envelope and energy modelling tools.
  3. Hear memorable case studies and examples of what has worked.
  4. Learn about the latest strategies for integrated conservation within a challenging planning environment.


Jill Taylor, OAA, FRAIC, NSAA, AANB, LEED AP, CAHP, Sarah Gray, P.Eng., CAHP, and Will Teron, P.Eng., CAHP

Jill Taylor co-founded Taylor Hazell Architects in 1992. Her work is based on over 30 years of experience in the conservation and building retrofit field, including in heritage and environmental conservation, and in planning and policy development. She has been awarded a Fellowship in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), is a past chair of the Conservation Review Board of Ontario and is past-president of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. Jill is a LEED-certified professional with licenses in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

Sarah Gray has been based in Toronto for nearly 15 years, and has degrees in civil engineering and historic preservation. Her work is focused on heritage building rehabilitation, existing building condition assessment and renewal along with building enclosure consulting for new construction. She serves as a peer reviewer for the Association for Preservation Technology’s APT Bulletin and has taught building science courses at the University of Toronto. Sarah was awarded a 2010 Craftsman Award from the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP) for work at the Confederation Life Building in Toronto.

With over 30 years of experience, Will Teron has been involved in assessment, analysis and restoration of many landmarks. Will serves as conservation (structural) engineer for evaluation, restoration, renovation and adaptive reuse of structures across industrial, commercial, institutional, residential and faith-based sectors. Active in the restoration and conservation professional community, Will is an Expert Member of the International Scientific Committee on Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH), a Scientific Committee of ICOMOS International. In 2013, Will was named to the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Professional Standards Committee, tasked with developing provincial standards and guidelines for the structural condition assessment.

This session is sponsored by Mason's Masonry Supply Ltd.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Inclusive Design: The Next Generation

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

The desire for more-inclusive built environments has grown over the past decade, with an increase in legislation and best practices adopted by design practices all over the world. Developments built a generation ago are vastly different from the proposals being put forth today. Design must be socially sustainable in order to future-proof the built environment as our population ages and abilities change.

Will advancements of assistive technology, evolving needs and expectations impact the way in which we design our built environment? What will we require of the spaces in which we live, work and play in yet another generation? What will accessible design look like?

This discussion will explore the forces of change currently affecting our built environment and how the emerging generation of architects will design a more inclusive tomorrow.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand emerging trends and innovations in inclusive design.
  2. Understand the relationship between assistive technologies and design.
  3. Highlight the challenges and complexity of designing to meet diverse needs.
  4. Explore ways to future-proof the built environment in light of an uncertain future.


Jesse Klimitz, BA, M.Arch., MRAIC, OAA, and Lorene Casiez, BScN, MN, BDes

Jesse Klimitz is the Director of Human Space, leads Quadrangle’s Business Development team and steers the future growth of both practices. He is a registered Architect with the OAA and an Accessibility Strategist. His range of project experience includes residential, commercial, mixed-use and accessibility consulting on major institutional projects, including the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Parapan Am Games sports venues.  He has spoken at a number of conferences across Canada on the topic of accessibility and inclusive design and provided training to architects across Ontario in advance of changes to the accessibility requirements of the OBC. 

Lorene Casiez is an Accessibility Strategist whose passion for inclusive design derived from her background in public health and nursing. As an Associate at Quadrangle, she coordinates and manages all aspects of Quadrangle’s design consulting division, Human Space. She has led complex accessibility audits, consulted on large-scale design projects for all building types, created numerous accessibility-based design guidelines and is experienced in drawing reviews, user evaluations and group facilitation. She strongly believes that the goals of inclusive design provide the basic foundation of good design for all. Lorene obtained a Bachelor of Design from OCAD University, where she has also taught Universal Design.



4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Quality-Based Procurement for Public Architecture

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Fifty years after Canada’s Centennial, it is natural to compare the public patronage of architecture in the 1960s with today’s procurement for public buildings. On the positive side, there is increased transparency in public sector commissions. But on the flip side, the interpretation of Ontario’s public-sector procurement rules has created unnecessary barriers to achieving architectural design quality and long-lasting value.

In this session, directors of architecture studios across Ontario and representatives from public-sector agencies will share insights from their different perspectives as well as best practices from Ontario and across Canada. Panelists and session participants will be invited to take part in a discussion to share experiences and ideas for how to improve public sector procurement for architecture in Ontario, and what guidelines for commissioning architects and building architecture could be put in place. For more information, see the July 2017 Canadian Architect article, “Why Canada Needs a Public Architecture Policy” by Helena Grdadolnik.

Learning Objectives

  1. Build awareness of different approaches available for procurement of architecture for public buildings.
  2. Learn best practices and case studies in Ontario and Canada for procurement of architecture for public buildings.
  3. Share experiences and procurement practices from both sides of the table (client and architecture firm).
  4. Discuss how architects and public-sector project managers can successfully implement, or advocate for, quality-based procurement of architecture.


Helena Grdadolnik, B.E.S., M.Arch., FRAIC, Toon Dreessen, OAA, FRAIC, AIA, LEED AP, Marianne McKenna, OC, FRAIC, OAA, AIA, Beth Kapusta, and Gilbert Delgado, FAIA

Helena Grdadolnik is a director of Toronto-based studio Workshop Architecture (recipients of the 2013 OAA Best Emerging Practice Award), leading the firm’s urban design and cultural projects. She has close to 20 years of experience advocating for architecture within practice, within public sector agencies and non-profits including working for the Manifesto Foundation for Architecture in Edinburgh; as a senior architectural advisor at CABE, the UK government’s advisor on architecture and public space in England; as a cultural planner for the City of Mississauga; and as a director of an architectural practice with a focus on commercial and public sector projects. Helena has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA), and a guest critic at the Universities of British Columbia, Waterloo and Toronto. She is the co-author of two books: Towards an Ethical Architecture and The Contemporary Canadian Metropolis

Toon Dreessen is a graduate of Carleton University and recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi graduation medal. He became a member of the OAA and a member of the Architecture Canada (RAIC) in 2005. Toon is a certified LEED AP and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is president of Dreessen Cardinal Architects Inc, a 14-person Ottawa-based practice serving the Ottawa and Ottawa Valley region, with a company history going back more than 40 years. As the face of the company, he responsible for ensuring excellence in the quality of the work and continues to ensure ongoing ISO 9001 certification. He leads the company in project development and is responsible for award-winning projects in infill development, as well as laboratory, research, industrial and high-profile projects. Toon began volunteering with the OAA in 2006, serving six years on the Practice Committee. He was a member of the OAA Council from 2012 to 2017, serving on numerous committees, including representing the shareholder interests as a board member of Pro-Demnity Insurance, VP Communications, SVP-Treasurer and President 2015-2016. In 2016, Toon was honored with membership in the RAIC College of Fellows.

A founding partner of KPMB Architects, Marianne McKenna has directed a diverse range of projects in the spheres of culture, education and business. Her award-winning projects include the Rotman School of Management, the renewal of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, the Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning and Koerner Concert Hall and the Kellogg School of Management. She is currently working on the revitalization of historic Massey Hall and a new home for The Brearley School in New York. She was the Lord Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at Yale University in 2016 and she serves on the Board of Metrolinx. Marianne is an Officer of the Order of Canada for “designing structures that enrich the public realm.”

Beth Kapusta is a Toronto-based consultant and writer. In 2014 she founded Metrolinx’s Design Excellence program, charting a vision to elevate the quality and customer focus of design across the agency’s transit projects. Her city-building efforts included shaping complex AFP initiatives: the $6-billion Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the $1B East Rail Maintenance Facility in Whitby, and the controversial Davenport Diamond elevated guideway and greenway. She has been involved in numerous competitions that reflect her passion for Toronto’s urban landscape, including June Callwood Park, HTO Park, and Sugar Beach. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo in 1991.

Gilbert Delgado is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), promoting architect selection processes leading to excellent architectural design. Since the late 1990s, he has been a primary spokesperson and advocate for the award-winning Design Excellence Program developed within the United States General Services Administration (GSA). As Cornell’s University Architect, he employed these principles to ensure that new additions to both the Ithaca and New York City campuses maintain the highest standards of design quality. In 2016, he moved to Toronto to serve as the University of Toronto’s Chief of Planning, Design and Construction.

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Residences of the Sisters of St. Joseph

2.0 ConEd Learning Hours

The home of the Sisters of St. Joseph of  Toronto articulates both individual contemplative life and the community engagement of the Sisters' ministries.  Relationships to nature and the city reinforce public and private aspects. These dualities are articulated both in the exterior of the building and the spaces within. The home includes 58 residential suites accommodating a variety of levels of care, from independent living to long-term care, nursing stations and associated requirements - chapel, dining and kitchen facilities, meeting spaces and community rooms. You will see the main communal spaces, located on the ground floor with easy adjacencies to facilitate community spirit. The project aspires to a high level of sustainability for ethical reasons. This includes geothermal for heating and cooling, solar preheat for domestic hot water, photovoltaic panels, green roofs, high-quality building envelope, bioswales, naturalized landscape and permeable paving.

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

9:30 AM - 11:45 AM


Elgin Theatre & Winter Garden Lobby

2.0 ConEd Learning Hours

The Elgin and Winter Garden were built in 1913 as the Canadian flagship for the Loew's chain of vaudeville and photo play houses. The complex is unique in Canada in that it contains two complete theaters, built one above the other.  It was inspired by a short-lived experiment with double-decker theatres in New York in the early 1900s. This National Historic Site - the last operating double-decker theatre in the world - recounts the history and restoration of the complex.  Visit the orginal and new lobbies and the elegant Elgin Theatre. At present the tour will only include the Elgin Theatre and both theatre lobbies. Guests are not able to access inside the Winter Garden Theatre as there is a production.

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


Toronto: Smart & Connected Tour - Walking Tour

2.5 Con Ed Learning Hours

This year, Toronto was named by Google's Sidewalk Labs as their flagship city to develop Smart City technologies. This tour will explore that partnership, on the building and neighbourhood levels, tying the concept back to the city as a whole. Starting in the heart of Toronto's new connectedness, with context given by Waterfront Toronto, the tour will visit both the east and west edges of the core neighbourhood. Visitors will have the opportunity to envision future high-tech projects while standing in Waterfront's newly-build urban spaces. Moving inside with an explanation of WaterPark Place III, Cisco's intelligent building showcase, it will wrap up with a few words from the City of Toronto, indicating how the strategies being implemented at Waterfront will inform the direction of urban development and intelligent community initiatives throughout the city as a whole.



2:00 PM - 4:45 PM


University Avenue Tour - Walking Tour

2.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Come walk with us as we stroll down Toronto's ceremonial boulevard and explore the buildings, landscapes and artwork that define one of Toronto's most unique thoroughfares: University Avenue. Discover the stories behind the architecture, from the origins and growth of hospital row to the city by-laws behind the light-coloured facades that line the boulevard. We'll help you see our grand avenue as you have never seen it before! Highlights include Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto Courthouse and Four Seasons Centre for Performing Arts.

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 - 4:45 PM


The Past and Present in Old Town - Walking Tour

 2.0 ConEd Learning Hours

Once the epicentre of the City of Toronto (originally the Town of York), the area around Front and Jarvis streets is actively evolving with layers of both past and present - this is notably obvious at present by an archaeological dig on the location of the original town market square.  The neighbourhood originally played a major role in the governmental, financial and commercial growth of the city. Many of the mid-nineteenth century buildings that housed those functions now co-exist with new developments.  Over the course of 150 years, the evolution of the neighbourhood has also included unique approaches to interpreting this important history with many public spaces telling the stories about this past.  This tour will take you into building and parts of the neighbourhood that even locals may not be familiar with!  Issues of historic preservation, adaptive reuse and the impacts of mid-twentieth century urban renewal will be discussed.

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.

2:45 PM - 5:30 PM


Brews & Bricks with Junction Craft Brewing

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours

In January 2018, Junction Craft Brewing officially opened the doors of a brand-new 16,000 square foot facility brewer and craft beer destination within the former Symes Road Incinerator. This impressive Art Deco structure was built by the City of Toronto and opened in 1934. The design and construction of the project took place under R.C. Harris, Toronto's longest-serving Commissioner of Public Works; it was known orginally as "the Destructor on Symes Road" and ultimately as "Symes Road Transfer Station" when it was converted into a waste transfer facility. It is rare survivor of West Toronto's early 20th century industrial history in the former Union Stockyards. The building and its 5.5-acre site were listed for sale by Build Toronto in 2010 and purchased by a Toronto developer in 2012. Declared a Heritage property in 2011, the building has been restored and turned over to Junction Craft Brewing for adaptation to a use that reflects its industrial roots while engaging the community. Toronto's PLANT Architects was enlisted to help with this transition. During the tour, you will see the space while you learn about the Brewery, their craft beers and experience a tasting in the beverage room.

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

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Plenary Session - SHIFT 2019 Infrastructure / Architecture Challenge

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

SHIFT 2019
Infrastructure / Architecture Challenge 

The Ontario Association of Architects challenges the profession to identify those interstitial infrastructure systems impacting society as a whole, and then propose new ways to think about their design, foregrounding their role as essential and diverse building blocks of communities.

A direct result of the OAA’s comprehensive review of its annual Awards Program in 2016, the new SHIFT2019 Infrastructure/ Architecture Challenge follows the recommendations in the final report by consultant Brigitte Desrochers: It “looks slightly beyond the horizon of traditional Awards Programs” to serve as “a new type of ‘activist’ prize for the OAA to engage, which better intersects with its public interest mandate.”

This new program targets a different societal issue every two years in which the profession can bring architectural thinking to engage the public in a dialogue about architecture and the role of architects in society. This program is geared to engage all facets of the profession as well as industry partners. Its intent is to strengthen the profile of architecture as a public-interest focused profession. But what does this mean, and how can you participate?

Attend this session and become inspired by speakers like Toon Dreessen (Chair, Challenge Program Task Group), Vanessa Fong (OAA Vice President Communications) and Robin Mazumder (cognitive neuroscience and urban design expert)! Be part of this exciting new direction for architectural thinking. Understand the motivation behind the new program, along with the details, timing and how to get involved. Be the first to witness the unveiling of the visual identity and branding!

Building on the success and positive feedback from last year’s conference, this full delegate plenary session provides an excellent opportunity for the profession to come together in conversation during conference.

Attend the plenary, network with your peers, understand the newest in OAA programming and be prepared to participate when the call for SHIFT2019 opens this October.

12:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Keynote Luncheon Featuring Ilana Ben-Ari


Ilana Ben-Ari founder, CEO, and lead designer of Twenty One Toys will be our Keynote speaker introducing the topic "Bold by Design". “Toys are the new textbooks,” says the designer and social entrepreneur. “If we're going to be ready for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, we need to value play and emotional intelligence, in our schools and our offices.” Ilana is the inventor of the Empathy Toy, an award-winning toy being used in over 1,000 schools and companies that teaches communication, collaboration, and creativity.


This event sponsored by the Canadian Wood Council: 


5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Alumni Events

Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism
Alumni Reception
401 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1E7

Register here.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with former classmates and faculty during the School’s 50th anniversary year.

Light food and beverages will be provided.