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OAA Annual Conference 2020

Wednesday May 27 2020 - Beanfield Centre and Hotel X, Toronto

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Conference Program

Wednesday May 27 2020

Registration: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Refreshment Breaks:
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sponsor Displays: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Planning and Development Approvals

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 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. 

Learning Objectives 

  1. Explain why the land use planning and development process is relevant to architects.
  2. Identify the ways the province and municipalities plan for growth.
  3. Identify the authorities that have decision-making powers within the planning process.
  4. List, describe, and compare the planning instruments that control land development in Ontario.
  5. Describe the circumstances under which planning instruments constitute applicable law.
  6. Explain how the various planning instruments are amended.
  7. Outline the criteria used to evaluate planning applications.
  8. Identify issues that can affect the approval process and how to address them.
  9. Describe the architect’s role in the planning and development approval process.
  10. Describe the planning powers of municipalities to control the exterior design of buildings.
  11. Describe the role of the architect as an expert witness before planning appeal bodies.
  12. Describe what the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal and the Toronto Local Appeal Body take into consideration in making decisions on planning appeals.
  13. Describe the planning powers of municipalities to control the exterior design of buildings.


Martin Rendl, BES, M.Sc. (Pl.), MCIP, RPP (Martin Rendl Associates)

Martin Rendl is the principal of the land use planning firm Martin Rendl Associates. He has over 32 years or experience providing planning and development services to public- and private-sector clients across Ontario. Martin’s areas of expertise include site feasibility and due diligence as well as the complete range of planning approvals. These include amendments to official plans and zoning by-laws, plans of subdivision, severances, minor variances, and site plan approval. Martin also gives expert planning evidence at Ontario Municipal Board hearings. Martin is the instructor for two courses offered by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) and lectures on planning approvals for the OAA. He holds planning degrees from the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto. Martin is a Registered Professional Planner.


2:00 PM – 5:30 PM


A Roadmap to Improve the Architectural Practice

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours

We are at a pivotal moment in the arc of the architectural practice. Today, the modern practice takes on many forms: research hub, design studio, and production house. As their first order of business, these practices must embrace the health and growth of the practice team. Key to attaining this is the practice of equality, transparency, diversity, and inclusion. These professional virtues help inspire and empower practice teams and lay the foundations for a firm’s vibrant and sustainable growth. However, while some may know how important these virtues are to our business, we do not always incorporate them into our daily practice. There are often structural challenges within the practice that create roadblocks, including outdated management styles, the failure to understand the value of studio culture, and economic pressures that may create a toxic work environment.

Join us in an interactive workshop inviting professionals to first uncover and deconstruct some of the roadblocks and challenges facing the practice. Based on our learned understanding of these roadblocks, we will then venture to create a road map for the emerged and emerging leaders that will help guide the future generation of architects.

Learning Objectives

  1. Create a dialogue between participants to find the tools that foster diversity in the workplace.
  2. Understand our role as leaders in creating an inclusive and creative work environment.
  3. Gain strategies to overcome the key areas that hold staff back from career progression.
  4. Elaborate on the tools that can make us better leaders of a rapidly changing society.


Ana-Francisca de la Mora, OAA, Arq., MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C

Ana-Francisca de la Mora is an architect with over 18 years of experience. Her work is characterized by its innovative, high-quality architectural design with a deep commitment to making healthy places that are accessible and inclusive. As an Associate Director at IBI Group, she has built an extensive portfolio focused on transit projects and transit-oriented development (TOD) in Canada, Latin America, and the Middle East. She has been responsible for the successful design and execution of transit facilities that include subway, LRT, BRT, buses, and ancillary facilities. She currently serves as an Executive Member of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA).

Titka Seddighi, OAA, MRAIC

Titka Seddighi is a passionate, goal-oriented leader with 20+ years of experience managing large-scale mixed-use projects. She has combined technical insight and communication and team management skills to deliver her rich portfolio of award-winning national and international projects. Her strengths lie in design development through construction focusing on building client relationships, while maintaining design excellence. Titka holds a master’s degree in architecture and is a licensed member of the OAA, a member of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). 

Andrea Katz, OAA

Andrea Katz’s passion for urban design and affinity for creating inspiring spaces are the bases of her architectural interests. Her specific area of expertise is the design and implementation of complex residential buildings in development sites, and she brings with her a keen business sense and analytical skills, having completed an undergraduate degree in philosophy. Through her work, Andrea has developed a deep understanding of zoning by-laws and municipal legal processes, which add to her noted ability to develop the value in any site. Her originality, ability to find creative solutions, and experience in coordinating teams of consultants are key to Andrea’s creation of sustainable and aesthetically appealing work.


2:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Roll Up Your Sleeves: Making Dense Family Housing Work

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours

So much has been said about housing affordability, but so little has been done to find practical solutions. It’s time for us to roll up our sleeves! In this workshop, we will draw on the experience and domain knowledge of the participating architects and address one critical aspect of housing affordability. This session will focus on one of the most significant and hardest issues with the overall affordability issue—affordable housing for families with children or youth.

In the past, family housing could be provided effectively by development of single-family detached houses en-masse on green fields, together with new horizontal infrastructure to serve them. However, in large cities, building single-family housing is no longer a viable path to affordability, and the only practical solution is family-friendly housing in multi-unit buildings. And, in spite of significant development of multi-unit housing, most of it has not provided units of size, design, price range, and access to services suitable for families. In the workshop, we will focus on identifying the underlying causes of the problem, and working collaboratively to arrive at implementable solutions. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Participate in a collaborative and inclusive design process and learn from peers’ experience and approach.
  2. Understand the challenges for achieving affordable family housing, including which factors are under the architect’s control.
  3. Introduce new approaches of increasing housing affordability for families in growing cities in Ontario.
  4. Gain awareness of the various literature, case studies, and best practices for housing affordability.


Naama Blonder, OAA, MCIP, OPPI

Naama Blonder is a registered architect and an urban designer. She was the project manager for the City of Toronto’s most recent Design Guidelines study, Growing Up Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities (2017), where the review of best practices together with an in-depth stakeholders’ engagement strategy resulted in new policy and guidelines for planning for households with children in Toronto’s urban cores. Naama has worked on and managed high-profile projects in Toronto and Tel Aviv, dealing with both architecture and the planning aspects of these projects. She served on the OAA Affordable Housing Task Group (2018) and is a board member of Kehilla, an Affordable Housing Programme. Naama created the board game UrbanBlocks and facilitates it for children and their parents to educate the public about density and its role in creating livable and vibrant cities.

Misha Bereznyak, B.Arch., MUDS, OAA, LEED ND

Misha Bereznyak is a registered architect, holds a master’s degree in Urban Design Studies from the University of Toronto and is a LEED Neighbourhood Development Accredited Professional. Misha oversaw urban development projects in both the private and public sectors and developed a deep understanding of the forces that shape development. Misha’s work in the private sector included transforming large, underutilized sites in the GTA, Ottawa, and Greater Vancouver into vibrant, mixed-use communities. In the public sector, at the City of Vaughan, Misha oversaw a variety of development applications for intensification in the city’s growing areas.


2:00 PM – 5:30 PM


In-house Architectural Photography with Mirrorless Cameras

This session has been cancelled.



2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


Kinetic Facades: The Future of Responsible Design

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

The facade is the most crucial part of the building. It defines building identity, impacts the surroundings and well-being of its users, and has a remarkable effect on overall building performance, operational cost, and longevity. In today’s construction market where government authorities around the world are driving ambitious legislative environmental commitments, and industry professionals are racing to find effective high-performance solutions, it is important to examine innovative facade options, and alternative methods for achieving responsible building design and environment.

Throughout the history of architecture, signature and remarkable facades have been achieved through materiality and use of static ornaments. The contemporary envelope is more than just a static building component; it is a building skin, a dynamic living organism capable of moving and feeling, providing dynamic shelter from a harsh environment, generating and conserving energy. This presentation will examine various cutting-edge kinetic technology systems, building performance, feasibility, construction, and market challenges, as well as observe successfully executed international examples.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the capabilities of environment-responsive facade design.
  2. Gain an appreciation for the future of building performance.
  3. Learn about innovations in construction.
  4. Grasp various international trends.


Jelena Savic-Brkic, Dipl-Ing.Arch., M.Arch., OAA

Jelena Savic-Brkic is a multifaceted professional, bringing more than 15 years of expertise in architecture and construction. She is directing new construction building science practice in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and is a senior building science consultant providing technical expertise on new construction projects. Jelena has completed numerous mid- and large-scale projects in Europe and Canada and is a recognized expert in technical matters, construction execution and project delivery. Her speciality is tall building design, high-performance envelopes, sustainable and net-zero design, and innovative construction methodologies such as prefabrication and modular design. Prior to joining Morrison Hershfield, Jelena spent many years working for renowned architectural firms in Toronto.


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


Reimagination of 60 Bloor Street: A Deep Retrofit Case Study

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

The deep building retrofit at 60 Bloor Street West, a 1970s-vintage, 300,000-sf office building at the landmark intersection of Bay and Bloor streets in Toronto, is at the leading edge of a trend toward large-scale existing building retrofits in Canada. Morguard, in partnership with Ledcor Renew and C3 SGS, identified the potential for real value growth through a retrofit that includes significant mechanical and electrical upgrades, installation of a modern building envelope with over 35 per cent greater daylight openings, and major upgrades to the building’s retail podium—all while the building is fully occupied. The project is targeting an energy use reduction of more than 25 per cent and pursuing LEED EB:O&M Gold certification.

This presentation focuses primarily on the building envelope considerations, including the design and installation of a bespoke curtain wall system. The upper portion of the existing metal spandrel panels and the structural aluminum fins are removed from the exterior prior to installation of the new unitized curtain wall. The new curtain wall is mechanically fastened to the existing glaze spline. Finally, the original vision glass is removed to the interior. The interior works also include a significant HVAC retrofit.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the different methods of retrofit, and their relative advantages and disadvantages.
  2. Understand the challenges of preparing for and implementing a retrofit on an occupied building.
  3. Understand the options for obtaining LEED certification on an existing building retrofit.
  4. Learn about new, innovative approaches that should be considered.


Rob Wood, P.Eng.

Rob Wood is the president of C3 Buildings & Infrastructure, a leading provider of curtain wall retrofits on occupied commercial buildings. At C3, he has overseen the retrofit of high-rise office towers across Canada, including Toronto City Hall, 400 University Avenue, and towers in Toronto, Edmonton, Halifax, and Sudbury. Rob is a graduate of the system design engineering program at the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), BOMA, and PEO. He is an active speaker, having conducted seminars and presentations on curtain wall retrofit to the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC), the OAA, and other organizations.


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


Reducing Your Risk with Building Science

* This session is also being offered: Thursday, May 28, 2020 --- 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

According to Pro-Demnity Insurance, the largest portion of professional liability claims against architects was the result of water infiltration through the building enclosure. The damage was largely due to failure of the building envelope to keep water out or to eliminate condensation, and was a result of poor or missing design details. As buildings become more complex in their architectural design, and new products emerge for use in the building envelope, new challenges arise in designing the details where the various building components meet. Continuity of the air, vapour, moisture, and thermal control layers is crucial to a successful design, but can present difficulties for even the most seasoned designer.

As a building scientist, the presenter’s work involves the assessment of failures of the building envelope and to develop strategies to repair those failures. In turn, those repair details, as well as others, are used in the design of efficient and durable new buildings. This session aims to share with the audience a number of vulnerable building details, as well as the best methods for designing them to provide durable, long-term solutions while considering both form and function.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about better risk assessment.
  2. Find out how to reduce common design errors.
  3. Understand material compatibility issues.
  4. Grasp building science design principles.


Ian Miller, P.Eng., LEED AP, CCCA

Ian Miller is a project principal and the director of regional operations for South and West Ontario with Pretium, a building science consulting firm. He is also the current president of the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC). Since 2004, he has dedicated his career to the pursuit of excellence in the design and repair of building enclosures of all types, including existing buildings and new construction. Miller has been a speaker for many high-profile organizations, including the University of Waterloo, the Building Envelope Forum in Toronto, and the Advanced Building Skins Conference in Switzerland.


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Designing Cities and Homes as Exercise Machines

* This session is also being offered:    Friday, May 29, 2020 --- 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

The obesity epidemic has affected many nations. In Canada, by some estimates, more than six million Canadian adults age 20 to 64 are overweight and nearly three million are obese. The common tendency is to blame people’s dietary choices and sedentary habits. Yet, it can also be argued that poor urban planning practices have largely contributed to a lack of active lifestyles. Low-density suburban sprawl, long commutes, diminishing land for green areas, and the elimination of sidewalks from local streets are some aspects that have led to reduced physical activity, among residents of all ages.

Reversing course and regarding the community and the home as exercise machines need to be a top priority of urban planners and public health officials. Public transit, commercial hubs walking distance away, jogging tracks, bike paths, and play spaces should become mandatory features of new residential development. In his presentation, Dr. Avi Friedman, professor of architecture at McGill University, recipient of the World Habitat Award, and a practising architect, will illustrate the decline of community planning for healthy living and outline measures that can be reintroduced to foster active lifestyles.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the fundamental changes in our lifestyle that merit a new paradigm.
  2. Understand how to design homes for active living.
  3. Learn about designing communities for active living.
  4. Understand detailed interventions in design.


Avi Friedman, Architect

Avi Friedman received his bachelor’s degree in architecture and town planning from the Israel Institute of Technology, his master’s degree from McGill University, and his doctorate from the University of Montreal. In 1988, he co-founded the Affordable Homes Program at the McGill School of Architecture where he teaches. He also holds an honorary professor position in Lancaster University in the U.K. Avi is known for his housing innovation and in particular for the Grow Home and Next Home designs. He’s the author of 23 books and a columnist for several media outlets. He is the principal of Avi Friedman Consultants Inc. and the recipient of numerous awards including the Manning Innovation Award, Lifetime Achievement Award from Sustainable Buildings Canada, and the World Habitat Award. In 2000, he was selected by Wallpaper magazine as one of 10 people from around the world most likely to change the way we live.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


The Evolving Standard of Care for Design Professionals

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

As new technologies, delivery models, and client concerns propagate through architecture and other design professions, how are the designer’s professional obligations impacted? Can current code compliance alone satisfy an architect’s duty? Is it mandatory to future-proof for climate change? Is there a BIM burden and to whom does it belong? Do collaborative approaches like IPD lead to greater risk? How should an architect navigate the administration of construction contracts under new laws? 

Glaholt LLP lawyers Andrea Lee and Derrick Dodgson investigate the evolving landscape of design and the associated shifts in standard of care that apply, or may soon apply, to modern practice.

Learning Objectives

  1. Manage a practice in consideration of appropriate standard of care.
  2. Anticipate potential liabilities associated with emerging technologies and challenges in their work.
  3. Engage with other design and construction professionals in a legally responsible manner.
  4. Mitigate professional risks associated with new opportunities in architecture.


Andrea Lee, RAIC, LEED AP

Andrea Lee is a Law Society-certified Specialist in Construction Law, and a member of the Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) and the Ontario Bar Association (Executive Member, Construction & Infrastructure Section). She advises on construction and design contracts and represents owners, contractors, and design professionals in litigation and arbitration. Andrea teaches construction law at Osgoode Hall Law School and Queen’s University, and is co-author of the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada (Construction chapter, Architects and Engineers). Andrea is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and chairs CanBIM’s Legal Committee.

Derrick Dodgson

Derrick Dodgson’s construction law practice includes contract drafting, Ontario litigation disputes, and international arbitration cases involving multi-disciplinary infrastructure and industrial projects. Derrick has been a guest lecturer at Osgoode Hall Law School and has authored articles on subjects including performance security and contract termination. Prior to practising law, Derrick obtained his B.Sc. in civil engineering from Queen’s University.


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


Community Well-Being: An Emerging Framework for Designs

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Fundamentally, this is about shifting the paradigm of the built environment to be about meaningfully improving the well-being of communities and natural systems defined as “the combination of social, economic, environmental, cultural, and political conditions identified by individuals and their communities as essential for them to flourish and fulfil their potential.” A multi-year research initiative undertaken by the Conference Board of Canada, DIALOG, and others resulted in a robust methodology and set of indicators, published for all to use feely. The intent is for communities, designers, and city-builders to make better, evidence-based decisions that serve to enhance healthy lifestyles, mental health, social well-being, and the health of natural systems. By doing so, it builds capacity and enables community members to make a positive impact and be proactive about their well-being.

Learning Objectives

  1. Attain specific, implementable tools to inform designs, plans, and decision-making to meaningfully improve the well-being of communities.
  2. Gain tools to improve conversations with internal and external actors, on the basis of a shared objective.
  3. Attain the ability to measure designs and built environments on the basis of defined indicators and metrics.
  4. Share a bank of case studies, pilot projects, and valuable resources.


Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Arq., MES, RPP, MCIP, FRAIC

Antonio Gomez-Palacio, is a founding partner of DIALOG, one of Canada’s leading design firms. He is internationally recognized for transforming cities into vibrant urban places, which respond to their social, economic, environmental, and political contexts. Grounded on both a participatory and an evidence-based approach, his work is credited with meaningfully improving the well-being of communities. Antonio has worked on a wide range of projects focused on urban intensification, master planning, mixed-use, transit, heritage, economic development, and sustainability. He has acted as the chair of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) and Vaughan’s Design Review Panel, and is involved with a number of industry initiatives and organizations including the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA). He is currently leading multi-sectoral research on the link between built environments and community well-being.


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


Creativity & Innovation in the Workplace

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

In order to solve the challenges of today and tomorrow, we know we need to be innovative. We talk about innovation. We exclaim that we need to be innovative! But what does that really mean and how do we get there? In this interactive, fun, and eye-opening session, participants will learn the relationship between creativity and innovation, how to develop and sustain a creative mindset, tools and processes to facilitate creativity, and ways to foster a creative work environment. By understanding creativity, you will be better able to lead innovation and address workplace and industry challenges.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the difference between creativity and innovation.
  2. Understand how to develop a creative mindset, and foster it among employees.
  3. Understand the variety of tools and processes that facilitate creative thinking.
  4. Understand what a creative organization looks like, and how to become a creative leader.


Karin Davis, CTDP

Karin Davis works with organizations who want to stop talking about innovation and start working differently. Her work focuses on creativity—the foundation of innovation—which is often overlooked. Karin’s current venture, Neoteric Minds, is a social enterprise that supports the development of creativity in a variety of change organizations. Karin is a Certified Training & Development Practitioner (CTDP), and teaches workplace innovation for McMaster University’s Continuing Education program.


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


Ten (More) Years to Save the World

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

In 2017, the World Design Congress in Montréal challenged delegates to step up and be accountable for their actions toward saving the world from the impending climate crisis. It’s now almost three years later, and the planning and design professions have been slow—at best—to accept this challenge. What are we doing? Is it having any credible benefit? What more can we do? 

One of the emerging, innovative approaches is a return to what human society was once well aware of. We are integrally linked to our natural environment, from whence comes all manner of ecosystem benefits, directly and indirectly. As the world warms, those critical habitats and species are declining—in our cities, our farms, and even in the wild places we know as Canada. The opening presentation for the session examines the efforts of small but committed groups of people in Canada and abroad who are seeking innovative new policies, processes, and products that will inspire planners and designers to create our cities of the future. Because our future is changing—and this old model just won’t do. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about interdisciplinary collaboration to advance low carbon resilience and nature-based solutions.
  2. Understand the co-benefits of working with nature: resilience, sustainability, and well-being.
  3. Understand the data involved with working with nature.
  4. Learn how to reset the model in communities across Canada.


Colleen Mercer Clarke, M.Sc., M.L.A., PhD, FCSLA, APALA

Working at scales from urban parks to large landscapes, Colleen Mercer Clarke’s career has spanned 45 years and encompasses environmental assessment and audit, site planning and design, research, teaching, and writing. Trained as both an ecologist and landscape architect, and with a relatively new doctorate in interdisciplinary studies, and a post-doctorate in coastal and oceans health, Colleen’s work now largely focuses on advancing resilience and sustainability in a changing world. In 2012, she was appointed to the National Advisory Committee on coastal adaptation at the Climate Change Directorate of Natural Resources Canada, and was one of the primary authors for the award-winning 2016 science-based assessment, “Canada’s Marine Coasts in a Changing Climate.” She also co-authored The Adaptation Primers–A Resource for Decision-Makers. In 2009, Colleen was elected to the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) College of Fellows, and in 2016 was the recipient of the CSLA President’s Award for her advocacy and work on climate change and the professions. In 2019, in recognition of her continuing efforts in ecological conservation and climate adaptation, she was awarded the President’s Medal of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA). Colleen chairs the CSLA Committee on Climate Action and the IFLA Working Group on Climate Change; she is also an IFLA Delegate to the World Council of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Jane Welsh, OALA, FCSLA

Jane Welsh is the project manager of the Environmental Planning Unit of Toronto City Planning, responsible for creating new innovative solutions to address sustainability/resilience issues and change the way Canada’s largest city is built. Her work includes development of the Toronto Green Standard, Green Roof Bylaw, Bird Friendly Guidelines, and the first Ravine Protection Bylaw, Ravine Strategy, and Biodiversity Strategy for Toronto. Jane has a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Guelph and a master’s of science degree in planning from the University of Toronto. She was elected to the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) College of Fellows in 2018 and is the current president of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA).


Architect, urban designer, and a pioneer in the planning and design of zero-carbon buildings and campuses, climate adaptation, and regenerative cities, Craig Applegath is a principal and founding partner of DIALOG’s Toronto studio. Trained as a biologist, architect, and urban designer, Craig is passionate about finding planning and design solutions that make sense in a world challenged by climate change and environmental deterioration. Since graduating from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University with a master’s degree of architecture in urban design, Craig has focused on leading complex, sustainable planning and design projects, and is internationally recognized for his design and advocacy of zero-carbon regenerative buildings and cities, as well as mass timber design. Craig’s area of practice at DIALOG includes the master planning and design of institutional and tall mass timber projects. In addition to his professional practice responsibilities, Craig speaks about his research and design explorations at conferences and workshops internationally, as well as hosting the Twenty-First Century Imperative podcast, where he explores the questions of how will we continue to live on our planet without destroying our biosphere; how will we repair and regenerate the environmental damage we have already caused, and how will we successfully adapt to the escalating impacts of climate change. Craig is a founding board member of Sustainable Buildings Canada, and a past-president of the Ontario Association of Architects. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) for his services to the profession of architecture, and an Honorary Member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) for contribution to the profession of landscape architecture. In 2019, Craig was appointed acting chair of the Mass Timber Institute, and is now working with the MTI Council to reshape it into a national organization.

Stephen Pope, OAA, B.Arch., BES, FRAIC, Associate ASHRAE

Stephen has a comprehensive understanding of whole building performance arising from his work at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). As an NRCan researcher in sustainability for buildings, his tasks included hourly operations energy modelling (DOE-2.1e), embodied effects modelling (ATHENA IE4B), the development of green building assessment tools (GBTool, now SBTool), and design facilitation for high-performance buildings. After leaving NRCan, he added building science skills in heat and moisture transfer modelling for building assemblies. At CSV he is principal modeller with THERM for windows and opaque assemblies plus the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) for whole buildings, in addition to hourly energy modelling in support of net-zero or net-zero-ready, low-carbon buildings. Stephen has been active in the Canadian green building scene since the late 1990s. He is a founding member of the Canadian chapter of the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE), and a founding member of the National Capital Green Building Association, which became the Ottawa Region Chapter of the CaGBC. He currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors at ATHENA Sustainable Materials Institute, is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and, as member of the ASHRAE Technical Committee 7.1, co-authored Chapter 60 of the 2019 ASHRAE HVAC Applications Handbook addressing integrated building design and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Responding to the Shift Toward Global Connection

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

In a world that is increasingly connected and where boundaries between nations become more blurred, how can the architecture industry adapt and thrive? B+H is one of only a few Ontario-based firms with studios in Asia, the United States, and the Middle East. In this session, CEO Bill Nankivell will share the firm’s history of international expansion and the lessons learned along the way. He will discuss how the decision to expand globally has allowed the firm to navigate fluctuating markets across countries, to engage with a diversity of talent and project types, and to build a global perspective with local expertise. The reasons for choosing to take the firm global, the variety of challenges and lessons learned in doing so in multiple different countries, and how this has benefited B+H and can benefit many other Ontario studios will also be explored.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how architecture firms can respond positively to the shift toward global connection and shape the world of the future.
  2. Gain a deeper understanding of how an international presence provides greater stability through diversity of markets, projects, and talent.
  3. Get a strong grasp on potential pitfalls in the process of expanding into new markets and how to navigate them for success within their own company.
  4. Learn how studios across the globe can work together to create positive results, while still retaining the local expertise critical to dealing with client needs and project demands.


Bill Nankivell, B.Arch., OAA, Architect AIBC, AAA, AIA, FRAIC, NCARB, ALBNL, NWTAA, AAPEI, NSAA

Bill Nankivell is the CEO of B+H Architects, a leading global architecture and consulting firm with over 65 years of award-winning work. In his time with the firm, he has led growth in the healthcare and higher-education sectors and has overseen significant global growth through acquisitions and organic initiatives. Starting with offices in Toronto, B+H now practises in nine studios across North America, Asia, and the Middle East, with over 450 staff globally. As an ambassador for creating bold and inspiring spaces for people, Bill’s work managing a diverse team of architects, designers, and planners across 10 studios has aided in delivering some of the most iconic structures internationally. He has also been instrumental in expanding the firm’s global platform through an emphasis on quality design, technical excellence, and client service to guide B+H into the future. 


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Practice Tip 39.1 as a Component of a Go/No-Go Decision

* This session is also being offered: Friday, May 29, 2020 --- 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Some firms tend to respond to every Request for Proposal (RFP) that comes their way. The challenge then becomes how to evaluate objectively which opportunities will yield the best outcomes within manageable risk levels. To assist in deciding which projects make sense, a go/no-go matrix becomes an important tool for any firm.

This interactive session will focus on evaluating an RFP through a lens of “risk,” understanding how to apply and integrate Practice Tip (PT) 39.1 as part of the decision-making process as well as understanding tools and resources available to help your firm make the best decisions when it comes to project opportunities.

Come prepared with questions. We will attempt to provide answers.

Note: Prior to attending the session, we recommend you download and become familiar with Practice Tip 39.1, Best Practices for Review of RFP Languages and Supplementary Conditions to OAA and other Client-Architect Contracts.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand a basic go/no-go decision matrix.
  2. Understand why Practice Tip 39.1 was created.
  3. Learn how to apply the content of Practice Tip 39.1 when reviewing RFPs and contract terms and conditions.
  4. Identify risks that could affect the decision of your firm to submit.


Allen N. Humphries, BES, B.Arch., Architect (Retired)

Allen Humphries is an OAA Practice Advisor, providing a broad range of practice advisory services in support of architects and their practices. He has bachelor of environmental studies and bachelor of architecture degrees from the University of Waterloo, and an honours diploma in computer programming and systems analysis. Allen brings a wealth of experience in all facets of practice, gained over the years in small, medium, and large architectural practices as well as in corporate and government environments. He has taught at the community college level. Allen has also served on a number of CSA standards-writing committees and OAA committees. He was recently chair of the Construction Contract Administration Committee (CCAC) and was also a Practice Committee member. Allen is involved as an Admission Course instructor (live and on-line), and helped write the CCA course components. Allen has solid knowledge of both the internal and external operations of the OAA, and has valuable industry insight.

Mélisa Audet, B.Sc.Arch., M.Arch., Architect

Mélisa Audet is the Manager of Practice Advisory Services at the OAA. She works alongside Practice Advisors to coordinate the delivery of a broad range of practice services that support members and architectural firms within the public interest. Mélisa obtained both her bachelor of sciences and master of architecture from McGill University and also a certificate in project management from Ryerson University. Fully bilingual (French and English), she has extensive experience in private practices, the Federal Government, as well as working for a large construction management firm. This wide range of professional experience and exposure is a great asset, bringing practical insight from different points of view from our industry. Mélisa joined OAA Council in December 2017 and was Vice President Regulatory from January 2018 to December 2019. She was an active member of McGill Alumni of Toronto Board of Directors from 2014–2018 and the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) from 2017-2018.


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Not at Home: Resolving the Rift Between Housing and Practice

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

After the Second World War, the environmental, financial, and physical footprint of architect-designed housing has increased steadily, creating a growing rift between the approach, thinking, and priorities used to produce these homes and those deployed to construct housing for the vast majority of the North American public. This gap is reflected in the focus and priorities of the practitioner, as well as the training and tools used to act upon them, preventing her from addressing the unsustainable means by which housing is designed and constructed. 

To impact this fast-replicating world of vinyl siding and sprawling lawns requires an evolution of practice—one that trades the isolating approaches currently deployed for more inclusive practices and more advanced tools. Fortunately, practices such as internet-based crowd sourcing and data mining and tools like large-scale 3D printing, on-demand fabrication, and robotics provide a compelling pathway to this end. 

This presentation will delineate five steps through which the architect might leverage these practices and tools in order to evolve practice, and housing. An analysis of housing projects by entities like MUJI, IKEA, houm, ICON, Modus Operations, and the International Design Clinic will complement the argument, illustrating the challenges and opportunities available to those willing to evolve.

Learning Objectives

  1. Clearly describe the economic, environmental, and social impact of contemporary housing production and how these trends will impact our planet in the future.
  2. Outline the historic and current role of the architect within housing production and how current practices are misaligned with the practice of housing production are misaligned.
  3. Describe how the practice of architecture and the practice of housing production are misaligned and identify several approaches whereby we, as a profession, might begin to realign our practices so as to meaningfully impact the housing industry.
  4. Describe the opportunities available to those who choose to evolve their practice, as well as the benefit of so doing, to the wider public and our planet.


Scott Shall, Architect, AIA

Scott Gerald Shall, AIA, 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. Since founding the IDC in 2006, Shall has worked through this organization to complete over a dozen projects on four continents. Shall’s work in this arena has been disseminated widely, including presentations at Third and Fifth International Symposia On Service Learning In Higher Education, lectures at Brown University, and the New School for Design, publications by the AIA Press and the University of Indianapolis Press and exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Art in La Paz, Bolivia, the Sheldon Swope Museum of Art, the Goldstein Museum of Design, the Venice Architecture Biennale, and MoMA.


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Bio-Regenerative Building Design

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

The United Nations’ “Millennium Ecosystem Assessment” identified that out of the 24 global ecosystem services, 15 are being degraded over time. These problems, unless addressed, will substantially diminish the benefits that future generations obtain from ecosystems. The degradation of ecosystem services could grow significantly worse during the first half of this century (i.e. 2000–2050) and is a barrier to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The UN identified that one way to reduce or to possibly reverse the negative environmental impact could be to create new developments or redesign existing buildings that they provide or support ecosystem services. If the built environment can provide some of its own ecosystem services, the degraded ecosystem functions may be able to begin to regenerate and therefore be able to support more species. A bio-regenerative building design model will be presented on single- and multi-unit residential residences to regenerate food, air, water, energy, and well-being to replenish the natural ecosystem services. It can deliver nine out of the 16 Millennium Development Goals. The methodologies are based on nature’s design solutions that have been tested for 3.8 billion years. The multifaceted bio-regenerative design approach includes biophilic design, bio-synergetic design, biomimetic design, and bio-intelligent design.

Learning Objectives

  1. Know the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and Millennium Development Goals.
  2. Know the differences between sustainable and regenerative building design.
  3. Understand the bio-regenerative building design concept.
  4. Explore bio-regenerative building design methods


Phil Fung, P.Eng., LEED AP, Designated Consulting Engineer

Phil Fung is a Professional Engineer and Designated Consulting Engineer in Ontario. He holds a bachelor of applied science in mechanical engineering and a master of science in systems engineering. His areas of expertise are energy-efficient, sustainable, and bio-inspired buildings design, energy modelling, and LEED project management. Starting his career as an automation and robotics engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation in 1987, he joined SRS Consulting Engineers in 1997, and became its managing principal in 2004. In 2012, Phil accepted the part-time professorship at Humber College. He designed and patented his Vertical Indoor Aquatic Ecosystem in early 2014, which was based on biomimetic and biophilic design principles. Phil brings to the sustainable building design industry many years of experience as a consultant, an engineer, a system designer, an entrepreneur, and an educator, along with his boundless passion for education and sustainable and energy-efficient buildings design.

Matt Hammond, PhD

Dr. Matt Hammond has undergraduate training in biology from Bowdoin College, Maine, and spent several years studying coral reef ecosystems to better understand and protect them. His M.Sc. from the University of Otago, New Zealand included developing new ways of detecting the impacts of pollution in estuaries, with the work awarded the Beryl Brewin Prize for Marine Science. Matt received his PhD from McMaster University in 2015 where he developed new tools to help ecosystem managers predict changes in the levels of natural resources. Matt helped to establish an innovative research program at McMaster University on ecological engineering for sustainable living. He has consulted on issues from biodiversity loss to urban agriculture R & D for the Bermuda Government, not-for-profits, and companies. He currently serves as a senior scientist at HiGarden Inc. Matt’s working philosophy is that only a deep understanding of nature can provide solutions to the tension between humans and the environment.


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


SB-10 & OAA PT-36 Ontario’s Energy Code Basics

* This session is also being offered: Friday, May 29, 2020 --- 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

In 2016, the OAA issued a series of Practice Tips (PTs) on energy conservation regulations, ASHRAE 90.1, SB-10, and SB-12, which offer architects guidance on the content of the standard and regulations. The PTs are made freely available to owners, designers, builders, suppliers, and AHJs to help make Ontario one of the most progressive energy and GHG jurisdictions in North America. This presentation will review these PTs and the referenced standards. More specifically, the presentation will address SB-10’s prescriptive solutions and the latest changes issued by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH).

Learning Objectives

  1. Be exposed to expose the energy conservation resources available from the OAA.
  2. Review the fundamentals of building envelope energy transfer.
  3. Understand the building envelope and GHG emission requirements of Ontario’s Energy Code, SB-10.
  4. Learn about the prescriptive compliance options.


Gerry Conway, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP

Gerry Conway is a strong voice for the ethical and comprehensive practice of architecture and the critical role of architects in art, science, culture, and society. These deeply held values have guided the many professionals he has mentored. His expertise in best practice, building science, technology, contract documents, and contract administration, along with his energetic and collaborative style, has earned him the respect of clients, contractors, colleagues, and authorities. This expertise and commitment led to Gerry’s appointment to the Engineers, Architects and Building Officials (EABO) joint liaison group in 2010, OAA PC in 2011, the 2017 OBC Part 3 TAC, the OAA/PEO CLP and the OAA’s Sub-Committee on Building Codes and Regulation (SCOBCAR). Gerry serves on the board of directors of the Building Envelope Council Ottawa Region (BECOR). Gerry is a RAIC Fellow. In 2016, he coauthored three OAA Practice Tips on OBC Prescriptive Energy Compliance and Modelling. He has presented his work at the OAA Festival in Quebec City and at BECOR.


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Construction Act Prompt Payment & Adjudication: It’s Here!

* This session is also being offered: Thursday, May 28, 2020 --- 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

The lecture and slide presentation are tailored toward architects in their role as designer, prime consultant, and payment certifier, and address the impact on architectural practice of the changes to Ontario’s Construction Act

The presentation will cover:

  • transition provisions and how they work;
  • proper invoices;
  • prompt payment;
  • the new Construction Act forms;
  • adjudication and the Ontario Adjudication for Construction Contracts (ODACC) process; and
  • OAA document 600 indemnity language and scope and client indemnity and sub-consultant responsibility.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the transition provisions and provisions under the Construction Act now in force as of October 1, 2019.
  2. Understand the impact prompt payment will have on the architect’s role.
  3. Understand the significance of adjudication, the process, and the Ontario Adjudication for Construction Contracts (ODACC).
  4. Learn what indemnity and sub-consultant provisions owners may seek to amend in OAA document 600—and why that matters to architects.


Andrew Heal, LLM, JD, BA (Hons)

Andrew Heal has practised law for nearly three decades, and is a partner with the Toronto-based law firm of Heal & Co.LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in construction law and related litigation matters more generally. He is certified as a Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO), and recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada and in Lexpert in the area of construction law. Over the years, Andrew has attended and spoken at many construction industry events across North America. He chairs the National Construction and Infrastructure Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), and is a past chair of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Construction and Infrastructure Law Section. Heal & Co. LLP is an active member and sponsor of many construction industry associations, a member of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), and a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Low-Energy Heritage Building Retrofits: Insulating Safely

* This session is also being offered: Friday, May 29, 2020 --- 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Low-energy building retrofits are a requirement of any plan to reach a carbon-neutral economy before 2050. Major existing building retrofits conducted now will still be in service by that time, including heritage buildings. This means high insulation and airtightness retrofits to reduce needed energy generation to meet targets. But how do you ensure you do not destroy the heritage fabric with the resulting change in heat flow through the exterior walls? What are the freeze-thaw risks?

This session will look at new techniques to analyze and model various heritage building projects now underway, and how these techniques allow for a more rigorous and fact-based approach to insulating these buildings in our cold climate. We will look at the results of two projects and tie in the impacts of the building envelope improvements on the overall thermal energy demand intensity (TEDI) performance and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions for the facilities as part of the whole-building energy modelling also undertaken. We will also outline the building data monitoring programs that are being introduced to assess success.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the importance of the building envelope on energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
  2. Become aware of the new techniques for assessing heritage building envelopes for risk related to changes in energy use.
  3. Learn solutions to heritage envelope improvement learned from two example projects.
  4. Tackle the myths of allowable changes to heritage building fabrics.


David Kayll, FMA, P.Eng.

David Kayll is a senior building science specialist, project manager, and principal in Morrison Hershfield’s Ottawa office. He has over 30 years of experience in building science, building envelope performance, energy performance, and facility management on multi-disciplined architectural/engineering teams for new and renovation construction on heritage, institutional, industrial, commercial, and residential facilities. His experience includes 10 years on the East Coast, five on the West Coast, and more than 15 in the National Capital Area. David provides facility management consulting expertise on carbon-neutral studies, asset management plans, strategic accommodation strategies, and re-commissioning plans. He is a member of the National Codes Commission Standing Committee on Environmental Separation and has served on the 2015 and 2020 code cycles, and will continue into the 2025 cycle. David is registered as a professional engineer in the provinces of Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba.


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


The Importance of Pre-Construction

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

This session offers insight into the pre-construction process with a focus on the importance of budgeting throughout the design process. It explores the process of doing a takeoff and how to effectively collaborate with all teams to provide effective and efficient documentation. Drawings are explored with respect to what the General Contractor looks for when pricing from documents—what is helpful and what isn’t.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain understanding of how the General Contractor works.
  2. Gain understanding of how estimates and budgets are established.
  3. Look at the methods of collaboration between all parties and what they can bring to the table.
  4. Learn how we can create better efficiencies in the documentations.


Kim McCarthy, Dipl. T. Arch., PQS, GSC

Kim has over twenty-two years of estimating and operational experience focused on institutional, commercial and industrial construction. Prior to XGC, she advanced through various roles in estimating, project management and ultimately Vice President of Construction. She was instrumental in establishing strategies around opportunities for success and profitability in order to meet and/exceed company objectives.

Tara Myers, P.Eng., GSC

Tara Myers has more than 20 years of project management, estimating, and operational experience focused on institutional, commercial, and industrial construction. Prior to XGC, she worked in the oil and gas/petroleum industry in design and engineering, advancing into project management. Her role as chief estimator in the general contracting sector has provided her with a network of subcontractor and supplier contacts and strategies to execute projects within budget and schedule. Rachael has served on boards of BIA business groups and a medium sized hospital’s building and finance committees.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Applications of Algorithmic Thinking in Architecture

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Parametric design is nothing new to architects; it refers to algorithmic thinking to solve design problems. In recent decades, it has been confused with computational parametricism, which is a self-referential framework with interlinked geometrical elements linked by abstract mathematical equations with no influence from the real-world variables. This form of a reduced interpretation from algorithmic thinking has reduced architecture to formal games defining aesthetics in formal extravagance made possible by computer algorithms.

In this presentation, after looking at the historical background of parametric thinking used in the design process, the author addresses the common misunderstandings about the parametric design in architecture and suggests a broader realm for this subject where the designers can employ the emerging technology to face the real-world challenges using computer algorithms and parametric thinking. A few experimental projects using algorithms to solve various design problems will also be introduced at this presentation.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the historical use of parametric thinking in architecture.
  2. Understand the paradigm shift caused by using computation and parametric CAD.
  3. Understand the criticism over the reduction of parametric thinking to parametricism.
  4. Assess the potential of computational algorithmic tools for design problem solving.


Reza Assasi, PhD, M.Arch. II, M.Arch., OAA

Dr. Reza Assasi is a professor of architecture at Centennial College and senior architect at Hatch Ltd. He has two master’s degrees in architecture and a PhD in architecture history and theory from McGill University.


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


The Bentway Tour

1.5 Unstructured Learning Hours

This tour’s goal is to educate architects on the challenges and opportunities associated with repurposing underutilized spaces in urban areas. It will focus on The Bentway’s initial build phase—from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street—which knits together seven local neighbourhoods with more than 70,000 residents, creates a gateway to the waterfront, and provides access to important attractions and destinations, from Fort York National Historic Site, Ontario Place, and Exhibition Place to Harbourfront Centre and the CN Tower. The Bentway offers year-round artistic, cultural, and recreational activities and events, including public art installations, seasonal and special exhibitions, theatre and musical performances, festivals, creative marketplaces, and more. The Bentway’s programming is accessible and participatory, exploring the site’s unique histories, features, and possibilities. On the tour, we will spend time discussing the various design features throughout the project, future project aspirations and connections, responses to the historical and urban context, and The Bentway’s unique approach to programming, including its Spring/Summer 2020 theme ‘Playing in Public.’

This tour has substantial walking.

All tours will depart from the Hotel X lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

2:00 PM - 5:15 PM


Jewish Synagogue Buildings Tour

3 Unstructured Learning Hours

This tour includes three traditional Jewish synagogue buildings: historic Kiever Synagogue as well as the Minsk Congregation Synagogue located in Kensington Market and the Forest Hill Jewish Centre. Two of the structures are of local historical importance and still in use today; the third is a relatively new building with a construction cost of close to $25 million. It is a state of the art building designed to satisfy ancient Jewish traditions and modelled after a synagogue that was purposely destroyed during the Second World War in Europe.

This is an ideal tour for those of any religious background that want to learn of the architectural challenges of designing and constructing a synagogue—a building type with design parameters that are thousands of years old but faces the challenges of modern urban conditions, codes, and by-laws. It will also give the participants a feel for urban Toronto as all three are in interesting and well-known Toronto neighbourhoods.

All tours will depart from the Hotel X lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


The Distillery District Segway Tour

2 Unstructured Learning Hours

Easily glide through the Distillery while learning about some of Toronto’s greatest architecture, salacious prohibition stories, and brilliant explosions. You will have an opportunity to experience the Distillery District in two different ways: by Segway and on foot. Spend a few minutes learning how to ride the Segway, then explore the Distillery with one of our personable guides. After being guided through the architecture and history of the Distillery District, you will end with tastings at Soma Chocolate and Mill St. Brewery.

All tours will depart from the Hotel X lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.


2:15 PM - 4:45 PM


The Waterfront Tour

2.5 Unstructured Learning Hours

This walking tour along the water's edge will explore the exciting revitalization through its architecture and landscapes.  We will explore the challenges, successes, and lessons we've learned for the future of waterfront redevelopment and see how traces of our industrial past are finding new uses for art, culture, and leisure.

We will also discuss some of the exciting projects that will continue to redefine our shoreline for years to come by peeking into the future of our city through some of the proposals taking shape along our route.

This tour has substantial walking.

All tours will depart from the Hotel X lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Happy Hour


The Happy Hour will provide a networking/mingling experience for individuals after ConEd ends. There will be a selection of snacks and a cash bar.

Stations at this event are generously sponsored by:



6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Annual General Meeting

All OAA members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Join us as we recognize our Long Standing Members. The G. Randy Roberts Service Award recipient will also be presented as we celebrate the profession!

OAA architects and Licensed Technologists OAA are permitted to vote.

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

TSA Guide Map Launch Party

17 years after it was first published, a new edition of the TSA Guide Map is about to hit the streets bigger and better than ever!

Come for a night of celebration as we welcome architects from across the province on this first night of OAA Conference 2020 to mark the official launch of the 2020 edition of the TSA Guide Map!

17 years after the first award-wining edition was published, the 2020 TSA Guide Map is the culmination of a multi-year project to update this guide to modern and contemporary architecture in the Greater Toronto Area. With almost 150 buildings encompassing 7 decades of architecture, the guide is a celebration of contemporary architecture in the region, telling the story of modern Toronto through hidden gems and renowned landmarks.

So come raise a glass to Toronto's architecture and join us for this one of a kind celebration! Copies of the guide will be available for purchase during the launch.

Click here for more information.

11:30 am -1:00 pm


Commercial Timber Framing Opportunities


1.5 Learning Hours

From strip malls and big box stores to office buildings, the architect’s mind often assumes a steel or concrete solution is the desired option. However, the building code does not prevent us from exploring the use of timber in these structures.
Proven to be a sustainable and viable solution to curb greenhouse gas emissions, timber buildings are an environmentally conscious choice. Combined with reduced erection times, a desirable aesthetic when exposed, and cost competitiveness, the potential for timber construction in these applications are limitless.

The Canadian Wood Council has focused resources behind bringing viable and usable building solutions to the commercial market. We will examine the uses of timber in these commercial settings and how it can be an economical and beneficial building solution.


11:30 am - 1:00 pm


How Modern Analytics Can Drive Innovation and Change


1.5  ConEd Learning Hours

Is your firm operating with informational silos, or are you leveraging business intelligence across multiple platforms? Can your firm adapt to change as quickly as your data can? What does it mean to be data-agile in today’s ever-changing technological landscape? The future success and efficiency of your firm is dependent upon both capturing and interpreting information from various sources in a way that is dynamic, flexible, and can adequately inform your decision-making.

In this session, we will explore where AE technology is headed with integrations, cross-database analytics, and API management, along with how this affects your business at every level. We will also uncover the humanity behind the data, discussing practical steps your firm can take to manage the anxiety that comes with all forms of change and encourage healthy growth, repair, and creativity among your team.


11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Forward Planning: Firm ownership and growth


1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Join members of Shimmerman Penn’s Architecture, Engineering, and Design industry team to hear about strategies we help firms implement to be successful and grow, and learn about how to implement ownership succession plans in the current competitive environment, and in light of changes to Federal Government tax rules in recent years.

After a short presentation, we will devote the rest of the time to roundtable discussions. Sit with one of our partners for an open discussion and to answer questions that you may have about your business.


11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Energy Efficiency and Sustainability with Skylights


1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Discover the benefits that a well-designed skylight has on natural lighting, ventilation, and overall occupant comfort. Integrate our uncompromising skylight designs into your projects by gaining an understanding of what skylight options are available on the market today and how to make the right choice when selecting a product.

The presentation will feature a thorough review of our complete product line including different glazing materials and custom finishes. Learn about critical design and installation considerations to ensure energy efficiency, sustainability, and maximum thermal, water, and air performance. In addition, the session highlights the latest performance testing of Artistic Skylight’s products to meet current fenestration standards, including the newest North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors, and Skylights (NAFS)-17.


11:30 am -1:00 pm


Beyond the Common in Ventilated Facades


1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

This course assumes you know ventilated facades, and in fact assumes you have reviewed the presentation at

Speaker Blair Davies, P.Eng., will touch on the topic of ventilated facades, but more importantly talk about your choices and how they are implemented. The architects will understand the top things they need to do to be successful in designing, specifying, detailing, and inspecting or guiding construction.

There are systems and panels. Systems require less fabrication and more onsite construction; they need less expertise by the installer, expanding the choice of contractors. The panel systems are typically flat sheets and offer a lot more creativity, but require fabrication. Installers need to undertake manufacturing in their shop as much as onsite construction. There is no shortage of these skills, but designers need to be careful in specification to ensure they end up with the right people.

Subsystems can vary, but are roughly the same in how they accomplish the ventilated facade approach. The presenter will summarize these subsystems, touch on insulation and membrane choices, and talk about detailing, especially specification and construction. He will present a range of choices and deep dive into two panel choices due to time constraints. The presenter will also talk about prefabrication and the state of the industry in Ontario and beyond.


11:30 am - 1:00 pm


How to Build Cost-Effective Mass Timber: DeltaBeam


Deltabeam is the best support for mass timber slabs of any kind—NLT, GLT, or CLT. It allows for flexible open space with long spans, slim floor assemblies (nothing protruding below the wooden slab), integrated fire ratings of two hours, and bi-directional cantilevers.

Deltabeam costs less than mass timber beams and allows for savings in onsite installation, cladding systems, mechanical systems, and heating and cooling throughout the life span of a building.



11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Learn RForm in Minutes and Save Hours!


1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

“Architecture is a science arising out of many other sciences, and adorned with much and varied learning.”—Vitruvius

Learn how to streamline and manage your contract administration using RForm cloud-based software. What other software can be learned in minutes and allows you to manage contract administration on multi-million-dollar projects? A few minutes at this lunch will save you hours at work!

During a construction project, the amount of digital information and communications that an architecture firm must issue, track, organize, and record daily can be very time-consuming, eating up time and losing money. If neglected, it can increase the risk of litigation.

RForm is a cloud-based software that helps architects manage, improve productivity, and keep organized records throughout the construction phase of a project. Created by an architect, RForm is now actively used by firms throughout North America, managing thousands of projects with values ranging from $100,000 to over $100 million; it can be used with teams of one to more than 100. It is hard to believe that all this is only $29.95 per month per project (plus your first project is free for three months).

Come, learn, and see how easy it is to use RForm to manage and streamline your contract administration. You may also pick up a few software tips and tricks at the same time.

This lunch and learn will focus on using RForm to:

  • create, distribute, and approve COs, SIs, RFIs;
  • turn around quickly Certification for Payments; and
  • organize and review Submittals.

Don’t have time for this Lunch and Learn? Come visit us at our booth or at our website


11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Pultruded Fiberglass Windows Presenter Inline Ltd.


1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

The seminar will describe the Inline Fiberglass Reinforced polymer window and door system for institutional, light commercial, and residential applications.

Inline is a Canadian company and a world leader in pultrusion technology, which is providing leading-edge window and door systems. With its headquarters and main production facilities located in Toronto, Inline products are sold around the world.

Inline Fiberglass “green” products are environmentally friendly and sustainable. They offer superior energy efficiency and low maintenance demand. Currently found in LEED-designated Platinum, Gold, and Silver projects in Canada and the United States, all Inline products meet or exceed OBC SB10/SB12 Code and are tested in accordance with the latest standards for physical and thermal performance (NAFS AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-08 AND A440-11 ANSI/NFRC100 [U-Factor], ANSI/NRRC200- 2014 [SHGC and VT]).

Inline is now manufacturing fibreglass doors at its facility. The door designs will include rail and stile as well as a slab-embossed entry or garden doors. Its all-fibreglass exterior doors are available with a myriad of glass panel sizes, shapes, textures, and decorative glass patterns, and in a wide colour spectrum.

Inline staff tried to mimic the design of their windows into their new door products—fibreglass frame and a fibreglass slab only—to offer what the company calls the “glass on glass” advantage.

In order to satisfy recent requirement of OBC first plane of protection and second plane of protection on the building envelope, Inline has modified the design resistant performance on its windows and doors. The company now offer its fibreglass-reinforced polymer products with ventilation, drainage, and effective pressure equalization.

Learning objectives for this session include:

  • reviewing the physical property of fibreglass and classification of FG windows in OBC;
  • examining the difference between fibreglass, aluminum, and vinyl frame in the window industry;
  • reviewing design concepts and installation requirements for proper drainage; and
  • utilizing proper detailing techniques for moisture management.



11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Tools Moving Designers Toward a New Architecture


1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

The practice of architecture is evolving as powerful new tools emerge that allow the architect to more quickly move an idea from its conception into a medium where it can be shared and experienced by clients and other team members. Integrating algorithmic design with Building Information Modelling (BIM) enables projects to be more easily created and modified. New presentation techniques allow the communication of ideas to occur in interactive and immersive ways. These tools are moving the architect towards a new architecture that is more creative, more collaborative, more empowering, and more profitable.

This Lunch and Learn highlights the opportunities created when algorithmic design is integrated with BIM and explores the various options available for visualizing projects. Attendees will learn how to create 3D illustrations that explain conceptual ideas in seconds, be introduced to an interactive app that enables designers and their clients to walk through a space before ground is broken, experience immersive presentations that can showcase conceptual projects with unparalleled detail, and discover the easiest way to offer clients a virtual reality experience.


11:30 am -1:00 pm


Design Solutions with IMPs


Discover how Insulated Metal Panels (IMPs) can help enhance the functionality of building performance. You will gain a better understanding of the IMP’s constructability and physical properties, and its visual and structural attributes, efficiencies, and advantages, as well as the benefits for using IMPs in today’s design build world.


11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Shifting the Paradigm on Combustible Cladding


1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

MYTH: Combustible claddings cannot be used on building over six storeys.

In Ontario, RiverCity Condos, CAMH, Queen Richmond Centre, and the TIFF Bell Lightbox are only some of the projects that use combustible claddings safely. These projects and many others are as spectacular as they are because combustible claddings are easy to construct with, more affordable, and, perhaps most importantly, offer the most design options. But what does the building code allow, and how to meet it?

In this Lunch & Learn, attendees will learn about the applicable Ontario and Canadian codes and tests, and how to use combustible claddings safely. Types of combustible (e.g. Alucobond/Alpolic ACM, Trespa/Prodema, fibre cement) and non-combustible cladding (e.g. precast, brick, corrugated steel) will be explored, and examples will be given of compliant systems. A case study for RiverCity by ZAS + Saucier Perrotte will also be discussed.

By the end of this Lunch and Learn, you will have an understanding of how to use combustible cladding safely on your project, and where you can find the experts and resources to ensure code compliance.