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IDS19 Future Cities - Tall Wood Buildings: Toronto Case Studies

17 January 2019

Time: 10:30 AM, Thursday, January 17, 2019

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto

This talk is part of the IDS Conference - a comprehensive 2-day symposium with a focus on 4 specific verticals Future Cities, Experience, Technology and Diversity & Talent.

A groundswell movement towards the use of Mass Timber Structures for tall buildings is gaining momentum and will soon be seen visible on Toronto’s skyline, and other Ontario cities. Here is a unique emerging technology: sequestering carbon, fostering well-being, changing construction sites, and building to new heights well beyond current code permissions. Learn about the issues, challenges, and opportunities associated with the use of these structures through three firms, each with a Tall Wood Mass Timber project currently underway in Toronto. Hear our panel discuss the technical, code, and cost issues. Gain awareness into the significant design, cultural and sustainable opportunities presented by this nascent technology and how it is on track to be the next design and construction industry disruptor and how it applies to residential, commercial, cultural, institutional and recreational buildings.


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Ted Watson, Partner, MJMA

Ted Watson is a Partner at MJMA, a 65-person Toronto-based studio—recipient of the 2016 RAIC Architectural Firm Award. MJMA’s 30-year focus on recreation and academic projects has led to the creation of unique and inspired public spaces for municipalities and campuses across the country and globally. The firm’s collaborative and integrated studio approach—which includes disciplines of urban design, landscape architecture, interior design, and environmental graphics—has been consistently recognized for design excellence and commitment to urbane place-making, resulting in over 100 national and international design awards, including 10 Canadian Architect awards. Ted has led many of MJMA’s most notable sustainable and innovative campus projects, including those at the Universities of British Columbia, Auckland, McMaster, Toronto, LaTrobe, and Johns Hopkins. His work on community facilities covers rural, suburban, and urban Canada, and expands internationally, with projects in Virginia, Illinois, Christchurch, Melbourne, and Beijing.

Richard Witt, Executive Principal, Quadrangle Architects

Richard Witt believes in the iterative design strength of architecture to inspire and realize responsible urbanization in evolving global cities. He is the executive principal at Quadrangle in Toronto and director of the Shanghai office. Richard is actively engaged in the development and design industry, as chair of the Canadian chapter of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and past chair of the Urban Land Institute Toronto Outreach and Program committee. He is currently a member of the Markham Design Review Panel and former vice-Chair of the inaugural City of Vaughan Design Review Panel. He has previously held the role of co-chair of the Toronto Society of Architects and is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Carol Phillips, Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Carol Phillips is a Partner at Moriyama & Teshima Architects (MTA), having led some of the firm’s most valued civic, cultural and educational buildings. She brings a passionate drive for powerful and graceful architectural solutions developed over 20 years of working in Canada and abroad. Carol immediately distinguished herself upon arrival at MTA with her first completed project, the award-winning Multi-faith Centre at the University of Toronto. Carol’s civic experience includes Surrey City Hall and Plaza, the Guelph Civic Administration Complex, and Ottawa’s new Parliament Hill Visitor Welcome Centre which is under construction. Her projects in downtown Toronto include the Toronto Reference Library Revitalization, Goldring Student Centre at University of Toronto, and the upcoming Ryerson Centre for Redevelopment and Urban Innovation. Carol is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.