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49CE - Architectural Programming

09 May 2014 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

3 ConEd Learning hours

This session is also offered Friday, May 9, 2014 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Course Outline

“Programming is the first creative act of a project”

In this course we will look at the various ways a space program is developed which includes examining how to develop a program based on an Owner’s list of requirements and what to do when an Owner gives you a space program.   This will be illustrated using institutional building types which will include education, recreation and justice facilities.   We will review the difference between a Performance Based Statement of Requirements and a Prescriptive Based Statement of Requirements. We will look at various tools to communicate the program so that informative decisions can be made by the Owner.  There will be an interactive component which will allow participants to partake in a program preparation exercise.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how to develop a program based on the owner requirements and needs.  Review the different steps in developing a Needs Assessment and a space program.
  2. Understand how to review and analyze an owner’s space program and determine if it aligns with the appropriate standards and the project budget.
  3. Review the difference between a Performance Based Statement of Requirements and a Prescriptive Based Statement of Requirements.
  4. Understand how to use a space program as a tool that can be applied at all stages of the design and construction process.
  5. Review the use of various diagrams to communicate the written program to the Owner/users.


Maureen O’Shaughnessy- Principal

Maureen O’Shaughnessy is one of the country’s leading experts on educational planning and design. A Recognized Educational Facility Professional (REFP) and an active member of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI), Maureen imparts to the firm her particular expertise in the provision of planning, programming and design for educational clients and she has worked diligently to help direct and expand the firm’s strength in this sector.  To date, CS&P has been responsible for the design of over 350 educational and instructional facilities including childcare facilities, elementary schools, high schools, independent schools, colleges and universities. These projects typically involve extensive user group consultation and Maureen has been particularly successful in working closely with these large multi-faceted client groups to gain their consensus and support. 

Maureen has advised school boards across Canada on educational facility issues including long range board-wide facility planning, new school models for the delivery of 21st Century Learning, and program renewal for existing schools. 

As part of her commitment to providing quality education and learning environments across the world, Maureen sits on the Board of Directors for the Schools for the Children of the World (SCW) Canada, developing partnerships to build schools in remote communities in Honduras and Haiti. Maureen is a Principal with CS&P Architects and was elected as a Fellow to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2013.

Peter Ortved, Principal

A Principal of CS&P Architects, Peter has over 35 years of experience as a practicing architect.  After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto, he joined CS&P in 1972. As one of the firm’s corporate directors, Peter assumes primary responsibility for project development and has spearheaded many of CS&P’s most significant civic, municipal and recreational projects. 

Peter has exceptional knowledge of professional practice, the construction industry, and urban design issues.  He has been a board member for several community organizations and served as a Professional Advisor for national and international architectural design competitions. Recently, he was a Juror for the St. Lawrence Market North Building Design Competition for the City of Toronto. Currently, he is the Team Leader for the New Saskatoon Police Service Headquarters. He is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Anna Cascioli
, Senior Associate

Since graduating from the University of Toronto in 1997, Anna has gained experience as a project architect and designer for a wide variety of building types. She has worked extensively for institutional clients including several Police Facilities, School Boards, Recreation Centres, and Long Term Care clients. 

Anna brings to the team strong leadership and communication skills which are invaluable to the smooth delivery of complex projects with multidisciplinary consulting teams. Anna was the Project Architect on the Planning, Design and Compliance team for the Ontario Provincial Police Modernization Project, and recently completed a comprehensive programming study for the Regina Police Facilities Renewal Program. Her experience in planning and programming for police facilities also includes work for the Saskatoon Police Service and the Guelph Police Service.