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08CE - Bold Architecture and Structural Engineering in Transit Design

23 May 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Transit architecture design is one of the fastest-growing needs for our profession. It is growing faster than our capacity to change the design standards that have existed for many years. This talk will focus mostly on the challenges of designing large public underground and above-grade transit infrastructure for subways and light rail vehicles. Among others, case studies and examples of the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension will be shown to explain the intricacies of implementing radical approaches and big thinking when it comes to transit design. We will reflect upon the challenges we face today when designing transit facilities. How do we balance the needs of future users against the immediate need? What does bold design mean when it comes to transit? Where are the main issues that will require the big thinking and radical approaches? Are the grand gestures we see in several examples today what we should aim for? Which elements of architecture and structural engineering can be further challenged in order to bring the best experience to the transit user: a truly sustainable piece of infrastructure within the budget limitations of a public project?

Learning Objectives

    1. Review how certain complex problems can be resolved when it comes to transit projects.
    2. Reflect on the uncertain future infrastructure designers face where they need to create a contemporary project while predicting the needs of the next 100 years.
    3. Provide examples of bold thinking implemented on transit projects.
    4. Identify some key elements and criteria where architecture and structural engineering can be pushed further.


Ana-Francisca de la Mora, OAA, Arq., MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C, and Gregory Andrews, P.Eng.

Ana-Francisca de la Mora is a licensed and LEED AP architect. Over the last eight years, her work at IBI Group has focused on large-scale transit stations, stops and facilities such as Finch West Station and Bus Terminal, Hamilton BRT, reference concept designs for Stoney Bus Facility and the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (ECLRT), as well as urban projects such as the CN Tower Plaza renovation project. She has also collaborated on international transit projects such as Design Guidelines for the Mobility Hubs in Mexico City and technical reviewer of the BRT in Puebla-Mexico. She is currently the lead architect for ECLRT’s Keelesdale Underground Station and Bus Facility.

Gregory Andrews joined LEA Consulting Ltd. in 2015 as an associate of the Buildings Group. Prior to that, he spent 26 years with Halsall Associates, most recently as managing principal within the Structural Engineering group. Gregory has been working extensively with TTC and Metrolinx. His expertise with fast-track delivery method, familiarity with Infrastructure Ontario (IO) Design Build process and hands-on experience makes him an invaluable asset to the team. Gregory’s most relevant projects include Steeles West Station, Finch West Station, Victoria Park and Kipling Station Redevelopment, Metrolinx ECLRT Yonge/Eglinton Interchange Station, Eglinton and Guildwood GO Station.