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16CE - Indigenous Architecture in Toronto: Current Case Studies

23 May 2018 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Buttressed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and a heightened awareness of the natural history of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), more and more institutional clients in Toronto are striving for appropriate ways to honour and celebrate Indigenous culture as well as inspire Indigenous and mainstream persons alike. Two Row Architect continues to have the distinct privilege to act as the architect and Indigenous advisor for a number of recent projects for Toronto-based post-secondary institutions, as well as the Toronto District School Board. This session will provide an opportunity for a number of case studies to be presented. The content for each project will include their specific approaches to community consultation, design, and the physical outcomes of how Indigenous culture is being incorporated in an appropriate and authentic manner.

Learning Objectives

    1. Increase awareness of the natural history of the GTA, including those First Nations that consider Toronto to lie within their traditional territories.
    2. Gain a better understanding for how the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action can be manifested in contemporary architecture.
    3. Gain an appreciation for the importance that community consultation plays for Indigenous projects that serve the GTA.
    4. Increase understanding of how construction can be executed in alignment with the Indigenous goals and aspirations of GTA client.


Matthew Hickey, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP

Matthew Hickey is a principal at Two Row Architect. He received his Master’s of Architecture from the University of Calgary and his Bachelor’s of Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). His focus is on regenerative and restorative design, encompassing ecological, cultural and economic principles. His research includes Indigenous history in architecture of Northern & Middle America and the adaptation of sustainable technologies to the North American climate. He currently teaches at OCAD U and for the OAA, and is also working with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), teaching LEED as well as developing online webinars for continuing education