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59CE - The Emerging Digital Practice

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

This session is available on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

This discussion is centred on the evolution of digital practice, and how emerging digital technologies are integrated in a malleable, iterative and creative workflow. Through an in-depth look of the award-winning Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, and other case studies, we will examine how the roles of technology and digital tools have shaped the way we strategize and manage project workflows. From schematic design to fabrication and construction, we will touch on how advancements in technology have redesigned Teeple’s approach to embolden architectural process.

Learning Objectives

  1. Become familiar with the practice’s past, present and future workflows and design tools to address the unique challenges individual projects can present.
  2. Identify the challenges and opportunities of employing various technologies through project development and delivery.
  3. Identify tools and processes that could be applied to design challenges within their own practice.
  4. Illustrate how the technology can be applied creatively to bridge the gap between a design, fabrication and construction techniques.


Martin Baron, OAA, Mark Baechler, Architect OAA, and James B. Janzer, LicTech OAA, LEED GA

Martin Baron is a partner at Teeple Architects with over 20 years of experience in the practice of architecture. Since joining the firm in 2005, Martin has managed many of the office’s most challenging projects, including the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, the OAA Award-winning Boulevard Club Expansion and the recently completed SQ Condominiums at Alexandra Park. Prior to joining Teeple Architects, Martin practised in Vancouver and Toronto, where he was involved in numerous influential residential, institutional and urban renewal projects. Martin believes in supporting and educating young architects and is an active mentor in the OAA internship program.

Mark Baechler is an assistant professor at the School of Architecture where he teaches Architectural Design Studio and Design Thinking courses. He holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture professional degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. From 1999-2013, he practised architecture with the Toronto firm, Teeple Architects Inc. Mark is a Registered Architect with the OAA.

James B. Janzer has been involved in the practice of architecture and emerging digital technologies for more than 14 years. He has comprehensive experience in design and construction in Canada, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, focusing on project management and directing the team from schematic design to project completion. As digital practice leader, he employs a multi-disciplinary approach to realize efficient, integrated, design processes and confidently co-ordinated project delivery, in parallel, controlling risk management. He provides a digital practice vision that elevates Teeple’s expertise beyond 3D and 2D documentation, while implementing data management, optimized design practices and analytical tools.