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Architects can nominate and vote for Architects, Licensed Technologist OAA and Intern Architects.

Licensed Technologist OAA can nominate and vote for the Licensed Technologist OAA Seat.

Intern Architects can nominate and vote for the Intern Architect Non-Voting Seat.

Candidates will be announced once the nomination process is complete. 

Click below to see all candidates per electoral district as well as their candidate statements and answers to your questions.

Eastern Ontario

Total seats: 2
Seats available:0



Central Ontario

Total seats: 2
Seats available: 2

Paul Anthony Hastings
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
I am asking for your vote in this Council Election for CENTRAL ONTARIO. 
Yes I have decided to run again - even though I have my own practice and work with Public Works and Government Services Canada as a Senior Architect and the Regional Heritage Coordinator.
I graduated from Technical University of Nova Scotia after first studying Engineering at St. Mary’s University in Halifax.
I have been on Council before as Paul Hastings, a former VP – Practice, Chair of the Discipline Committee, Member of the Continuing Education Committee, EABO, Conference Planning Committee and several others during my 9 year commitment.
That was about 7 years ago before I had to return to my own practice matters.
Even after leaving from OAA Council, I continued with SPIF – Small Practice Information Forum for Architects, that was recognized by the OAA Council.
Many matters were raised in SPIF meetings: professional support, business contacts, code information, trends, employment support to gain experience, fee range, etc., were all a part of SPIF meetings.
Unfortunately, my practice demands and family responsibilities slowed my continued scheduling of SPIF meetings.
That was then. Now I am able to once again return to further contribute to the profession: older, wiser and even more experienced and aware of the obstacles and opportunities that we face as architects.
Architects are very well-trained, very knowledgeable and operate in a regulated profession that needs to recognize us more and more.
We are experts in sustainability, excellent coordinators as project managers, excellent critical thinkers for problem solving...and we add value and substance.
I want to use our regulatory framework thru Council to protect and advance architectural opportunities and creativity in Ontario.
I want to use the experience and knowledge from our architects with backgrounds and skills from all over the globe as we continue to develop and implement designs for housing, offices, schools, banks and so on.
I have always been a hard worker, good listener, and been able to bring about consensus in discussions with various viewpoints. You have to be in a council meeting to appreciate this.
Again, I would like your support, thru your nomination and vote for me to represent your needs and the professional needs of architects.
…whether it is finding mentors for interns, representation of our demographics in the profession, accessibility issues, limiting the use firewalls by non-architects - anything that you or our members think of.

Andrew Ross Thomson
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Andy Thomson is a green builder, architect and outdoor enthusiast deeply invested in the conservation of the natural world. A member of the OAA’s Sustainable Built Environment Committee (SBEC), Andy has a long-standing commitment to advancing our profession to more efficient, intelligent and progressive designs. He has completed thousands of door-fan inspections, heat loss analyses and HRV design and installations in Germany, Canada and the United States using R2000, Passivhaus and T24 standards. As an internationally recognized expert-level user and trainer of BIM software, Andy has travelled widely, teaching and transitioning small and large architectural firms to the 3D visualization and modelling tools that the industry is adopting as a standard practice.
As a small-business owner, Andy is acutely aware of the challenges of running a smaller firm, and is committed to sharing the lessons he has learned from running a lean business with the membership, but also with staff at the OAA. Andy has worked tirelessly to develop software tools, templates, work-flows and building precedents that optimize designs to meet the twin goals of net zero carbon and enhanced resiliency. To that end Andy has worked in a consulting role as the 'architect's architect' and has helped a number of other firms meet their sustainability goals on complex buildings with tight timelines. As we as we transition to a post-carbon economy, we are also facing increasing risks due to extreme weather.
Andy is running for OAA council with an eye towards assisting the OAA in responding to and creating meaningful policy in light of the acute and numerous challenges that face the profession and the AEC industry in this decade.

Magid Youssef
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Dear OAA members,
I have served on the OAA Council during 2017-2019 term. During that period I have contributed to many facets of the professional association. This included working to realize "Starting an Architectural Practice" course to encourage and support new members starting their architectural practice. I've also contributed to seminar selections for the OAA Annual Conferences to ensure its relevance and interest to our members. I've also served on several committee including the Communications Committee, Continued Education Committee and the OAAAS board being jury representative and supporting the new awards shift to acknowledge the role of architecture in local communities.
I have been an active voice during Council meetings, never shy to oppose or support whenever mandated to the best interest of our members. I have also contributed heavily to revising an architectural policy that will be applied nationwide that clarifies to the public our critical role in society and culture.
I am deeply involved in the profession as I strive to combine practical experience with academic participation. During that same period I have been a part-time professor of architecture at a couple of colleges (Durham college & Georgian college) and this helped me understand the challenges of education, understanding architecture combined with construction technology. I also engage in research activities to improve performance of the building envelope in saving energy and protecting our environment.
I am conscious of the importance of family as the building block for society and sit on the Catholic Family Services board (Peel Region) to support and understand families in crisis and how architecture can facilitate better environments that are safe.
Last but not least, I rely on your kind support to enable me to continue working towards deeper involvement with our profession serving your interests to the best of my ability.

 

 

Northern Ontario

Total seats: 1 
Seats available: 0


Western Ontario

Total seats: 2
Seats available: 1


Settimo Vilardi



City of Toronto

Total seats: 4
Seats available: 1

Ryan Cyrus
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Dear colleagues,
When was the last time you heard of a building design competition in Ontario you could participate in? A while ago, long time ago?

  • In Ontario, major projects are awarded to large offices through RFPs and tender processes. Large offices have a department for marketing which is something small offices and individuals cannot afford.
  • Have you noticed that our architecture is falling behind in innovation from other famous cities?
  • Guggenheim Museum transformed Bilbao and maybe even Spain; the influence of such a masterpiece is undeniable.
  • Many great buildings in the world were chosen through competitions which were designed by not so famous architects, we all can name some.

Design competitions are the right way to select a design architect; architects should spend time on a concept instead of an RFP. The RFP process could follow as a tool for Design Development and Construction Documents or to form a joint venture if needed. This creates a more efficient procedure for more significant projects and fair distribution of work to talented but not necessarily established architects. Let’s start the discussion; this needs to go to the Ontario Parliament eventually so that larger than a certain size projects go through a form of competition.
I am seeking your support in becoming a member of OAA Council. Together we can further the conversation on our vision for OAA and establish a strategic plan for the betterment of our profession.
A summary of my background:
As a Senior Architect / Project Manager, I have had the opportunity to work on many high profile projects with demanding clients. I have +20 years of Canadian and International experience with a diverse portfolio in Condo Buildings, Multi-Unit Residential and Institutional Architecture. I have had project collaborations with United Nations and Vienna University of Technology (Vienna), Herzog De Meuron Architekten, Canary Wharf Group (London, UK), Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG, New York), Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, Adamson Associates Architects, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Brian Gluckstein Design (Toronto), and many other excellent professionals in the field.
I am an expert in Building Science, Ontario and British Building Codes, Building Systems, Material Science, Specifications and By-Laws and Regulations of Cities of Toronto and London, UK.
I received my PhD with distinction in Building Science from Vienna University of Technology where I worked as a Research Scientist for 4 years. The results of the group research project, winner of the best Austrian Research in Construction in 2007, were published in my 15 papers in scientific journals and international conferences including IBPSA2006 and 2008, Building Simulations 2007, Indoor Air 2008, Clima 2007, Journal of Building Science and a book.
My teaching experience includes teaching Building Code, Architecture and Building Science at a number of universities in Canada, Austria and Middle East since year 2000. I am LEED® AP with experience managing multiple large projects for LEED and BREEAM certifications.

Kamyar Khozeimeh
CANDIDATE STATEMENT

I am an enthusiastic Architect and Urban Designer with more than 15 years of experience in design, detailing, research and presentation in Canada and the Middle East. Before establishing Nira Architects, I have been key design team member in acclaimed practices like Hariri Pontarini Architects, CS&P Architects and Urban Strategies.  My experience ranges in scale from Interior Design to city scale Master Planning and in type from Institutional, Cultural, Commercial, Adoptive Reuse to 500,000 m2/95 storeys Mixed Use Development. Having studied and practiced in both Architecture and Urban Design fields in Canada and Middle East has provided me comprehensive exposure to practice of architecture. Beside professional practice, I also have been working on small and odd shape lots development and design strategies/regulations research which has been published and presented in different venues in Canada. Before moving to Canada, I was a registered architect, registered Construction Expert Witness and sessional lecturer in Tehran and have travelled widely to more than 25 countries with focus into architecture, cultures, food and in many cases practice of architecture frame work.

I listed below some preliminary thoughts which hopefully we can investigate, prioritize and develop in close collaboration with other council members in future:

1. City of Toronto
•  Conversation with City for BIM/BIM 360 applications submission, coordination and review for REVIT base projects to save City staff time and effort instead of using 2D version extracted from very informative and sophisticated 3D models

• Coordination with City staff to introduce new Development Charge (DC) categories depending on the use of project to encourage investment in privately owned public projects (for example a private swimming pool vs a mall DC rate should be different)

• Mixed-Use developments Rezoning submissions are very time consuming and expensive. On the other hand, making several revisions followed by client pressure for SPA and permit submission limits architect design and creativity motivation. Transition to an updated comprehensive and solid Mater Plan and zoning in conversation would be beneficial for City as well as project design quality.

2. Education in Architecture Schools & Architecture in Schools
•  Program review in conversation with Architecture Schools directors and add more management and marketing related content beside technical and design
• Working with school boards to improve young generation knowledge about practice of architecture and value of visual literacy as future architects or clients/home owners
•  Review Value Engineering affect on projects design quality 

3.  Govern the members
•   Supporting young practices through City of Toronto Small Business Centres/programs, sponsorships from industry or other supporting programs.

•   Skill works immigration program brings many internationally trained architects who mostly have difficulties joining the job market.  Communication with Canada Immigration and citizenship and helping applicants with CACB process and educational materials before their arrival through OAA mentorship program would be very beneficial and time saving.

 4. Govern practice of architecture
•   Study solutions to increase qualified young practices involvement in public projects through Competitions and Joint venture agreements

•  Precedents countries and associations framework study in collaboration and coordination with experienced OAA Internationally trained Architects

I strongly believe in Reciprocity and think this position would be a good platform to give back to the architects’ community and protect and advance architectural opportunities and creativity and would like to ask for your support, thru your nomination and vote for me to represent your concerns and the professional needs of architects.

http://www.nira-architects.com/


Kathleen Margerat Kurtin
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
As the current President of the OAA, I am standing for re-election for my third term as OAA representative for the City of Toronto.
I run a small Toronto-based practice under the name Kathleen Kurtin Architect which was first established in 1983. The practice focuses on adaptive re-use of existing structures in urban and rural settings. Projects range from very small to upwards of 500,000 square feet and include a variety of building and client types, including retail, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential. The firm has a reputation for innovative and cost-effective solutions and provided the foundation work for the City of Toronto's Live/Work guidelines.
In the mid-1990s I put my architectural practice on hold and joined Scotiabank as Chief Architect and Director of Design. Over the next two decades I led a group of in-house and external architects and designers in the design and development of the Bank's real estate portfolio both nationally and internationally. In 2014 I chose to return to private practice to re-establish my firm and pursue a more personal approach to my professional aspirations. It was at this point that I ran for my first term on OAA Council.
During my first two terms on OAA I served on many committees, both as a committee member and/or committee chair, including: Audit Committee (chair), Building Committee (member and chair), Policy Advocacy Coordination Team, Education Committee, Budget Committee (member and chair), Experience Review Committee (chair), Interns Committee (chair), Sustainable Built Environment Committee (chair), Practice Committee (member and chair), and Safe Workplace Committee.
In 2014 I served as Vice-President, Regulatory; in 2015 and 2016 Vice-President, Practice; and in 2017 and 2018 Senior Vice-President and Treasurer, in which role I also served as inter-locking Director of Pro-Demnity Insurance and a member of Pro-Demnity's Finance and Audit Committee.
In January 2019 I assumed the position of OAA President, with a personal mandate of promoting inclusivity and equity throughout the profession. I spearheaded an expanded mandate for education that has resulted in the creation of a Comprehensive Education Committee. In addition I became chair of the Sustainable Built Environment Committee to advance OAA's leadership role on issues surrounding climate change.
I believe that I have the skills, commitment, and experience to represent the Toronto members with passion and integrity, and ask for your support.

 

Province of Ontario

Total seats: 4
Seats available: 2         (1 seat is for the full three year term and 1 seat is for a partial term.)

Loloa Alkasawat
Biography

I am a foreign trained architect with over fifteen years of multi-disciplinary experience. My path has been long and adventurous, many times starting over, whether school, or career wise. I enjoyed and made good use of every opportunity that came my way, never shying from trying something new, and making mistakes. Isn't that how we evolve?

I am trying something new this year. I am running for council, stepping outside my comfort zone, in an effort to be a voice for foreign trained professionals, a voice for female architects, a voice for the visible minority, and a voice for all professionals seeking to better our profession.

As an intern, I was on the Intern Committee that was responsible for the many changes to our internship process. I found that an invaluable experience, to be part of change, and to be included in that process.  I am so excited to be again part of change, as a member of council.

While many of the candidates are more experienced professionally in projects, I offer an international perspective and insight on newly licensed architects and their struggles, and the challenges of opening a practice. We need more representation of these professionals, and more support for them. As a woman, I understand the challenges in the workplace, and seek to find support at the association level to encourage women architects and to provide a platform for them that leads to their success. In addition, I lead a group of foreign trained professionals, SPAN, Syrian Professionals and Arab Network, a network, and support group, that mentors and provides information to newcomers, and new interns, encouraging them to be licensed whether as PENGs or OAA.

If I am elected to council, I hope to be your voice in change. Please vote for me.

Loloa

Donald L. Ardiel
CANDIDATE STATEMENT

The mission of the Ontario Association of Architects is “to serve the public interest through the regulation, support, and promotion of the profession of architecture in Ontario.” The public interest is best served through the advocacy of strong and impassioned professionals. And strong and impassioned professionals are created through sustainable and profitable practices.
Thirty years of architectural practice, twenty-five of which as a sole practitioner and educator, have given me the opportunity to collaborate with, instruct, and learn from clients, architects, engineers, and students of every discipline. There are many roles that an architect can play in serving the public interest. My experiences and relationships have shaped my view that the most important role played by the architect is that of practitioner. It continues to be my goal to support architects in practice through enhancing educational opportunities, advocating for the value of a strong client-architect relationship, and putting tools in the hands of architects that will help their practices flourish.
Highlights of my past and present professional and volunteer activities to support architects have included:

  • OAA Councillor 2016 to 2018
  • Continuing Education and Experience Requirements Committees
  • OAAAS Board Member
  • OAA’s Starting an Architectural Practice course – Curriculum Developer
  • Canadian Architectural Certification Board’s (CACB) Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect program – Review Panelist
  •  25 years as a curriculum developer, instructor and facilitator of project management and practice management workshops and courses for post-secondary institutions, provincial association of architects, and corporate clients
  •  Currently, as Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Director of Practice Support:
  •  Editor-in-Chief: Canadian Handbook of Practice for Architects, 2020 Edition
  •  Editor: A Guide to Determining the Appropriate Fees for the Services of an Architect, 2019 Edition
  •  Facilitator: Canadian Standard Form of Contract for Architectural Services - Document Six, 2018 Edition and Canadian Standard Form of Contract between Architect and Consultant – Document Nine, 2018 Edition
  •  Multiple national committees and task groups representing the Canadian architectural community;
  •  Currently RAIC’s Director of Syllabus

There are many issues of great importance to the public to which the profession can lend their voice and provide leadership. Sustainable communities, resilience, regenerative design, and universal access are just a few hot topics that the grab and hold our attention. However, advancing these causes requires an architectural profession that is influential with decision-makers. Without the ability to influence the client’s decision-making, there is limited opportunity to advocate for larger, important issues.
Enhancing the architectural profession’s influence isn’t a small challenge to which there is a quick fix. However, it would be my goal as an OAA councillor, to find ways to enhance the architects’ influence in society, and particularly with client decision-makers. This would be by providing architects with tools to enhance their practice, generate value for their clients, and, therefore, become more influential.
As the OAA executes its business, it is my goal to reinforce the importance of practice and the relationship between the architect and the key project decision-maker – the client

Ellie Cyrus
CANDIDATE STATEMENT

Dear colleagues,
When was the last time you heard of a building design competition in Ontario you could participate in? A while ago, long time ago?

  •  In Ontario, major projects are awarded to large offices through RFPs and tender processes. Large offices have a department for marketing which is something small offices and individuals cannot afford.
  •  Have you noticed that our architecture is falling behind in innovation from other famous cities?
  •  Guggenheim Museum transformed Bilbao and maybe even Spain; the influence of such a masterpiece is undeniable.
  •  Many great buildings in the world were chosen through competitions which were designed by not so famous architects, we all can name some.

Design competitions are the right way to select a design architect; architects should spend time on a concept instead of an RFP. The RFP process could follow as a tool for Design Development and Construction Documents or to form a joint venture if needed. This creates a more efficient procedure for more significant projects and fair distribution of work to talented but not necessarily established architects. Let’s start the discussion; this needs to go to the Ontario Parliament eventually so that larger than a certain size projects go through a form of competition.
I am seeking your support in becoming a member of OAA Council. Together we can further the conversation on our vision for OAA and establish a strategic plan for the betterment of our profession.

Natasha Krickhan

The OAA’s Vision is “An Ontario in which architects are valued contributors of society by creating a safe and healthy built environment that performs at the highest levels and elevates the human spirit.”

I believe that as a profession we can and must do more to serve and protect the public interest by raising awareness about how architecture can improve the lives of our fellow citizens.  I believe we can do a better job of advocating for ourselves so that we are more meaningfully engaged in shaping policy around Ontario’s built future while preserving and enhancing our built heritage.  I believe that in order “To promote the appreciation of architecture within the broader society” we must reach all parts of society including the disadvantaged and rural areas.

I’m an architect with 22 years of professional experience. I have worked in award winning firms in Europe and Canada and have a passion for sustainable design and creating beautiful interiors. I have worked on almost every building type from the billion dollar (including FF&E) Fallsview Casino Niagara while working with Zeidler Partnership Architects in joint venture with B+H Architects, to a $100,000 alteration of Sheridan College’s B-Wing entrance doors at their Brampton Campus while working with George Friedman Architect.  I am a well-rounded architect and will bring a practical and tenacious approach to Council.  I have worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture and am passionate about design.  I like being inspired and inspiring others.  I have experience working with government bodies such as Infrastructure Ontario and hope that they will become our allies in promoting our profession.   My volunteer activities include volunteering with the music ministry at St. Patrick’s Church and being a six time participant in the Embridge© Ride to Conquer Cancer©, a 200+ km charity bicycle ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls benefitting the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  A proud Ontarian, I hold dual citizenship (Canadian and German) and am also a woman of North American (Indigenous) background. 

What do I want to do while on council?

  • Start an Ontario chapter of ‘Architects Without Borders’ a not for profit organization to be supported by OAA members and which will bear social responsibility to OAA members.  This organization would help disadvantaged communities at home in Ontario and abroad who either due to injustices or disaster live without adequate and accessible architecture and other infrastructure essential for human dignity and community autonomy.  The proposed Ontario chapter would follow in the footsteps of the Quebec Order of Architects initiative ‘Architecture Sans Frontieres Quebec’ (ASFQ) founded in 2007 and ‘Architects Without Borders (AWB) Canada’ an initiative started in Manitoba in 2005.   For more information, follow these links:

www.asf-quebec.org

www.awb-winnipeg.com

Support, advocate and encourage OAA members and the public to contribute to the work being done to create a National Policy for Architecture in Canada.  The national policy initiative is jointly led by the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture (CCUSA).

For more information about this initiative and why we need it, click on the following links:

www.canadianarchitect.com/an-architecture-policy-for-canada/

www.cala-roac.ca/futureofarchitecture/architecturecanada.ca

http://www.oaa.on.ca/do-search?Q1=national%20policy%20for%20architecture

  • Review and propose changes to public documents that govern much of the built environment in Ontario and also affect the way architects and architecture are perceived (or not) in society.  Build ON 2017 Infrastructure, a publication of the Ministry of Infrastructure, is an 81 page document that discusses the 160 billion in infrastructure spending over 12 years which started in 2014-15.  37% - 51% of the spending will be on buildings like schools, colleges, and hospitals.  The amount of spending on buildings is more if one takes into account buildings associated with public transit.  However, the word “architecture” and “architects” is  missing from this document.  I counted 31 images of buildings included in this document that were not credited to the Ontarian architects who designed them.  Ontario’s Municipal Affairs and Housing – Places to Grow Act, 2005 indicates that one of the purposes of the act is to “enable decisions about growth to be made in ways that sustain a robust economy, build strong communities and promote a healthy environment and a culture of conservation”.  However, the word “architect” and “architecture” are missing from this document.  The OAA can play a role to increase awareness that buildings are designed by architects, and that architecture is much more than the creation of buildings.  ”The ultimate purpose of architecture is community.” – Bryan MacKay-Lyons (2017)

Lobby municipalities to hire chief architects to help guide them through the next 10 years and beyond of growth in Ontario.  This position should be held by a practicing architect, and it should be limited to a part-time position or a 1 or 2 year term.

These are some of the things I’d like to do if elected to council representing Ontarian architects.  I hope you’ll vote for me and support Council in achieving these goals. 

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”  - Michelangelo Buonarroti


Richard Jeffrey Librach

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
As a licenced member in good standing since 2000, Richard Librach Architect Inc. continues to provide Architectural services to the public with a focus on Single Family Custom Homes and Commercial Uses in the Greater Toronto Area. As a Council member I will represent the interests of the majority of Ontario Architects and their clients who account for the majority of the issued Construction Permitted work that continues to contribute to the health of the Toronto and Ontario Economies. I am interested in working with Council and Shareholders to simplify and lighten the Planning process for smaller projects. In particular, I am motivated to find ways to reduce the costly time delays caused by the complex process of Conservation authorities. I am interested in a faster and more efficient Committee of Adjustment process for smaller projects that vet only those parties who ACTUALLY have a public interest in these types of smaller, private projects. Committees cannot be hearing applications for small additions alongside the applications to construct 30 storey buildings with their far more complex issues affecting the more impacted members o the public. Furthermore, Ontario Architects need to be exempted from needing to follow the same Building Permit Application process as general members of the public. The very requirements to become a Licenced Architect and the continued requirements to maintain that licence to provide architectural services to the public is unique from members of the general public applying for a building permit. The duty of care expected of Architects is different from members of the general public and it is high time that Architects and their clients have a differentiated process to issue their own building permits for projects of a smaller size and scope, once approved by the planning process to be able to serve the public better, reduce construction delays and be able to attract higher fees specifically because of the unique status of being a registered architect in Ontario. This duty MUST be passed onto Licenced architects to recognize the unique status and responsibility of Architects. The process would be an easy one to implement as part of required continuing education courses in partnership with the Ontario Building Code Commission. The public would benefit from a far more direct process that reduces the costs to owners of time delay, quicker construction starts, unnecessary delays caused by overburdened municipal building departments. The construction industry can get to work sooner, members of the public will realize far better service, and Architects can justifiably reclaim the fees for the work they are already doing to comply to the Ontario Building Code.

Leon Lubelski
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Graduated in 1975. 44 years practicing architecture in Canada. Managed his own practice of about 15 employees for the last 27 years, in Toronto. Recently retired. Presently volunteering as Vice president of the Board of Directors of 30 storey residential condominium. Presently a member of the OAA Discipline and Registration Committees. My interest is to promote excellence in the Practice of our Profession.

Saied Mahboubi

I. Rovika Pyziak

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
My name is Rovika Pyziak, thank you for taking this moment to read about me. My professional career has involved design and construction of institutional, heritage and capital projects in the GTA. I am currently employed by the City of Brampton on a team that defines new building construction projects.
Coming as a refugee, I am grateful for all the opportunities I have been granted throughout my life and career. My experiences have instilled in me a calling to give back to the community.
If elected, my goal as a council member is to take steps to achieve equality in terms of opportunity, career advancement and compensation, as well as to eliminate bias towards architects of diverse backgrounds, especially female and immigrant.

Kristiana Schuhmann
CANDIDATE STATEMENT
For the last few years I’ve volunteered on several OAA committees including Honours & Awards, and currently the Policy Advocacy Coordination Team (PACT). Previous to that I worked for the OAA in the graduate student position where I helped to facilitate the Sustainable Built Environments Committee (SBEC),the Local Architectural Society Chairs and enhanced with policy research/ advocacy, regulatory programs and communications initiatives. This gave me an awareness and appreciation of the value of architecture and the profession.

Currently I work at a private architectural practice in Toronto where I have experience in multi-unit residential and commercial design. I’m running for council because I believe that I have good understanding of the issues that challenge architects today. I hope to bring an informed and different perspective to the table, which in conjunction with my experience, can help us shape the the next few decades of practice.

David C. K. Sin
CANDIDATE STATEMENT

As a member of OAA Council since 2016 and the current Vice President Practice, I am standing for re-election for my 2nd term as a representative for Province of Ontario.

For more than 25 years, I ran a boutique practice credited for a wide range of successful projects that include housing, community buildings, industrial buildings, shopping centres and institutional buildings. My career took me to projects as far as Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shanghai.  In 2012, I joined Bell Canada as their senior manager to oversee the architectural program delivery for the critical buildings, a role that allows me to experience the owner’s perspective in design and construction procurement. It is a challenging position that I still hold and enjoy today.

The evolution of my career along with my experience in non-profit boards has given me a unique perspective on the role of architects in our changing world. It is my belief that the OAA must continue to work with the membership to advance our profession and build a more effective organization based on the following three core principles:

1.   Defending the importance of Architecture. We cannot lose sight of our skills and our contribution to both the economy and the well-being of our society. The OAA must be the strongest advocate for our unique role and the value of our services. We need to push for architects’ effective representation in the public sphere. 

2.   Engaging and mentoring our young to nurture a future generation of architects who aspire to excellence without submitting to unreasonable schedules and accepting sub-standard compensation. 

3.   Being an inclusive and effective Association as a regulatory body and support of our practice. Input from our members is the lifeblood of our council and we cannot create meaningful change without trust and support from the entire profession.

Over the last three years, I have been participating and chairing a number of committees and task groups; including Budget Committee, Communication Committee, Interns Committee, Practice Advocacy Coordination Team, Project Resource Committee (Chair), Public Interest Review Committee (Chair), Sub-Committee on Building Codes and Regulation (Chair).  

Since 2017, I have been part of the OAA/ARIDO Task Force that steers the government’s initiative of bringing the interior designers to be regulated under the Architects Act. The effort is ongoing and will require dedicated effort to bring about a win-win outcome for the architects and a stronger OAA. My efforts in chairing the Housing Affordability Task Group have already begun to see dividends such as our report Housing Affordability in Growing Urban Areas being well received by many organizations and government departments. Some of the key recommendations in the report have already been adopted in the latest Provincial Policies.

As Vice President Practice since January 2019, I have been instrumental in pushing back forces that marginalize our everyday practice, participated in talks and roundtables in response to the government’s upcoming OBC reform, the proposed Coordinating Licensed Professional and other policies that affect our profession.

As a long-term vision, I believe that architects need to be at the center of decision making in the owners’ world in order to lead effectively in our society. The status of the profession has been slowly eroding. We need continuous effort as a group to regain lost ground and conquer new territories for our prosperity and for our emerging practitioners. Ultimately, it is about serving the interest of the public. This mission requires strong participation, advocacy and leadership from Council. I am committed to another 3 year-term to represent the members of the Province of Ontario. I sincerely ask for your support.

www.davidsin.com

 

Province of Ontario - Licensed Technologist OAA

Total seats: 1
Seats available: 0

Province of Ontario - Intern Architect Seat (Non-Voting)

Total seats: 1
Seats available: 1

Salam Al-Durra
http://oaa.on.ca/staff/Salam-Al-Durra/122424

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Graduated in 2012, ranking the first on my alumni with multiple award-winning designs. Over 5 years of experience in architectural engineering, drafting and design in the Middle East combined with almost 5 years experience as a full-time intern architect in Toronto, Canada. Proven record of excellence in ensuring projected architectural designs are functional, economical and above all meet all code requirements and safety standards. Exceptional skills in planning, designing and project coordination both for educational buildings, Industrial facilitates (Water / waste water and precast concrete plant) and transportation projects. Easy going by nature, team player, able to get along with both internal and external stakeholders and team mates.
As I am now around the corner from being a registered architect in Ontario, I have gone through many challenges to Obtain the required knowledge and experience to reach that point, from switching jobs and finding new opportunities to taking courses and expanding my professional network, and as part of this role, I will provide the council a direct insight of this day challenges and explore ideas of how to assist and help those who are striving to achieve their ultimate goal of becoming a architect in Ontario.
My academic qualifications, professional experience combined with my knowledge of the architecture as a profession in Ontario make me a suitable and valuable addition to the council.

Samia Alkouni
https://oaa.on.ca/staff/Samia-Alkouni/140130 

Hadil El-Baba
https://oaa.on.ca/staff/Hadil-El-Baba/134655

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
I’m an accomplished individual, Registered Intern Architect with the Ontario Associations of Architect, certified RIBA1 (Royal institute of British Architects) a certified Project management Level One (CAMP) and a registered architect in Lebanon, Beirut.
My interest in community work and design developed at an early stage. I was born and raised in Lebanon, one of the most urbanized countries in both the world and the Arab region. Living with such circumstances developed my passion and inspired me to take part in creating change. I started taking initiative at a very young age getting involved with various NGO’s such as UNDP, Un-habitat, where my role was to come up with design solutions to bring people together.
My extensive social and community work triggered my interest for developing my knowledge in design. As an young architectural designer, I believe that my work must have an impact on individuals and the community at large. For this reason, I take unique opportunities to develop my leadership and advocacy skills to impact those around me in the best way possible. For example, I was elected as the student body representative in my university (for 3 years) to act as a lesion between the faculty an student to develop professional opportunities that insured my peer’s success. I organised and managed various initiatives across the Middle East that focused on a diverse workshop that focused on building architectural skills as well as workshops that promoted well-being.
Furthermore, I served as a member of the RIBA committee and was responsible for planning, managing, and implementing exhibitions and conferences throughout the year. I also believe that my work must have an impact on individuals and the community at large. I volunteered as the Director of Communication in a non-profit organization in Canada known as Open Architecture Collaborative (Used to be Architecture for humanity). The mission is to mobilize architects, designers and neighbourhood leaders to end injustice in our communities. I also volunteer with the UNV platform (United nation Volunteer Platform), and I’m I helped out Morobe Development foundation in their research process for designing a solar powered Cocoa dryer for a small village in Papua New Guinea.
My beginning of professional work as an intern architect started at James Fryett Architecture Inc. where I was able to nurture my skills and competence on various levels. Currently I’m part of the architectural design team at CORE Architect.
I hope This brief synopsis of my experience as well as my personal and professional skills and attributions compels you to consider me as your OAA intern representative. My goal is to plan awareness of career opportunities for young inspiring students, but mainly I want to take action in identifying issues to the council and recommend improvements to the path from student to an Architect. I’m confident that I can be added value to the OAA council ensuring that my drive, determination and passion for both architectural and community work contributes to the success of the Association.

Arnav Garde
https://oaa.on.ca/firm/Arnav%20Garde/143516

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Architecture is the mother of all arts and our duty as Architects is to be a shining light on all that can be achieved through the purity of our ideas and the clarity of our designs. We are shepherds to those who place their trust in us to create something extraordinary for them and therefore our mandate is very grave.
But with radical changes in technology and the advent of limitless computing, our noble profession is at great risk of being compartmentalized and devalued. If architects are going to be treated as equal partners at the proverbial table then we need to be ready to embrace change like never before.
It is for for this reason that I seek your support to stand for the Intern Architect seat on your council. Let me be your eyes and ears, let me be your voice so I can help you and your practice adapt to this new world and grow despite the challenges facing our profession.

Yahya Jundi
http://oaa.on.ca/firm/Yahya%20Jundi/122040

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
I am an Intern Architect in the OAA who has a lot of passion for architecture. In 2015, I was one of the organizers of the Lebanese Architectural Club in Beirut, Lebanon.
After that, I moved to Toronto and I founded the Toronto Architecture Club in 2016 in order to engage in the architectural community and in order to help new comers and fresh graduates in their career path. I will always be promoting the architectural profession in Ontario.
Winning the Intern Architect seat in the OAA Council will give me the opportunity to help intern architects, fresh graduates, and internationally trained architects to reach their goals in their career in Ontario.
Being the founder of "Toronto Architecture Club" proves that I am very passionate about architecture. This club was founded to hold workshops, lectures, and events for architects to give them the opportunity to network with professionals in the industry. I will be, with your help, the representative of all the Intern Architects in Ontario. I will be ready to take your comments, suggestions, and complaints to the council board in order to make a good change and create a better career for all of us.
I hope to get your voting.
Thank you for your support!

Ryan Lee
http://www.oaa.on.ca/staff/Ryan-Lee/120641

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
Ryan has over two years of experience as an Intern Architect with ATA Architects in Oakville, Ontario. His interests in the architectural field include conservation, adaptive reuse, sustainability, new technologies and educating students about the industry. As a council member, Ryan’s goal is to bring a unique perspective as a young professional with expertise in heritage and conservation projects. He is excited at the opportunity to continue fusing old and new design ideas while promoting the possibilities of the architecture field to Ontario’s youth.

Milda Miskinyte
http://oaa.on.ca/staff/Milda-Miskinyte/142064

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
I am currently running for the Intern non-voting seat on the OAA Council. Please vote in the upcoming election for the OAA Council – November 11–24, 2019.
One of the reasons of why I am running for this seat is because there is something I want to see change. There have been many times when I hesitated to say what my job title is, fearing the usual response from people outside the profession to the word “Intern” – perhaps a question if we get paid, if we are still in school, or, worse, a joke about fetching coffee. I have a fundamental belief that words matter, and calling a design professional with a Master’s degree an "Intern" is detrimental to their standing within the profession and work environment. While the term might have been appropriate when an advanced degree was not required, the profession has evolved. The nomenclature simply needs to keep up.
I know I am not alone in my views on this issue. There have been discussions about the nomenclature in other associations, such as the AIA, with varying results. Will the OAA lead the charge in Canada on this issue?
However, this is not just about the name. This is only an example of a possible initiative. As members of a self-regulating profession, it is in our hands to make change as we see the need for it. Engagement in the profession results in a connected, relevant professional association that is an important ally of the professional.
I want to learn how to navigate the OAA and help enact change, to be effective at hearing people’s ideas and frustrations, and initiating change. Through the co-operative program during my Undergraduate degree, I had a chance to work at five different architectural firms in various capacities as a student, assistant and Intern, over six co-op terms, and three years of full-time employment after Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. I believe this time in various practices gives me a broader perspective on the breadth and variety of Intern and Student experiences, and how valuable their contributions are to the profession. I hope to be an effective representative of this important part of the OAA.

Mustak Sarwer
https://oaa.on.ca/firm/Mustak%20Sarwer/104002

CANDIDATE STATEMENT
I am an internationally trained professional, an Intern Architect with OAA and a civil servant in Real Property. At present, I am a Senior Project Manager with Public Service and Procurement Canada (PSPC).
Since 2005 I have been working with various levels of the government in real property construction projects from renovations to new construction in multiple cities in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northwest Territories.
During these years, I have personally witnessed the sufferings and hardships many intern architects have to go through to step in the right direction, especially for internationally trained professionals (Architects).
My reasons for wishing to be elected as a non-voting member is to be a voice for all Intern Architects.
I believe I have the experience and the skills which would benefit the Council and fellow Intern Architects and would consider it is a great privilege to serve as a member. If elected, I would perform my role with energy, enthusiasm, integrity and a voice for all Intern Architects.