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Cities Centre Workshop: Build Toronto part A

Mon, Oct 26/09 – 10:30am to Fri, Oct 30/09 – 10:30am

5 Pivotal Sites

15 Engaged Urbanists

30 Scheming Designers

300 Willing Students

This is an internal event.


Daniel Adams founded Landing Studio with partner Marie Adams in 2004.  Landing Studio is a design and planning practice that develops tactics for integrating active global industries into their local contexts.  Since 2004, Landing Studio has worked on projects with port facilities and communities in Boston and New York through the design of shared industrial/public park landscapes, light installations, festivals, museum exhibitions, tours, and industrial/community operations agreements. Research includes the study of port facilities, ocean transport, mining operations, and industrial ecologies around the world.  Dan has a BSArch from the University of Michigan from 2002, and an MArch from Harvard University from 2005, where he received the Druker Fellowship, AIA Medal, and Kelly Thesis Prize.

Marie Law Adams is a partner in Landing Studio.  With Landing Studio, Marie has worked on the design of pre-fab industry buildings, shared industrial/public landscapes, and the adaptive re-use of buildings to better mediate the intersection of communities and industries.  Marie is also a Project Manager at Maryann Thompson Architects in Cambridge, and previously worked with Kennedy & Violich Architects in Boston.  She has a BSArch from the University of Michigan from 2002, and an MArch from MIT from 2006, where she was a Presidential Fellow and was awarded the AIA Medal and Emerson Fellowship

Maria Aiolova, LEED AP received her Master in Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, her Bachelor in Architecture from University of Sofia, Bulgaria and the Technical University of Vienna, Austria. She also holds Professional Degree in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and a certificate in Green Building Design from Cooper Union in New York. She is a Co-Founder of Terrefuge and Terreform 1. Maria has a number of winning competitions including first places in the CHARLES/MGH STATION Design Competition, Boston and the Izmir Post District International Urban Design Competition in Izmir, Turkey. As a founder and director of Compost Art Center, nonprofit artists residency program, she has been involved in the design and construction of affordable and dynamic space for artists in the new millennium.  In addition to her diverse design work, Maria has taught at Wentworth Institute of Technology and Boston Architectural Center and has been a visiting critic at Harvard GSD, Columbia University, Parsons, CUNY, Washington University and Rhode Island School of Design.

Neeraj Bhatia received his Masters degree in Architecture and Urban Design from MIT where he was studying on a Fulbright Fellowship. His thesis research focused on the design of public libraries in infrastructural landscapes and was awarded the thesis prize. Prior to that, he attended the University of Waterloo where he obtained a pre-professional (B.E.S) and professional degree (B.Arch) in Architecture. His B.Arch thesis was awarded a thesis prize and two awards of excellence from the OAA. Amongst other offices, he has worked for Eisenman Architects, Coop Himmelblau, Bruce Mau Design, ORG and Lateral Office. He has taught at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto, and been a guest reviewer at Harvard GSD, MIT, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Ryerson University and the University of Waterloo. His research has been published in Volume/Archis, Thresholds, Footprint, Onsite Review, brkt, and Yale Perspecta. In 2008, Neeraj became a director of InfraNet Lab, a non-profit research collective probing the spatial byproducts of contemporary resource logistics. InfraNet Lab’s research into urban infrastructures will be published in Pamphlet Architecture 30.

Marshall Brown is an Assistant Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture where he teaches studios and seminars in urban design and was last year’s winner of the Rotch Traveling Studio Grant from the Boston Society of Architects. Professor Brown received his Masters degrees in both Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University where he was a Ronald M. Druker Fellow to Morocco. He has a broad range of project experience working with a diverse body of organizations including the New York City Council, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the Whitney Museum and the Municipal Art Society of New York. He also recently worked with Freelon/Adjaye/ Bond, the winning design team for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. In 2004 Marshall Brown founded the Atlantic Yards Development Workshop with New York City Council Member Letitia James. The Workshop is a collaborative organization of architects and planners formed to develop an alternative plan for the MTA Vanderbilt Rail Yards in Brooklyn, New York []. The project has been covered in several publications, including Architectural Record and New York Daily News.

Alexander D’Hooghe, Ph.D. (b. Belgium 1973) is associated professor in Architectural Urbanism at MIT, where he is building a research group called ‘Platform for a Permanent Modernity’. He also founded a design office called ‘ORG- Office for Permanent Modernity’, located in Belgium and the USA. Recent work focuses on the relation between form as a civic-political order, in relation to the various lifeycles and layers of durability of a building or district. D’Hooghe published and lectured in the USA, UK, Netherlands, Israel, Spain, and Germany. He won competitions in South-Korea and Belgium, and his office and research group are currently engaged in several large-scale developments such as a plan for a coastal defense sytem in the North Sea (Western Europe), and a plan for the conversion of the Slaughterhouse and meat market district in Brussels.

Benjamin Gianni is an Associate Professor in the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University and Senior Advisor to the National Judicial Institute, where he oversees the development of electronic resources for the Canadian judiciary.  Mr. Gianni received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Arch. from Yale University.  He served as Director of the School of Architecture at Carleton University from 1992-2000 and Director of the School of Information Technology from 2003-2006.  Currently on sabbatical, he is working on two books:  one on the structure of suburbia and the other on the redevelopment post-war public housing ensembles, comparing policies and projects in Canada, the US, Great Britain and the Netherlands.  Mr. Gianni will head up a new urbanism specialization in Carleton’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism when he returns in 2010.

Robert Glover is an architect and urbanist in Toronto, and a partner in the planning and urban design firm of Bousfields Inc. He was the amalgamated City of Toronto’s first Director of Urban Design and set up the City’s current urban design structure and program. Much of his work has focused on the urban design of intensification and urban transformation, ranging from the scale and pattern of the metropolitan City to that of the project. His public urban design projects include the Ataratiri Plan (now the West Donlands), the University of Toronto Area Plan, the King Spadina and King-Parliament Plans, the Waterfront Plan and Dundas Square. His private urban design work has included many intensification and transformation projects across the City and the Region. Mr. Glover has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Daniels Faculty for many years, most recently teaching the Studio Norte-Sur on the urban design of South American cities.

Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D at  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, M.Arch. Columbia University, BPS SUNY at Buffalo with Honors.  He is a Co-Founder of Terrefuge and Terreform 1.  Currently he is faculty at Columbia University and Parsons. Formerly an architect at Gehry Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed.  He has been awarded the Moshe Safdie Research Fellowship, and the Martin Family Society Fellow for Sustainability. He won the History Channel/ Infiniti Award for the City of the Future, NY and Time Magazine Best Invention of the Year 2007, Compacted Car w/ MIT Smart Cities. His project, Fab Tree Hab, has been exhibited at MoMA and widely published.  He was selected by Wired magazine for "The 2008 Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To".  Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in "The 100 People Who Are Changing America".

Tim Love is the founding principal of Utile, an architecture and urban design firm located in Boston. Love is the on-call urban design consultant to both Massachusetts Port Authority and the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency. Love and team are also currently working with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on a two Downtown planning initiatives that will lead to new form and performance-based zoning regulations. In addition, Love is a tenured Associate Professor and the studio sequence coordinator at the Northeastern University School of Architecture. Love teaches the urban housing studio and a graduate-level research studio focused on contemporary market-driven building types. Love is also a frequent contributor to the Harvard Design Magazine, and a Contributing Editor to Places.

Michael Piper is a founding principal of DUB studios, an Architecture and Urban Design practice with offices in New York and Los Angeles. While at DUB he designed and coordinated two large mixed-use projects that occupy 11 city blocks with 150,000 square meters of residential, commercial and civic uses. Recently, he co-founded DUB R&D, a wing of the business that does research and speculative urban design projects. Last spring Michael taught a design studio at the Abu Dhabi campus of NYIT. He received a Masters in Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design and and BS in Architecture from Georgia Tech. Before and during his university education he did four years of construction, an experience that drives his interest to ground lofty ideas in the pragmatics of implementation.

Albert Pope is the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture at Rice University School of Architecture. He has designed, written and lectured extensively on the topic of contemporary urban form. Professor Pope is author of Ladders.

Ivan Rupnik is an Assistant Professor in Northeastern University’s School of Architecture, a Doctoral Candidate at Harvard University, and an editor of Covjek i Prostor (Man and Space) Magazine. An architect and urban designer based in Boston, MA and Zagreb, Croatia his work combines research, design and consulting. After completing Project Zagreb: Transition as Condition, Strategy, Practice (Actar, 2007), Ivan was hired as a consultant for the University of Zagreb’s new 100 hectare academic campus and technological park. Since 2008 he has collaborated with HPNj+ Architects on a regulation plan and park design for Zagreb’s Central Axis. Utilizing his doctoral research on the design of industrial ecologies, systems for the production of housing estates in Weimar Germany, Soviet Russia, and Socialist Yugoslavia, Ivan is participating in an interdisciplinary project at Northeastern University on the development of prefabricated systems for the contemporary North American context. He is also working on a research project focusing on the Eastern Adriatic’s Urban Archipelagos in collaboration with Professor Eve Blau. Ivan has taught at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, Syracuse University, and at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and his work has been exhibited at Venice Biennale, at the Museum of the City of Zagreb and at the Graduate School of Design.

Troy Schaum is an architect and currently the Visiting Wortham Fellow at Rice University. Previously Schaum was practicing in OMA’s New York office as a project architect for Paul Milstein Hall, a new building for Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, among other projects. Also while in New York, Schaum worked at Studio Daniel Libeskind where his main projects included a 40-story tower in Torino, Italy and various international competitions. Schaum’s career began in San Francisco at Jim Jennings Architecture, working on a range of renowned small-scale projects in the Bay Area and the Southern California Desert. 

Roger Sherman, AIA is principal of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design in Culver City. His firm’s acclaimed design work includes institutional, commercial, single and multi-family residential, and urban design and landscape planning projects. Most recently these include: a new office condominium/mixed use project in Culver City; the 3-in-1 House (Santa Monica, CA); the conversion of a stripmall into a mixed use hydroponic farm (Scottsdale, AZ); and Duck-and-Cover, a big box development for Target (currently on exhibition at the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam). Mr. Sherman is also Co-Director of cityLAB, an urban design thinktank at UCLA, where he is also an Adjunct Associate Professor. He is the Co-Chair of the Political Outreach Committee of AIA/Los Angeles. A graduate of the Harvard Design School, he has taught and lectured widely, including at Harvard, Princeton, Zocalo Public Square, and New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Matthew Soules is the director of Matthew Soules Architecture (MSA) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. MSA is currently working on projects at a range of scales, including a new mega-resort in the Cascade Mountains, public washrooms for the City of Victoria, and a an art installation for the Vancouver Olympics. Matthew received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and prior to starting MSA worked for leading architects including Rem Koolhaas and Arthur Erickson. His work has been most recently published in Praxis, Topos, and in the book Vancouver Matters.