Thursday, February 8, 2018
6:00 PM | The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St. W.
All faculty, staff, students, and outside community members are welcome to attend! No RSVP is required.
Ryerson University’s Master of Architecture class is pleased to invite you to an evening of discussion and debate. The theme of this year’s symposium is borders. Architects are constantly manipulating borders to define space, whether they are physical, cultural, political, or economic. What then is the role of the architect in the conversation on these and other barriers within the social realm? How might architecture be used as a tool to facilitate the progress of a society? Through the manipulation of borders, architects have the power to influence how people interact with each other and the surrounding environment.
What is something that might halt you in your place? A chainlink fence outlining a schoolyard playground, an off-putting smell from a dumpster in the alley, or a threatening man staring at you from across the street. Each instance defining a border that impacts the way we move around our environment. They may be permanent and physical like the chainlink fence or a wall or could speak to your political and social views. As architects, we are constantly manipulating borders to define the space our clients desire. We build walls and fences, but there aren’t the only borders in architecture. What about a dress code at a restaurant, or a salary threshold to rent an apartment? What is the role of the architect in the conversation about those barriers in the social realm? We are the harbinger of movement and the manipulator of energies to create habitable space. It’s the method of how we move people and regulate the environment that stresses our ability to design through the use of borders.
Ian Chodikoff, BA (ACS), BA (PS), MArch, MAUD, RAIC (IIDEXCanada)
Ian Chodikoff is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada who holds degrees in architecture and urban design from the University of British Columbia and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design respectively, in addition to a background in public policy and political science. His professional interests include linking opportunities concerning the built and natural environments with topics such as public health, social inclusion, economic development, and multiculturalism. He is the director of the independent urban planning and design consultancy called Fora Strategic Planning Inc., and the former Executive Director of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and editor of Canadian Architect magazine. He has served on a variety of advisory boards and design review panels, as well as managed design competitions, conducted feasibility studies and worked toward improving the commissioning of architects, the provision of affordable housing, and the impact of urban design guidelines. Ian has extensive teaching experience at several universities including UofT, and the University of Waterloo, where he has taught design studios, courses and seminars. He has written for several publications, moderated and lectured on a long list of issues affecting the built environment, in addition to coordinating various public workshops and continuing education seminars.
Susan Rupstash, B.Arch., OAA, AAA, AIBC, SAA, MAA, NSAA, AANB, FRAIC, AIA (Quadrangle)
Susan Rupstash is the managing principal at Quadrangle architects with expertise in universal and inclusive design. Her knowledge and passion for architecture have helped place Quadrangle on the list of Canada’s 50 best managed firms. Susan has spoken and written extensively on accessible design, volunteered on several committees and boards, and has participated in a number of symposiums from Boston to Oslo. As co-founder of AccessAbility Advantage, a joint venture between Quadrangle and March of Dimes Canada, Susan also assists businesses in implementing a wide range of accessibility standards.
Annabel Vaughan, MArch, BCIN (ERA Architects, publicLAB RESEARCH + DESIGN)
Annabel Vaughan is a BCIN certified Master of Architecture, Project Manager at ERA Architects, and the Principal at publicLAB RESEARCH + DESIGN. She was educated at the School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia and York University. As a professional, her work ranges across a vast scale of projects from landscape insertion, civic designs to performance art and curation. Positioning an understanding of architecture within the city’s political and cultural discourse, her recent interest lies in the intersection between architecture as a spatial practice and the broader role of architecture as an agent for cultural production in the city. She writes and participates regularly in the discussions concerning the role architecture and public art can play as an agent of political change in the city.
Craig Race, Co-founder of Lanescape
Craig’s design process focuses on environmental and contextual sensitivity. His skill in crafting buildings that fit sensitively into their surroundings has engendered a passion for laneway development. His career has been enriched by practice in Italy and Portland. It was during his time on the west coast that laneway housing was conceived as a legitimate housing concept, allowing Craig to become intimately familiar with the advantages and challenges of this emerging housing typology. Craig operates an architecture and development practice focused on environmentally-conscious residential design
Alex Bozikovic, Architecture Critic at the Globe and Mail
Alex Bozikovic is a National Magazine Award-winning writer and staff editor at the Globe and Mail. He is interested in buildings and cities, and more importantly in the forces that shape them. Alex has been writing on architecture and design for over a decade with his work appearing in Azure, Dwell, Metropolis, Designlines, and Toronto Life to name a few. He is also a co-author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide, which provides insight into the architecture of Toronto’s past and future.
We thank our sponsors Ryerson University, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), Yeates School of Graduate Studies, Quadrangle, RAW Design, Toronto Society of Architects, and Parkin Architects Limited for their support.
For further information, please contact:
Communications and Digital & Analogue Archive Specialist
Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University
325 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3
P: 416-979-5000, ext: 2597