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BEAToronto  Building Equality in Architecture Toronto [BEAT] is an independent organization dedicated to supporting equality and diversity in the profession.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making #Beatoronto Leadership Seminar 2019 happen! We are very excited for the discussion tomorrow!
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Finally, #BEAToronto Annual Leadership Seminar 2019’s Master of Ceremonies will be Dimitra Papantonis.

Dimitra is an Architectural Designer at Williamson Williamson Inc. She has worked on a variety of complex buildings in the offi ce and has a keen understanding of the city of Toronto’s zoning by-laws and building code making her adept at shaping buildings that abide by current standards while meeting the needs of the client.
Dimitra’s most recent projects include a mixed commercial residential housing, with a focus on multigenerational living, and phase 2 of the Midwives Collective of Toronto clinic renovation. Her experience managing the Midwives Collective of Toronto clinic renovation, phases 1 and 2, has given her the expertise to manage ministry funding and ensure projects stay within schedule and on budget.

Dimitra is an Executive Committee Member of BEAT, Building Equality in Architecture Toronto. Within BEAT, her focus has been on the annual Seminar which provides recent graduates and young professionals exposure to more experienced members in the industry.

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Meet #BEAToronto Annual Leadership Seminar 2019’s moderator:
Wei-Han Vivian Lee is a registered architect in the U.S. and Canada, and an assistant professor at University of Toronto Daniels Faculty. As founding partner of LAMAS, Lee brings to the studio her background in painting and on-going research on the role of craft in the age of digital architecture as related to issues of optics, labor, professional practice, vernacular traditions, and ornament.
LAMAS was a 2014 finalist for MoMA’s PS1 Young Architects Program. Together with James Macgillivray, the studio has won the 2017 Architizer+ Award, 2011 R+D Award, and received honorable mentions by ACSA Faculty Design Award and I.D. Magazine. Her work has been published in Dwell Magazine, Architect Magazine, PLAT, and AIA For-ward. Prior to LAMAS, Lee practiced as a project manager at SHoP Architects and LTL Architects in New York City. While at SHoP Architects, she co-led her team to earn a P/A Award for the NYC East River Waterfront project in 2008.

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#BEAToronto Annual Leadership Seminar 2019 Panelist Spotlight:

Sonia is a registered architect and Senior Associate at Williamson Williamson Inc. Sonia is known for her critical insight and attention to detail and is key to conceptual development within the office. Since joining the team in 2015 she has led various master planning, retail interior, and residential projects, including the office addition above Pilot Coffee’s roastery and flagship location in Toronto. She is currently the project lead on various commercial interior fit-outs and a residence overlooking the Bluffs. Prior to joining Williamson Williamson Inc. Sonia worked in offices in Los Angeles and Toronto as a project designer on various institutional projects as well as award winning high-end interiors and residential projects.
Sonia believes strongly in the importance of mentorship, both inside and outside of the office. As an Executive Member of BEAT (Building Equality in Architecture Toronto) Sonia contributes to the Dinner Series and Annual Leadership Seminar as she sees them as vehicles for promoting networking, mentorship, and therefore retention in the field.

Come out on March 9th to get Sonia’s insights. Link in bio.
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#BEAToronto Annual Leadership Seminar 2019 Panelist Spotlight:
KaaSheGaaBaaWeak | Eladia Smoke is Anishinaabekwe from Obishikokaang | LacSeul First Nation, with family roots in Alderville First Nation, Winnipeg, and Toronto. Eladia has worked in architecture since 2002, and founded Smoke Architecture as principal architect in 2014. She is a Master Lecturer at Laurentian’s McEwen School of Architecture. Her career includes principal architect with Architecture 49, Thunder Bay,and architect with Prairie Architects, Winnipeg. Eladia has served on the RAIC’s Indigenous Task Force since its inception, 2015. Eladia is on the Unceded international team of Indigenous designers and architects; led by Douglas Cardinal, this team will represent Canada at the 2018 Venice Biennale.
Current professional work includes community centre, office, and multi-family residential projects, working with First Nation clients. Past professional projects include the Aboriginal People’s Television Network studios, Migiizi Agamik Aboriginal Student Centre at University of Manitoba, and Makoonsag Intergenerational Learning Centre; completed in Winnipeg with Prairie Architects.

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#BEAToronto Annual Leadership Seminar 2019 Panelist Spotlight:

Nina-Marie Lister is Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor in the School of Urban + Regional Planning at Ryerson University in Toronto. From 2010-2014, she was Visiting Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture + Urban Planning at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. A Registered Professional Planner (MCIP, RPP) trained in ecology, environmental science and landscape planning, she is the founding principal of PLANDFORM, a creative studio practice working at the nexus of landscape, ecology, and urbanism. Prof. Lister’s research, teaching and practice centre on the confluence of landscape infrastructure and ecological processes within contemporary metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on resilience and adaptive systems design.

Her work has also been widely featured in international exhibitions, including the 2016 Venice Architectural Biennale in which Lister is a collaborator on Canada’s entry entitled EXTRACTION—a critical examination of Canada’s role as a global resource empire, featuring an installation, film and book exploring the ecologies and territories of resource extraction (curated by Pierre Bélanger). In recognition of her international leadership in ecological design, Lister was awarded Honourary Membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2017, Lister was nominated among Planetizen’s Most Influential Urbanists.

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#BEAToronto Annual Leadership Seminar 2019 Panelist Spotlight:
Jennifer Kudlats is a registered architect and sessional lecturer at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. She is interested in using architecture to challenge expectations and encourage others to see the world through another lens. Human interaction is at the forefront of her focus and through teaching and practice, she is motivated to inspire and ignite compassion for our built environment and the people within it.

Jennifer co-founded StudioAC with Andrew Hill in 2015 after spending five years working under mentors at KPMB. As a function of their pedigree, StudioAC strives to create impactful & thoughtful architecture that speaks to its context at a multitude of scales. Since its inception, the studio has received numerous accolades appearing in a number of publications internationally. StudioAC believes that good design, architecture and art can bring people together, enhance a community, help businesses flourish and start much needed conversations within our cities.

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#BEAToronto Annual Leadership Seminar 2019 Panelist Spotlight -

Elsa Lam is editor-in-chief of Canadian Architect magazine. She was the 2012 winner of the Phyllis Lambert Prize for writing in architecture, awarded for her doctoral dissertation “Wilderness Nation: Building Canada’s Railway Landscapes, 1885-1929,” completed at Columbia University in the City of New York under the supervision of Kenneth Frampton and Vittoria di Palma. The dissertation explores the role of Canada’s railway hotels, western national parks and other railway-sponsored buildings and landscapes in forging a sense of national identity.

Elsa studied architectural history at McGill University and architectural design at the University of Waterloo. She has written extensively for architecture magazines, as well as collaborating on the editing and writing of several books on design history. Previous to her role at Canadian Architect, she worked with the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. She is co-editor of the forthcoming book Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967-2017, to be co-published by Princeton Architectural Press and Canadian Architect in Fall 2019.

Come out on March 9th to hear Elsa Lam share her experience!
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Catch #beatoronto Executive, @steph_hosein at @youngarchitectsofhamilton SymposYAH #6, Feb 5 | 6-9pm at @comotiononking
An exciting panel of speakers interested in Hamilton's current design and construction boom! Participants will be responding to ideas, lessons, and challenges of greater-Hamilton's urban planning, made complex by social, economic cultural impacts and the public's interactions with large-scale development projects.

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#BEATTalk x HOK was a huge success during @designtofestival! .
Special thanks to @hok_to for hosting and members of HOK's Diversity Council for making the trip to Toronto (on the coldest day) to share from their learned experience!

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Annual Leadership Seminar

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BEAT Executive Member @safourazahedi returns to @designtofestival with an installation for @gladstonehotel, opening this weekend as part of Come Up To My Room 2019 - Jan 17 to 20! Entitled ‘Connect’, Safoura’s installation explores geometry as a language of Unity. To learn more or to snag tix to #CUTMR go to:
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