125th Anniversary Dialogues: Practice in an Expanded Field



On Saturday May 30, 2015, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto celebrated its 125-year-history with an exhibition reflecting on the Faculty’s past, and panel discussions featuring alumni and faculty members, and an evening cocktail reception at the Royal Ontario Museum where alumni could mingle and reminisce.

“Practice in an Expanded Field” featured alumni Michael McClelland (BArch 1981) and Eha Naylor (BLA 1980) as well as Daniels Faculty member Liat Margolis (Daniels Faculty). The discussion was moderated by alumnus Graeme Stewart (MArch 2007). It was one of four dialogues on the work of our faculty and alumni, and the new modes of practice that they, together with our students, hope to model and instigate.

Michael McClelland, BArch 1981
A registered architect and founding partner of E.R.A. Architects Inc., Michael McClelland, CAHP OAA FRAIC, specializes in heritage conservation, heritage and cultural planning, and urban design. Among many roles he is the heritage advisor for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the ROM, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and the Distillery District. In his work, Michael often collaborates with a wide range of public and private stakeholders to build culture through thoughtful, values-based planning and design. He is well known for his contribution to the discourse surrounding the stewardship of the built environment and is the co-editor of multiple books, including Concrete Toronto: A Guidebook to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies and The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood.

Eha Naylor, BLA 1980
Eha is a Partner of Dillon Consulting and she leads their urban design and master planning work nationally. She has over 30 years of consulting experience in landscape architecture, environmental planning and design. Naylor is a full member of several professional associations including the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and the Canadian Institute of Planners. She is also a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2014 she received the OALA’s Pinnacle Award for Landscape Architectural Excellence. She has served on several design juries and has also appeared as an environmental planning expert witness for the Ontario Municipal Board. Naylor is currently appointed to the federal government’s National Capital Commission Advisory Committee forPlanning, Design and Realty and serves on the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation Board.

Liat Margolis, Daniels Faculty
Liat Margolis is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Liat is the Director of the Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory (gritlab) – a multidisciplinary research and educational hub at U of T, linking the field of landscape architecture, biology, hydrology and building science. At gritlab, Margolis is responsible for the experimental design and construction of the lab facility and manages the team of researchers and industry partners. She was Director of the materials Collection at Harvard Graduate School of Design and Director of Research at Material ConneXion, where she developed a material database and consulted with a broad range of design firms and manufacturers.

Moderator: Graeme Stewart, MArch 2007
Graeme Stewart is a Principal with ERA Architects and a founding director of the research organization the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal. Graeme has been involved in numerous urban design, cultural planning, conservation and architecture projects with particular focus on neighbourhood design and regional sustainability. He has contributed to numerous publications and was co-editor of Concrete Toronto: A Guidebook to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies. In 2010 Graeme was the recipient of a National Urban Design Award for his on-going research, design work and development f the Tower Renewal project in Toronto, and in 2014 he received the Jane Jacobs Prize.

For more information about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, visit us at http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca

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