Standard of Dwelling symposium: Pina Petricone and Niall Haggart

0:00 – Niall Haggart presentation
14:54 – Pina Petricone presentation
41:59 – Moderated dicsussion with Hans Ibelings
54:30 – Questions from Dean Richard Sommer

On February 26, 2016, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design hosted Standard of Dwelling — a symposium about housing in Toronto.

Standard of Dwelling brought together three Toronto-based architects and the developers they work with to present on a recent innovative residential project. Each pair explored a different housing type, allowing the afternoon’s discussion to cover a variety of urban housing typologies — from the condo tower to the townhouse.

The symposium was moderated by Daniels Faculty lecturer and architectural historian and critic, Hans Ibelings.

The last pair to present was architect Pina Petricone of Giannone Petricone Associates, and Niall Haggart, Executive Vice President at The Daniels Corporation.

Pina Petricone shares her time as Principal of Giannone Petricone Associates and as a Professor of Architecture at the University of Toronto. This dual role is a defining feature of the practice, enabling Pina to contribute intellectual rigor and research to the firm’s projects and processes, as well as to give real projects academic consideration.

As an associate professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, Pina teaches design and critical theory at every level of the graduate architecture program, and has enjoyed acting as primary advisor for numerous award-winning thesis students whose proposals tend to question socio-aesthetic practices in architecture as urban constructions.

Pina has presented her work and research at several national and international conferences and symposia, in­cluding the IFWorld Conference at the Politecnico di Milano, the Banff sessions on Architecture in Banff, Alberta, the Tectonics: Making Meaning Conference at the Eindhoven Technical Uni­versity, Netherlands, and recently at the Columbia University Think Tank on the Building Intel­ligence Project. Her work and research has been published widely in Canada, the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2012 Pina celebrated the publication of her first book, “Concrete Ideas: Material to Shape a City”, a collection of essays and studio projects she directed that speculate on whether current nanotechnologies have provoked a shift in the cultural status of concrete.

Pina received her undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Toronto in 1991 and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University in 1995. In 2014, Pina was awarded the University of Toronto Arbor Award, and in 2015 was made a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Niall Haggart is the Executive Vice President at The Daniels Corporation, a fully diversified building and development company, creating new homes and condominiums across the Greater Toronto Area. Daniels is the private sector development partner revitalizing Regent Park and has built award-winning buildings including TIFF Bell Lightbox, Festival Tower and Daniels’ City Centre in the heart of Mississauga. Haggart oversees Daniels’ land acquisitions and plays a key role in all of the company’s initiatives, with a special emphasis on master community planning.

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