Carol is a Partner at Moriyama & Teshima Architects, having led some of the firms most valued civic,cultural and educational buildings. A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Carol’s passionate drive for powerful and graceful architectural solutions has been honed over a span of 20 years working in Canada and abroad. Known for her ability to transform and serve diverse communities with grace, Carol’s designs accommodate inclusivity and intercultural understanding underlying principles that inform all of her projects. Carol’s projects reinforce principles of generous, regenerative and inspiring spaces that not only serve their communities, but also address their historical and urban contexts. Her projects include the U of T Multi-Faith Centre, Goldring Student Centre, and UTM Innovation Complex. Most recently, Carol completed the Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation and UBCO Teaching and Learning Centre in Kelowna, BC. Currently, she is working alongside Acton Ostry Architects on the landmark, mass timber Limberlost Place (formerly The Arbour) George Brown College Tall Wood Building, which will feature net-zero, low carbon building solutions and be the first of its kind in Ontario.
An experienced Project Manager, Contract Administrator, Designer, and Mass Timber Specialist, Phil Silverstein’s exceptional project management ability has successfully tackled some of MTA’s most complex, fast-tracked, multi-phase renovation and expansion projects. Since joining the firm in 2001, Phil’s outstanding collaborative ability and highly efficient working style have been integral to delivering multifaceted, complex projects, such as Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Innovation, the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Innovation Complex, Victoria University’s Goldring Student Centre. Phil brings a drive and passion for designing buildings that are leading edge, low-carbon, and highly sustainable. His portfolio includes two of MTA’s most current, low-carbon, mass timber, exceptionally sustainable LEED Platinum and Net Zero targeted projects: Limberlost Place (formerly The Arbour) George Brown College Tall Wood Building (with Acton Ostry Architects), and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Multi-Tenant Commercial Building.
Consistently cultivating positive and effective work environments with large project and consultant teams, Phil’s affable yet clear and direct communication style, coupled with his extensive knowledge of building systems and technologies, help to ensure that projects retain their design integrity and are delivered according to schedule and budget.
Olivia Keung is an architect whose work demonstrates an aspiration towards a low carbon, sustainable future, integrated with a focus on projects that create positive social impact. At Moriyama & Teshima, she has played key roles on the University of Guelph’s Honey Bee Research Centre and the Arbour at George Brown College. Olivia also worked alongside Waterfront Toronto on the ambitious update to their Green Building Requirements, released in 2021. The GBRs are part of a larger holistic vision to build complete communities that are both climate positive and inclusive.
With a commitment to educating others about the role buildings play in today’s climate emergency, Olivia has spoken extensively about the design of zero carbon buildings and the business case for building more sustainably. She is a Certified Passive House Designer and currently serves on the City of Toronto’s Design Review Panel and the RAIC’s Advisory Committee for Promoting Equity and Justice. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with degrees in architecture and environmental studies.
Damineh is a licensed Architect at Moriyama & Teshima Architects. Besides her hands-on experience on a broad range of architectural project types, she has contributed to a number of design installations renowned for their thematic focus on being the creation of a unique spatial and social experience for visitors. As an architect and a researcher, she believes in the need for a phenomenological approach in architectural design and execution. In view of her research expertise being design process and human experience, she also serves as a critic on final review panels at Ryerson University.
Born and raised in Dominion, Nova Scotia, Cathy attended Cape Breton University for two years before pursuing architectural studies at Dalhousie. Cathy’s stirring institutional designs not only inspire the communities they serve, but also prioritize sustainability, accessibility and durability. Married with her exceptional leadership skills and highly efficient working style, Cathy’s specialized skills ensure that projects reflect design excellence and integrity.
Currently Cathy is involved in bringing the Nova Scotia Community College, Marconi Campus, to a new home on Sydney Harbour, in Cape Breton Island. This is special project for her as the project aspirations are to reinvigorate post-industrial Downtown Sydney with the new campus, which is near where she grew up. Upon joining MTA in 2018, Cathy served as Project Architect for the Place des Arts for Greater Sudbury project, a multipurpose cultural centre for the Franco-Ontarian community which included a theatre, daycare and gallery spaces. She was also a design team leader for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation Headquarters. This mass timber, LEED Platinum facility which also includes a geothermal field, is now under construction. Cathy has a wealth of expertise in the execution of Student, Wellness and recreation facitlities for a number of postsecondary and public institutions, including projects with McMaster and Dalhousie Universities, and projects for a number of southern Ontario Municipalities.
Cathy has served as a Project Architect and Team leader in all phases of a project. Her experience working with various client types through early design to completed construction will ensure that project goals are achieved without compromise to the design. Her career experience ranges from institutional to residential projects with an ability to develop and implement design vision at any scale.
KaaSheGaaBaaWeak | Eladia Smoke is Anishinaabekwe from Obishikokaang | Lac Seul 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.
Brian hails from Six Nations of the Grand River. He has been a business leader for many years, designing and overseeing the construction of projects for First Nation communities across Canada and the United States. He has demonstrated success in designing culturally appropriate projects for these communities and has worked to maximize the participation of First Nation skills and trades. Two Row Architect promotes meshing traditional symbols into current building technology while actively promoting the creative and environmentally conscious use of building materials.
Andrzej strongly believes in doing things right the first time. Combining business acumen with design expertise, his passion for excellence runs deep into ZAS’s culture, where he has been practicing since 1996 – it unfailingly focuses his clients’ visions and inspires his design teams. Andrzej’s professional foresight extends far beyond aesthetics; understanding a complex nature of contemporary architecture, he approaches each project from a holistic point of view consistently delivering practical, energy efficient buildings seamlessly blended with their environments. Ever astonished by the beauty of nature, but also fascinated by scientific precision, Andrzej sees architecture as a delightful merger of simplicity and elegance.
Kelly leads MASS Design Group’s London studio, overseeing work in East Africa and Europe. He joined MASS in 2014 to lead its Kigali office and grew the practice from eight employees to 80 over a five year period. Kelly has led the design and implementation of several of MASS’s projects across East Africa, notably the award-winning Munini District Hospital and Rwanda Ministry of Health’s Typical Hospital Plans; headquarters for both the One Acre Fund and Andela in Kenya; and the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Toronto, a recipient of the Canada Council’s Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners, and has held teaching positions at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Harvard University, and the University of Waterloo.
Being fascinated by architecture and design from an early age, Arne pursued this passion through a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto. After joining Diamond Schmitt Architects in 2013 he has been engaged on numerous projects of truly varied scales: From temporary pavilions sheltering dozens through to multi-tower developments housing thousands, his attention to detail and design are central to them all. His portfolio of experience includes a broad range of building typologies, from institutional academic facilities to residential projects, through to commercial spaces and installations.
Developing designs hand-in-hand with sustainable objectives is a key element of his design ethos, and this belief in implementing real-world solutions drew him to become involved in the Passive House community, culminating in becoming a Certified Passive House Designer in 2017. Looking to elevate the design process further, he has been a leading voice at the firm for exploring digital fabrication hand-in-hand with computational design, and to expand design exploration through the firm’s fabrication space.
Graeme Stewart OAA FRAIC CIP RPP CAHP is Principal of Toronto-based ERA Architects, a founding director of the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal, and the key initiator of the Tower Renewal Partnership, a cross-sectoral collaborative supporting policy and action toward more equitable and resilient urban regions including affordable housing renewal, green financing and community reinvestment. Graeme has led the retrofit of over 1,500 of affordable housing throughout the region.
Ya’el Santopinto OAA FRAIC is an Architect and Director of Research and Partnerships at the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R), a non-profit organization advocating for supportive policy frameworks around the preservation of Canada’s affordable apartment housing supply. In this role, Ya’el leads research related to Tower Renewal initiatives to catalyze reinvestment and community building in apartment tower neighbourhoods. Ya’el is also an Principal at ERA Architects, where she leads the deep retrofit and affordable housing practice.
Lori is a P.Eng., M.A.Sc., LEED Green Associate with over 23 years of industry experience and joined PCL in 2008 as a Building Envelope Engineering Specialist. Lori provides technical building envelope expertise during design and construction phases of projects, while protecting design integrity and vision. In addition to providing technical assistance throughout the project life to identify improved building envelope performance solutions, Lori assists in material selection, identifying continuity concerns, and potential constructability and sequencing concerns of building envelope throughout the design, construction and commissioning phases of the project. Although located in the Toronto district, Lori provides building envelope technical assistance on high-performance building envelope projects throughout North America. Lori was previously an Associate responsible for the Façade Consulting Services department at a large structural and building envelope consulting engineering firm in Toronto.
Mohammed is a structural engineer with a passion for advancing building envelope design through implementation of sound building science principles while maintaining a constructable approach. As the Technical Development Manager at CGI/Ennova Facades, Mohammed is heavily involved in the R&D of curtain wall technology suited for architects aiming to achieve a high level of thermal comfort with minimum energy consumption in their design. He is also a Certified Passive House Designer(CPHD), Building Science Specialist (BSS), & NFRC Certified Simulator.
As a senior technologist and job captain, Chris Ertsenian facilitates competitive contractor bids, expedites construction and minimizes change orders by ensuring that MTA’s contract documents optimize constructability and are clear, complete and well-coordinated. Chris played a critical role in the exceptionally precise and demanding construction of two landmark buildings: the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre cultural complex in Toronto (with Maki and Associates and Charles Correa Associates).
Chris worked with Daniel Teramura to realize four major university buildings over five years: Lakehead University’s LEED Platinum Academic Building, Conestoga College’s School of Engineering and Information Technology, the University of Toronto’s Goldring Student Centre and the University of Toronto Mississauga’s UTM Innovation Complex. Before joining the MTA team, Chris developed contract documents for student residence buildings at the University of Toronto, the University of Windsor, the University of New Brunswick and other post-secondary institutions.
He authored Moriyama & Teshima’s CADD standards and user manual, which exemplify his organizational abilities, attention to detail and comprehensive knowledge of building technologies.
Kelsey Saunders is a Project Manager and Building Scientist at RDH Building Science and has been in the building science field for nearly 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Architectural Science and a Master of Building Science degree from Toronto Metropolitan University. She is a Certified Passive House Designer and a LEED AP in Building Design and Construction.
Kelsey’s work is focused on early stage building enclosure consulting on new construction projects across North America with a particular specialty in low carbon buildings both in terms of operational and embodied carbon. She takes an enclosure-first approach to low carbon design and has worked on many Passive House, Net Zero Carbon, mass timber, and prefabricated panelized enclosure projects.
Kelsey has also been involved in numerous public and private research projects, including a current study of the embodied carbon impact of building enclosure systems in whole life carbon emissions to support early stage decision making for low carbon design.
Stephen Teeple is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Stephen established Teeple Architects Inc. in 1989 and in the intervening years has been awarded significant honours for his contribution to Canadian architecture. His current work explores the cultural dimension of sustainability in design — research that formulates a provocation for rethinking the art of architecture. Environmentally conscious design is an integral consideration in the formulation of the architectural idea of each project as well as the spatial experience embodied in the completed work. Stephen has extensive teaching experience and is recognized as a prominent architectural critic.
Clayton Terbrock is working at Eastman as the Business Development Manager for the Advanced Interlayers group in North America. He is responsible of overseeing the relations with architects and façade engineers, providing an experience of over 4 years with glass and laminated glass, in particular.
With a background in Marketing from the University of Missouri, Clayton has been providing support to automotive glass laminators in the US and Canada for a few years now. He now brings his passion for glass to the architectural specifying community, offering training and relevant information on high performance laminated glass made with Saflex® and Vanceva® interlayers. He is based in Scottsdale, AZ.
Milos is an Associate Principal at Acton Ostry Architects. He specializes in educational sector design for elementary, high school, and post-secondary projects with a focus on functional programming, facility planning, sustainability, and the coordination of complex and innovative building systems. Milos has extensive experience leading design coordination on large and complex projects, including a two-phase renewal and expansion of Vancouver College, the redevelopment of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver
Chris is a LEED-accredited professional with a specialty in Building Science. He brings over 15 years of sustainable design expertise to a wide range of work in the institutional, residential and commercial sectors, with a focus on building envelope and roofing renewal. Chris has extensive experience in the design, specification, inspection and testing of complex glazing and cladding systems for new construction projects. Through his keen understanding of cladding systems, curtain wall and structural glass systems, and experience in advanced thermal and hygrothermal modeling, Chris provides valuable insight to inform the design of façade systems to achieve both performance and constructability.
Carolina Streber OAA, MRAIC, CPHD is a registered Architect and Senior Project Manager at ERA Architects. She specializes in complex deep retrofits and energy efficient housing in existing buildings. She effectively coordinates sustainable, resilient and comprehensive design approaches for Adaptive Re-use and Passive House projects. She is a Certified Passive House Designer. With over 10 years of experience, Carolina has leveraged public and private resources, ensuring infrastructure funding and compliance support for diverse stakeholders. She has worked on deep energy retrofits to more than 1,000 units of affordable housing, healthcare, commercial, public spaces and participatory design projects.