Global Perspectives

Pan-Canada Lecture Series 2020-2021

The Pan-Canada Lecture Series was initiated by the Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture (CCUSA) to join our voices at this particular time. The twelve schools of architecture agreed on diversity as the theme for this year. Together, we will present two lectures a month starting on our West Coast and moving across Canada.

The following is our winter series of lectures.

1. Carleton University, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

Speaker(s): Justin Garrett Moore, AICP, NOMA, with Winter 2021 Carleton/Dark Matter University visiting faculty, Curry Hackett and Jennifer Low
Date: January 12, 2021 (via zoom)
Time: 18:30 EST
Topic: Collective Difference with Dark Matter University

The compound crises of 2020 brought greater awareness to the social and environmental harm that has disproportionally affected Black, Indigenous, and People of Color globally. This unjust harm has been relentless for generations and only underlines the need to confront both whiteness and power in our learning and practice as designers. In this period of collective stress and discomfort, there is the potential to see both emergence and transformation. Those who participate in the design and shaping of built environments must engage with the multiple means for addressing our collective difference. New York-based designer and urbanist Justin Garrett Moore will share his transdisciplinary work navigating difference and design in dialogue with Dark Matter University affiliates and Carleton University visiting faculty Curry Hackett and Jennifer Low. The evening will prompt both engagement and empowerment by exploring how our collective and cooperative actions as designers can transform or reimagine our spaces, places, and practices. 

Contact: Ozayr Saloojee /

2. University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

Speaker(s): Bridget Brown, Tura Cousins Wilson, Brent Hughes, Kathryn Lawrence, Salome Tonge, and Christopher Williams
Date: January 26, 2021 (via zoom)
Time: 19:00 EST
Topic: In Conversation with BAIDA

BAIDA, the Black Architects & Interior Designers Association, is a non profit organization of planners, interior designers, architects and students that aims to support diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession of architecture and interior design. One of the only organizations within Toronto connecting Architecture and Interior Designers, BAIDA seeks to create opportunities for other minorities through advocacy, mentorship, networking and outreach. 

In Conversation with BAIDA invites 6 members of BAIDA to share their work within the organization and their individual experiences leading up to and within the fields of architecture and interior design. Hosted by students at the Daniels Faculty, we hope that this discussion will highlight the work of Black designers within the GTA and inspire students to connect with the organization.

Contact: Janice Miyagi and Randy Omar / and

3. Université de Montréal, Faculty of Environmental Design

Speaker(s): Alain Fournier (Architect), Shakohahiiostha Kyle McComber (Architectural Technician)
Date: February 9, 2021 (via zoom)
Time: 17:30 EST
Topic: Supporting Indigenous Initiated Architecture in Canada through the Architectural Curriculum (Soutenir l’architecture initiée par les autochtones grâce au programme d’études en architecture)

An increasing number of Indigenous communities have decided to take charge of their built environment. The communities are now insisting that their built environments speak of and reflect their cultures. They have to learn how to participate in the creative process that leads to the development of their built environment. They must become aware of how to work with their architectural partners and especially how important and significant their input is in the design process.

Introducing indigenous initiated projects as part of architectural design studios has proven quite successful for both the communities and the soon-to-become architects.

Two examples of recently completed design studios will be presented.

  • The Indigenous Cultural Centre/Embassy in Montreal.
  • The Kanien’keha:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitiohkwa Linguistic, Cultural and Theater Center in Kahnawà:ke.

The co-creation exercise is an ideal forum to initiate real dialogue. It is truth and reconciliation not just in words but through actions.

Un nombre croissant de communautés autochtones ont décidé de prendre en charge leur environnement bâti. Les communautés insistent pour que leur environnement bâti reflète leurs cultures. Elles doivent apprendre à participer au processus créatif qui mène au développement de cet environnement bâti. Elles doivent prendre conscience de la manière de travailler avec leurs partenaires architectes et l’importance de leur apport dans le processus de conception. 

L’introduction de projets initiés par des autochtones dans le cadre universitaire s’est avérée fructueuse tant pour les communautés que pour les futurs architectes.

Deux exemples d’atelier de design récemment complétés seront présentés : 

  • Le Centre Culturel Autochtone / Ambassade de Montréal, quai de l’horloge, Port de Montréal 
  • Le Centre culturel linguistique Kanien’keha: ka Onkwawén: na Raotitiohkwa à Kahnawà: ke. 

L’exercice de co création est une plateforme idéale pour entreprendre un véritable dialogue. Travailler ensemble pour que vérité et réconciliation s’incarnent non seulement en mots mais en actions concrètes.

Contact: Bechara Helal /

4. McGill University, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture

Speaker(s): Billie Faircloth
Date: February 26, 2021 (via zoom)
Time: 17:00 EST
Topic: RESEARCH IN PRACTICE | Working across knowledge boundaries in practice, Billie Faircloth asks: what is a transdisciplinary research group?

Billie Faircloth is a Partner at Kieran Timberlake and an Adjunct Professor at the Weitzmann School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. She was recently made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture in recognition of her contributions to research, architecture, environmental ethics and empowerment.

Contact: Salmaan Craig /

5. Université Laval, École d’architecture de l’Université Laval

Speaker(s): Wanda Dalla Costa
Date: March 10, 2021 (via zoom)
Time: 18:00 EST 19:00 EST
Topic: Indigenous Futurities, Designing for Resilience

Please join us for an online lecture by Wanda Dalla Costa, the director/founder of the Indigenous Design Collaborative (IDC) at ASU, and firm principal of Tawaw Architecture Collective Inc ( The session will focus on decolonizing design from an Indigenous perspective. The workshop will dive into four Indigenous-centric concepts (Futurity, Placekeeping, Pluriverse and Design as Ceremony). Participants will come away with an awareness of Indigenous design practices, and tools to add to their own process and research.

Contact: Ariane Ouellet-Pelletier /

6. Dalhousie University, School of Architecture

Speaker(s): Vyjayanthi Rao and Tau Tavengwa
Date: March 24, 2021 (via zoom)
Time: 18:00 AST
Topic: Other Architectures

Vyjayanthi Rao is an anthropologist, writer and curator.  An ethnographer of urban life in India and elsewhere, she also writes regularly about art and the role of creativity in urban life.  Her work explores speculation and architecture and her research combines ethnographic fieldwork with mapping, film-making and other forms of visual research.  She is the author of numerous articles and is the co-editor of two books, Speculation Now: Essays and Artworks (Duke University Press, 2015) and Occupy All Streets: Olympic Urbanism and Contested Futures in Rio de Janeiro (UR Books, 2016).   Vyjayanthi is a senior editor of the journal Public Culture, a teacher of Urban Studies at the Spitzer School of Architecture (CUNY), a Co-Director of the non-profit Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research and a member of an artist collective called Samooha, exploring practices of self-reliance, self-making and self-building, vital to cultures fostered within informal settlements across the globe.

Tau Tavengwa is the co-founder, curator and editor of Cityscapes, an annual publication about cities and urban life across Africa; Latin America and South Asia. Each 190 page issue of Cityscapes presents stories and analysis on the current and future state of cities and urbanisation from a global South perspective. The project has grown to include live events, exhibitions and consulting. Tau is a 2018 Harvard University Loeb Fellow and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics’ LSE Cities. In addition, he is a Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Religious and Diversity Studies. He is also a board member of Terreform’s UR Books (NY) and is a member of the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Awards Nominations Committee of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (Brussels). 

Contact: Diogo Burnay /

The following was our fall series of lectures.

1. University of British Columbia, School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture 

Speaker(s): Mariam Kamara
Date: September 14, 2020 (via zoom)
Time: 12:30 PST

The first in a series hosted by the Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture, SALA is hosting Mariam Kamara, Principal Architect of atelier masōmī, based in Niamey, Niger. Mariam obtained her Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington. In 2013, she became a founding member of united4design, a global collective of architects working on projects in the U.S., Afghanistan and Niger. This led to her founding atelier masōmī in 2014. 

Hosted by students from For a Feminist Architecture (FaFa) and the UBC chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (UBC NOMAS), the event will feature a short lecture and a student-led discussion with Ms. Kamara. 

Contact: Leslie Van Duzer /

2. University of Calgary, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape!view/event/event_id/148811

Date: September 23, 2020 (via zoom)
Time: 12:00 – 14:00 MDT
Topic: Equity in Design and Design Education

Framing remarks: Wandile Mthiyane (Ubuntu Design Group), Craig Wilkins (Taubman School of Architecture at University of Michigan)

Moderator: Alberto de Salvatierra (School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at University of Calgary)
Panelists: Martina Jileckova (CEO Horizon Housing), Vivian Ton (AEDE President) Wandile Mthiyane, Craig Wilkins.

Conversation between panelists about their work as it pertains to equity in design/design education.

Contact: Vita Leung /

3. University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture

Date: October 19, 2020 (via zoom)
Time: 18:00 CDT
Topic: A Conversation on WAG-IAC

A Conversation on WAG-IAC is a panel discussion on the new Inuit Art Centre being built at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Designed by Los Angeles-based firm Michael Maltzan Architecture, in collaboration with local Associate Architect Cibinel Architects Ltd., the IAC connects to the southern edge of the original museum building designed by Gustavo da Roza in 1971. As part of the design process, Michael Maltzan joined Winnipeg Art Gallery Director Stephen Borys, Curator of Inuit Art Dr. Darlene Coward Wight, Associate Architect George Cibinel, and architectural photographer Iwan Baan on a trip to Nunavut to visit Inuit communities and active artists’ studios.

Moderator: Terry MacLeod
Panelists: Stephen D. Borys (CEO Winnipeg Art Gallery), Dr. Heather Igloliorte (Concordia University), Michael Maltzan (Principal, Michael Maltzan Architecture)

Contact: Brandy O’Reilly /

4. Laurentian University, McEwen School of Architecture

Speaker(s): Joar Nango (Norwegian-Sámi Artist and Architect)
Date: October 26, 2020 (via zoom)
Time: 13:00 EST

Nango’s practice highlights the role of local knowledge in creating livable communities: championing indigenous approaches to design and alternative models for social space. Nango’s practice explores issues of native identity through contradictions in contemporary architecture and the built environment. In particular, he is interested in the creative simplicity and sustainable knowledge that exists within informal building environments of the north. In 2010 Nango co-founded the architectural collective FFB specializing in temporary structures and interventions in urban contexts. FFB was nominated for Norsk Form’s prize for young architects in 2012. Joar Nango has exhibited internationally, including recently as part of 43SNA, Medellin, Colombia (2013), the Norwegian Sculpture Biennale at Vigelandsmuseet, Oslo, Norway (2013), and Archizines at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC, USA (2012). Recent solo exhibitions by Nango have been presented at Gallery SAW, Ottawa, Canada (2013), Knipsu, Bergen, Norway (2012), and SDG in Karasjok, Norway (2011).

Contact:  Jean-Philippe Saucier /

5. University of Waterloo, School of Architecture

Speaker(s): Syrus Marcus Ware Assistant Professor, Theatre & Performance Studies, Artist and Activist, Core Team Member of Black Lives Matter Canada, Tiffany Lethabo King, based in Muscogee Creek ancestral homeland (known as Atlanta), Sara Zewde Principal at Studio Zewde and Assistant Professor of Practice at Harvard GSD

Date: November 10, 2020 (via Microsoft Teams)
Time: 18:30 EST
Topic: What is Solidarity? Abolition

Black Lives Matter – Canada calls on governments to defund the police, jails, and immigration detention centres and instead invest in supportive services that transform communities, repair harm, and build relationships. Police abolition broadens the prison abolition movement founded in the 1970s, which linked resistance to the anti-Black violence of mass incarceration, to the 19th Century movement to abolish slavery. Architects are authors of zoning policies, urban renewal, gentrification, and prisons, which act as spatial structures of white supremacy. By projecting an abolitionist vision, how can architectural design create better communities that centre mutual aid, social accountability, transformative justice, and a culture of care? By aligning with the abolitionist movement, architects can begin to understand the racist and colonial history of our profession, and work towards building a future where all peoples are free.

Contact: Adrian Blackwell /

6. Ryerson University, Department of Architectural Science

Speaker(s): Anupama Kundoo (Berlin, Germany and Pune, India)
Date: November 19, 2020 (via zoom)
Time: 18:00 EST
Topic: Taking Time

Anupama Kundoo was born in Pune, India in 1967. She graduated from Sir JJ College of Architecture, University of Mumbai in 1989, and received her PhD degree from the TU Berlin in 2008. Her research-oriented practice focusing on material research to achieve architecture of low environmental impact while being socio-economically beneficial, was exhibited twice at the Venice Architecture Biennale, with the installation Feel the Ground. Wall House 1:1 in 2012 and Building Knowledge, An Inventory of Strategies in 2016 and is currently exhibited as a solo show ‘Taking Time’ at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in 2020.

Anupama Kundoo’s practice started in 1990 in Auroville where she worked closely with Roger Anger on Auroville’s planning, particularly the urban design of Auroville’s City Center, Administration Zone and Habitat Area till his last days. She taught Urban Management at TU Berlin and strengthened her expertise in rapid urbanization and climate change related development issues, about which she has written extensively. She is the author of the bilingual book Roger Anger: Research on Beauty/Recherche sur la Beauté, Architecture 1958 2008, published in Berlin by Jovis Verlag in 2009.

Contact: Alex Berceanu /