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 fall series (updated).

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 /