Upcoming Events

May 26 2018 Lecture /

Doors Open Toronto: What’s the story here? – a panel discussion on architecture, film and the city

2:00 PM

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, 1 Spadina Crescent, Toronto


About this year’s Architects Talk

“What’s the story here?” explores the often-profound relationship between architecture and film and the role they play for one another in advancing and building a story.

Architecture and film share similar devices to deliver their vision: the use of narrative to choreograph an experience, editing, framing, transitions and evoking emotion to carve out intentional spaces.

In addition to hosting the Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto plays a leading role in film-making, welcoming numerous film productions each year and lending itself to narratives set in various times and places. Cinema allows the opportunity for architects to explore the use of narrative and the addition of a fourth dimension to architecture, enriching the experience of built space. How do our memories and shared experiences shape place making and atmosphere within the processes of built form and film-making?

Our Speakers

This year’s talk brings together a panel of architects and filmakers to discuss the role of architecture in film and film in architecture.

  • Carol Phillips, Partner, Moriyama + Teshima Architects
  • Drew Mandel, Principal, Drew Mandel Architects
  • Elisa Sauve, Toronto based Production Designer
  • Jay Pooley, Production Designer and Lecturer, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
  • Paul Austerberry, Toronto based Production Designer, The Shape of Water
  • Maria Denegri (Moderator), Principal, Denegri Bessai Architect and Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects

Can’t wait for this year’s lecture? Why not catch up with past years’ talks including What is Canadian Architecture and Architecture is Art? – both available for free on the TSA’s youtube channel!

The 2018 Architects Talk is presented as a partnership between the Toronto Society of Architects and Great Gulf Doors Open Toronto 2018.

The venue for this lecture and A/V support has been generously provided by The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.