TSA CONNECT 2020 | Student Edition
6:00 PM Doors Open, 6:30 Structured Networking, 8:30 Mix and Mingle
Centre for Social Innovation Annex, Lounge (basement level accessed from street)
720 Bathurst Street
Free (RSVP Required)
Start 2020 on the right foot with our very first networking event designed exclusively for students in architecture, design and related fields!
The Toronto Society of Architects is excited to extend an invitation to students in architecture, design and related fields throughout the GTA to join us for a night of networking and relationship building with active professionals in Toronto’s architecture and design industry. Modeled after our successful TSA CONNECT networking series, this evening is a great opportunty to meet new people, make important connections that could help you in the future, and get advice that can help inform your future career path! The evening will begin with a structured networking session followed by an informal mix and mingle.
So whether you are thinking about this summer, wonder what employers are looking for or just have questions about different career paths you can pursue with your degree, come join us for a fun and informative evening!
Refreshments will be served and there will be a cash bar. TSA Members get one free drink with their ticket and membership is free for students – so join now!
TSA CONNECT 2020 | Student Edition will include featured guests representing a wide range of career paths and experiences. Featured guests include partners, principals and HR managers from local and Ontario design firms of various sizes, as well as architects and designers working in academia, government, and the wider private sector. Throughout the night, participants will have the opportunity to interact with the featured guests in small groups.
This year we are welcoming the following featured guests:
- Heather Asquith | Principal, ASQUITH Architecture
- Chris Lloyd | HR Manager, Adamson Associates Architects
- Pamela Bruneau | Intern Arhcitect, Adamson Associates Architects
- Andrew Batay-Csorba | Founding Partner, Batay-Csorba Architects
- Nathan Flach | Associate, Brook McIlroy
- Jessica Shifman | Senior Associate, Diamond Schmitt Architects
- Heather Dubbeldam | Principal, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
- Diana Zepf | Assisant Director – Architecture, FORREC Ltd
- Bindya Lad | Manager, Design + Construction, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
- Danielle Sernoskie | Associate – Manager, Architecture, IBI Group
- Viktor Jaunkalns | Founding Partner, MJMA
- Veronica Madonna | Principal, Moriyama & Teshima Architects
- Terry Sin | Managing Director, Norm Li
- Brandon Donnelly | Vice-President of Development, Slate Asset Management
- Anna Madeira | Executive Principal, Quadrangle
- Mélisa Audet | Practice Advisor, OAA
- Uros Novakovic | Co-Founder, Office Ou
- Jennifer Kuldlats, | Partner, Studio AC
- Sirous Ghanbarzadeh | Urban Designer, Urban Strategies
- Queenie Wong | Associate, Zeidler Architecture
- Natasha Basacchi | Marketing Manager, Zeidler Architecture
- Gail Borthwick | Principal, Zeidler Architecture
Guest Bios / Domenic Virdo
He brings particular expertise in the design development of projects with complex program requirements, diverse client groups, and large, multi-disciplinary teams where his excellent communication skills and spirit of collaboration invariably lead to design solutions that exceed client expectations.
Domenic received his Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Science from Ryerson Polytechnic University and holds a Master of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. He is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is licensed to practice architecture in the Provinces of Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta as well as the State of New York.
Guest Bios / Anna Madeira
As Executive Principal, Anna oversees Quadrangle’s management and operations while also leading a number of large-scale, mixed-use development projects. She is the architectural lead for the revitalization of Yonge Sheppard Centre, one of Toronto’s largest ongoing mixed-use developments, and a number of other intensification projects such as Shoppers World Brampton and a new development at Eglinton and Laird.
Anna’s portfolio includes past work on a number of complex, multi-building and infrastructure projects, including the ONroute Service Centres across Highways 400 and 401 in Ontario and the Downtown Markham mixed-use master plan community.
Guest Bios / Chris Lloyd
Guest Bios / Heather Asquith
Guest Bios / Nathan Flach
Nathan’s recent experience includes team leadership and trans-disciplinary collaboration in comprehensive urban design planning, institutional and educational campus planning and design, policy review and development, architectural design, visualization, community and stakeholder engagement and education, project management, and coordination of municipal approvals processes for buildings, communities, institutions, waterfronts, and urban areas. Through a process based on contextual suitability, durability, discovery, and rootedness, Nathan’s work strives toward a goal of holistic sustainability.
Guest Bios / Andrew Batay-Csorba
He was the recipient of several honors including the Franklin D. Israel Memorial Design Fellowship and the AIA LA 2x8 Award and has been widely published and recognized in several exhibitions. Andrew has been involved in projects in Canada, US, UAE, Saudi Arabia, China, Spain and Australia from museums, schools, high rise commercial/residential, hospitality, residential and transportation projects. From 2005-2010 Andrew was a lead project designer and manager at Morphosis in Santa Monica, California where he lead over twenty projects such as the winning submission for the Orange County Museum of Art, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas and proposals for the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), the National Jazz Center in New Orleans as well as several prominent urban design projects. Prior to Morphosis he worked at Smith Group in Michigan as a lead project designer on the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit, which received both an AIA Michigan and AIA Detroit Design Award.
Guest Bios / Jessica Shifman
Guest Bios / Diana Zepf
Guest Bios / Terry Sin
Guest Bios / Natasha Basacchi
Prior to joining Zeidler, Natasha worked as a design collaborator for a Toronto research and design studio where she created over nine site specific installations including in the Canadian pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Independently, she has received funding from the Ontario Arts Council for her work exhibited during Toronto Design Offsite Festival and for the 11th annual Come Up To My Room exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel
Guest Bios / Queenie Wong
Queenie is also an integral member of Zeidler’s operations team, supporting the continuing improvement of the firm’s business processes, technical standards, hiring, and project resourcing. She is recognized in the industry on her participation in the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Leadership Program and her team’s success in the 2016 NAIOP Development Challenge.
Guest Bios / Gail Borthwick
Gail’s previous career as a business analyst combined with her professional experience in architecture and urban design guides her design practice. This ensures economic, social and environmental sustainability is embedded into projects. She has a strong background in business development and creating a studio culture that embraces the importance of design and new technologies. She has led Computational Design and Sustainability groups to better understand programming, financial, environmental and site opportunities. As a member of senior leadership in large architectural firms and a studio instructor at leading art and design universities, Gail uses her industry expertise to guide and mentor young architects and students.
Guest Bios / Bindya Lad
Bindya received her professional architecture degree from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto (M. Arch 2009). She also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo, and is a registered architect with the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), and has also served on the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) Executive.
Guest Bios / Brandon Donnelly
Prior to this he held development positions at CAPREIT, TAS, and Morguard, where he managed urban-focused residential (condo & rental), office and retail projects. In 2013, he also cofounded the condo review site Dirt / thedirt.co (acquired in 2018).
Brandon studied architecture and fine art history at the University of Toronto. He also has a master’s in architecture and real estate development from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Rotman School.
In his spare time he loves the gym, snowboarding at a new mountain every year, photography (Instagram), and local Ontario wines.
Guest Bios / Danielle Sernoskie
Danielle joined IBI Group, by way of SGA, in 2012 after completing degrees in Architecture at Ryerson University (B.Arch.Sci., 2006) and the University of Toronto (M.Arch, 2012). Prior to joining IBI Group she gained experience at a variety of Architectural design practices in Toronto as well as in Ireland and Slovakia--working on projects that ranged from entertainment, commercial, educational, and institutional to residential.
During her time with IBI Group, Danielle has worked on; the Ottawa Confederation Line LRT as Project Manager/Project Architect, the TTC Yonge North Subway Extension (Emergency Exit Buildings) as Project Architect, the Eglinton Crosstown LRT (Emergency Exit Buildings) as Intern Architect, and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT (System Wide Station Facilities) as CA Team Member.
Outside of project work, Danielle is responsible for the hiring and mentoring of co-op students for IBI Group’s Transit Architecture Team and is involved in a variety of business development endeavours.
Guest Bios / Heather Dubbeldam
Dubbeldam Inc. Architecture + Design is a full service architectural practice committed to creating sustainable, liveable, and thoughtful projects. This philosophy, combined with a focus on client service and a commitment to design excellence, has earned Dubbeldam over 50 design awards including the Canadian Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture, and wide recognition in national and international publications. Dubbeldam’s portfolio includes a diverse range of architecture projects in various sectors including commercial, institutional, hospitality, mixed-use and residential, as well as landscape design, product design, feasibility studies, and installations.
Guest Bios / Jennifer Kudlats
Guest Bios / Mélisa Audet
She is a fully bilingual (French and English) architect that has extensive experience in private practices, working for the Federal Government as well as working for a large Construction Management firm. This wide range of professional experience and exposure is a great asset, bringing practical insight from different points of view from our industry.
Mélisa was Counsellor to the OAA Council as of December 2017 and was Vice President Regulatory from January 2018 to December 2019. She was an active member of McGill Alumni of Toronto - Board of Directors from 2014-2018 and the Toronto Society of Architects from 2017-2018. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity GTA chapter.
Guest Bios / Sirous Ghanbarzadeh
Over the past several years, Sirous has also made key contributions to the office’s Vancouver and Ottawa portfolios. Sirous has been involved with several successful campus master plans. Most recently, he has been one of the lead designers in the development of the Simon Fraser Campus Master Plan and Surrey Centre Master Plan in Vancouver. He helped developing the University of Ottawa Campus Master Plan and Precinct Plans, which has won numerous awards of excellence. He prepared plans for Brock University Student Housing, Amazon HQ2 Campus for City of Ottawa and Cardiff University (Cathays Park) Urban Design Framework Plan.
Sirous was the lead designer on the award-winning streetscape enhancement design framework (Niagara Complete Streets) for Niagara Region and the Scott Street Community Design Plan, which is guiding infill development and public realm improvements around the Tunney’s Pasture LRT station in Ottawa.
He also completed a master plan for a Downtown Cultural Hub in the Town of Oakville, a master plan for a Brownfield Opportunity Area in Buffalo, New York, a community design plan for the Carling-Bayview area in Ottawa, a plan for a new commercial district development in Montreal called Marche Central, and a master plan framework for KamSheung Road New Development Area in Hong Kong. Sirous was awarded the Toronto Society of Architects Award by John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design (University of Toronto) for his thesis approach on Garrison Creek Urban Daylighting. In his previous practice as an architect, he participated in various design projects for a wide range of building types and uses.
Guest Bios / Veronica Madonna
Actively involved in the architectural community, Veronica is a Sessional Instructor at Ryerson University’s Department of Architecture, RAIC’s Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University, and is frequently a mentor and guest critic at other universities across Ontario such as the Ontario College of Art and Design. Veronica is also an active researcher and writer on understanding the built environment, and has contributed to Spacing Magazine and Concrete Toronto: A guide to Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies.
Guest Bios / Viktors Jaunkalns
Vik graduated from the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture in 1981. He was awarded the Ontario Association of Architects Scholarship to conduct independent research in Switzerland and Italy. He subsequently taught at the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture's Rome Program and the Carleton University's Foreign Study Program.