Architects Talk


TSA Architects’ Talk is a thought provoking public conversation bringing together numerous local architects and experts across a wide variety of fields to discuss larger issues of architecture within the context of Doors Open Toronto and its yearly theme. Past conversations have included topics such as “Architecture Is Art?” and “What is Canadian Architecture?”.

This initiative is produced in collaboration with City of Toronto.

See below for full recordings of our past talks and stay tuned to our events calendar for information on the upcoming 2018 edition of Architects’ Talk!


Past Talks

Architects’ Talk 2017: What is Canadian Architecture

SPEAKERS | A.J. Diamond, Omar Gandhi, Valerie Gow, Murray Legge, Susan Scott, Pierre Thibault
MODERATOR | Beth Kapusta
VENUE |  Unilever Factory (provided by East Harbour)

anada’s landscape is vast and varied, with immense distances separating communities and cities. Much like the diversity that defines the country’s identities and geographies, many Canadians embrace multiculturalism rather than assimilation. However, this is not the viewpoint of all, nor entirely representative of Canadian Culture.

Buildings and spaces created by Canadian architects illustrate and illuminate the many varied perspectives of Canadian identity – but, does a distinctly Canadian voice exist in Canadian architecture? As part of Toronto Doors Open 2017, a diverse group of leading architects from across the nation (and beyond) debate this in acknowledgement of Canada’s 150th birthday.



Architects’ Talk 2016: Architecture is Art?

SPEAKERS | Christie Pearson, Paul Raff, Kim Storey, Rohan Walters, Betsy Williamson
MODERATOR | Michael Awad
VENUE | Aga Khan Museum

Architecture defines cities, neighbourhoods and communities. It provides form for the human existence. Buildings, homes and institutions shape the environment and reflect each society’s cultural values. Although some buildings ultimately become icons, is architecture art?