AZURE Talks series: New Directions in Design
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
George Brown College - Waterfront Campus
51 Dockside Drive
On the evening of March 26, the AZURE Talks lecture series returns with the panel discussion “New Directions in Design.” This talk will feature five past and present AZ Awards jurors discussing the scope of their work, what’s on their drawing boards, and what new areas of inquiry – related to new building technologies, construction possibilities and approaches to sustainability – they are exploring within their practice. Experts in the fields of landscape architecture, interior design, architecture, and furniture and lighting design, the AZURE Talks panelists are:
Since 1983, Janet Rosenberg (who was a jury of the 2015 AZ Awards) has been synonymous with innovative landscape architecture. A focus on the identity of the modern city is at the core of Janet Rosenberg & Studio. From the Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House, being built for the 2015 games, to the blown-glass flowers at the Max Tanenbaum Healing Garden at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, she is transforming Toronto’s outdoor spaces. With diverse projects in Canada, the U.S. and beyond, Rosenberg’s environmentally sensitive, yet innovative, approach is also spreading across the globe.
Since 2001, Matt Carr has played an integral part in the Umbradesign team, where he serves as VP of Design. He has contributed over 100 designs – including the Postino mailbox, Hub ladder and Rolly furniture collection – to the Canadian manufacturer’s product line. Carr is compelled to create products that balance business and imagination. Subtle details, an appreciation of materials, and the reinvention of traditional objects are distinguishing features of his work.
Johnson Chou is a Toronto designer with a passion for instilling narrative and metaphor into his work, which includes award-winning interiors for Red Bull Canada, Grip Limited, Mosaic Chicago, Sixty Colborne Presentation Centre and Global Furniture Group and furniture collections for Nienkämper. Founded in 2001, his eponymous studio is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary practice encompassing architecture and interiors, furniture and strategic branding. It endeavours to create spaces that are both experiential and immersive “portraits” of their clients.
Stefano Pujatti is director of Elasticospa, an architecture studio with offices in Italy and Canada. Elasticospa conceives each of its projects as a means to influence and revive their particular contexts, in order to strengthen their positive and peculiar features. Its expressive buildings, which include 1301INN, the Flying Stoned residence and the Holy House – all three of which have been nominated for Mies van der Rohe Awards for European Architecture – are driven by a scientific investigation into climactic, tidal, seismic and other environmental factors.
Architect Pat Hanson is a founding partner of gh3*. Under her leadership, the Toronto firm has established a reputation for design integrity across a range of building typologies and scales, and for creating meaningful connections between architecture and landscape within the urban realm. The firm has designed the June Callwood Park in Toronto, the Trinity College Quadrangle at the University of Toronto, and the Governor General’s Medal-awarded projects Borden Park Pavilion in Edmonton and the Boathouse Studio on Stoney Lake, Ontario. In 2016, Hanson was recognized by the international arcVision Prize for Women and Architecture.
This lecture qualifies for one ConEd structured learning hour (a certificate will be provided upon request to AZURE, post-event, by email).