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Mar 31 2021 Lecture /

BEAT Virtual Talk with Amy Lin

6:30 PM - 7:45 PM



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BEAT is continuing to work in collaboration with local Architects to provide a platform for promoting equality within the profession, through networking and leadership opportunities.

BEAT Talks are a series of discussions held at the offices of Architects across the city. Hosts will share their learned experience.

We are honoured to have Amy Lin host the BEAT Talk session on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021.

About Amy Lin:

Amy Lin is a principal and co-founder of Suulin Architects. Amy received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from M.I.T. and her Master of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Following her studies, she spent 10 years in NYC, primarily as a design associate at Polshek Partnership Architects (now Ennead Architects). There she had the privilege to see through projects such as the Clinton Presidential Center and the NY Standard Hotel. She met her Torontonian husband and partner, James Chavel, while he was working in NYC at Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects.

In 2008, they moved to Toronto where they worked for Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe as project architects for the new home of the Sisters of St. Joseph. After the completion of this project, Suulin Architects was incorporated in 2016. The practice began with modest projects of varying types and sizes which now include retail projects such as The Detox Market and larger projects such as multi-residential mixed use developments. In 2018, Suulin Architects was awarded Best Emerging Practice by the OAA.

Amy is a member of the OAA and AIA, licensed in both Canada and the US. She is also LEED certified, a certified Passive House Designer (PHI) as well as a Certified Passive House Consultant (PHIUS).

Connecting the Natural:

Moku (Japanese), or mu (Chinese), is the character for tree. In Chinese, two trees make a wood, and three trees make a forest. Suulin means forest. For us, this elemental character is not only found in our names, but also provides a starting point for our work – representing simply our commitment to building architecture that is connected to nature. The layering reflected in the architecture and habitat of a forest is also what we strive to achieve in our work. To weave an understanding of scale and detail with an underlying presence of the natural in order to create a timeless sense of place. We believe that enhancing and connecting our spaces to nature attunes people to their environments and deepens their self-awareness and connection to place.

Over the past six years we have worked towards integrating nature within our work which consists of the design of buildings inside and out, and a varied landscape that permeates through. We hope to create for our inhabitants an experience of space that is both beautiful and natural. My BEAT talk will explore a few of these projects as examples of the different ways we try to bring nature within the realm of architecture.