Upcoming Events

Apr 25 2020 Symposium /

POSTPONED | Buildings as Resources: Material Conservation & Sustainability

9:15 AM - 4:15 PM

TDSB City Adult Learning Centre
1 Danforth Avenue



As a result of COVID-19, ACO Toronto has decided to postpone the 2020 symposium on Buildings as Resources, likely until the fall.

What if saving and reusing materials was normal? What happens to demolition materials? Can demolition ever be sustainable?

Is sustainability all about operating energy? What about the embodied energy required to build a building?

Why are some demolished buildings mourned while others are forgotten? Are we valuing what we should? Are we asking the right questions?

Join ACO Toronto for our 2020 Heritage Symposium on Buildings as Resources: Material Conservation and Sustainability. This one-day dialogue will convene experts and practitioners from a range of perspectives, including architecture, engineering, industry and advocacy.

We will explore this fascinating and salient topic from three distinct angles: Methods: How To Use What We HaveMetrics: How Do We Measure Value and Material Flow: A Landscape Analysis.

This year, we’ve added a social event at Dora Keogh (141 Danforth Avenue) immediately following the symposium, so please join us afterward to keep the conversation going!

Lunch to be served | ACO Toronto AGM to follow at 4 PM on site.


  • Lloyd Alter – Design Editor, treehugger.com
  • Romas Bubelis – Architect (Retired), Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Barbara Campagna – Principal, BAC/A+P (Buffalo)
  • Alison Creba – Principal, Local Technique
  • Joseph Dahmen – Professor, The University of British Columbia
  • Paul Dowsett – Co-founder, Sustainable
  • Mark Gorgolewski – Professor, Ryerson University
  • Jane Hutton – Professor, University of Waterloo
  • Ted Kesik – Professor, University of Toronto
  • Shannon Kyles – Instructor, Mohawk College
  • Chris Magwood – Co-founder, Endeavour Centre (Peterborough)
  • John Parcher – Operations Manager, BD Salvage
  • Sheena Sharp – Principal, Coolearth Architecture
  • Jordan Teperman – Principal, HAVEN Developments


Is this event eligible for continuing education credits?

This lecture is eligible for Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Continuing Education learning credits.

Members of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) may be able to claim participation in this event as learning units under OPPI’s Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) Program. For more information, please consult the CPL Program Guide.

What are my transportation options for getting to and from the event?

ACO Toronto encourages participants to choose public transport for this event. Both the TDSB City Adult Learning Centre and Dora Keogh are a short walk from Broadview TTC. Limited parking is available on site.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Michael Kushnir at michael@acotoronto.ca.