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Feb 10 2022 Symposium /

Ryerson DAS | M.Arch Symposium 2022: Pandemic Architecture

6:30 PM

Online via Zoom


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The global pandemic has substantially impacted the way we live, pushing the field of architecture to completely shift the way it operates. These past two years of living in fragments caused by the pandemic have paved the way for new avenues of design. With the lessons we learned from Covid-19 as well as pandemics of previous generations, this event will explore the ways in which we see architecture moving forward in the next generation. Pandemic Architecture will revolve around a discussion between guest speakers, a moderator, and the audience. Tune in!

Guest Speaker – Beatriz Colomina

Beatriz Colomina is an internationally recognized architectural historian and theorist who has reflected on architecture, art, technology, and media. She is the Founding Director of the interdisciplinary Media and Modernity Program at Princeton University and also the university’s Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Architecture. Her work provokes the question of how illness, and imaging technology has changed our conception of architecture.

Guest Speaker – Annmarie Adams, PhD, FRAIC, FCAHS

Annmarie Adams is an architectural historian specializing in the intersections of architecture, medicine, and gender. She is jointly appointed in the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture and the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University, where she holds the Stevenson Chair in the History and Philosophy of Science, including Medicine. Her research addresses the role of the built environment in shaping conceptions of medicine and health.

Guest Speaker – Stephen Verderber, Arch.D, NCARB, Architect

Stephen Verderber is a professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is a researcher, practitioner, registered architect, and the director of the Centre for Design + Health Innovation. His interests lie within health and design therapeutics and has engaged in pro bono community projects in New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Stephen is a co-founder of the Los Angeles and New Orleans R-2ARCH and has received The American Institute of Architects AIA Education Award.5

Guest Speaker – Celeste Alvaro

Dr. Celeste Alvaro is the Founder and Principal of Methologica – a user experience, design research and evaluation agency. As an experimental environmental social psychologist, Celeste creates and offers insights on how architecture and the design of the built environment affects behavior, social interaction and wellbeing. She is the design research and evaluation lead on integrated design teams, offers input into design in collaboration with architecture and design firms, leads the evaluation of capital redevelopment projects, creates/executes bespoke research, engages architects, designers, government, private sector, hospital and other client leadership and brings with her an animated cadre of field researchers. Driven by curiosity, vibrant cities and neighbourhoods you will find Celeste where life happens.

Moderator – Lisa Landrum

Dr. Landrum is Associate Professor and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, and a registered architect in Manitoba and New York State. She is working with the RAIC, CALA and CCUSA to mobilize an architecture policy for Canada, and is leading the CAFÉ (Canadian Architecture Forums on Education) consultations. Landrum holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory from McGill University. Her scholarship on architectural agency and the role of the architect has been presented and published internationally.

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