Upcoming Events

Jan 21 2020 Lecture /

TSA Urban Affairs Forum: Addressing the Climate Crisis

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Toronto Central Grosvenor St. YMCA Centre
20 Grosvenor St
2nd Floor, Auditorium



The climate crisis — and its associated environmental, social and economic ramifications — is among the most pressing issues of our time. The design, construction, and operation of our built environment accounts for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions, and while the effects of the climate crisis affect every community, they are having a disproportionate effect on already marginalized groups furthering issues of social equity.

As shapers of the build environment and active participants in the construction industry, architects must acknowledge our collective responsibility to not only respond but act during this climate emergency — but what are the concrete actions we must take to do this promptly and effectively? What fundamental challenges and strategies must we engage with if we are to respond to this call to action?

Join us on this forum as we bring together some of Toronto’s most compelling thinkers on sustainable design, a voice from Toronto’s development community, and the architectural profession to discuss the fundamental shifts we must undertake, and innovative solutions we might employ, to decisively further sustainability within the design and construction industry. Moderated by members of the TSA Executive, this forum seeks to prompt architects, designers and the construction industry to engage in a lively conversation and work collectively to identify tools, strategies and resources to formulate an action plan that will allow our members, practices and Society to effectively address this emergency.


  • Dr. Ted Kesik, BASc (Ottawa), MASc, PhD (Toronto) | Professor of Building Science, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
  • Doug Webber, P.Eng, LEED AP | Principal, Purpose Building
  • Theresa Warnaar | Senior Vice President, Retail, KingSett Capital

This event is part of the 2020 DesignTO festival.

OAA MEMBERS: When registering, please include your full name as registered with the OAA to ensure your certificate of participation is credited properly. Please also include an email address you check frequently to ensure you receive our certificate in a timely manner.

LIMITED CAPACITY: This venue has limited capacity. Only those with registered tickets can be guaranteed entrance. Entry at the door without a ticket will be SPACE PERMITTING only.

About DesignTO

DesignTO, formerly the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 17–26, 2020.

Going into its 10th year, the Festival transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking art and design out of the studio and into the urban sphere. We bring people together to celebrate contemporary culture, provide opportunities for emerging talent, and engage the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.