Thursday, June 9 – Small is Big: Architectural Connexions to Our Community
Panelist, Plenary Dialogue

Saturday, June 11 –  Storied Architecture - Creating Meaning on the Fringe

An advocate for the arts, Monica is passionate about meaningfully shaping the future of our built and cultural environments. The 2015 recipient of the honored Royal Architecture Institute of Canada’s Young Architect Award, Monica is a recognized leader in New Brunswick through design, education, and community service. A Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Toronto, she is the co-founder of the award-winning firm Acre Architects of Saint John, New Brunswick. Monica is a graduate of the Wallace McCain Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leaders Program and is an appointed board member of the Saint John Waterfront Development Corporation.

Named one of the top emerging design firms in Canada by Twenty + Change, Acre Architects are committed to expanding the role of contemporary architecture in Atlantic Canada. The Acre aims to exercise our potential and cultural identity, both within Canada and Internationally, through a practice of storied architecture that does not take the conventional order of things as a given and helps their clients live great stories.

The Acre has garnered national and international exposure as the recipient of the prestigious Sheff Visiting Chair in Architecture at McGill University, a member of ‘Team Canada’ for the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture, as well as with her role in the television series ‘Majumder Manor’ on the W Network. At its philosophical core, the Acre wants you to - create your own myth.

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo

Friday, June 10 – First Nations Connexions
Keynote Speaker

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is a Hereditary Chief of the Ahousaht First Nation. Shawn was first elected in 2009 as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. He was re-elected in 2012 for a second consecutive term.

Shawn has advocated for First Nations in every region of the country, with federal, provincial and territorial leaders, corporations and civil society, nationally and internationally. He regards education as a top priority for the Assembly and advances a vision of supporting and enabling the success of every First Nation by their rights and responsibilities.

Previously, Shawn served two terms as Regional Chief for First Nations in British Columbia. Committed to inclusion and respect, in 2005, he forged the historic Leadership Accord among First Nation leadership in BC. He also achieved the Transformative Change Accord between First Nations and the federal and provincial governments.

In 2008, Shawn was appointed Chancellor of Vancouver Island University, becoming BC’s first Indigenous Chancellor. He has received 12 Honourary Doctors of Law from universities across Canada.

In 2014, A-in-chut was named the first Distinguished Fellow of the William A. MacDonald, Q.C Fellowship in Indigenous Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He joined the Department of Social Justice Education and the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education as an Adjunct Professor.

A-in-chut began his career as a facilitator, trainer and entrepreneur working with and for First Nations peoples. He holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Shirley Blumberg, CM, OAA, FRAIC, AIA

Thursday, June 9 – Small is Big: Architectural Connexions to Our Community
Moderator, Plenary Dialogue

Saturday, June 11 – Reporting Back on the Plenary and Downtown Nanaimo Six-Site Design Charrette

Saturday, June 11 – Architectural Connexions That Last 
Facilitator, Plenary Roundtable

A founding partner of KPMB Architects, Shirley Blumberg is an invested Member of the Order of Canada “for her contributions to architecture and for her commitment to creating spaces that foster a sense of community.”

Her portfolio ranges from mixed-use developments to highly specialized cultural and academic institutions, many with a focus on revitalizing heritage contexts. Shirley’s projects include the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre at the University of British Columbia, the Fort York Public Library in Toronto, the James Stewart Centre for Mathematics at McMaster University, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) Campus in Waterloo which received a RIBA Award in the UK, an AIA Award in the US, and a Governor General’s Award in Canada. She played a role in Toronto’s Cultural Renaissance as partner-in-charge of Canada’s National Ballet School, the Gardiner Museum, and the TIFF Bell Lightbox for the Toronto International Film Festival. Currently she is the partner-in-charge of the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan, the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, the new Global Centre for Pluralism for His Highness the Aga Khan in Ottawa, 20 Washington Road for Princeton University as well as the new Campus Framework Plan at Princeton.

Shirley is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel, and has served on design review panels for the Ontario College of Art and Design and the City of Toronto. She has been a guest critic and lecturer at universities across North America.

Peter Busby, C.M., FRAIC, MAIBC, LEED® Fellow

Thursday, June 9 – Small is Big: Architectural Connexions to Our Community
Panelist, Plenary Dialogue

Internationally recognized for his contributions to architecture and planning, Peter Busby’s award-winning portfolio embodies his philosophy of social responsibility and commitment to sustainable design. Since opening his Vancouver practice in 1984, Peter’s body of work has gained a reputation for design excellence and innovation, becoming a powerful catalyst for the growth of the green architecture movement in North America and abroad. After merging his firm with Perkins+Will in 2004, Peter became a driving force in the company, compelling its industry-leading sustainable design initiatives. In 2012, Peter relocated to be the Managing Director of Perkins+Will’s San Francisco office, bringing his focus on sustainable communities and regenerative design to all of Perkins+Will’s West Coast offices, directing teams working on projects locally and internationally. Peter’s dedication to design advocacy remains steadfast; he frequently lectures at academic institutions and professional engagements around the world. Peter’s latest book, published in spring 2015, is titled Busby: Architecture’s New Edges.

Peter holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of British Columbia and a BA in political philosophy from the University of Toronto. In 2008, he was conferred an honourary doctorate in science by Ryerson University and in 2011 was named a Cascadia Fellow. In 2013, he was elevated to LEED® Fellow, a designation of the U.S. Green Building Council, which recognizes exceptional contributions to the green building community. Peter was the recipient of the 2014 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal; this honour recognizes a significant and lasting contribution to Canadian architecture. 

Franc D’Ambrosio, Architect, MAIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP LAI, LEED®

Saturday, June 11 – Architectural Connexions That Last 
Panelist, Plenary Roundtable

Franc D’Ambrosio is Principal and Director of a skilled group of architects, designers, and technologists. His practice takes a humanistic and collaborative approach to assist public-and private- sector clients in the design of buildings and urban sites.

The work of the practice has been widely published and recognized with awards such as the RAIC’s 2006 National Urban Architecture Medal, the 2013 National Green Building Award, and the 2014 National Urban Design Award. The firm has also received awards of excellence from the Planning Institute of BC, the International Waterfront Centre, the Canadian Urban Institute, Smart-Growth BC, and the Canadian Wood Council, in addition to municipal and building industry honours.

Franc’s academic activities include RAIC Syllabus mentor, architecture school studio instructor and critic, and speaker on urban design and sustainable architecture. He has served on advisory panels and juries for public art, architectural design, and planning.  Franc was a board member of Smart- Growth BC, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, and the RAIC. He is a member of the advisory board of the University Of British Columbia School Of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) and an affiliate of the UBC Masters of Urban Design (MUD) program.

The Da+u practice focuses on the experience and aesthetics of the built environment. The work reflects a passion for the history, patterns and performance of urban life. Designs typically begin with coffee, then, site-specific explorations to discover the hidden potential for creative relationships between public and private realms, ecology, community and architecture. 

Lisa Helps, Mayor, City of Victoria

Saturday, June 11 – Architectural Connexions that last
Panelist, Plenary Roundtable

Lisa Helps was elected mayor of the City of Victoria in November 2014 and was a Victoria city councillor from 2011 to 2014. She spends much of her time working in the community on place-based solutions to global and national challenges, and to increasing citizen engagement. She was founder and Executive Director of Community Micro Lending, an enterprising non-profit which works to build a vibrant local economy, foster sustainable business, reduce poverty, and empower people. At Community Micro Lending, Lisa helped to launch Canada’s first peer-to-peer micro-lending program. Before starting Community Micro Lending, Lisa was on the board of directors of Victoria’s Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group. During her time on the board, the group purchased and restored the Cornerstone building, built affordable housing units, and opened the Cornerstone Café as an enterprising non-profit venture. 

Marc Kushner, AIA

Thursday, June 9 – Small is Big: Architectural Connexions to Our Community
Panelist, Plenary Dialogue

Marc Kushner, AIA, is an architect with just one agenda – he wants you to love architecture. As a partner at the progressive New York architecture firm HWKN (Hollwich Kushner) and co-founder and CEO of Architizer, Marc is a celebrated designer and pioneer in the digital media industry.

Architizer is the largest platform for professional architects online, and the most comprehensive database of the products and people behind the world’s best buildings. Architizer has revolutionized the way architects communicate their work to the world and engage with the design industry since its launch in 2009.

With his business partner Matthias Hollwich, Marc also founded HWKN, one of the most dynamic architecture firms to come out of New York in recent years. HWKN’s work is regularly published in publications such as Wallpaper* and the Wall Street Journal.

Marc presents at events such as TED, PSFK and GRID on topics surrounding architecture’s intersection with digital media. He has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and is a published author. His book The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings, published by TED Books and Simon & Shuster in 2015, is #1 in Architecture Criticism, Architecture History, and Buildings on Amazon. He also serves on the board of Plus Pool. 

Brian MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, RCA, (Hon) FAIA, NSAA, AAPEI, OAA, OAQ, VT, NH

Thursday, June 9 – Small is Big: Architectural Connexions to Our Community
Panelist, Plenary Dialogue

Saturday, June 11 – Architectural Connexions That Last 
Panelist, Plenary Roundtable

Born and raised in the village of Arcadia in Southwestern Nova Scotia, Brian MacKay-Lyons received a Bachelor of Architecture from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1978, where he was awarded the RAIC Student Medal. He received his Master of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles and won the Dean's Award for Design.

After studying in China, Japan, California and Italy and working with prominent architects Charles Moore and Barton Myers, both of the United States, and Giancarlo De Carlo, of Italy, he returned to Nova Scotia in 1983.

In 1985, he founded the firm Brian MacKay-Lyons Architecture Urban Design in Halifax. Twenty years later, Brian partnered with Talbot Sweetapple to form MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects Ltd. The practice works locally and internationally on cultural, academic and residential projects.

In 1994, Brian founded Ghost Lab on his farm near Lunenburg. It drew architects, historians, critics and writers from around the world who explored through dialogue and hands-on construction the values of regionalism, craft, and design. The annual two-week event ended in 2011.

Brian has built a reputation for design excellence confirmed by more than 100 awards including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Firm Award in 2014. His firm has also received six Governor General Medals, two American Institute of Architects Honor Awards for Architecture, 13 Lieutenant Governor's Medals of Excellence, eight Canadian Architect Awards, three Architectural Record Houses Awards, and seven North American Wood Design Awards.

His work has been featured in more than 330 publications, including six monographs: Seven Stories from a Village Architect (1996); Brian MacKay-Lyons: Selected Works 1986-1997 (1998); Plain Modern: The Architecture of Brian MacKay-Lyons (2005); Ghost: Building an Architectural Vision (2008); Local Architecture: Building Place, Craft, and Community (2014); and the upcoming publication Economy as Ethic: The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects.

A professor of architecture at Dalhousie University, Brian has taught for over 30 years. He has held 17 endowed academic chairs and visiting professorships, and given more than 200 public lectures. 

Thomas Mueller, MA, LEED AP

Thursday, June 9 – College of Fellows Convocation Ceremony
Keynote Speaker

Thomas Mueller is a founding director of the Canada Green Building Council and became President and CEO of the Council in 2005. As the chief executive, he leads the Council’s national green building strategy, programs and standards along with advocacy and policy initiatives.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC), and as an immediate past Board member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), he supports the transition toward green building, neighbourhoods and cities at home and globally. 

Thomas is a well-known advocate for green buildings and sustainable community development. He participates frequently in government and industry consultations on green development and is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and speaker on green buildings.

He is currently taking part in various initiatives and groups including the WGBC Americas Network, and the City of Vancouver’s Green Building Advisory Committee.  In January 2015, he joined the Advisory Board of the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia.

Thomas has an undergraduate degree in Geography, Planning and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany, and holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

For his green building work, Thomas received the 2000 and 2002 Innovation Award from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and the 2005 FCM - CH2MHill Sustainable Community Award. He is a Fellow of the Cascadia Green Building Council and a recipient of Canada’s 2015 Clean50 award.

Jennifer O'Connor

Thursday, June 9 – Downsizing the environmental impact of the built environment
Keynote Speaker, RAIC Foundation Lunch

Jennifer O’Connor is a think-outside-the-box advocate for sustainability and a crusader for environmental performance measurement and accountability. She is President of the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, a non-profit think tank and consultancy enabling the adoption of life cycle assessment (LCA) in the construction sector. The Athena Institute is the North American leader in LCA for construction materials and buildings, providing next-generation tools and performing ground-breaking work since 1997.

Jennifer has been working in building-industry sustainability for over three decades, with diverse multidisciplinary roles in research, design and education in Canada and the U.S. Her professional experience has an emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainable design, and overall building performance. She has worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the California College of Art and Architecture, the PG&E Energy Center, several architectural and HVAC design firms, and FPInnovations. She was a founding member of the AIA San Francisco chapter environmental committee.  Jennifer publishes and speaks frequently on paradigm shifts for reducing the environmental footprint of the built environment. Jennifer has an M. Arch degree from UC Berkeley.  She lives in Vancouver.


Patrick Stewart, PhD, AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP, LEED®

Friday, June 10 – Privileging Indigenous Knowledge

Saturday, June 11 – Architectural Connexions That Last 
Panelist, Plenary Roundtable

Dr. Patrick Reid Stewart is a member of the Killerwhale House of Daaxan of the Nisga’a Nation. His Nisga’a name is Luugigyoo of the Village of Gingolx.

Patrick recently celebrated 20 years running his architectural firm in British Columbia. He was the first architect of First Nations ancestry in BC to own and operate an architectural firm in that province, and the first person of First Nations ancestry to be elected President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.

Patrick completed his Ph.D. (2015) at the University of British Columbia. The title of his dissertation is indigenous architecture through indigenous knowledge: dim sagalts`apkw nisim. He has two chapters from his dissertation accepted for publication in the forthcoming book, Contemporary Indigenous Architecture: Local Traditions, Global Winds (2015) from the University of New Mexico Press. His architectural work is included in the book, New Architecture on Indigenous Lands (2013) and the award-winning architectural film documentary, Aboriginal Architecture: Living Architecture (2005). He participated in the award-winning documentary, Something to eat, a place to sleep and someone who gives a damn (2008), a film on homelessness.

Patrick is current chair of the Provincial Aboriginal Homelessness Committee in BC.

Patrick lives on Tzeachten First Nation, along with his wife, fashion designer, Linda Lavallee. Together they have a blended family of seven children and two grandchildren. 

Alfred Waugh, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP, LEED®

Thursday, June 9 – Small is Big: Architectural Connexions to Our Community
Panelist, Plenary Dialogue

Alfred Waugh specializes in culturally and environmentally sensitive projects and has extensive experience with First Nations, cultural societies, and educational institutions.

His firm is dedicated to developing solutions that reflect the culture, community, and geographic regions specific to each project. The designs are a direct response to site context, topography, climate, and regional materials. As part of a sustainable design philosophy, Alfred aims to maximize comfort, longevity, functionality, and energy efficiency.

Born and raised in Yellowknife, North West Territories, Alfred is Status Indian and part of Treaty 8. He was the first Aboriginal person to graduate with honours from the University of British Columbia School of Architecture in 1993 and become LEED certified and a registered architect. Before his architecture degree, Alfred earned a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Urban and Regional Analysis at the University of Lethbridge in 1989. He is influenced by native culture, the northern climate and frontier architecture. His connection to, and respect for, nature is inherent in his work.

In 2005, Alfred established Alfred Waugh Architect, a 100-percent aboriginally owned architecture practice. In 2012, Alfred incorporated the firm and changed the name to Formline Architecture + Urbanism. The firm has developed a reputation for finely crafted cultural and sustainable buildings, including the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, completed in 2008, and the First Peoples House at the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island. 

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David Witty PhD, MRAIC, FCIP, RPP

Friday, June 10 – Downtown Nanaimo 6-Site Design Charrette 

Saturday, June 11 – Reporting Back on the Plenary and Downtown Nanaimo Six-Site Design Charrette

David Witty, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Vancouver Island University, has combined public and private practice and teaching for much of his career. Before his current position, Dave was Dean, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba (2001-2009) and, prior to that appointment, a Director and Partner in Urban Systems Ltd., a large multi-disciplinary consulting firm in British Columbia and Alberta. Before moving to BC, he was a Senior Partner in Hilderman Witty and Associates, an award-winning planning and landscape architecture practice based in Winnipeg and Saskatoon.

Dave was a Founding Director, Smart Growth BC. He is a former President of the Canadian Institute of Planners and was founding Chair of the Canadian Healthy Communities Project. He was elected a Fellow of CIP in 1998 for his outstanding contribution to planning in Canada. Dave is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and an Honourary Member of the Council on Canadian Urbanism.