On the threshold, ready to run

Originally published in OAA Perspectives Winter 2015/16 on page 8. Over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to serve as the President of the OAA. In doing so, one of the things most often talked about in formal and informal settings, in media interviews, procurement meetings, presentations and other events has been the role …

A New Home for FDAI

As architects, we spend a great deal of time imagining form and function as it relates to design and ultimately, to the impact each project will make on its surroundings. The process of developing a new website to showcase those designs is not much different. We have spent some time over the last few months …

Sketching our Town

A few weeks ago, the DCA team took to the streets of our Wellington West (Ottawa) neighbourhood to explore our community with fresh eyes.  Sketchpads in hand, we took the opportunity to return to our roots. Many of us have had training and experience with old-school pencil-to-paper drawing but rarely have the opportunity to flex …

THE SOUND OF EXCELLENCE

Originally published in OAA Perspectives Fall 2015 on page 8. Living with teenagers is, among other things, a lesson in tolerating the music of another generation. I’m guessing my father would probably say the same thing. It was my father who got me interested in what is now called classic rock, probably to ensure I didn’t …

How Architecture Can Bring Communities Together

How Architecture Can Bring Communities Together Communities are comprised of a diverse mix of people, functions, and uses. The built form that we give to communities helps to foster connections and communication: it becomes the stage for our culture. Single destination buildings serve a single function, obviously, so they become like a single experience, rather …

Design Excellence: what does it mean?

Originally published in OAA Perspectives Summer 2015 on page 8. The busy awards season is now over. Our Design Excellence Awards were presented at the gala in Hamilton last month and are featured in this issue. Leading up to the OAA Conference, I had the opportunity to speak to the media about our award winners, and …

President’s Message

Originally published in OAA Perspectives Spring 2015 on page 8. The Theme of this issue of OAA Perspectives – Advice for Aspiring Architects – got me thinking. It’s easy to get “aspire” and “inspire” mixed up. Both words come directly from Latin. The first translates as “breathe towards”; when we aspire to something, we really …