Expect the Unexpected

I’m going to start off by saying I have no direct, hands-on, experience with this subject. But I know of it, and that this is often taboo; no one wants to talk about, especially not guys. But, as a guy, happily married to a beautiful woman, and dad of two great boys, I’ve come to …

OAA Annual General Meeting: Spring 2018

This is an abridged text of my (short) speech at the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) annual general meeting, held in Toronto May 2018. Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I’m big on threads, and once I get on a soapbox, it’s hard to get me to change the subject, especially …

Support Local – From Food to Architecture

A Communication Professional’s Perspective When I walk around Hintonburg, where Architects DCA’s office is located, I see shops proudly displaying their buy local signs. This is a wonderful initiative, supporting small businesses in the community who are selling products made in Ottawa, Ontario or Canada. When I speak with colleagues about architectural services however, it …

Architect’s plan for ByWard Market curbs street parking

Architect’s plan for ByWard Market curbs street parking | CBC News A local architect is hoping Ottawa will embrace his vision for a ByWard Market built more for people than for parking. Toon Dreessen, president of the Ottawa-based group Architects DCA, presented his plan for the market at an open house Tuesday evening.

PEDESTRIANS FIRST: Architect pitches ByWard Market dream vision

PEDESTRIANS FIRST: Architect pitches ByWard Market dream vision A local architect is challenging people to think about how the ByWard Market can be more pedestrian friendly through a concept he put together on his own time, simply because he loves the place. Toon Dreessen, president of Architects DCA, unveiled his vision Tuesday at the central …

Create a Better ByWard Market

Architects DCA, is on a mission – we want to bring Ottawa’s ByWard Market up to the standards of world-renowned destinations like Vancouver’s Granville Market, Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade and Boston’s Fanueil Market. Architects DCA has shared the results of a self-directed research and design report on the untapped potential of Ottawa’s ByWard Market. …

Success is Continuous Learning

In Layman’s Terms (A Non-Architect’s Point of View) I was talking with a well-respected business leader and asked her how she manages to keep her employees engaged in a highly competitive environment and she told me that they do weekly learning. Sometimes its 15 minutes, sometimes it’s a full day, but every week the team …