Food and shelter: Local and national organizations helping communities in a big way

On February 7, Miranda and I went on a tour of the Ottawa Food Bank. Architects DCA made a financial contribution at the end of 2017 thanks to our wonderful clients. You can read more about why the Food Bank is important in Miranda’s blog, Charity of Choice. There were a lot of interesting facts …

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Architectural Lessons From an Ottawa Valley Laboratory

Article in the Ottawa Business Journal written by Toon Dreessen. Architectural lessons from an Ottawa Valley laboratory Travel two hours northeast of Ottawa to Chalk River, and you’re likely to see the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) – a complex established after the Second World War to provide nuclear research lab space for Atomic Energy of …

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May is Bike to Work Month

During the month of May, we celebrate Bike to Work Month in the nation’s capital. This month signifies the start of riding season for many Ottawa residents. In fact, just the other week I went with my son to help him choose a new bike. How do we inspire more people to use bikes as …

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Panel Discussions: Focus on the table skirt not the woman’s skirt

Over the years, I’ve been on, and attended, a lot of panel discussions and conferences. When I am on a panel discussion, I am generally on stage sitting in a deep chair that isn’t quite comfortable. In recent years, there’s been more awareness of the need for inclusivity in panels, and moving away from the …

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From Sears-Simpsons, to Sears Canada, to no more Sears

Sears Canada, at the beginning Simpsons-Sears, began in 1952 as a mail order company where people bought household and clothing items. Until 2017, when the Canadian company filed for bankruptcy, Sears continued to sell via magazine and also in store. The first Simpsons-Sears stores were opened in Ontario and British Columbia before more stores opened …

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Let’s Value Architecture Like We Do Music and Art

Article in the Ottawa Citizen written by Toon Dreesen. Dreessen: Let's value architecture like we do music and art Starting in 1872, Canada had a Chief Architect, originally a Dominion Architect, responsible for the design of many federal buildings. However, that role ended in 1975. In some federal departments, such as the Department of National …

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Terrazzo Flooring – A Trip Down Memory Lane

In Layman’s Terms (A Non-Architect’s Point of View) A Blog by Miranda Paquette The Globe & Mail announced back on September 21, 2017 that Terrazzo was being rediscovered. This is huge! Why they buried the article on page L3 I will never know. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this moment since I became …

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