How building height limitations are contributing to Ottawa’s housing crisis

In 2020 the city of Ottawa declared a housing emergency. Issues of housing affordability and availability underlie this declaration. At the same time, the city declared…

January 4, 2022

Ambitions for Ottawa – a city architect would push us towards excellence

The City of Ottawa aspires to be the best mid-sized city to live in. We’ve recently approved a new official plan that sets an ambitious…

January 4, 2022

Venice Biennale Gets At Ideas Behind What, Why And How We Build

Architects in Canada, now is your chance: the deadline for submission is November 29. Every year Canada is given a rare opportunity to present our…

November 23, 2021

Ottawa’s City Budget Fails to Reflect Our Policy Goals

We are a growing city. Our population is projected to grow 40% over the coming decades. The new Official Plan attempts to address how to…

October 7, 2021

Why the New Civic Hospital Site Is the Wrong Choice for Ottawa

  This text summarizes a presentation MPP Joel Harden asked me to provide in a townhall session he and Councilors McKenny and Menard organized regarding…

October 6, 2021

Improving Procurement For Architectural Services

It’s time to change procurement practices for public sector architecture projects in Canada. The current procurement process favours larger firms that can devote more resources…

August 25, 2021