Architect, OAA, AAA, MRAIC
- What certifications / credentials do you hold that are most important to you?
My OAA membership is the most important professional certification I hold. However, personally, my membership to the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) is most significant. It is not compulsory to practice, but the RAIC is an advocate for responsible architecture, and excellence in the built environment; both essential in my opinion.
- If you were a building, what type would you be, and why?
I would be a shelter—more specifically, a shelter for children and women fleeing domestic abuse. This shelter would challenge traditional views, and help to transform lives. This was the root of my thesis; enabling families who have been marginalized is still of the utmost importance to my practice.
And I would be a shelter because I care deeply about housing people. I am proud that over my career I have designed truly livable homes for thousands of families. While I love the challenges posed by all types of design, creating the perfect space for a person or family is my passion.
- What inspired you to pursue a career in architecture/design?
It’s in my DNA. Architecture runs in the family, all the way back to my great-grandfather. My father was slightly rebellious when it came to choosing a career in architecture, but he has a love of architecture and shared that with me. Because of this lineage, my progression was quite natural—even though I was given the freedom to decide for myself—I always knew that becoming an architect was my path. Not surprisingly, my son is pursuing a career in architecture.
- What is your favourite construction material? (Yes, Popsicle sticks count).
Lego. Especially when there are kids involved in the build.
- Favourite Q4A project, and why?
Marnie's Lounge at SickKids. Marnie’s is an inpatient lounge for children and their families. It creates a home away from home for families going through long-term care scenarios. It’s also a playful environment where kids of all ages can have fun.
- Do you have a hobby, if so, what is it?
Cooking for the people I love, and collecting cookbooks. I am also an avid Toronto Raptors fan!
- What is your favourite city, and why (in 3 words)?
Venice—alleys, squares, canals