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Stephan Chevalier, architecte-associé, Chevalier Morales Architectes

Stephan Chevalier and Sergio Morales founded Chevalier Morales in 2005. Chevalier Morales was first known as a finalist for over fifteen national and international architectural competitions such as the New Planetarium in Montreal, the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce cultural center, St-Laurent Library, a new cultural venue for the youth in Sherbrooke, the 7 Fingers Creation Center, the Youth Theater Les Gros Becs in Quebec or the new National Bank’s new headquarters in downtown Montreal.

Chevalier Morales has built a reputation for the quality of their work, which in recent years has resulted in winning several prestigious prizes such as two consecutive Grand Prix of Excellence awarded by the Architect Association of Québec. The firm is recipient of the 2018 Emerging Architectural Practice Award by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) as well as a General Governor’s Medal in Architecture for the Maison de la Littérature.


Omar Gandhi, MRAIC, Architect + Owner, Omar Gandhi Architecture

Omar Gandhi is the Principal of Omar Gandhi Architect, an architectural practice founded in 2010. The work of its two small studios – OG Halifax and OGTO – has garnered much National and International attention in the practice’s short history.

In its early years, the studio was awarded the Canada Council Prix de Rome, was included in Wallpaper* Magazine’s Architects Directory, and Omar himself was named as one of Monocle Magazine’s ‘Most Influential Canadians’. Omar was chosen as one of the Architectural League of New York’s ‘Emerging Voices’ of 2016 and was appointed as the Louis I. Kahn visiting Assistant Professor in Architectural Design at the Yale School of Architecture for the fall semester of the 2018 -19 academic year.


Elsa Lam, FRAIC, PhD, Editor, Canadian Architect

Elsa Lam is editor of Canadian Architect magazine. She holds a doctorate in architectural history and theory from Columbia University, completed under the supervision of Kenneth Frampton and Vittoria di Palma. She previously studied architectural history at McGill University and architectural design at the University of Waterloo.

Lam has written extensively for architecture and design magazines, as well as collaborating on the editing and writing of several books. Previous to her role at Canadian Architect, she worked with the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.

She is the co-editor of the book Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present, to be released by Princeton Architectural Press and Canadian Architect this November.


Toon Dreessen, OAA, FRAIC, AIA, LEED AP, President and Architect, Architects DCA

Toon Dreessen is a graduate of Carleton University and recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi medal. Toon is a member of the American Institute of Architects and was inducted into the RAIC College of Fellows in 2016. He leads the company and is responsible for award winning projects in infill development, laboratory, research, industrial and high profile projects. Architects DCA is a company with roots dating back more than 40 years, and is ISO 9001:2015 Certified.

He served 6 years on OAA Committees & joined OAA Council where he served for 6 years, 2 as President.

He leads the company’s activism in the role of architecture in social justice, gender equity, fiscal responsibility and the role of architects in a strategic, visionary, and thoughtful planning. Toon is a recognized public speaker and published author in local and national media including CBC Radio, the Globe and Mail and Ottawa Citizen.


Richard Sommer, Dean, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

Richard Sommer is an architect and urbanist with over twenty years experience as a practitioner, educator, and theorist. Since 2009, he has served as the Dean of the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. His design practice, research, and writing take the complex physical geography, culture, technology, politics, and historiography of the contemporary city as a starting point for creating a synthetic, cosmopolitan architecture. Before being appointed Dean at the University of Toronto, Sommer was the Director of Urban Design programs and a member of the Design Faculty at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design for a decade. He has also held many other distinguished appointments, including serving as Scholar-in-Residence at the California College of the Arts from 1995-98 and as a Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis from 1993-1995.


Heather Dubbeldam, FRAIC, OAA, LEED AP

Heather is the principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, a multi-disciplinary studio committed to advancing an architectural and social agenda through built work and design research. Central to the practice is the exploration of contemporary architectural issues in which a desire to improve the public realm figures prominently - demonstrated not only by professional advocacy but by the projects undertaken by the studio. Recognized by numerous awards for design excellence and practice, Dubbeldam’s work has garnered wide recognition in local, national and international publications. Heather is also known for promoting a long-term vision toward environmental sustainability and a commitment to incorporating sustainable design into her firm’s projects. As recipients of the 2016 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture, Dubbeldam’s practice has undertaken a research project entitled ‘The Next Green’, which entails travel to Scandinavia to study and disseminate sustainable research and precedents for northern climates.


Andrew King, FRAIC, Senior Partner and Design Principal at Lemay, Adjunct Professor at McGill School of Architecture

A fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Andrew King is recognized as a first-class leader in Canadian design practice and education. He has led multiple interdisciplinary teams and taken charge of pan-Canadian training initiatives involving architecture, art, exhibits, film and theatre. Andrew spent the first decade of his career in Europe, working in Seville, Budapest, Berlin and London, where he completed a mentorship program with Zaha Hadid, as well as in Berlin, where he lived for eight years. He was also named one of Canada’s design leaders by the Globe and Mail in 2003. With his undeniable talent, Andrew stimulates creative thinking and new design models at Lemay as he augments the firm’s visibility from coast to coast.


Lisa Landrum, MRAIC, PhD, Associate Dean (Research), Associate Head, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Manitoba

Architect MAA, AIA, FRAIC, PhD, M.ArchII, B.Arch | Associate Dean (Research), Associate Professor, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture.

Dr. Lisa Landrum is an award-winning tenured professor, accomplished scholar, and experienced architect, registered in Manitoba and New York State, dedicated to fostering design excellence and architecture’s cultural relevance, meaning and agency. As Associate Professor and Associate Dean Research at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture, Lisa teaches both design and history/theory courses, while leading multiple initiatives to develop the curriculum, enhance research, and build links between academia and practice. Lisa holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University, and a post-professional Master’s and Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory from McGill University. Her research on architectural agency, the role of the architect, and the intertwined histories of architecture, democracy and drama has been presented and published internationally. Since 2017 Lisa has worked with the RAIC, CALA and CCUSA to draft and mobilize an architecture policy for Canada.


Zahra Ebrahim, BA, MDes, Executive Advisor, Cities, Design and Governance

Zahra is a designer and urbanist, using participatory practices to engage citizens in the design of services, policies and infrastructure. She is an Executive Advisor to Deloitte on Civic Innovation, and a senior advisor to political and public interest initiatives across the country. For the past three years, she led Doblin Canada, engaging diverse sets of stakeholders to co-create solutions to complex organizational and industry challenges. Prior to Doblin, Zahra founded and led archiTEXT, working with communities to co-design towards better social outcomes and leading some of Canada’s most ambitious participatory infrastructure and policy programs. Zahra has taught at OCADU, MoMA, and currently teaches at UofT. She sits on the board of Jane’s Walk, St. Stephen’s Community House, Toronto Biennial, and CP Planning, and is an advisor for a range of organizations including Toronto Public Library, Progress Toronto, Code for Canada and ResilientTO. She was recently recognized as Ascend and Manulife’s Mentor of the Year, and WXN’s Top 100 Women in Canadian Business.


Sergio Morales, MRAIC, architecte-associé, Chevalier Morales Architectes

Stephan Chevalier and Sergio Morales founded Chevalier Morales in 2005. Chevalier Morales was first known as a finalist for over fifteen national and international architectural competitions such as the New Planetarium in Montreal, the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce cultural center, St-Laurent Library, a new cultural venue for the youth in Sherbrooke, the 7 Fingers Creation Center, the Youth Theater Les Gros Becs in Quebec or the new National Bank’s new headquarters in downtown Montreal.

The firm is regularly invited to showcase its work through lectures and exhibitions in Canada while their projects are published nationally and internationally. Stephan Chevalier and Sergio Morales have also been involved in the domain of academia for many years, teaching and critiquing at the local universities in Montreal.


Ksenia Eic, MRAIC, Architect, RAIC Emerging Practitioners Committee

As chair, and one of the founding members, of the RAIC Emerging Practitioners, Ksenia has spent the last 5 years advocating for and supporting intern architects, students and recently licensed architects across Canada. She has also acted as the intern architect representative, as well as treasurer, for the Northwest Territories Association of Architects and, as such, has a great interest in providing resources and con-ed opportunities to EP members in the more remote, under-served areas of Canada.

Ksenia is an architect registered in the Northwest Territories and Ontario and is a managing associate of the Yellowknife-based firm Taylor Architecture Group. Ksenia has worked on a wide range of new build and renovation projects throughout the north, including schools, offices and sportsplexes.


Sascha Hastings, BA, MA, Director of Dissemination and Communications at Philip Beesley Architect Inc./Living Architecture Systems Group

Sascha Hastings is an arts producer, curator, writer, editor, content shaper and architecture advocate. She was a CBC national Radio arts producer, the Founding Curator of Cambridge Galleries Design at Riverside, and has held senior leadership roles on several Canada Pavilion exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale, including RAIC Project Manager and Deputy Commissioner. In 2016 she was Co-Curator and Co-Principal of The Evidence Room, which was part of the Biennale’s main exhibition and subsequently traveled to the ROM in Toronto.

She has edited and co-written books, including Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination, The Evidence Room and Building a Northern Design Culture: The Creation of the McEwen School of Architecture.


Ivan Martinovic, OAA, FRAIC, Archdesign Group Limited, Architects

Ivan Martinovic is a principal of Archdesign Architects, a Toronto-based architectural consulting practice providing a wide range of architectural, design and urban planning services.

Ivan teaches in Ryerson University's undergraduate and graduate architectural programs, which includes a graduate Seminar in Contemporary and Future Practice. He has also taught design and architectural courses at OCAD University, RAIC Syllabus Program, and Centennial and George Brown Colleges. He is an instructor for the OAA Admission Course delivered online by the University of Toronto and a coordinator and lecturer in the IPLAN Practice program, delivered jointly by JVS Toronto and Ryerson University, and aimed at foreign-trained architectural professionals seeking licensure in Ontario.

Ivan is actively involved as a volunteer in various professional and community organizations. He was a Board member of the Canadian Architecture Certification Board for two terms, holding the positions of Treasurer, Vice-President and President. He was a Chair of the 2014 CACB Conference “Educating Future Architects” – Conference summary is presented in the Conference Organizing Committee Recommendations Report from March 2016. Ivan is now serving as a Regional Assessor on the CACB’s Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects Program (BEFA) Assessor Panel.


John Stephenson, FRAIC, Architect, OAA Immediate Past President

A founding and past managing partner of FORM Architecture Engineering, now FormStudio Architects, in Thunder Bay, John has over 40 years’ experience in the practice of Architecture. Before relocating to Thunder Bay in 1980, he focused on urban design, non-profit and cooperative housing projects in Toronto. Mr. Stephenson has extensive experience with housing, care and treatment projects which cross the full continuum of care for seniors. His experience includes the design, development and ownership of independent living, retirement living, supportive housing, long term care and mental health rehabilitation projects.

In addition to serving on many committees and task forces over his career John has been on the Council of the Ontario Association of Architects over the past seven years serving as co-chair of the Interns Forum, Vice President of Communications, and Senior Vice President and Treasurer and President for two years and is currently the immediate Past President after serving two years as OAA President.


Ana Maria Llanos, Architect + Principle, Diamond Schmitt Architects