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Features and Seminars - April 2019

The Journey to Zero - Ontario Association of Architects Headquarters


Presented by David Fujiwara  and John Stephenson.

Attendees will receive a certificate for 1 structured learning hour.

Add to calendar03/04/2019 15:00:0003/04/2019 16:00:00The Journey to Zero - Ontario Association of Architects Headquarters Attendees will receive a certificate for 1 structured learning hour. This presentation will present this ground breaking project ‘s technical and political journey from an EUI of over 450 to zero.  The innovations in this project include envelope and window upgrades featuring electrochromatic glazing, innovative ground source energy exchange, cutting edge solar thermal and PV technology among other innovations.  The interior design and space planning for the project incorporates modular adaptable furniture, innovative lighting and lighting control, state of the art telecommunication and IT, and digital display technology all within a modernized open and flexible office environment.      The technical and design evolution of the project will be illustrated and discussed by Project Architect David Fujiwara, B. Arch, OAA.  An overview of the political and governance evolution of the project will be provided by John Stephenson, B. Arch, OAA, MAA, FRAIC, Immediate Past President, Ontario Association of Architects.    David Fujiwara is an architect and has his own design firm since 1984. He has specialized in building renovations, and additions. After graduating from U of T in 1978 his first work was the construction of a country house designed by Carmen Corneil, living on site for a year and working with all trades. In 2005 he received an Award of Excellence from the OAA for the design of 546 Richmond St. West – Sustainable Townhouse, a renovation/ addition with sustainable design principles. The Now House – (near) Net Zero Energy Healthy House, the renovation of a 1950’s wartime wood frame house was a 2007 CMHC Equilibrium House competition winner.   AJohn Stephenson is a founding and past naging partner of FORM Architecture Engineering in Thunder Bay, now Form Studio Architects Inc.,He has extensive experience with housing, health care and 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. Additionally, his project experience and expertise also includes individual research and training including a portfolio of projects in restoration, adaptive re-use of heritage buildings and an extensive portfolio of educational and commercial building projects. Throughout John’s career he has maintained an almost continuous involvement in the Ontario Association of Architects in a variety of volunteer capacities. Mr. Stephenson is a frequent public speaker about sustainable design for the built environment for local, regional and provincial audiences.         DD/MM/YYYY More information

Experience the Sound. Feel the Silence. – An overview of acoustics from design through construction


Presented by Steve Titus & Kiyoshi Kuroiwa

OAA Continuing Education: Attendees will receive a certificate for 1 structured learning hour.



Add to calendar03/04/2019 17:00:0003/04/2019 18:30:00Experience the Sound. Feel the Silence. – An overview of acoustics from design through constructionOAA Continuing Education: Attendees will receive a certificate for 1 structured learning hour. This presentation will be application focused and provide an overall and comprehensive review of acoustical design. Participants will gain an understanding of the fundamental factors that affect acoustical design. These fundamentals will quickly build into applications and case studies and examples of acoustic design principles in practical terms. Case studies will include acoustics in office fit-outs, studios, learning spaces and performing arts. The later portion of the presentation will focus on how we implement the acoustical design in construction and how important the actual construction and the attention to details are key to the success of any project. Typical construction issues that we have seen over the years, such as bridging of isolated wall assemblies, will also be discussed. Steve Titus, President & CEO of Aercoustics Steve Titus brings more than a decade of experience to his role as President & CEO of Aercoustics Engineering Limited. Steve leads a team of acoustical engineers that provide a broad range of services worldwide at Aercoustics, a privately-held firm that specializes in fostering innovation in acoustics, vibration and noise control. Over his career, Steve has been responsible for the acoustical design and delivery of many high-profile projects such as the new Maison Radio-Canada, Sick Kids Research Tower, Corus Quay, St. Lawrence Market North Redevelopment, and the award-winning Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse. Every project has presented its own acoustical challenges and he is dedicated to finding straightforward solutions. For example, the Thunder Bay Courthouse needed to create an environment that respected the natural voice in a building constructed with steel. In addition to his technical expertise, Steve is passionate about leading the business. He has been responsible for many changes and business process improvement initiatives at Aercoustics. His approach to change initiatives has been to develop simple to use and simple to implement processes, to ensure buy-in and successful deployment. Outside of the office, he is the Co-Chair Executive Committee for Canstruction Toronto, sits on the Finance and Audit Committee for the Consulting Engineers of Ontario, and he sat on the executive committee for the Society of Design Administration (SDA) of Canada from 2012 to 2016. Steve holds a B.A. Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto with his wife – who is also an engineer – and daughter. Kiyoshi Kuroiwa, P.Eng Senior Engineer and Lead Contract Administrator Kiyoshi has a weakness for the details. Over the past decade, Kiyoshi has helped develop, with painstaking rigor, acoustic details and specifications to ensure that the contract documents accurately represent the acoustical design. During the construction progress, it became apparent that contractors and sub-trades do not always fully understand the nature of acoustics, noise control and vibration control. Pulling off acoustic success is a multi-disciplinary effort with any one discipline or contractor playing a make-or-break role. As the head of Aercoustics dedicated Contract Administration department, Kiyoshi has developed site review methodologies and contract interpretation, all while ensuring that the original acoustical design intent is adhered to. Kiyoshi’s collaborative approach of education and interpretation is highly sought after to ensure everyone is on the same beat. In addition to contract administration, Kiyoshi has years of experience on the design side, giving him a unique insight into the challenges of integrating design components into construction. Some of Kiyoshi’s career highlights include the new Maison Radio-Canada in Montreal, QC, Manitoba Hydro Place, BMO Theatre Centre, Toronto Centre for the Arts – Lyric and Greenwin Theatres, Ismaili Centre, and Aga Khan Museum.  DD/MM/YYYY More information


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