Infill is the future of urban housing. To address affordability, we have to bring more people into existing neighborhoods. What should this look like? We will discuss themes such as mixed social housing, multigenerational living and reclaiming typically unused space for housing.
Brigitte Shim, Principal of Shim Sutcliffe
Brigitte Shim and A. Howard Sutcliffe formed the architectural design practice Shim-Sutcliffe Architects in 1994.
Their critical design practice reflects their shared interest in and passion for the integration and interrelated scales of architecture, landscape, and interior and industrial design.
To date, Shim and Sutcliffe have received fifteen Governor General’s Medals and Awards for architecture as well as an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award, among many other professional accolades.
Their built work includes projects for non-profit groups as well as public and private clients.
Lorcan O'Herlihy, FAIA
Lorcan O'Herlihy, FAIA, is the founder and principal of Lorcan O' Herlihy Architects [LOHA]. Since LOHA's 1994 inception, O'Herlihy has sought opportunities to engage the ever-changing complexities of the urban landscape, embracing the role of architecture as a catalyst of change. His social concerns and fascination with the structure of cities has inspired an exploration of the creative interaction between public and private spaces and an emphasis on social and civic connectivity.
O’Herlihy’s professional pursuits have run in parallel to his academic and intellectual ambitions, enriching and heightening both. He received a Master of Arts in Histories and Theories from the Architectural Association in London, writing a dissertation on social connectivity and generative urban strategies. He has taught and lectured extensively over the last decade, and is currently a Professor at the University of Southern California.
In 2004 the Architectural League of New York selected O’Herlihy as one of the eight “emerging voices” in the United States, and in 2009, he was elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. O’Herlihy’s commitment to design excellence in urbanism, housing, and culture has earned over 100 national and international design awards, including the 2010 AIA Los Angeles Firm of the Year Award, the 2018 AIA California Council Distinguished Practice Award, nomination for the 2021 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, and in 2018 was ranked the #1 design firm in the US by Architect Magazine. He serves on the Board of Directors at Storefront for Art and Architecture, is a licensed architect in California, Michigan, Florida, and North Carolina, and is a GSA Design Excellence Program Peer.
Mazyar Mortazavi, President & CEO, TAS
Over the past 20 years, Mazyar Mortazavi has led the evolution of TAS from a custom home builder to a mixed use developer that engages, designs and invests with intent to build more inclusive, livable cities. A dedicated and determined city-builder, he guides a growing team of passionate experts who push the boundaries, experiment and innovate to solve pressing urban needs. Mazyar’s playbook is simple, live out your passion in everything you do. His commitment to leveraging capital to drive impact and enhancing profitability through community-focused engagement have positioned TAS as a leader in values-focused corporate culture and leadership.
Sarah Wigglesworth, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
Sarah Wigglesworth is an architect with over 30 years’ experience in practice, and is acknowledged as a pioneering influence in British architecture. She has extensive expertise in green and sustainable design, having built her own home, Straw Bale House, out of sustainable materials over 20 years ago. She recently renovated the house to upgrade its environmental credentials and to ensure it was habitable for decades to come.
Her work is characterised by careful theorising of the issues unique to each project and close engagement with clients and users.
In 2003 Sarah Wigglesworth was awarded an MBE for her services to architecture. In 2010 she was made a CABE Commissioner and two years later was awarded Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA.
Many of SWA’s projects are public or community-orientated and her key areas of interest are multi-generational living and the design of communities for later living. Until 2016 Wigglesworth was Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield where she led the DWELL research project designing exemplary neighbourhoods and housing for older people.
She is committed to promoting better representation of women in the profession and is a sought-after speaker globally, and has co-written two books. She graduated from Cambridge University with Distinction in the Diploma in Architecture in 1983 and awarded the Fulbright Fellowship in Architecture in 1991.
Moderator: Alex Bozikovic
Alex Bozikovic is The Globe and Mail's architecture critic. He has also written for Architectural Record, Azure, Dwell and Landscape Architecture Magazine. He is author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide (2017) and co-editor of House Divided (2019). He won the 2019 President’s Medal for Media in Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.