Principal, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
Sector: Private Sector
Heather Dubbeldam is the principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, an award-winning architectural practice based in Toronto. She has been recognized as a leading advocate for sustainable design and the betterment of our built environment. Through her practice and ongoing research in both Canada and Scandinavia, Heather has become an advocate for more progressive design and planning that exemplifies best practices in social and environmental sustainability, climate-positive developments, and urban resilience. She is regularly invited to speak as a thought leader on the subject at schools of architecture, industry events and national conferences. As part of her commitment to bring positive change to sustainable practices in Canada, Heather is also disseminating her studio’s research through a blog, public presentations, and dialogue with policy makers on how to integrate these more innovative approaches into the Canadian mindset. Heather has been recognized as one of the country’s leading architects by Canada’s national newspaper The Globe & Mail and one of 30 “must know” women architects in the world by leading international design publication, Azure magazine. A well-respected architect in Toronto, Heather is known as an advocate for the profession and is active on many boards including as an executive member and past Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects; Director of Twenty + Change, a national organization dedicated to exposing the innovative ideas of emerging Canadian architects; past Vice-Chair of the Design Industry Advisory Committee, a provincial not-for-profit, cross-disciplinary design think tank and research group; and the Chair of the advisory board of BEAT (Building Equality in Architecture Toronto). Heather regularly gives her time to mentoring young professionals and students. She is a mentor through the OAA Intern Architect program, UofT student mentoring events, and BAIDA portfolio reviews. She is the co-editor and author of several publications, including the Toronto Architecture Guide Map and five publications in the Twenty + Change series. Heather is regularly invited to participate on professional and awards juries and as a guest critic at schools of architecture across Canada.