Jayashri (Jay) Deshmukh
Associate Principal, Arcadis
Sector: Private Sector
An award-winning architect with over 20 years of experience, Jay is recognized for thought leadership and design excellence in institutional architecture of varied scales in Canada and overseas. Currently a Design Lead in IBI Group’s Learning+ Studio, Jay leads the design, strategic thinking and planning for higher education projects, and engages meaningfully with clients, stakeholders and authorities to define and implement the strategic vision of the project through place-centric design. Her most prominent projects in the City of Toronto include the Student Centre at York University, the Jane Sheppard Public Library and the addition and renovation at Credit Valley Hospital. She has experience in both design and project management for new and existing structures of varied typologies, scales and complexity. Over the course of the pandemic, she has embarked on a design research project to speculate on the future of campus through extensive interviews with faculty, students and staff at institutions across the globe. This ongoing research on the post-pandemic campus has been published extensively and made her a frequent speaker advancing thought-leadership and campus design. Her recent advocacy has also led her engage actively with Equity, Diversity and Inclusion groups at IBI Group, ULI Toronto and the Textile Museum. She is deeply engaged
in the arts and design community in Toronto as a member of the Board of Trustees at the Textile Museum of Canada, and as a frequent guest critic and lecturer at design schools.