Sector: Private Sector
Magic Moment: I studied art history before becoming an architect. The inspiration for this change of course was the Tate Modern in London, England. The transformation of a decommissioned power plant into a world class contemporary art gallery was a feat of architectural genius, but even more powerful was Londoner’s joy brought about by the preservation and re-use of the existing structure.
Key Influence: Joe Lobko – 1. Never settle for less than your best, no matter how painful the process. There are no shortcuts. 2. Dedicate yourself to meaningful work and the payoffs will be endless.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: Toronto is experiencing urban intensification at an unprecedented rate, and the demands on our infrastructure not only to function, but to enhance the quality of life for all residents, are immense. Our streets, parks, and ravine systems are all now rightfully in the spotlight, and appropriate investment needs to be made to ensure these systems are resilient and that they do more for all of us.
Secret Talent: I make excellent pastry.
On Championing Others… Mentoring students through the U of T Alumni Mentorship Program, discussing career options with recent graduates and interns, guest lecturing for universities across Ontario, providing public tours of projects, and volunteering time as a critic in design studios at U of T and Waterloo.
One word that captures you: Industrious