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: My first boss was Joe Lobko. He taught me to never settle for less than your best, no matter how painful the process. There are no shortcuts, but if you dedicate yourself to meaningful work the payoffs will sustain you.
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. This pressure for growth and intensification must be balanced with immediate and sustained action on climate change. Prioritizing the health of our planet is imperative in order for any other ambitions to be realized.
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