Leslie Van Duzer
is the Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she has held teaching positions in a dozen schools of architecture across Europe, Canada and the United States.
Prof. Van Duzer has published three books in collaboration with Kent Kleinman, Dean of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning: Mies van der Rohe: The Krefeld Villas, Villa Muller: A Work of Adolf Loos, and Rudolf Arnheim: Revealing Vision. The two co-authored building monographs on works by Loos and Mies won the “Top 10 Books of the Year” award given by the architects’ journal in London. A fourth book, co-authored with Maria Szadkowska, Adolf Loos: Works in the Czech Lands, accompanies a traveling exhibition. In 2014, Prof. Van Duzer published her fifth book, House Shumiatcher, the first in a series of building monographs on endangered West Coast modern houses. She is currently working on a new book, an examination of the parallels between architecture and magic entitled The Art of Deception.
Prof. Van Duzer’s scholarship has been supported by the Graham Foundation, the annual Arnold W. Brunner Grant, a Dayton-Hudson Fellowship, a Fulbright Research Fellowship and a resident Fellowship in the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Joyce Drohan is and architect, an urbanist and the Director of Urban Design for Perkins+Will in Vancouver. She is recognized for her broad portfolio of major sustainable communities including the Blatchford Redevelopment, winner in 2014 of a Globe Award for Urban Sustainability and a medal in the RAIC’s National Urban Design Awards. Her lead design role in the master planning of Vancouver’s flagship sustainable communities – Southeast False Creek (including the Olympic Village) and East Fraserlands – helped to forge Vancouver’s reputation as an exceptional model for city-building.
Joyce’s work designing and delivering civic, community and residential buildings across Canada has also provided a critical lens for understanding neighbourhood design at the social, political and economic level. She is especially interested in the potential of built form to shape meaningful places expressing the historic, social and cultural aspects of a community. This aspiration is underpinned by a deep commitment to sustainable design, especially related to livability and urban health. She has gained a reputation for effectively advancing this potential in her professional work and as a Board member of the Council for Canadian Urbanism.
Steve McFarlane is a principal with the office of mcfarlane biggar Architects + Designers (omb), based in Vancouver. His professional experience spans 25 years of working with well-respected practices in Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver subsequent to graduating from the Technical University of Nova Scotia with a Masters of Architecture. In 2012, Steve co-founded omb, together with his business partner Michelle Biggar, to concentrate on innovative and forward-thinking projects that enrich the communities they serve. Intentionally multi-disciplinary in its approach, omb focuses on architecture and interior design while also embracing urban design, master-planning, and graphic design. The firm’s history includes local, national and international accolades through a multitude of awards for architecture and interior design. Some of the studio’s current projects include new airport terminal buildings for Terrace and Trail, interiors for the new TELUS head office in Vancouver, several innovative multi-family residential projects throughout the Lower Mainland, expansion and renovation of the Joyce Collingwood Skytrain Station, and design of the new public waterfront for Prince Rupert.
Steve is dedicated to the pursuit of design that responds to the lessons of the past while managing the responsibilities of the future. As an educator, critic, and mentor, he maintains an active voice in the responsible growth of our cities and communities. He feels that the value of simplicity is especially meaningful now, in the new era of sustainability, and strives to create an ethos of honesty and directness in the search for architecture that endures through the rewards of thoughtfulness and restraint.
Kelty McKinnon has a diverse background in landscape architecture, public art and environmental studies which she brings to all of the projects that she manages, researches and designs at PFS. Specializing in projects dealing with the public realm, she is committed to the creation of unique, innovative and meaningful public spaces. Kelty has played a key role in several high profile public realm projects including the international Toronto Harbourfront Competition for which PFS placed second, Lansdowne Park, the Lower Don Lands Precinct Plan, and the West Don Lands Public Realm Plan.
Kelty is also an adjunct professor in the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of British Columbia where she has taught design studios focusing on the production of emergent landscapes that engage environmental and cultural ecologies. Her studios have dealt with the design of cultural precincts, waterfront parks, streetscapes and public plazas.
Brian Wakelin is an architect and co-founder of PUBLIC, a multidisciplinary design practice working at the intersection of architecture and communication media. He has worked in the architectural field for twenty years and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia. He is a generalist and a silo jumper who believes a variety of media can meet the requirements of any project brief, architecture being just one. The studio’s work has earned awards for communication, interior design, landscape, and architectural design. In 2012 PUBLIC was recognized with the AIBC Emerging Firm Award and Western Living’s Arthur Erickson Memorial Award.