How can we, as architects, empower ourselves to respond to Canada’s “new economy” and the design needs of a shifting urban fabric?

Together we will examine the role architecture can play in shaping Canada’s “new economy” as it shifts from commodity exports to exporting professional design services. We will explore B+H’s vast legacy of international projects and network of global studios as a case study for this new business model. Similarly, as Canada’s economy continues to shift, so too does the makeup of its urban fabric in response. We will discuss how design and urban planning can effectively respond to Canada’s continuously densifying cities through a strategic focus on mixed-use developments, which create versatile micro-economies and livable communities for people to live, eat, sleep, work, play and heal better.  

Session Details

Session ID: 
Thursday, May 25th, 2017: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU
Venue : 
Les Saison

Session Speaker(s)

Bill Nankivell, BB. Arch, OAA, FRAIC

CEO, B+H Architects

Bill Nankivell is the CEO of B+H Architects, a leading global architecture and design firm with over 60 years of award-winning work. After graduating from the University of Toronto and working for two leading Canadian design firms, Bill joined B+H in 1996 as a partner and was appointed as CEO in 2006.

In his time with the firm he has led growth in the healthcare and higher education sectors and has overseen significant global growth through acquisitions and organic initiatives. Starting with offices in Toronto, B+H now practices in ten studios across North America, Asia, and the Middle East, with over 350 staff globally.

As an ambassador for creating bold and inspiring spaces for people, Bill’s work managing a diverse team of architects, designers, and planners across ten studios has aided in delivering some of the most iconic structures internationally. He has also been instrumental in expanding the firm’s global platform through an emphasis on quality design, technical excellence and client service to guide B+H into the future.

With deep project experience, Bill’s knowledge and passion for the industry resulted in a medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) for Innovation in Architecture for his work on the Beamish-Munro Hall at Queen’s University in 2003, as well as being appointed a Fellow of the RAIC. He was profiled in Canadian Business’s Portraits in Leadership in 2011, and as CEO of the firm he accepted the award for Leadership in Asia-Pacific Trade from HSBC International Business Awards in 2011.

Bill has also served as a keynote speaker at numerous global conferences, particularly in the field of health care facility design, and he has been a member of YPO since 2003.

Patrick Fejér, OAA, RAIC, LEED AP

Design Principal, B+H Architects

Patrick is a Principal and member of the Advisory Council at B+H, and one of the firm’s senior most design leaders. During his 19 years of practice, his range of project locations and typologies has become remarkably diversified.

Directly from completing his education at Cornell with top honours, NBBJ flew Patrick to Los Angeles, where over the course of a single summer his team’s designs grew into five of the largest commissions the firm had ever had.

Amongst these was the Staples Center, which is now home to four major league sports teams. Through his work on the Figueroa Corridor master plan, which in addition to the Staples Center also includes the Ritz Carlton and the Nokia theatre, Patrick was responsible for not only stadium design, but the definition of an entire new urban node. Following the success of these projects in the US, Patrick relocated to Budapest as the head of design for the Four Seasons Gresham Palace, which was to be the beginning of his history of stunning redevelopment projects of historical properties into world-renowned luxury destinations.

Today, Patrick remains a leader in the designs that reshape and define the urban fabric. In addition to the recent completion of such landmark buildings as MaRS Phase 2, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, and Bow Valley Square, Patrick is currently working on the Hotel Tangara Palacio in Sao Paulo, Four Seasons Madrid, and the redevelopment of Bridgetown, Barbados which includes the master plan of an UNESCO World Heritage Neighbourhood into a Luxury Hospitality, Retail and Residential Project.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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