Regenerative Development: Shaping A Positive Future

This session will provide an overview and understanding of regenerative development to illustrate its potency for broadening and reframing design.

The emerging notion of regenerative development emphasizes a co-evolutionary, partnered relationship between humans and nature rather than a managerial one. Importantly, rather than reducing destructive impacts, regenerative approaches see built forms as enabling the full potential of the social and ecological systems in which they are situated. In addition to meeting their functional performance requirements, buildings are equally evaluated by how they add other forms of “value” to the community such as improved social welfare, employment creation, new business opportunities, and strengthened human connections with natural systems. Operationally, regenerative approaches emphasize the co-production of the built environment, greater equality between all stakeholders and, as such, demand more upfront time to discover what is valued.

The session will also introduce the RAIC’s newly formed Committee on Regenerative Environments (CORE) and invite discussion around regenerative capacity-building in Canada.

Session Details

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017: 10:30am - 12:00pm
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Session Speaker(s)

Dr Raymond Cole, FRAIC

Professor, University of British Columbia

Ray Cole is a Professor and past-Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia and the past-Academic Director of UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS). Although his education is in engineering and science, Dr Cole has spent the majority of his career in the field of architectural research and education, and is an Honorary Member of the Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC) and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Dr Cole has received numerous academic and professional awards and distinctions for his research, teaching and leadership activities in the field of green building design and performance assessment. He holds the designation of North American Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor and UBC Distinguished University Scholar. Dr Cole is a past Director member of the Canadian Green Building Council; a Cascadia Fellow; a recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Green Public Service Leadership Award, the AIBC’s Barbara Darymple Memorial Award for Community Service, the Sustainable Buildings Canada’s Life-time Achievement Award and the Canada Green Building Council’s Lifetime Leadership Award. Dr Cole was a recipient of the 2013 World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award.

Jennifer Cutbill, MRAIC, Architect AIBC, LEED GA

Local Practice Architecture and Design

Jennifer is a registered Architect at Local Practice Architecture and Design, and a Regional Director of the RAIC (BC-Yukon).  With a background in architecture, systems ecology, and art history she believes every project is an opportunity for creating nested scales of positive impact for people and place.  As such, her work focuses on whole systems design and change agency; spanning scales and sectors from EV charging pavilions, to large scale urban design, mixed use, higher education, community, and infrastructural projects – the largest to date, being a 1.5 million square foot mixed use adaptive reuse community regeneration project in Memphis Tennessee (prior to joining Local Practice). 

Jennifer is a regular guest critic at UBC’s School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Member of the City of Vancouver’s Creative Advisory for Affordable Housing, Advisor for the Pembina Institute’s Thought Leadership Forum, co-founding Director of the Laboratory for Housing Alternatives, and co-Founder and Executive Director of Vancouver Design Week.

Mona Lemoine, MRAIC, Architect AIBC, MAA, LFA, LEED AP BD + C

Architect, McLennan Design

Mona is a registered Architect at McLennan Design, an architecture and planning design practice that uses an ecological perspective to drive design creativity, registered in Washington State. With a career firmly rooted is design and the built environment, she is devoted to playing an active role in creating a positive impact in the world and enjoys inspiring others to do the same!

In addition to professional practice, Mona was a founding Director of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, Executive Director of Cascadia Green Building Council, a bioregional non-profit, and Vice-President Education + Events for the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) where she was responsible for curating and producing the organizations signature event. She has volunteered her time on advisory boards, has been a guest lecturer / critic and is now developing a course on Regenerative Design and Development for BCIT. She is also involved in the development and launch of McLennan Design`s affiliate organizations the School of Regenerative Design (SORD) and the Green Warrior Society. Mona is based in Vancouver and has had the opportunity to live, work and study in Venezuela, Japan and Chile. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish and is hanging on to what she now refers to as survival Japanese!


Martin Nielsen, MRAIC, Architect AIBC, PEng, LEED AP

Principal, DIALOG

A registered architect and mechanical engineer, Martin brings over twenty-five years of experience and leadership to DIALOG’s urban design, mixed-use development, higher education, and transportation projects. He is very passionate about developing sustainable design solutions that are socially, economically, and environmentally responsible. 

Martin’s recent project work includes the planning of a LEED Platinum community for the University of Calgary Development Trust and the design and construction of a new UBC Campus Energy Centre targeting LEED Gold. Prior to joining DIALOG Martin led the design and construction of UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS); a LEED® Platinum certified and Living Building, education and research facility, considered one of the greenest institutional projects in North America.

He has taught at the UBC School of Architecture and Faculty of Engineering and has served as chair of the UBC Advisory Urban Design Panel. He is also serving on the Squamish Nation Advisory Design Panel and has served as Chair on the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel.


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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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