Women in architecture and gender parity in the workplace

According to the AIA, though half of architecture students are women, 1 in 5 would discourage their peers to seek a career in the industry.  Now more than ever, the call of gender parity is more apparent in Canada, with our own Prime Minister committing to creating a more diverse Cabinet.  

Facilitated by former OAA President, Lisa Bate, and participants from women in various levels of their careers at B+H Architects, this 1.5-hour roundtable session will explore the barriers and opportunities of gender equity in architecture and ways to close the gap.

The session will also allow discuss the role we all play in supporting diversity and gender parity in the workplace.

Session Details

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Friday, May 26th, 2017: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU
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Session Speaker(s)

Lisa Bate, B. Arch, Architect PP OAA, AAA, AIBC, Int’l Assoc. AIA, FRAIC, EDAC, F.RESET, PC CaGBC, LEED AP BD+C, ICD.D

LEED Expert and Regional Managing Principal, North America, B+H Architects

Lisa is a thought leader in high-performance sustainable design in both architecture and interior design, with a vast portfolio of global work in commercial, mixed use, healthcare, hospitality, sport and institutional projects. A global ambassador for sustainable design, Lisa is a Board Member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

She has design and project management experience across Canada, China, the US, Caribbean and India. As a leader, Lisa is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canada Green Building Council, B+H’s representative to the United Nations Environmental Protection – Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI),

Past President of the Ontario Association of Architects in Canada, and a past member of the Shanghai Management Committee, Mainland China Urban Land Institute (ULI). From 2012 to 2015 Lisa was based in China as B+H’s Managing Principal, Shanghai and EVP, Asia. Past projects include Columbia Asia Kai Yuan Hospital Retrofit (Shanghai), the Inter Ikea Shopping Centre (Wuhan), AstraZeneca’s Shanghai Phase III development, Bell Canada Creekbank’s Phase 3 (Toronto), Ottawa’s Convention Centre Redevelopment (Ottawa), the Markham Stouffville Hospital redevelopment (Greater Toronto area), the master plan for the Bridgetown Carlisle Bay Development (Barbados) and sports venues for the 2015 Toronto Pan/Parapan American Games including two aquatics centres, a track and field stadium, a soccer and Canadian football facility, one velodrome and various other renovated facilities.

Holly Jordan, OAA, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Associate, B+H Architects

Holly has nearly fifteen (15) years of experience with commercial, institutional and residential projects in Canada and the United States. Drawing on her background in engineering and architecture, she is committed to developing innovative sustainable approaches to design from early conceptual approaches to developed detail solutions. Her roles have included preparation of conceptual design and development, site and environmental analysis, project management, consultant coordination, contract administration and authority submissions.

Amal Madanat, ASQ, CGBC, CanBIM, JEA, WBN

Director of Practice, North America, B+H Architects

Amal has over 20 years of project experience in various market sectors including retail, healthcare, mixed-use, institutional, sports and hospitality. A client-focused BIM Manager, Amal is capable of managing large-scale projects through innovative solutions that keep projects on schedule and on budget. Throughout her career, she has become highly exposed to trends in the Design Build Process, integrated project delivery and technology-driven delivery methods. Her portfolio of BIM project experience includes the 60-storey Massey mixed-use tower in Toronto, a major revitalization of Edmonton’s downtown area, and the 45-storey Icon Tower in Ottawa.

Melissa Mazik,M.Arch., MAARch, B.Arch Sci., MRAIC, LEED AP

Intern Architect, B+H Architects

With over five years of industry experience, Melissa’s work has focused primarily on the intersection of retail with hospitality. With a portfolio including the Rideau Centre in Ottawa, the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Madrid and the Huge Boss store in Toronto, Melissa is skilled at executing both high-end and commercial building designs. Additional experience includes both transportation and infrastructure projects.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

About Us

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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For general information, please contact us at:

  • festival@raic.org 
  • 1-844-856-RAIC ext 200
  • 613-241-3600
  • 330-55 Murray Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M3