Network 2016

Page 1


Contents Welcome 2 Around the Faculty 7 Connectivity 53 Events & Public Outreach 73 Awards 91


N E T W O R K is an annual publication of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Environmental Design Program Department of Architecture Department of City Planning Department of Interior Design Department of Landscape Architecture PhD in Design and Planning The Faculty of Architecture aspires to offer widely recognised and highly valued design and planning undergraduate and graduate programs that promote a respectful, collegial, interdisciplinary culture of teaching, scholarship, and service within the University and beyond. N E T W O R K is circulated to Faculty of Architecture alumni all over the world, and professional and industry firms throughout Western Canada. N E T W O R K welcomes articles, comments, and information related to issues affecting the design community. To update your mailing address please contact mail Alumni Association Inc. of the University of Manitoba Unit 200-137 Innovation Drive Winnipeg, MB R3T 5Y3 email online produced by text editors graphic editors

Faculty of Architecture Lisa Landrum & Brandy O’Reilly Liane Lanzar & Brandy O'Reilly

N E T W O R K is also available in PDF format at : N E T W O R K 2016 (2015-2016)

02 Faculty Reports 16 Student Work 40 Partners Program 52 Connectivity 68 Events & Outreach 84 Awards



Faculty Reports LETTER FROM THE INTERIM DEAN DEPARTMENT SUMMARIES Environmental Design Program Department of Architecture Department of City Planning Department of Interior Design Department of Landscape Architecture

Letter from the Interim Dean Jonathan Beddoes | Appropriately I am putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) for this Network contribution one year to the day after becoming Interim Dean of the Faculty of Architecture. As you may be aware, I am also the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba and have frequently opened my comments at various events with the statement that I am proud to be the Dean of Engineering. I am pleased to unequivocally state that after one year as Interim Dean of Architecture, I am equally proud to be the Interim Dean of Architecture and honoured to have the opportunity to represent the Faculty. This pride and honour does not emanate from anything that I have done, but rather from the outstanding accomplishments of all those associated with the Faculty of Architecture, some of which are described in the pages of this Network. During this last year I have felt welcomed to a Faculty that has a rich history, but is also forward looking in its approach to teaching, learning, research and scholarly activities both within and external to the University. Some might characterize me as a stuffy old engineer, but I am convinced that the last year has proven, at least to me, that even after all these years, I can still appreciate and even adopt new ideas and perspectives. I thank everyone involved with the Faculty of Architecture who knowingly, or unwittingly, guided me through this adoption. Certainly, today I am more optimistic about the future of the Faculty than I was one year ago. This last year has been one of considerable change and challenge for the Faculty. Obvious to all of us inside the Faculty is the change brought about by the retirement of Robbin Watson, the long term Faculty Business

Manager. Knowing Robbin’s exceptional contribution to the running of the Faculty and her skill at keeping us on an even keel, I will admit to a momentary state of shock and fear when Robbin announced her retirement. I am pleased that Robbin seems to have seamlessly made the transition to enjoying retirement, but her guidance is still frequently missed in the Faculty. Last year I was grateful to Dr. Marcella Eaton agreeing to extend her term as Associate Dean (Academic) and Chair of the Environmental Design program to the end of 2015 prior to taking a welldeserved leave. In six and a half years as Associate Dean and Program Chair Dr. Eaton brought a well-recognized passion and drive to advancing the Environmental Design Program. I am equally grateful to Dr. Karen Wilson Baptist for succeeding Dr. Eaton in this position; particularly with the realization of having to work with an Interim Dean from a differing educational background. Likewise, I am pleased that Dr. Richard Milgrom has returned from a research leave to continue as the Associate Dean (Research), as well as returning as Head of the Department of City Planning, which enjoyed outstanding leadership from Dr. Rae Bridgman during his absence. A year ago on assuming the position of Interim Dean I made a presentation to the Faculty summarizing some challenges, asking some questions related to our future directions and inviting comments from all concerned. I was thrilled to receive many comments, and these guided productive discussions at two Faculty Retreats in December 2015 and February 2016, from which the elements of a pathway forward have begun to emerge. In the upcoming year, Faculty Retreats will continue to define the way forward, with discussion focussed on

specific program enhancements, but already significant progress has been achieved. Aided by revised terms of reference and membership, the Environmental Design Program Advisory Committee (EDPAC) reviewed the preliminary year curriculum of the Environmental Design program, with a series of refinements now approved by Faculty Council for introduction in the 2017/18 academic year. Going forward, with input from across the Faculty and discussion at Faculty Retreats, EDPAC will focus attention on renewal of the Environmental Design second to fourth year program. Considerable attention directed to rejuvenation of the Ph.D. program in Design and Planning is beginning to yield results. A Doctoral Studies Committee has been approved by Faculty Council, and based on the hard work of the precursor to this Committee, the Ph.D. program structure has been updated. I believe particular thanks are due to Drs. Landrum and Milgrom who have devoted considerable productive time to this endeavour. This internal progress allows a new Ph.D. student to start studies this fall and I look forward to the success of this student, but as importantly, the additional dimension that a rejuvenated Ph.D. program will bring to our Faculty research and scholarship. During the upcoming year effort will be put toward attracting additional top calibre Ph.D. students. The Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST) is a unique laboratory and prototyping facility that has a history of research on materials, tools and building methods that over the years has sought to uniquely contribute to the education of architects, engineers and designers. Building on this rich history, over the last year a CAST


Photo by Jenn Yablonowski

Committee with membership from both Architecture and Engineering faculty members sought to identify ways in which CAST can comprehensively support the educational and research programs of the Faculty of Architecture, as well as promote interdisciplinary collaborations with students and researchers form other disciplines at the University of Manitoba. A first outcome of this endeavour is the hiring into a new position of a CAST Coordinator/Technician who will be responsible for overall management of the CAST facility and integration of the facility into Faculty programs. I look forward to imaginative outcomes from the work of students and researchers in CAST. The success of the Faculty of Architecture is linked to the support received from our extended family of alumni, professional associations and partners. In the last year the Partners Program has again added an important dimension to Faculty endeavours through sponsorship of the Partner-inResidence and supporting a Warning

Hut project that involved students from both the Faculties of Architecture and Engineering, both described elsewhere in this Network. The Faculty continues participation in the University of Manitoba Front & Centre campaign with the result that in the last year donors have generously supported new existing endowed scholarships and bursaries that will provide an additional $75,000 per year in student support. On behalf of the entire Faculty, thank you for continued interest and support of our students and programs. 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Environmental Design program and its predecessor the Environmental Studies program. Homecoming 2016 will mark the beginning of our celebration of this milestone and recognition of the 3016 graduates from Environmental Studies/ Design. As outlined elsewhere in this Network, this celebration will continue throughout this academic year with a wind up at Homecoming 2017. I hope to have the opportunity to meet as many of you as possible as part of the anniversary

events or throughout this celebratory year. So that this anniversary has a lasting impact on students a 50th Anniversary Environmental Design Scholarship has been established. If you are interested in helping to build this scholarship, please do not hesitate to contact me. • Jonathan Beddoes, Ph.D., P.Eng. Interim Dean, Faculty of Architecture Professor and Dean of Engineering University of Manitoba



Environmental Design

Ashley Vinsky, ED4 IE, pg. 20


Karen Wilson Baptist | This September, the Faculty of Architecture celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Design Program. We look forward to commemorating this occasion with graduates from the past and students of the present day. Anniversaries are times of celebration, a fitting time to reflect on the successes of the past and to consider a vision for the future. A colleague recently reminded me that the ideals of the Environmental Design Program remain copacetic with the philosophy of the American theorist, designer and inventor, Buckminster Fuller. Fuller argues for a design education that is broad, multidisciplinary and engaged with the problems of the world. Students, in his view, must be prepared to take on “the supreme initiative in the conscious and comprehensive formulation of mankind’s (sic) critical participation in universal evolution.” The Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu observed, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” 2 Currently many Environmental Design students take their first steps in one of the three courses offered by the Faculty of Architecture within the University One Program: Introduction to Environmental Design, Visual Literacy and History of Culture, Ideas and Environment (1 & 2). Sessional instructors Scott Barham, Jeff Garcia, and Rob Kovitz are the

first representatives of the Faculty that the students encounter. Next is formal admission into the Environmental Design Program. Scott Barham coordinates the dynamic two-week Urban Media Lab that inaugurates studies at the ED2 level. Sessional instructors, Scott Barham, Jeff Garcia, Dean Leith, Maria Mavridis, and Liz Wreford Taylor, and full-time members of the Environmental Design Program, Mohamad T. Araji, Jae Sung Chon, Alyssa Schwann, and Kim Wiese tutored the 103 students admitted in 2015-2016 academic year. Teaching is not the only responsibility of educators; our pedagogy is in a constant state of renewal due to on-going research, creative scholarship and design practice. Congratulations to Alyssa Schwann for her publication “Developing Place: Imagining Future Communities in Northern Canada.” In Emerging Practices: Inquiry into the Developing, edited by Jin Ma, Davide Fassi, and Yongqi Lou, 4557. Shanghai, China: Tongji University Press, 2015. Alyssa also presented the paper “Transformations in Northern Canada: Imagining Future Communities” at Transformations 2015, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm, Sweden, in October of 2016. Alyssa was a member of the only panel representing the Arctic at the conference. For Kim Weise, one of the highlights of the year was the Fabrigami Warming Hut project, co-led by Kim,

Lancelot Coar and Jason Hare. The project was a multi-disciplinary research project that explored the potential use of the built and natural environment to shape a temporary structure for the frozen river trail of the Forks. The team included the participation of students from across the Faculty of Architecture as well as Caitlin Mueller at MIT, and Lars De Laet at Vrije University. Mohamad Araji served with 14 renowned scholars and academic specialists as a member of the Advisory Group for the 2015 Solar Decathlon international design-build competition through NexusHaus in Irvine, California. The Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program and joint venture between the schools of Architecture and Engineering from Technische Universitat Muenchen (Germany) and The University of Texas at Austin (USA) that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. Jae-Sung Chon’s creative activity included curatorial works, design works and writings. His curatorial works includes four major shows (Fit Nations, BUILD, Trans-Plan 2016, and CSLA) at the Architecture 2 Gallery of the Faculty of Architecture, as the Director of A2G and a number of public exhibitions at MAKE gallery. His design works include Y-House, a multi-family housing in Seoul Korea and Kimchi Sushi South, a Japanese


Evan McPherson, ED4 L+U, pg. 22

Restaurant in Winnipeg. His writings include critical reviews of professional works: “Real-ness & Now-ness” on PATKAU Architects, and “The Resonance Yard in a Civic Realm” a review of works of 5468796, both in multiple issues of SPACE Magazine, in Korea. Special recognition goes to Jeff Garcia, a beloved instructor in first and second year environmental courses and design studio. Jeff received his Bachelor of Interior Design in 2004 and has taught in the Faculty of Architecture for over ten years. It is fitting that Jeff received the Carl Nelson Teaching Award (Faculty of Architecture) in 2011 and was a Students’ Teacher Recognition Recipient (University of Manitoba) in 2013 for his impassioned dedication to design education. We congratulate Jeff on his acceptance into the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media, and Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design and wish him well as he begins his studies there. For students, the journey through the Environmental Design Program is completed at graduation. This year at the 137th convocation of the University of Manitoba, 88 students were conferred with the degree Bachelor of Environmental Design. Two awards are presented at the Spring Convocation, the University Gold Medal for the student with the highest standing in the final two years of their undergraduate program and

the Dan Muir Memorial Award, presented to a student with an outstanding ability in design. Congratulations to Ashley Rose Keldani, the first Environmental Design Architecture Masters Preparatory Program (ED/AMP) student to obtain the University Gold Medal and to Ainsley Johnston, the 2015-2016 recipient of the Dan Muir Memorial Award. The University of Manitoba Strategic Plan “Taking Our Place,” charges the academy with providing an “exceptional student experience” and indeed as I watch the students cross the stage and grasp the hand of the University Chancellor, I observe the elation with which they receive their degree and I listen to the pride their families express through cheers and exuberant applause. It is clear that they have indeed experienced an exceptional educational experience at the Faculty of Architecture. Through social media such as Instagram and Facebook, I witness the equally exceptional nature of their post-BED lives – triumphs and set-backs, professional accomplishments and public recognition, travel, the joys of partnerships and children, the sorrows that a life well-lived inevitably presents. I know that their education here has served them well, providing the knowledge, skills and abilities appropriate to higher education and to professional life, as well as resilience, tenacity and fortitude

– qualities that they will require everyday. The problems that our graduates face are wicked, and the allegiances they will forge to conquer them will be diverse, inclusive, and equitable. The nimble minds fostered in the Environmental Design Program prepare them well for Fuller’s “critical participation in universal evolution.” • 1. Buckminster Fuller, The Comprehensive Man,” in The Buckminster Fuller Reader, ed. James Meller (London: Jonathan Cape, 1970), 317. 2. British Broadcast Company, “Learning English: Moving Words.” Accessed June 5, 2016. worldservice/learningenglish/movingwords/shortlist/laotzu. shtml 3. University of Manitoba, Taking Our Place: University of Manitoba Strategic Plan 2015-2020. Accessed June 5, 2016 4. Buckminister Fuller, “The Comprehensive Man,” in The Buckminster Fuller Reader, ed. James Meller (London: Jonathan Cape, 1970), 317.

Karen Wilson Baptist, Ph.D.

Associate Dean Academic, Chair, Environmental Design Program Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture Environmental Design Program Mohamad T. Araji, Ph.D Assistant Professor Jae-Sung Chon Instructor II Alyssa Schwann Assistant Professor Kim Wiese Instructor II



Department of

Sakshi Misra, M ARCH, pg. 24

Architecture Carlos Rueda | I write these lines one year after assuming the headship of our Department of Architecture (DoA). It has been a time of discovery and progressive understanding of the unique qualities and pedagogical refinement that characterize our approach to architectural education. I cannot extend in all relevant aspects our educational model, but I would like to highlight a few which, I believe, are central to our unique identity: the architecture studio and architectural representation. The architecture studio is the core of architectural education: the place where theory and praxis converge in the activity of world-making. The studio is the closest educational space to the millenary tradition of apprenticeship. This is logically not new or unique to our architecture programs at the DoA. Our studios at the DoA nevertheless carry a high value, being sites of exploration for original and relevant disciplinary themes and repositories of pertinent architectural research. The themes or topics developed in the studio environment extend as well to society as a whole, and prepare our students for meaningful and ethical professional practice. One significant aspect related to the practices of our studios is representation. In our

case, representation is consciously and creatively a form of architectural research, not merely communication of predefined ideas. Our students explore, discover and learn through making: working with different media from the analog, hands-on, to the digital. Our studios are true workshops. Theory and technology nurture this endeavor of architectural world-making. Our topics courses, very contemporary and intense in format, are an excellent vehicle to complement and provide exploratory depth to our core studio-based formative process. I feel very proud to be part of our academic community and proudly say we have an outstanding group of instructors and a pertinent selection of exploratory subjects. My colleagues are passionate re s e a rc h e r s i n d i v e r s e w a y s a n d subjects, actively involved in creative endeavors, and always updating their knowledge. Briefly I want to report, albeit incompletely, on some of their research and creative activities, and scholarly work. Lisa Landrum had a productive year. A number of publications came to light, including several book chapters and journal articles. Last November she presented current research on the theatricality of architectural theory

at Leeds University in the UK. This past summer Lisa commenced new research on University Campuses for a forthcoming book by Princeton University Press on Canadian architecture 19672017. As part of this research, she visited a dozen universities and five archives across Canada and worked with two Undergraduate Research award winners (Dana Veisman and Ilana Elbaze). Ralph Stern is currently conducting research on his scheduled Administrative Leave. Over the past year, he has continued to deepen his engagement with Indigenous Design issues as outlined in the Network essay entitled “Indigenizing the Curriculum� of 20142015. Together with Marcella Eaton, he conducted the first Interdisciplinary Indigenous Design Studio in conjunction with the University of New Mexico and the community of Navajo in Navajo Nation. Results of that Studio were exhibited at Migizii Agamik and presented to the Red Lake Chapter of Navajo Nation in January of 2016. They are currently being assembled for publication by the University of New Mexico. Lancelot Coar helped to lead the Faculty of Architecture Warming Huts team to produce a unique fabric and ice origami shell structure entitled Fabrigami.


Sarah Stasiuk, M ARCH, pg. 26

This project was a collaboration with researchers from Vrije University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and resulted in one of the world’s largest free standing fabric and ice structures ever created. Eduardo Aquino’s ongoing research on beachscapes and public space has guided the design of a series of cabanas for the Forks Beach in downtown Winnipeg, to be installed in the fall. In collaboration with 1x1 architecture, Aquino has been shortlisted for the Lord Stanley’s Gift monument national competition at the Sparks Street Mall in Ottawa. Eduard Epp co-chaired the Faculty of Architecture Atmosphere 8 symposium with Profs. Alyssa Schwann and Richard Perron. It was titled: WATER+. The symposium addressed the idea of working with water instead of against it – by design. The ambition was to advance understanding of water and spatial occupation through the intersecting themes of: design; community; ecology, and economy. Herbert Enns led three field Trips related to courses in the Faculty over the past year. The work from Enns’ Interdisciplinary Summer Course in Iceland co-organized with Tanis Paul was

exhibited first at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in November of 2015 and then at MAKE in Winnipeg for the spring of 2016. Herbert Enns is Chair of the Editorial Board for MOSAIC: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. He completed his fourth year of a multiyear secondment to the University of Winnipeg as the Director of the CISCO Innovation Centre for Collaborative Technologies. Neil Minuk, one constant collaborator already very familiar to us for his teaching and participation of our academic activities as Sessional Instructor, has now joined our team in his capacities as Tenure-Track Assistant Professor; we welcome him and celebrate his new position. Terri Fuglem has returned from a more than deserved Research Leave after years of hard work as Acting Head of our department. While on leave, Professor Fuglem was invited to Yellowknife to act as a panelist in a three-member jury for the inaugural NWTAA (Northwest Territories Association of Architects) Architecture and Photography Awards. While in Yellowknife, Fuglem was also invited to present a lecture on a theme related to the north to the NWTAA.

Fuglem’s lecture, entitled “Tiny Farms for Northern Climes,” discussed experimental “building-integrated” interior hydroponic and aquaponic vegetable and microgreen gardens as an alternative to open land farms and greenhouses. I would like to conclude this summary highlighting the support and good advice received from my colleagues, in transiting to my new position as Head. My heartfelt gratitude goes to them and all the members of the administrative staff of the Faculty of Architecture. •

Carlos Rueda, Ph.D. Head, and Associate Professor Department of Architecture Department of Architecture Eduardo Aquino, Ph.D Associate Professor Lancelot Coar Associate Professor Herbert Enns Professor Eduard Epp Associate Professor Terri Fuglem Associate Professor Lisa Landrum, Ph.D Associate Professor Neil Minuk Assistant Professor Ian Macdonald Professor Emeritus Ralph Stern Professor



Derek Yau, M CP, pg. 28

Department of

City Planning Rae Bridgman | The Department of City Planning congratulates Dr. Ian Wight (Senior Scholar) on being inducted into the CIP (Canadian Institute of Planners) College of Fellows -- the highest honour for a planner in Canada. Long-time friend of our program Chris Leach (a Manitoba Local Government planner and mentor for our students) has also been inducted. On the research front… Dr. Janice Barry - Routledge published her new book Planning for Coexistence? Recognizing Indigenous Rights through Land-Use Planning (co-author Dr. Libby Porter, from RMIT University in Australia). She also has a chapter in The Participatory City (ed. Yasminah Beebeejaun) and is exploring new research opportunities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr. Rae Bridgman - Two illustrated books for young adults featuring open-verse long poems about homelessness in Toronto are hot off the press – Angel: Homeless in Toronto and Jimmy Tattoo: Homeless on the Streets of Toronto. Dr. Orly Linovski - Her SSHRC-funded research continues to explore bus rapid transit and urban development potential. Her recent work on professional urban design expertise has been published in

the Journal of Planning Education and Research and in Spatializing Politics: Essays on Power and Place (Harvard University Press). Dr. Richard Milgrom - A one-year leave in Edinburgh was spent building networks with others engaged in age-friendly and dementia-supportive initiatives, and exploring educational opportunities for our graduate students. He co-presented a paper “Age-friendly Cities and Regions: Engaging older adults, producing socially sustainable communities” at the Urban Planning and Environment Symposium in Lisbon, Portugal. Dr. David van Vliet - During his six-month leave, he travelled to cities in Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and across Canada. He documented examples of multi-functional, intensive land use and urban green infrastructure (particularly storm water management) for enhancing urban resilience to climate change. Our graduate students have been kept busy with their studio projects: City 7410 - Planning Design Studio 1 ( t a u g h t b y D r. O r l y L i n o v s k i ) Students worked in collaboration with CentreVenture, a City of Winnipeg development agency, to develop

proposals for the South Main Street Corridor. Students focused on issues of housing, stormwater management and transportation for the area, and drew on input from municipal, non-profit and business-sector stakeholders. City 7420 - Planning Design Studio 2 (taught by Dr. David van Vliet) The City-Region Studio worked again with the Partnership of the Manitoba Capital Region (PMCR) on the theme “Critical Infrastructure and Planning for Regional Resiliency.” Students studied comparative metro region form, evaluating metro region plans, undertaking GIS analysis, and reviewing provincial land use policies, together with a workshop on subdivision planningdesign. They also helped to facilitate an event involving a Dutch delegation of experts on water, wastewater, and waste to resource technology. City 7440 - Planning Design Studio 4 (taught by Dr. Janice Barry) The Indigenous Planning Studio continued to work with several Manitoba First Nations, on planning projects identified by the community. Students have worked with Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, which is considering urban planning and development opportunities for



Ryan Segal, M CP, pg. 30

their Treaty Land Entitlements. We welcomed a new partner, Long Plain First Nation, which has embarked on a community planning process for its reserve lands. Students have also worked with Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation in northern Manitoba on a land use plan for its traditional territories. Below are just a few examples of recently completed graduate research and where our graduates are working now: • Lea (Rempel) Hastie (Planning and Design Specialist at Chris Werner Consulting Inc., Winnipeg, MB): Caring for Those Who Once Cared for Us: Dementia-Friendly Planning for a Winnipeg, Manitoba Winter • Rakvinder Hayer (Planning Consultant, Richard Wintrup & Associates, Winnipeg, MB): Collaborative Planning with New Immigrants • Ryan Gilmore (Associate Planner, City of Surrey, BC): Industrial Land Intensification: What Is It and How Can It Be Measured? • V a n e s s a S c a r o l a ( P l a n n e r , Scatliff+Miller+Murray Inc., Winnipeg, MB): Reaching the Unreachable: Social Planning in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and Winnipeg’s North End, Canada

• Ryan Segal (Junior Planner, MMM Group, Winnipeg, MB): Playfinding: Child-Friendly Wayfinding as a Tool for Children’s Independent Mobility in the Exchange District of Winnipeg, Manitoba Check out the new alumni profiles on our website: architecture/programs/cityplanning/ AlumniProfilesCP.html •CHAPTER 5 | 80 **For other Department of City Planning news, please “like” our Facebook page** h t t p s : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / faumcityplanning

Rae Bridgman, Ph.D. Department of City Planning, Acting Head and Professor

Department of City Planning William Ashton Adjunct Professor Sheri Blake, Ph.D SeniorFIGURE Scholar 38: Study Area Sig Janice Barry, Ph.D Assistant Professor Mario Carvalho, Ph.D Professor Emeritus Gerald H. Couture Adjunct Professor Jino Distasio Adjunct Professor Christopher Leo Adjunct Professor Orly Linovski, Ph.D Assistant Professor David Linton Adjunct Professor Shauna MacKinnon Adjunct Professor Linda McFadyen Adjunct Professor Richard Milgrom, Ph.D Associate Professor Jeannette Montufar Cross-Appointment (Civil Engeneering) James Platt Adjunct Professor Ian Skelton, Ph.D Senior Scholar Jean Trottier Cross-Appointment (LA) David van Vliet, Ph.D Associate Professor Ian Wight, Ph.D Senior Scholar


Umid Abdullaev, M ID, pg. 32

Department of

Interior Design Kelley Beaverford | Last year got off to a good start when AZURE magazine named our Masters of Interior Design program as one of eight top-ranking programs in the world. The jury noted the high caliber of the faculty members and the outstanding students that are attracted to our department. Let’s take a look at some the highlights to see where things went from there. The themes of the travel and crossing borders appeared in many of our courses. In the summer months, Dr. Susan Close taught Traveling Concepts in Photography. The interdisciplinary elective took place over a two-week p e r i o d in Montre al, Ot t a w a , a nd Winnipeg. It concluded with an innovative exhibition of student work. Our Pre-masters and Interior Environment 3 & 4 classes welcomed exchange students from Belgium, Brazil,

and Germany. The students shared broad perspectives on design while learning about other parts of the world. Our undergraduate students created an impressive body of work with the help of many excellent professors, instructors, and teaching assistants. The MID Studio 1 examined crosscultural design by working on a Buddhist meditation and environmental centre in Sri Lanka. By working with Sri Lankan nationals and mentors from Architects Without Borders, the students strengthened their global design skills. The MID 2 & 3 studios took some time out for travel. Led by Professor Tijen Roshko, participants in the MID 2 Studio explored Istanbul to learn about sacred spaces. The MID Studio 3 had cuttingedge workplace design in mind when they traveled to London with Dr. Lynn Chalmers. Both groups returned to

Winnipeg with new ideas and greater understanding of how context informs design. Nine students graduated with a Masters of Interior Design degree this year. Their work explored issues from global warming to immigration and almost everything in between. I encourage you to visit our website to see the practicum and thesis projects of the recent graduates. Our Department members were also productive in the areas of research and service. Dr. Lynn Chalmers received her doctoral degree from Ryerson/ York Universities in Communications and Culture and served on the board of Alliance of Canadian Interior Design Educators. Professor Tijen Roshko made progress in her studies at the Technical University of Delft. Dr. Susan Close was invited to a session at the National Gallery of Canada on a written


Stephanie Prouse M ID, pg. 34

history of photography and published several new articles. Dr. Cynthia Karpan is in the process of writing a book on programming interior environments. Professor Nancy Maruca has made progress in her studies on lighting and materials. Dr. Shauna Mallory-Hill is currently engaged in several research projects concerned with the impact of the built environment on health and wellness. She also served on the board of EDRA. Finally, my work continues to explore humanitarian design through writing, teaching, and service as the Executive Director of Architects Without Borders Canada. On a personal note, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to another successful year for the Department of Interior Design. I look forward to seeing where we will go (with and without travel) in the upcoming year. •

Kelley Beaverford Department of Interior Design, Acting Head and Associate Professor Department of Interior Design Lynn Chalmers, Ph.D, Associate Professor Susan Close, Ph.D Associate Professor Michael Cox Dean Emeritus Cynthia Karpan, Ph.D Associate Professor Shauna Mallory-Hill , Ph.D Assistant Professor Nancy Maruca Associate Professor Tijen Roshko Associate Professor



Department of

Landscape Architecture Alan Tate | Probably the most noteworthy occurrence during academic year 2015-16 was the retirement at 31 August 2015 of Ted McLachlan after thirty-five years as a member of department faculty. Although Ted was appointed Senior Scholar from 1 September 2015, his absence from the full-time faculty at a time when the university administration has put a virtually ubiquitous freeze on hiring new faculty, has been a serious loss. On the upside, Jean Trottier was promoted to the position of Associate Professor with effect from 1 April 2016; Straub Thurmayr Landscape Architects and Urban Designers (Professors Dietmar Straub and Anna Thurmayr) received an Award of Merit in the Premier’s Design Awards in October 2015 for their project Folly Forest; Alan Tate and Marcella Eaton’s Great City Parks (2015 – Second Edition) won the UK Landscape Institute Award for Landscape Research

and Policy for 2015, and Alan Tate was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. The investiture took place during the CSLA Annual Congress, held in Winnipeg from 23 to 25 June. A number of alumni from the Master of Landscape Architecture program have been commendably active in organizing the Congress. We also commend various alumni who were recognized in the Premier’s Design Awards, including: • HTFC Planning and Design – Award of Excellence for Landscape Architecture for Millennium Library Park • Scatliff + Miller + Murray – Award of Merit for Landscape Architecture for Central Park Redevelopment • Suzy Melo and Meaghan Hunter Award of Excellence for Small Projects for Popple garden at Grand-Metis Quebec. The MLA Program continues to be covered by the full six-year accreditation

Garth Woolison, M LA, pg. 38

from the CSLA Accreditation Council following a review in March 2015. A review of curriculum commenced in academic year 2015-16 in response to recommendations in that Report. Seventeen students graduated from the MLA program in 2015-16, including Shannon Loewen, who was nominated as the University of Manitoba Olmsted Scholar for 2015-16. Significant departmental events during the academic year included: • two-week Europe Field Studies trip for incoming Landscape + Urbanism Option and MLA 1 students, led by Professor Richard Perron with Rob Zonneveld and Leanne Muir, visiting seminal urban landscape projects in Paris, Amsterdam and London. This took place at the beginning of the Fall Term 2015 and is scheduled again for this Fall Term • I nterdisciplinary Indigenous Design studio led by Professor Marcella Eaton


Omar De Mesa, M LA, pg. 36

and Professor Ralph Stern (Department of Architecture), included site visits to New Mexico and collaboration with the landscape architecture program at the University of New Mexico • Professor Brenda Brown took a group of second-year MLA and ED 4 L+U option studio students to visit her research and planting work in Mexico in October 2015 • Professor Alan Tate and Rob Zonneveld took a group of MLA and ED 4 L+U option studio students to Vancouver in January 2016 to study urban forestry as part of ED Studio 6. Seven students from Professor Brenda Brown’s MLA and ED 4 L+U option studio had presentation abstracts accepted for the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina from 18 to 21 May 2016. Six students attended. Two gave 6-minute presentations (“shorts”) and four presented posters. Two, Yi

Zheng and Megan Foster, tied for the best student poster award from over 60 posters that were presented. We were delighted to learn in June 2016 that the entry to URBAN ARBORETA: Transforming Ground International Student Design Competition for tree nursery and planting proposals in central Philadelphia, submitted by MLA students Omar De Mesa, Vince Tang with BED graduate Eric Wong was one of the winning projects. The team was advised by Professors Dietmar Straub and Anna Thurmayr. The process, which is intended to lead to implementation can be followed on-line at http://www. •

Alan Tate, Ph.D. Department of Landscape Architecture Head and Professor Department of Landscape Architecture Brenda Brown Assistant Professor Marcella Eaton, Ph.D Associate Professor Ted McLachlan Senior Scholar Richard Perron, Ph.D Professor Alex Rattray Professor Emeritus Dietmar Straub Associate Professor Charlie Thomsen Professor Emeritus Anna Thurmayr Associate Professor Jean Trottier Assistant Professor Karen Wilson Baptist, Associate Professor Ph.D




Environmental Design Year 4 class photo

Student Work ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN YEAR 4 Ben Greenwood - Architecture Option Ashley Vinsky - Interior Environments Option Evan McPherson - Landscape + Urbanism Option M2 ARCHITECTURE Sakshi Misra Sarah Stasiuk M2 CITY PLANNING Ryan Segal Derek Yau M2 INTERIOR DESIGN Umid Abdullaev Stephanie Prouse M2 LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Omar De Mesa Garth Woolison




Ben Greenwood | PROJECT MANIFESTO: This project exists within the Pirates and Farmers Studio and so is best understood as a response to its proposed brief. The brief asks one to confront one’s own personal biases through a change in context. This work is driven by the idea that one’s personal bias, has value and, when faced with a new context, works to create a subjective understanding of a foreign site. Such an understanding stems from experience, and so should be used to inform a meaningful architecture. I believe architecture should privilege the experiential and sensorial realms. These realms are informed by and inform one’s understanding of a site. Forces exist within and shape a site. Architecture should serve to mediate psyche and site. It should make tangible the subjective realities of a place. These beliefs form my personal bias, and are informed by both preconceived ideas and research done this term. PROJECT BASIS: Defined by an unbroken horizon, the farmlands of southern Manitoba are vast. In Beausejour, the ground is not only vast but also listless, constantly shifting via the activities of the town and the ground’s own natural phenomena. Around the town’s perimeter, the ground is tilled, moving as a consequence

of the production of grain. When dry, the ground is blown across the fields as dust. In the winter, the ground is marked with the tracks of power sleds and ice car races. Glass Lake, located at the town’s centre, is the product of excavation, mined for its silica sand for the glassworks factory. Later, the material would be used in the brickworks, which would inhabit the same site. At the town’s museum, Pioneer Village, farming equipment is dug from fields and put on display. Similarly, the rock shop digs for valued minerals for sale. The idea of a listless or shifting ground incited a narrative within which the architectural implications of such ideas could be explored. A farm 5 km north of Beausejour was chosen as a site, as it was undeveloped – one of the few lots lacking a permanent settlement. PROJECT INTENT: This project looked to construct a farmstead for a farmer unnerved by the vastness of his landscape. The project’s intent was to create a building complex sensitive to the farmer’s psyche, shifting his perception of the ground by exposing and denying its presence. As a response, the buildings were designed to selectively embrace and negate the forces of the ground and its related phenomenon.


DESIGN: In plan the buildings are set on two axes, the first parallel to that of the first term project, the second, shifted in a manner to create a sense of containment, connecting the buildings with an existing line of trees on the site. As the roof line of the complex is supported by piles which are end-bearing the roof acts as a datum registering the compaction, heaving and accumulation of soil and snow. The overlapping roofs along with providing shelter serve to section the view of the horizon. The buildings perform as snow and soil fences blocking various levels of snow and soil in relation to their position in elevation. The building’s clear story windows work as apertures with a view of the horizon changing as one moves up or down in elevation. The concrete slabs of the machine shed and lambing barn are allowed to heave their movement registered by narrowing gap between the slab and the c girt supporting siding. As the power sled club house and storage arm of the lambing barn are raised off the ground they are free from heaving. A thicker slab below the brooder barn is warmed by heat lamps keeping the building snow free longer into the fall. •

Ben Greenwood Enviromental Design Program Architecture Option, 2015-2016 Advisor: Neil Minuk, Assistant Professor Science Fiction, Frisbee and Beausejour enthuiest. I’ve spent all of my formative years in Winnipeg, with my summers spent driving to and from Tweed, Ontario and Camrose, Alberta.





Restaurant West Elevation

Restaurant South-East Elevation

Ashley Vinsky | In Studio La Croutte, students were asked to develop strategies for a new building addition and interiors for a culinary center to add to the development of the overall area of the Exchange District. The project began with a conceptual exploration of the defining issues within the notion of food. The condition of urban food deserts, areas where affordable and nutritious food is available, but inaccessible to low income populations, was explored. This idea of inaccessibility due to invisible barriers was prevalent throughout the design development. In Grow-cery, the intervention is a response to the existing urban food desert distinguished within the site location. The intent of the project aims to foster a social change through strengthening connections within the community by providing a

central space to grow and access local, affordable and nutritious foods. Maw’s Garage located at 120 King Street was selected to house the design program. The building will contain pods supporting an urban farming greenhouse, providing product for both the market and restaurant. The relationship between the market and restaurant will allow for unique interactions between guests and the product by engaging in a multisensory experience. An educational facility will also be included in order to provide participants throughout the community with the knowledge to maintain healthy and sustainable lifestyles. The space will explore an open integration of the inside with the outside, establishing a welcoming and regenerative atmosphere, while preserving the focus on food and its abilities to significantly affect aspects of our lives. •


Teaching Space West Elevation

Ashley Vinsky Enviromental Design Program Interior Environments Option, 2015-2016 Advisor: Tijen Roshko, Associate Professor Ashley Vinsky is a recent graduate of the Environmental Design Program in the Interior Environments option. During her undergraduate degree she had the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary studio involving extensive travel in Iceland, introducing an in-depth experience of the relationships between architecture, remote landscapes and their surrounding communities. She is interested in further exploring her interest in universal design and inclusive environments.

Teaching Space South Elevation




North End Sinew

Evan McPherson | The expression “wrong side” of the tracks holds true for many communities across North America; Winnipeg is no exception. The C.P.R. rail yards have long served as a physical and psychological barrier between central Winnipeg and the North End. Working within the framework of the Emergent Futures Studio, emphasis was placed on increasing active transportation, green infrastructure and urban forestry within Winnipeg over the next 50 years. Regional analysis examined land-use patterns across the city and identified voids with limited access to green space and food. The most significant rates of poverty and lack of services were located north and south of the C.P.R rail yards. Based on these findings, a set of operative strategies was conceptualized to create
 a framework for which the North

End could envision a network of productive landscapes to strengthen the urban core. The project focuses on a transect between the Arlington and Slaw Rebchuk bridges. Here the intervention imagines the rail lines removed, (with the exception of the mainline) and replaced with a productive node incorporating various community resources including a farmers market, allotment gardens, active recreation space and community gathering space. Green infrastructure was actively incorporated into recreation spaces. For example, the urban beachscape serves as a biofiltration and storm water management system. The park’s raised tier system offered a possible solution to dealing with contaminated rail yard soils.


`View from Allotment Garden Sundeck into Production Fields

Looking out from the Arcade to the Promenade

View of Filter & Beachscape

The design is derived from the existing land use grid, and anticipates responding to the active urban development that will naturally overtake the area, should the rail yards be removed. Secondly, the extended linearity of the rail yards and the stunning views from the bridges were key considerations in developing the park’s design. Programs are constructed in order to facilitate community agency and to promote citizens from the neighbourhood acting as key stakeholders within the park. The project aims to explore how a single strategic intervention could extend beyond its physical means and create a positive socio-economic impact in the heart of our city. •

Evan McPherson Enviromental Design Program Landscape + Urbanism Option, 2015-2016 Advisors: Alan Tate, Professor & Rob Zonneveld, Sessional Instructor Evan McPherson is a designer and recent graduate from the Environmental Design Program, Landscape + Urbanism Option. Evan held the position of Community Liaison on the Student’s Architectural Society, and actively participated in student publications and competitions, including a winning entry for MALAs Park(ing) Day event. He currently works as a graphic designer in Winnipeg.




Architecture as Stage, Choreographer and Performer

Sakshi Misra | The built environment is constantly interacting with our experience and emotions. Architecture’s physical configuration, together with its qualities of material, light and sound, directly influence how we enter, occupy and move through spaces. Yet buildings are commonly seen as static objects, and little thought is given to how they perform. What if design focused on how architecture acts, even without moving—on how architecture participates in thousands of events every day by framing our activities? Using classical Indian dance as a guide, this thesis intensifies the performative relationship between the body and space by designing a multicultural dance school in Winnipeg’s Exchange District.

Classical dance forms of India are rooted in tradition, having been used for centuries to practice religion, to tell stories, to teach, and to entice. Every gesture—from fingertip to toe— embodies meaning. And multiple meanings are conveyed through the specific ways gestures are performed. Just as classical Indian dance communicates character, narrative and emotion through subtleties of bodily expression, the dance school creates spaces for learning, rehearsing, and performing by engaging subtleties of architectural form. The skin of the building, for instance, acts like a costume, concealing, revealing and embellishing activities within, so that the event of entering from the street, climbing stairs, or pausing at an upper landing become special performances.


Like an ensemble performer, architecture must act together with its context, sometimes even receding to the background for civic events to unfold. The design does not simply make a show of itself, but also withdraws to tacitly support existing social patterns, and to encourage spontaneous events and cultural festivals by creating a new urban park. By re-envisioning the urban context surrounding the dance school as a stage, this thesis aims to activate architecture’s role in the dance of civic life. •

Sakshi Misra Department of Architecture Graduate Studies Student, 2015-2016 Advisor: Lisa Landrum, Associate Professor




Writing, Reading, Remembering: An Architectural Typology for the Life of Words

Sarah Stasiuk | This thesis explores the act of writing, the event of reading, and the art of memory, together with their relation to architecture and place. When we position ourselves in front of a blank page, pen in hand, and begin to form marks upon it, we bring tangible life to immaterial thoughts and the internal workings of our minds. Writing machines, such as typewriters, have also been crafted to manifest this physical presence, with the push of a key initiating a striking of the page, upon which lines of text begin to form. As early as the 16th century, devices have been crafted which bring to life an inhabitation of these acts. For instance, Agostino Ramelli’s 1587 Book Wheel reveals the process of acquiring knowledge through reading, as an active, physical event with cosmological resonance. Daniel Libeskind constructed his own version of Ramelli’s wheel in 1986. Belonging to a series of machines titled “Three Lessons in Architecture,” Libeskind explored the idea that producing, experiencing, and

understanding architecture are akin to writing, reading, and remembering written texts.1 The nature of these devices, as spatial constructions of highly intricate and relational components, engaging both their users and the surrounding context, suggests that architecture is itself communicative. Like tracings left behind by the movement of our hand holding pen to page, there is a relationship between invisible phenomena and its visible embodiment in architecture. Through movement, engagement, and occupation, architecture becomes activated; its silent spaces speak, revealing and nurturing subtle, yet articulate meanings in tangible and corporeal ways. These ideas have been explored through the design of a mixed-use literary institution, accommodating workspace and living-space for writers-in-residence, public reading and workspace, galleries, a performance space, supporting offices for writing associations, a publishing house, as well as


affordable housing. The project is sited in downtown Winnipeg along Smith Street and Graham Avenue, in suggestive relation to the existing Millennium Library. Together with exploring the poetic potential of this urban setting, the project also aims to bring critical attention to related questions. These include the status of the book and the relevance of literary institutions in today’s technological society, and the role that architecture can play in sustaining or reinventing cultural literacy. The final building proposal establishes an architecture in the city which is not only communicative itself through its configuration, urban qualities, and materiality, but that more importantly allows for communication to transpire and be fostered in each of its spaces. • 1. Daniel Libeskind, Daniel Libeskind: Countersign (New York: Rizzoli, 1992), 38-45.

Sarah Stasiuk Department of Architecture Graduate Studies Student, 2015-2016 Advisor: Lisa Landrum, Associate Professor In 2010, Sarah Stasiuk returned to her birthplace to begin her Bachelor of Environmental Design degree at the University of Manitoba. After graduating in June 2014 with a University Gold Medal, she returned to the U of M again in the fall to promptly begin her Masters of Architecture. As she eagerly awaits her final convocation this October, she has returned back home to Regina, SK, where she has been enjoying some downtime with family and her other creative passions of quilting and sewing.




Solving the ‘First Mile Problem’: Opportunities for bike-transit integration in Edmonton, Alberta

Derek Yau | In an effort to curb reliance on single-occupancy vehicles, cities have invested in alternative modes of transportation in hopes of shifting citizens’ travel habits towards more sustainable modes like public transportation and active transportation (i.e., walking and cycling). Cities have been actively promoting multi-modal travel and mixed mobility options as a way to encourage this shift. It has been recognized both academically and professionally that there is a need to address issues regarding access to transit stations and nodes – the ‘first mile problem.’ As cycling becomes more popular and cities continue to invest in public transportation, many see bicycles as the answer to the first mile problem. However, scholarly literature has generally neglected exploring how to accommodate bicycles at different stations. This practicum investigates the first mile problem in Edmonton, Alberta, and identifies challenges and opportunities with bicycle access to Edmonton’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) system. Given Edmonton’s existing LRT system, its stations operating in different urban contexts, and the city’s renewed

policy directives for sustainable modes of transportation and bike-transit integration, Edmonton offers a suitable case study. This research project fills a gap in the existing biketransit integration literature by identifying how transit stations in different urban contexts can best accommodate access by bicycles, and will inform the planning and design of Edmonton’s expanding LRT system and comparable systems elsewhere. Findings from desktop site analyses, transit station observations, cyclist surveys, and interviews with Edmonton’s professional community suggest three transit ‘station types’ on Edmonton’s LRT system: core, mature, and suburban. Each of these ‘station types’ exist in different neighbourhoods with distinct land use characteristics, and sees cyclists accessing stations from varying distances. Further, each ‘type’ requires a nuanced suite of infrastructure improvements in order to encourage more bicycle access, which can only be realized through the development and execution of comprehensive policies and regulations that support cycling and bike-transit integration. •


Derek Yau Department of City Planning Graduate Studies Student, 2015-2016 Advisor: Orly Linovski, Assistant Professor Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Derek entered the Master of City Planning program as a Professional Engineer equipped with professional experience in civil-environmental engineering and transportation planning. Having obtained his undergraduate degree in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Regina, Derek has previously worked in Vancouver, Regina, and Edmonton on various engineering, geo-environmental, and transportation projects. Derek’s professional and personal passions involve public and active transportation planning and design, and helping communities shift their transportation habits to more active and sustainable modes. Since finishing his practicum, Derek has relocated back to the Vancouver area where he continues to pursue his career in this field.


R 5 | 80



Playfinding: child-friendly wayfinding as a tool for children’s independent mobility in the Exchange District of Winnipeg, Manitoba






FIGURE 38: Study Area Signage Palette


CHAPTER 5 | 80


(Fig FIGURE 38: Study Area Signage Palette

CHAPTER 5 | 80


8.4 THE END? This practicum has investigated a very particular and emerging


planning topic – child-friendly wayfinding – within a very specific


context – the Exchange District in Downtown Winnipeg. From the outset, my goal was to infuse an element of fun into my research, and FIGURE 38: Study Area Signage Palette


to acknowledge that this is both a personal and academic process. This


chapter has reiterated the initial research questions, reflected on the limitations, directions for future study and implications for planning


practice. Appropriately, the journey is not complete. As the concept of child-friendly cities, and the practice of wayfinding planning and


playfinding continue to evolve, so should this research. Through a


review of relevant literature, a mental mapping exercise, an in-depth site study and precedent research, I have intended to promote and


provoke a discussion about child-friendly wayfinding. In the end, I


believe this practicum is just as much about the route taken as it is about the final destination. Thank you for navigating it with me!

FIGURE 17: Signs Composite

Ryan Segal | As children’s independent mobility in urban environments continues to decrease, children become further removed from all realms of city life. There is a need for children to practice and demonstrate their autonomy in public, and a properly planned and designed environment can support such skill building in urban settings. This practicum explored how CHAPTER 8 | 124 a child-friendly wayfinding strategy can help build welcoming urban environments which encourage children to participate, learn, and embrace the city centre. Often through planning and design, children can be pushed out of experiencing the urban centre in any playful, fun and meaningful way. Addressing children’s independent mobility is important to the re-imagining of urban public space for children. Envisioning the downtown as a built textbook, this practicum explored how planners can use wayfinding to guide learning



about the urban environment and promote children’s independent mobility by inserting fun and spontaneity into the everyday practice of navigating the city. The research focused CHAPTER 4 | 51 on the planning of a wayfinding strategy for Canadian schoolage children (ages 8-10) as a way to encourage independent mobility in an urban context. The topic was investigated within the micro context of the Exchange District in Winnipeg. The research included: • A review of literature on children’s independent mobility, children’s understanding of urban environments, children’s cognitive wayfinding, wayfinding tools and interventions, and planning and design of wayfinding systems; • A review of demographics, land use, landmarks, traffic, transportation and circulation, planning context and regulatory documents in the study area;



Dynasty Building


Red River College


City Hall


Manitoba Museum


Warehouse Theatre


Centennial Concert Hall


Pantages Playhouse




























Old Market Square

3 AM






















201 Portage Avenue Plaza



Portage and Main




















The Forks / Shaw Park













Waterfront Drive / Stephen Juba Park


Manitoba Theatre Centre








of Winnipeg parking meters also appeared in several drawings – with

clues. Although the height of buildings and signage in the study area is

one student noting that the machine looked like an alien. In this case,

relatively low, the students seemed to be quite interested in the height










the form of the object and its multiple buttons and solar panel top of the towers that are quite unique in Downtown Winnipeg, and were 11 12 also looking up to find familiar landmarks and markings. clearly caught several students’ imaginations. UE






POSTERS, POSTERS, POSTERS FIGURE 14: Exchange District Landmarks, Gateways and Connections

to scale The Richardson Map andnot RBC signs appeared in many of the drawings of

Posters and advertisements found throughout the study area appeared






tall buildings. The signs, which are located on the towers at 1 Lombard FIGURE 25: Road and Route Composite

CHAPTER 4 | 60

frequently. CHAPTER 3 | 38

Students were drawn to a few 13 provocative posters,

Place and 201 Portage, respectively, are not only located high up, but

including one featuring a nude woman – which became one of the

are only visible from limited viewpoints within the study area (Figure

main conversation topics of the afternoon. In addition, one student 13 captured a poster for an event called “Harsh Tokes” that featured

22). This suggests the students were looking up for landmarks and



parking. RORIE

Permission – “Unauthorized”, “Prohibited”, and “Private”, reflect ET


Create places for children to leave a mark if they have visited a spot


Confirm arrival at key points

Ensure Every direction ise no more than three steps instruction

as well as the major corporate owner and administrator of private



Provide multiple route options at key decision points

Encourages children to look back and reflect on where they have come from at decision points

Encourage wandering

lots, parkades and street parking – a common land use in the area,

Indicate the most common recurring words. Figure 39 shows a composite distance to landmarks in of commonly used words in signage in the area. Eight of the most terms of both distance and predominant words were grouped into three themes. time STRE

Use blunt directions and familiar words rather than official terms

Signage should be simple, tactile, and at a child’s height

Encourage children to look up and orient themselves to the surrounding context

Vehicles – “Parking” and “Impark” signify the emphasis of parking


The transcribed text from all documented signs was analyzed, to find


Increase public art funding to encourage the creation and maintenance of large-scale interventions

5.5.1 TEXT ANALYSIS Create a network of key play spaces along routes


Engage children in any wayfinding design process

Recognize that opposing structures and materials are memorable landmarks for children in heritage protection policies


Install threedimensional, tactile models

Use poetry, onomatopoeia, and other visual, tactile and audible markers

Determine a series of ‘home-bases’ to provide a safe stopping point

Incorporate a design element that looks like it could have been a trace left by a child

Place – Naturally, “Winnipeg”, “Exchange”, and “District” are

the nature and purpose of signage in the area to control space and

regularly occurring words reflecting the location, branding and

use, and place restrictions on and activities andand functions FIGURE 22: Richardson RBC Signs Viewpointin the Exchange

sometimes the regulatory bodies governing the neighbourhood.


CHAPTER 4 | 55

Use a graphic device of indicating movement and spatial progression

Use welcoming and inclusive language

FIGURE 39: Signage Text Word Cloud

CHAPTER 7 | 118

• A hands-on neighbourhood tour and mental mapping exercise with school-age children; • A site audit, documenting interventions, signage, traces and personalization within the study area; • A review of precedents from around the world, either designed for children or with child-friendly qualities. From this research, a series of recommendations were developed: Consultation and Research recommendations for initiating, studying and analyzing child-friendly wayfinding in the Exchange District, and how to best design and conduct mental mapping exercises as an engagement tool for this type of study; Planning and Policy recommendations for new planning tools and documents, and ways for existing regulations and policies to be amended and utilized; Strategy and Design recommendations for general design and system considerations

CHAPTER 5 | 83

for child-friendly wayfinding, as well as specific interventions, enhancements and strategies for the study area, the Exchange District and Downtown Winnipeg at-large. •

Ryan Segal Department of City Planning Graduate Studies Student, 2015-2016 Advisor: Dr. Rae Bridgeman, Professor Ryan graduated from the Master’s of City Planning program in 2015. He currently works as a planning consultant with WSP | MMM Group.



The Rumi Cultural Events Centre Design for Winnipeg’s Second Generation Muslims

Umid Abdullaev | The Rumi Cultural Events Centre explores how the built environment can reflect a cultural phenomenon such as the evolution of Muslim communities in Western secular society of Canada. The centre has been designed for second generation Muslims, whose simultaneous exposure to religious and secular values change their outlook on religion and culture. They reinvent the notion of Islam in a secular context, and create a synthesis that embodies religiosity, culture and secularism. The Rumi Centre is a new typology of space that emerges from a need to synthesize the new Muslim identity and values in order to create a non-traditional cultural environment. The Rumi Centre is not a religious institution. It is a culturally appropriate and contemporary events venue where forward

looking and traditional Muslims come together with the local community. The centre’s design language reflects the attitude of Muslims who embrace modernity and secular lifestyle but remain true to their culture. •


Umid Abdullaev Department of Interior Design Graduate Studies Student, 2015-2016 Advisor: Lynn Chalmers, Associate Professor My name is Umid Abdullaev, and I was born in Uzbekistan. I have been working at DIALOG Edmonton since last November, and recently graduated from the Master of Interior Design program at the University of Manitoba. My interest in conflict, culture and religion was sparked during my international school education in India where I came across various cultures. That was the first time when my beliefs started to clash with those of others which, in a strange way, taught me to question the world around me.

Following my move to Canada I became interested in the growing divide between the eastern and western civilizations, and thanks to my practicum I was able to address it through built environment and design. To me “The Rumi Cultural Events Centre – Design for Winnipeg’s Second Generation Muslims” became a step in understanding the role of Islamic culture in a secular Western environment.




Koza Centre - An Alternative Approach to the Custody of Federally Sentenced Women in Canada

Stephanie Prouse | This practicum presents the design of a new federal prison typology for women. The primary intention has been to identify and address, from the perspective of interior design, the challenges that federally sentenced women (FSW) in Canada face with incarceration, rehabilitation, and reintegration into the community upon release. Research supports the position that treatment for incarcerated women is primarily hindered by their removal and isolation from society, as well as numerous spatial attributes common to prisons. This model focuses on rehabilitation through the building of strong, healthy relationships, ties to the outside community, programming that fosters successful reintegration, and supportive interior design that facilitates the well-being of those within the space. Located in a multi-cultural, mixed-use neighbourhood in Toronto’s west end, the building situated on the edge of a

popular park opens itself up for partial use by the surrounding community, with services offered by the women living at the centre. Those FSW attending the program are provided with a safe and supportive space where they can live out the duration of their sentence with their young children. Here, they are provided with access to a variety of treatments and services that will help to facilitate rehabilitation. It has been my goal to create the opportunity for a symbiotic relationship to occur between the centre and surrounding community: while the latter gains amenities and revival of a piece of the neighbourhood’s unique history, FSW benefit from their inclusion in the community through the establishment of healthy support systems, increased self-esteem, and development of employable skills. Furthermore, a positive relationship such as this creates potential to reduce the stigma of incarceration. •


Stephanie Prouse Department of Interior Design Graduate Studies Student, 2015-2016 Advisor: Tijen Roshko, Associate Professor Stephanie came into the MID program with a multidisciplinary Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University. She has spent the majority of her life on the east coast, where she grew up in Prince Edward Island and gradually worked her way west from Halifax to Montreal and Toronto. Her work in the MID program has primarly focused on interior design that supports and promotoes healthy, happy communities and people.




ReGrowing Together: Strategies towards a permanent & sustainable settlement for a healthy living for the Kobe Refugee Camp

Omar De Mesa | The Kobe Refugee Camp is one of five camps within a large refugee complex located in Ethiopia. Located near the border to Somalia, the camp contains over 43,000 refugees (March 2016) and has become home to many Somalians fleeing civil war, famine, and drought since the opening in 2011. Through the help of various organizations as well as the surrounding bioregion, the refugees are able to live semi-comfortably. Their shelters are currently constructed using metal roofs and bamboo walls which provide a temporary solution to housing, water is supplied to the refugees by a river 4 kilometers away, while the land is sparse and bare due to the hot and dry climate which makes it difficult for plant life to grow. What would happen to the refugees if external aid

organizations were no longer able to provide the camp with help, support, or food? How can the landscape be used to help provide the refugees with a more sustainable and long term solution to living while becoming independent from external aid? The intention of the project is to improve the living conditions of the refugees in the Kobe Refugee Camp by rebuilding their shelters using the earth within the region and implementing a new waste management system. This process of rebuilding and expanding the camp will provide refugees with various opportunities for employment which includes jobs in construction and farming which will allow residents to rely less on external aid and shared agricultural land with the host communities. Phase 1 of the project is to establish the necessary


manufacturing areas for cement stabilized soil bricks which would be used to build and replace existing wood shelters, as well as establishing a human waste system and composting facility which would naturally transform human waste into fertile soil. Phase 2 involves the rebuilding process of the refugees’ dwellings, one neighbourhood at a time. Lastly, the 3rd Phase of the project is to grow an economy through the process of creating suitable soil, growing crops, and exporting agriculture to the surrounding regions while supplying the camp with food. •

Omar De Mesa Department of Landscape Architecture Graduate Studies Student, 2015-2016 Advisor: Richard Perron, Professor Omar De Mesa is currently a graduate student in the Landscape Architecture program with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design. He is currently working for a landscape design-build company (B. Rocke Landscaping) in between school. Omar’s practicum studies will focus on how landscape architecture can positively affect one’s physical and mental health through aspects of physical activity and involvement with nature. With an interest in human health and well-being, Omar likes to stay active and enjoys playing sports and fitness.




Burrowed Time: Controlled Erosion in King’s Park, Winnipeg

Garth Woolison | Each year, the city of Winnipeg budgets millions of dollars in order to bolster its riverbanks from the natural processes of erosion. This investigation looks at the effects of taking the opposite approach: inducing a form of controlled erosion in King’s Park in the south end of the city. King’s Park offers an ideal situation for such an experiment, harbouring one of the closest developing inflection points. Through a process where the natural shifting of the river course begins to push through the bank and reconnect with itself, the river is projected to eventually cutoff an outreached meander. By introducing a small chute through the park and allowing the seasonal water fluctuation to develop a new river course, the natural processes of erosion and deposition can be presented and celebrated in concert with a unique and everchanging park.

Buried within the borders of the new watercourse sits a resilient steel and concrete structure that reveals itself slowly over decades as the erosive forces of the river cut away at the banks. Each season begins to draw a new tier from the ground, progressively stepping down to the water’s edge, allowing for engagement and showcasing the river’s transformative character. The newly forged island is freed from its controlled maintenance regime and is allowed to mature freely. Succession overtakes the mown fields and the paved walkways become shrouded with fallen leaves, welcoming only visitors that seek passage across the ice or water. •


Garth Woolison Department of Landscape Architecture Graduate Studies Student, 2015-2016 Advisor: Anna Thurmayr, Associate Professor Garth Woolison obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba in 2014. Following a year of study abroad in Sweden in connection with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) he continues to work toward a Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Manitoba.




Warming Hut Construction



Partners Program

Michael Robertson | The past year was an eventful time for the Partners Program. To begin the school year, Partners Program took on an ambitious project of creating a WARM Warming Hut. The goal was to merge the form and function of a warming hut into a space that was both architecturally interesting as well as functional as a shelter during Winnipeg’s harsh winter. The integrated design process (IDP) included students from architecture and engineering as well as professional members from Cibinel Architects, Crosier Kilgour & Partners, Holtz Construction, Bockstael Construction and others. Due to some last-minute complications the warming hut was not built in time to make its way onto the river, but plans to showcase it this year are underway. The Partners Program also facilitated a design competition by Visitability Housing Canada Task Force. “VisitAble Housing” is the concept of designing and

building homes with basic accessibility in mind. The design ensures easy access on the main level for all residents and guests of all ages and levels of mobility. The competition was open to three separate groups of students - Environmental Design students in their 2nd year, Environmental Design students in their 4th year in the Interior Environment option and Master of Architecture Thesis students. A total of $3900 was awarded to student winners. Additionally, Mark Pauls continued in his role as Partner-in-Residence. His main focus was the Warming Hut Project, and the installation and testing of the Permafrost Textbox. Partner members also hosted tours of two major buildings for students from the Faculty. Mark Pauls, toured students through the MB Hydro Building and Dean Schilling from Number 10 Architectural Group toured a group of students through the Misericordia Hospital.

As a new initiative, Partners Program linked with the FABLab to offer its members access to the machinery and services that are available. Many members took a dvan tage of thi s connection and worked along students to create models for their clients. Partners Program also continued to support Industry-led Food for Thought Presentations, the RAIC Pizza Night for Department of Architecture Students, the Student Association Meet and Greet events as well as the faculty’s Year End Exhibition. If you wish to be involved and join the Partners Program please do not hesitate to contact myself at robertson@cibinel. com or Brandy O’Reilly brandy.oreilly@ •


PARTNER MEMBERS 5468796 Architecture Inc. Johanna Hurme / Sasa Radulovic Architecture 49 Lee McCormick Barkman Concrete Ltd. Alan Barkman / Adrian Price Bockstael Construction Limited Dan Bockstael Bouwen Architecture & Engineering Ltd. Jacqueline Jasinski Cibinel Architects Ltd Michael Robertson Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd. Rob O’Toole

Dialog™ Stephen Boyd EQ3 Peter Tielmann ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design Marten Duhoux

Professional Interior Designers of Manitoba (PIDIM) Price Industries Limited Gerry Price Shelter Canadian Properties Limited Arni Thorsteinson

Stantec Architecture Michael Banman Unit 7 Architecture Inc Dean Syverson Faculty Member Harlyn Thompson

HTFC Planning & Design Monica Giesbrecht Kobayashi + Zedda Architects Ltd. Jack Kobayashi Manitoba Hydro Tom Akerstream Number TEN Architectural Group Doug Hanna

The Partners Program is an award-winning organization that provides a formal funding and communication vehicle between the Faculty of Architecture and constituents served by the Faculty (industry, design professionals, students and community at large). As part of their Partner Program Membership, companies were offered the opportunity to profile their organization in the Network 2016 publication. Please find a summary of company profiles from our members in the pages to follow.




Barkman Concrete

INVESTING IN QUALITY; COMMITTING TO THE FUTURE When Peter Barkman and his brothers Edwin and Arnold founded ‘Barkman Hardware’ in Steinbach, MB nearly 70 years ago; the thought of one day becoming Canada’s leading pre-cast concrete manufacturer would not have been at top of mind. From their humble beginnings manufacturing pre-cast concrete septic tanks, Barkman Concrete has since expanded to now offer products that range from paving stones to slabs, retaining walls to landscape kits, site furnishings to steps, custom pre-cast and much more. While it is apparent that Barkman C o n c r e t e ’s b u s i n e s s h a s g r o w n throughout the years, one motto that has always held true, is that ‘quality cannot come second to growth’. Although steps were taken in the early years to expand the company; it was as recently as 10 years ago when a number of strategic initiatives were implemented in an effort to substantially ‘grow the business’. Of all the aforementioned initiatives, the one

that proved to be most successful was the decision to open sales offices in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. With an increased ‘market presence’ in Western Canada, came an increased demand for our products. In keeping true with the above noted ‘motto’, the Barkman family, along with the senior management team, made a commitment in 2013 to invest in and in turn begin the process of both sourcing and constructing a brand new dry-cast concrete manufacturing plant. Fast forward to 2016 and Barkman Concrete is proud to announce that the construction of a 40,000+ square foot building has been completed; that within it houses North America’s most state of the art dry-cast concrete manufacturing plant. While the plant itself has been operational for just over a year, Barkman has yet to crack the surface on its potential and what it means for their dry-cast product offerings (paving stones and segmental retaining

wall block) in the future. The capabilities that the plant possesses, means that Barkman is not only able to continue manufacturing product that exceeds CSA standards; but is also able to dedicate additional resources to areas within the main plant where wet-cast products are manufactured. Not only is capacity increased in the aforesaid areas, but so too is Barkman’s obligation and promise to never sacrifice quality for growth. A commitment to quality, by investing in the future, means that Barkman Concrete Ltd. is ready and willing to meet the needs of their valued cliental for years to come. •



Architecture Landscape and Interior Design



This past year, ft3 celebrated our 40th anniversary. It has been an introspective year, with the beginnings starting from our humble opening in 1975 in Rudy Friesen’s basement (staff of 1) to our current office fleet of nearly 50, residing on Waterfront Drive. Starting as an architectural firm (Friesen Tokar), the multidisciplinary component grew to include interior design in the 1990s (Trend Interiors) followed by landscape architecture in 2006 - landing on the allencompassing ft3 branding. Ever-changing, our practice matures each year in experience, expertise and approach. As designers of the built environment, each new project offers the opportunity to better itself from the project just completed – whether in aesthetics, in function or design processes. In all instances, we move on to new challenges with fervour and excitement, hoping that we will redefine something, some place, in our everyday context.


To celebrate our 40 th birthday, we hosted a party in the newly completed Marpeck Commons Library at the Canadian Mennonite University with colleagues, clients, family and friends – showcasing our most recent work. The Marpeck Commons design is the result of consultation, conversation, workshop and interaction to best determine the right decisions for our client and for the community. This project had so many opportunities: to be respectful of its historic big brother across the emerging quadrangle, to unify the two sides of a divided campus, to welcome our neighbors to CMU, to be sustainable, and to be transparent but yet have presence. Its connection to the context was duly important, to be part and to reshape, to influence and be influenced by the context, inside and out. The need for an “information commons” student centre, the long walk between buildings in Winnipeg’s unforgiving climate and the hazard of crossing a


busy thoroughfare provided the impetus to realize a 16-year vision of a new campus hub at its geographic centre, complete with a sheltered pedestrian bridge. The design delivers a contextual response that is respectful to its historic neighbour, preserving precious views of the landmark structure. Through design in all disciplines, we expect to improve the built environment, to leave projects that are meaningful to their communities and to add richness to the everyday. Mostly, we expect to challenge each other to do better and to do more. • Photo Captions: (photographed by Leif Norman, 2015) 1. 40th Anniversary Event 2. View through Café and campus 3. View of exterior Café plaza 4. View of Marpeck Commons at dusk





DESIGN MATTERS - WE APPROACH DESIGN HOLISTICALLY, RESPONSIBLY, AND WITH VISION We bring together highly motivated, dynamic, and diverse teams of Architects, Landscape Architects, Interior Designers, Programmers, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineers, Sustainability and Technical Specialists; collaborating to evaluate and advance meaningful solutions that realize the vision while achieving value, program clarity, and technical astuteness. We continue to challenge ourselves, and have had success this past year winning several design awards for Canada House – Canadian Chancery in London UK, Winnipeg Richardson International Airport, the Merchant Kitchen & Bar, as well as our own Stantec Winnipeg Office. Design Philosophy and Methodology Every project has the opportunity to achieve success at many different levels; in program resolution, in community and campus building, in sustainability, and in creating a rich environment supportive of its purpose. Our philosophy and methodology is focused on study, research and investigation to reveal where these

opportunities reside and to ensure we achieve something important within each of them. This ambition has led us to define our ‘Five Qualities of Design Excellence’. These qualities provide us with a way of organizing our thinking as we initiate our work, a way of evaluating progress as we work through it and a method of measuring success upon completion. They speak to how we approach a set of project circumstances with clarity and purpose, implement a process defined by discovery, ‘asking the right questions’ and realize projects that are defined by performance and assembled with craft. The Five Parameters of Design Excellence Clarity – driven by a clear idea The genesis of each project is a clear idea, founded on an intimate understanding of client, site program, and community history, culture and context. Articulated through diagrams, models and narrative, this storyline defines the projects’ essential meaning. Purpose – a thoughtful approach The focus of our work is the enrichment

of human experience and wellbeing. Thoughtful attention to place making, spatial sequence, light, material and d e t a i l a d v a n c e p u b l i c re a l m a n d community building. Discovery – challenging preconceptions through curiosity Design inspires us. With a mindset to challenge preconceptions, we ask the right questions, critically evaluate ideas, and reveal appropriate solutions. Performance – measureable objectives Responsible design combines function and significance. Measurable performance encompasses functional planning, integrated engineering and environmental responsiveness to achieve value, meaning and clarity. Craft – material legibility The idea behind a project is legible through its built form. The attention, care and consistency with which we select and assemble systems and materials bring the project to life. •

Prairie Architects Inc.

Prairie Architects Inc. brings over 30 years of professional experience in Sustainable Architecture in a diversity of commercial projects. The firm was founded in 1981 and has its office located in a heritage warehouse in the Exchange District in downtown Winnipeg. In 2011 contemplating retirement, founding architect Dudley Thompson sold all of his shares of the company to existing employees Damien Fenez, Melissa McAlister, Lindsay Oster and Jamie Kozak with the goal of fostering the values and reputation that Prairie Architects Inc. has become widely recognized for. The new partnership of Fenez, McAlister, Oster and Kozak is a return to the very beginning of their architectural careers as all four were classmates in the Environmental Design and pre-master programs from 19982011, as well as throughout their Masters education, graduating from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture with Masters degrees in Architecture, in 2006 and 2007. A m e re f o u r - f i v e y e a r s a f t e r graduation, the four new Principals rose to the challenges of owning and

managing a company while maintaining a great friendship and continuing to strive for an office culture and environment that attracts and retains the best and brightest. The success of the company in recent years can be attributed to the respectful working relationship the four have. They attribute their successes to the lessons learned while completing their education at the University of Manitoba as well as their experiences working in the profession on a wide range of significant projects including: Paterson GlobalFoods Culinary Arts School and Student Residence for the Red River College; the Churchill Northern Studies Centre; Northlands Parkway Collegiate in Winkler and currently the new downtown Winnipeg Head Office for Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. Their time at the Faculty in Architecture instilled values of hard work, teamwork, and a passion for Architecture that is community-based and inspired by the Prairie context. Architecture school builds a great camaraderie, which has made this partnership incredibly successful. Prairie has an invaluable staff of 25


registered Architects, Architecture graduates, designers, sustainability specialists, an Interior Designer, plus support staff. They have developed a reputation for a participatory design process that involves client groups in the design of new buildings, historic restoration projects, First Nation projects, and in energy conserving sustainable buildings. The firm has a long history with high performance design and incorporates sustainability into all of its projects. Prairie Architects Inc. approaches each new design with sensitivity to the context and the history of the particular situation, and with an awareness of the possibilities of new functions, materials, and construction techniques. They strive for buildings with character, texture, and light to create environments with wholeness and delight, for people to live, work and play within. •




Number TEN Architectural Group

THE FORKS MARKET FOOD HALL The Forks Market Food Hall breathes new life in to one of Winnipeg’s most beloved public spaces. The market acts as the city’s living room, a place for people to gather and relax with their friends and loved ones. The design aims to re-define the aging interior as a modern food hall and event space. While developing the design, it was important to support both the evolving functions of the market and the site’s rich history. For hundreds of years The Forks has been a place for both gathering and trade. From the late nineteenth century onward the site was used as a rail yard. Two brick structures that today form the market were once stables for the rail companies, and later machine repair shops. An atrium space was constructed in the late 1980s linking the two historic structures to create The Forks Market building. The Forks’ industrial past inspired the direction of the design. Raw steel, hand forged blacksmith work and natural wood detailing were used to reinforce the character of the historic architecture. An exposed steel structure stretching over the craft beer and wine kiosk, composed

of exposed c-channels and bent i-beams was inspired by the architectural language of Canada’s rail history. Its hand forged steel detailing by a local blacksmith references a traditional industrial art. The existing teal structure was painted dark grey and new lighting was added to enhance the character and material of the original buildings. Former horse stalls, which act as food kiosks were renovated to accommodate a variety of food vendors. New tables with steel bases and swinging circular seats reflect factory plant benches, further relating to The Forks as a place of turn of the century industry. The design aims to enhance the sense of community in the market’s central court. Wood tables with hinged drop leaves can transform in to an 80-person harvest table, allowing for large communal gatherings. Arched structures with counter seating and upholstered banquettes define the edge of the hall, creating more intimate seating areas within the larger volume of the space. Suspended above, large metal drum pendants contribute visual warmth and further define the gathering space. The Forks has acted as a space for

gathering and commerce throughout its rich history. Our hope is that the refreshed food hall will breathe new energy into the space, helping this tradition to continue long in to the future. •

The Forks Market Food Hall Winnipeg, MB, Canada Architecture/Interior Design: Number TEN Architectural Group By Erin Riediger, Interior Designer Erin Riediger, MID, B.EnvD is an alumni of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture and current Interior Designer at Number TEN Architectural Group. In the Fall 2016, she will returned to U of M to pursue her Master of Architecture.

HTFC Planning & Design

As HTFC approaches 5 decades of continuous practice we have been reflecting on our core values and our future. We have been very fortunate to have had Jeff, Jim, Heather and Garry’s mentorship and support as we continue to work in a manner that is fueled by honesty, rigour, collaboration, and friendship in service to the critical relationships between people and nature. As we continue to support the sustainable evolution of Canada’s Prairie, Boreal and Tundra Regions we wanted to take this opportunity to share two of the special relationships we are most proud of with you: York Factory First Nation 2016 marks 15 years in our latest journey with York Factory First Nation (YFFN). Our most recent collaboration began in 2001, with a community-based research project designed to support YFFN’s peoples in negotiations surrounding Manitoba Hydro’s proposed Keeyask Hydroelectric Project. Working closely with YFFN members in the community and on YFFN’s traditional lands our collaboration has resulted in important oral histories, accessible environmental assessments, a strong voice on several environmental advisory committees, and in Askiy Nanakacihtakewin - a communitybased landscape stewardship program. Over 15 years, our colleagues at YFFN have taught us a great deal about Ininiwak (Cree) understandings of our place as humans in the cultural, physical, and spiritual world - Askiy. Their perspectives

have guided us to reflect on our special role as landscape architects and lands use planners. Today, we continue to support YFFN leaders and knowledge holders as they work to advance their priorities in ways that build pimatisiwin – life and health - for the community and we strive to incorporate these lessons in our community planning work across central Canada. Brokenhead Ojibway Nation HTFC has worked with the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation since 1970. In the late 1990’s former HTFC’er and current Director Manitoba Parks Central Region, Rob Nedotiafko began the Brokenhead Nature Preserve journey with the local community by ground-truthing the Brokenhead Fen and it’s unique landscape. This original work eventually led to the collaboration between Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Native Orchid Conservation Inc., MB Parks and Protected Spaces, Manitoba Model Forest and HTFC in the careful crafting of the Brokenhead Interpretive Trail - a fully accessible, 1.2km boardwalk through the rare fen habitat, 80 km north of Winnipeg. The final trail design led by provincial landscape architect Ryan Wakshinski, moves visitors through a unique ecological area providing sustainable access to 28 of Manitoba’s 37 native orchid species and many uncommon and carnivorous plants. For hundreds of years, Anishinabek (Ojibway people) have visited the wetland to harvest plants for medicinal and ceremonial purposes. In 2015, Elders,


ethnobotanists and plant knowledge holders from Brokenhead and Eastside Aboriginal Sustainable Tourism, shared their traditional knowledge, stories and connection to this rare and special place with HTFC. We incorporated these teachings into subtle interpretive materials dotted along the trail, providing visitors with rich plant identification and natural history stories that enrich their experiences in both English and Anishinabemowin. The trail opened in June 2016. It is a place to celebrate and share one of Manitoba’s most unique enironments with people of all cultures. We hope you will visit and be as inspired by this landscape and all those who came together to protect and share it as we are. Thank you to all our clients for being a continued source of inspiration along our journey. All of us at HTFC walk a better path because of you. We hope we will continue to cross paths in the future and look forward to forging more of these special bonds with all of you. • Sincerely Elly, Tim, Maureen, Glen, Monica, Allan, Bruce, Tina and the staff at HTFC.




Cibinel Architects Ltd.

Last year saw the incorporation of Cibinel Architects under a new name: Cibinel Architecture Ltd. The name change marks the move to a new business structure that welcomes architects, Michael Acht and Michael Robertson, who join founding partner, George Cibinel, in the firm’s leadership. In keeping with the firm’s 20+ year history, Cibinel Architecture Ltd. continues to focus on delivering personalized service to institutional, corporate, cultural, and commercial clients. Over this time Cibinel has grown into a respected studio with an international reputation for design excellence, and has developed a consistent body of high quality work in a range of project types and scales. The Active Living Centre at the University of Manitoba, recently completed with Batteriid Architects of Iceland, is a 100,000 square foot sports and recreational facility at the University’s Fort Garry Campus. In April, the project was honoured with a 2016 NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility Award. The awards, open internationally, recognize the innovative

design of new, renovated, or expanded collegiate recreational facilities. Cibinel’s award marks the first time since 1988 that a Canadian building has won the award. Other notable projects in the works include the WAG Inuit Art Centre in Winnipeg, and the Arctic College Expansion in Iqaluit. The Inuit Art Centre with Michael Maltzan Architecture of Los Angeles, currently in design, will be situated next to the existing WAG building at the corner of Memorial Blvd and St. Mary Ave and will be connected to the Gallery on all levels. The Centre will host the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world, and will serve as a community hub for exhibitions and programs, research and learning, studio practice and art-making. As part of the design process, members of the project team travelled to Nunavut to visit Inuit communities and active artists’ studios. The expedition provided a unique opportunity for the team to experience the culture and landscape of the Arctic during the formative conceptual design phase of the Inuit Art Centre.

Cibinel has recently had the opportunity to revisit Nunavut for the Arctic College Expansion and New Community Learning Centre project with Teeple Architects. The expansion and addition will include fine arts and multimedia classrooms, fisheries training classrooms, digital labs, kitchen classrooms and other versatile learning spaces. These projects, along with many others the firm has undertaken, have been enriching experiences, allowing the firm the opportunity to connect with different communities and to work collaboratively in the creation of spaces that respond technically, contextually, and socially, to the people and places they serve. • To see more of Cibinel’s work, please visit Image caption: The Teeple-Cibinel team atop Hospital Hill in Iqaluit, Nunavut, earlier this year.

Bockstael Construction


RETHINKING THE PROJECT DELIVERY PROCESS Since the dawn of construction, the Master Builder has been touted as the perfect project delivery model. The Master Builder provided owners with end-to-end accountability combined with domain expertise in design and construction, all in a single entity. Today, the notion that all of this expertise can reside in a single entity is not realistic. At Bockstael Construction, we have been giving significant thought as to how we can recreate the Master Builder. After all, this is part of our legacy dating back to the start of the company under the leadership of Theodore Bockstael in 1912. We have concluded that today’s Master Builder is a closely knit team comprising of the Owner, Consultants, the Contractor and Suppliers all aligned with the project vision, and

committed to the structure for success. This structure includes the implementation of world-class best processes, combined with leading-edge technology and a true commitment to collaboration. At Bockstael, this translates to best-in-class project management; the integration of LEAN Construction practices; the use of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technology; and a technology-based platform for true Collaboration. We call it the Bockstael Operating System (BOS). We end with a paraphrase of Thomas L. Friedman in his book, The World is Flat, “The construction industry is currently in transformation. Those who get caught in the past and resist change will be forced deeper into commoditization. Those who can create value through leadership,

relationships and creativity will transform the industry, as well as strengthen relationships with their existing clients.” At Bockstael, we are committed to transforming the industry with you as our partners. • To learn more about us, please visit our website at




Fabrigami Warming Hut Construction





Our goal and mandate in the FABLab continues to be the support of the Faculty of Architecture as a resource and laboratory for the exploration of digitally driven design, prototyping and manufacturing. The desire being to foster a context through which students, faculty and partners are better equipped to explore the potentials of digital design and manufacturing processes. This year we have extended the use of the facilities to our Partners Program members as a direct network for alumni, professional practice and industry.The Faculty of Architecture’s Partners Program in collaboration with the FABLab lie in a unique position to help bridge the gap between methods of digital fabrication that facilitate the extraction of ideas and models out of digital space and into the physical act of modeling, mapping and prototyping at various scales. The intention is to create a multidisciplinary environment in which students, researchers, professionals and industry partner’s overlap, so to encourage the discourse and advance design techniques of digital fabrication and rapid prototyping. During the 2015/2016 academic year the FABLab took on and supported many exciting initiatives and projects, including the highly successful Warming Huts project and the collaborative Bee | House | Lab Competition (see more detailed profiles of these projects in this publication)

In the Summer and Fall of 2015, the FABLab supported the research and development of the Aerial Mapping P ro j e c t - a m e t h o d o l o g y f o r t h e acquisition and processing of site information through the use of an aerial imaging platform. The aerial imaging platform enables the ability to create accurate aerial imagery, digital surface models, orthomosaic images, 3D topographic models, textured (with colour) 3D models and general site cataloguing data. The research addressed the current difficulty for members within the Faculty and greater design community to be able to acquire mid- range imagery and 3D data for the purpose of site modeling, measurement and site analysis. The research will address the current inability to produce accurately scaled and geo-referenced 3D Architectural and Landscape models. The project will look into the ability to manage and sort large amounts of geo-spatial data and use it within the realm of design, looking at both proprietary and open sources software and hardware structures with the intention of creating a database that will acquire data on Winnipeg and surrounding areas that will work to provide students with a timely and cost effective manner of accessing and processing large amounts of geo-spatial data for design purposes. The project utilized an Inspire 1 pro quadcopter, which is part of the equipment available in the Lab. An exciting aspect and

outcome of the research was that the technique and methods have been used for several mapping projects in the Faculty throughout the academic year. The Lab continued to support the Monday Evening Workshops that were conducted by various makers with expertise in specific digital and craft methods. By focusing on the making of physical objects in these workshops, students and faculty were able to see examples that would inspire methods of thinking and approach to materials. The Lab also sponsored a lecture by Russell Loveridge from the ETH Zurich, outlining research being conducted by the NCCR “Digital Fabrication – Innovative Building Processes in Architecture”. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the disciplines of architecture, engineering, robotics, and material and computer sciences are brought together in an ambitious partnership to establish digital technology as an essential part of future building processes. The lecture brought forward some interesting and thought provoking possibilities for design, architecture and engineering. Recent and exciting additions to the equipment extend the FABLab’s mandate to offer students and staff of the Faculty of Architecture the tools and methods to explore a greater range of possibilities in their design and modeling work. •


Photo by Joseph Visser



Typical Wooden Joinery Details

Oct 26, 2015 (Keith Millan)

Inspire 1 pro quadcopter

Knots / Rope joining methods

Nov 2, 2015

CNC Desktop Metal Wire Bender from DIWIRE

Resin Casting / Mold making

Nov 19, 2015 (Jason Hare)

Desktop Digitizer 3D Scanner from Makerbot


Nov 16 2015

(Stephen Oberlin)

Various Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi Computer boards

Wood Turning / Wood Carving

Feb 29, 2016

(Jason / Karen Hare)

Baby Lock Serger


Mar 7, 2016

(Shawn Sinclair/Rick Finney)

uPrint SE ABS 3D printer

Sensing through Arduino

Mar 14, 2016 (Janzen Burke)

(Lancelot Coar)

Upgrade to our Laser capabilities – the Meta 4C 400W laser cutter





Warming Huts 2016

Team Leaders: Lancelot Coar, Kim Wiese, Jason Hare Team Members: Benjamine Bosiak, Cameron Cummings, Brendan Dyck, Francis Garcia, Janelle Harper, Collin Lamoureux, Zoé Lebel, Mateo Linares, Katryna Lipinsky, Stephen Oberlin, Thea Pedersen, Daryl Randa, Scott Shanks, Evan Shellenberg, Erika Ulrich Partners Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba Caitlin Mueller, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lars de Laet, Associate Professor, Vrije University The Forks, KGS Engineering, MacMor Industries Ltd., 0812 Building Solutions, Mitchell Fabrics

The 2016 Faculty of Architecture Warming Hut for the University of Manitoba was a multi-disciplinary research project that sought to explore the potential use of the built and natural environment to shape a temporary structure for the frozen river trail of the Forks in Winnipeg. This project was led by Associate Professor Lancelot Coar (Department of Architecture), Instructor Kim Wiese (Environmental Design Program), and Jason Hare (FABLab) and examined how the digital and physical realms of parametric design and construction can produce a unique high-tensioned cable formed fabric and ice structure at a large scale. The project team included the participation of students from across the Faculty of Architecture as well as Assistant Professor Caitlin Mueller from the Digital Structures Research Group at MIT, and Professor Lars De Laet with æLab at Vrije University. The goal of the project was to construct a self–supporting fabric and ice shell hut. This project took direct control of a variety of digital and physical tools housed in the FABLab to inform and fabricate a range of scalar models. These models were used as iterative tools, building on the research being done on fabric formed ice shell structures. Parametric script tools were developed to allow for the visualization and

structural analysis of origami folding plate structures. The intent of these tools were to give the ‘Fabrigami’ team the ability to simulate a variety of two dimensional folding patterns and test their bending moments against physical paper and string prototypes. The hope being that once the digital model was accurately tuned to produce reliable measurements of the folded origami structure, the team would be free to scale up towards a full site construction. By working with our Partners, we were able translate these scaled prototypes to a fully constructed, 6.6m x 11.5m x 3.6m fabric and ice shell warming hut. On a sunny cold February day, we released the upper cables that gave the structure its original support. Having previously given the fabric over 27 coats of water which froze to form the ice shell, unofficially, the world’s largest fabric ice shell stood under its own weight for the first time on February 12 th, 2016. Upon completion of this project the work was accepted to the IASS Annual Symposium “Spatial Structures in the 21st Century” and will be presented by Lancelot Coar in September 2016. • Please see the full process on the FABLab blog:





Ditchball 2016

Photos by Olivia MacKinnon

Thea Pedersen – George Vincent | It’s 8:30pm on Thursday, just twelve short hours until the Ditchball is dropped, two hours before the social is to commence but probably more like four hours until anyone actually gets there. As a senior in ED4, there is strong feeling of pride, arrogance and sense of seniority. As a freshman in ED2 one can only guess they are experiencing fear, nervousness and just general confusion. Sitting amongst a group of friends, carbo-loading on a cauldron filled with macaroni and cheese one cannot help but run through the checklist of requirements for the sport. Competitive attitude? Check. Angsty character? Check. Monochrome outfits? Check. Overworked and under slept? Definitely a check, considering the amount of food and “liquids” one consumes in preparation for this ridiculous event. None of us have had a day of procrastinating in weeks and today is no different, Ditchball is

part of the curriculum in the Faculty of Architecture, some view it as an elective but you better believe its required if you’re going to say you graduated with the degree. Ditchball is a legendary tradition amongst members of the faculty, celebrating a forty-year-old legacy. It’s a special event that binds people together, figuratively and literally. If you’ve ever watched a Ditchball match, you’ll know that there is no shortage of dog piles. The closeness of bodies and spirits is unmatched by any other “academic” activity. Ditchball is a platform for demonstrating school spirit beginning with the traditional warm-up jog storming through the university hallways, boasting pride and alleged superiority among other faculties, particularly projected at the Agro-chumps and Engi-nerds. It’s an opportunity to partner with your enemies and crush your dearest friends. But most importantly, it’s a special occasion,

where design students have the chance to free their inhibitions and unleash their bottled frustration, that’s just the spirit of the game. In a faculty that expects its students to thrive under immense pressures, meet impossible deadlines, and succumb to the insecurities that comparisons and competition are sure to instill, it seems only fair that the students have this one chance to take back their title. To disprove the stereotypes projected towards us, we prove that we can defy the norms and have all of the fun that we want in one day. Subtleties about the tradition change from year to year. From new rules, to new balls, and to a new structurally sound ditch. Regardless of the modifications made by each council each year, Ditchball never fails to be Ditchball, which is about the only way you can describe it if you haven’t taken part. •






Jason Hare | BEE / HOUSE / LAB was an international design competition hosted by the University of Manitoba and open to students and designers. The competition called for a design of a bee house prototypes that could be fabricated and deployed for field testing. The competition was hosted by the University’s Office of Sustainability, and supported by the FABLab at the Faculty of Architecture, the Department of Entomology and Parks Canada Campus Club at the University of Manitoba. STUFF (Studio for Transformative Urban Forms and Fields) served as the design competition coordinator. Teams from nine countries (Colombia, Canada, USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, and Brazil) submitted their proposals and a selection of top designs from both the open and the student competition had their concept designs refined and built by the Faculty of Architecture’s FABLab.

The competition challenged participants to create a bee house for 80-100 solitary nesting bees, a species under threat from habitat loss. As bee researcher and professor Robert Currie told UM Today, “the nest in its essence is a block with holes in it. But the design component is to make that attractive from both the human and bee perspective, and also make something that can be manipulated and managed… and hopefully make people key in on the idea that they should be aware of the need for bees.” T h e b e e h o u s e s w e re o ff i c i a l l y unveiled and installed on May 17, 2016. Installation consisted of 11 different sites ranging from the: UofM Fort Garry Campus grounds, Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Butterfly Garden, St.Norbert Farmers Market, Inn at the Forks and the Bruce D Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre. Designs will now face their toughest adjudication: nesting bees.

“Learning and research partnerships like BEE / HOUSE / LAB are an example of how the University of Manitoba is leading the charge on sustainable development,” says Ian Hall, the director of the U of M’s Office of Sustainability. “Using the campus as a living lab and integrating best practices into our operations helps us reduce our environmental footprint and contributes to the University’s mission.” The University of Manitoba is committed to sustainable development and to creating opportunities that deliver benefits to our community. For more information visit the UM Today, or see the link below for complete competition details: BeeHouseLab.html •


Open Category Winners First Place: Chad Morgan Connery and Anca Matyiku (U of M Architecture alumni) Second Place: Michael Mazurkiewicz and Derek Smart (Ryerson University) Third Place: Owen Nichols and Sissily Harrell (Architectural Designers, USA)

Student Category Winners First Place: Brandon Bergem (U of M Environmental Design alum), Megan Krahn (OCAD) Second Place: Evan Taylor and Matt Hagen (Carleton University) (U of M Environmental Design alumni)

Thank You To Our Donors: Propolis – Etc. University of Manitoba, Dinning Services Inn at the Forks Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Province of Manitoba




Table for 1200 more May 28, 2016

Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba

O n M a y 2 8 th, 2 0 1 6 t h e F a c u l t y o f Architecture was pleased to participate in the Table for 1200 More event held on Waterfront Drive in Winnipeg, MB. The event, held under sunny skies, featured a 1200-person dinner table spanning from Bannatyne Ave, past Lombard, under the rail bridge to Shaw Park. Table for 1200 More is organized as part of StorefrontMB’s mandate to raise awareness about the value of architecture, design, and urbanism to the broader community. The dinner hosted representatives from government,

prominent institutions, arts organizations, and citizens alike to take a seat at the table and join in the conversation. Volunteers acted as Table Captains and were responsible for providing a theme for their table. Following on the heels of the University of Manitoba International Bee House Design Competition, the Faculty of Architecture’s table was designed with the bees in mind. Guests at the Faculty table were asked to help promote this special initiative and forge connections with guests attending the event by inviting visitors from

other tables to complete an entry ballot for an experimental bee house. Three lucky event participants took home a bee house at the end of the evening Dinner was provided by local chefs Mandel Hitzer (Deer+Almond) and Ben Kramer. Guests were dressed for a “Winnipeg White Out”, wearing all white to provide a truly unique and magical visual dimension to the evening. A competition was held for the best table design. 1st place table went to 4th year Environmental Design student, Emily Sinclair. •


Handmade Crib Table by Erik Arnason and Todd Willick

Emily Sinclair & Joseph Pilapil

Jar-Dine, Caroline Grimes and Jane Hilder


Celebrating 25 years of Warehouse Journal this Fall For more information, and to read past editions, visit:

Joan Harland


December 10, 1914 - July 17, 2016

Reprinted from | O n S u n d a y, J u l y 1 7 , 2 0 1 6 , J o a n Harland passed away at the Winnipeg Convalescent Home. Joan Mary Harland was the daughter of Thomas and Belle Harland and the sister of Robert Harland. Surviving are two nieces, Diana Chance and Katherine Kennedy, and two adopted nieces, Irma Reich and Mary Kosary. Born December 10, 1914, in Leeds, England, and baptized in the Leeds Parish Church, she came to Winnipeg in March, 1915, where she continued to live. She returned frequently to England during the summers. She attended school at St. Mary’s Academy for 12 years, matriculating in 1932. In 1933, she received an ATCM (Music) from the Toronto Conservatory of Music; in 1938, a Bachelor of Architecture degree (Gold Medal) from the University of Manitoba; and in 1948, a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia, NY. In 1939, she began teaching in the Architecture/Interior Design School at the University of Manitoba, becoming Lecturer, Assistant, Associate and Full Professors. She was Chairman/Head

of the Department of Interior Design for 23 years. After retiring in 1980, she returned to University of Manitoba as a student and during the next 10 years received 52 undergraduate credits in Religion. Having found satisfaction in essay writing, she continued to write about the early Christian centuries. In 2000, she wrote Simple Jesus - Complex Creeds and in 2007, Women of the Bible Viewed by a Woman - emphasizing the importance of the mature Mary, mother of Jesus, in the development of early Christianity. Other writings include the History of Interior Decoration/Design at the University of Manitoba 1938 to 1997, A Guide to the Parish Church of St. George, Crescentwood, Winnipeg (1995), Carvings on the Main Entrance Doors Parish Church of St. George (1997), St. George’s Church Architecture (illustrated) (2008). Activities at St. George’s Anglican Church include: Church Design Committee for the new church (1956 to 1958), Synod Delegate, Peoples’ Warden, Parish Council Clerk, Offertory Recording, Altar Guild, Flowers, and Planning and Design Committee. She

also designed church Vestments including Chancel Kneelers (1983), Blue Vestments (1989), Green Vestments (1993) and the Anniversary Banner (2008). In 1981, the University presented her with a Professor Emeritus Award, which she valued highly. Other awards include: The Mary/Martha Award (Anglican Women) in 2003 and the Marian Award (Roman Catholic women - St. Mary’s Academy) in 2008, FIDEC, FIDC, FPIDIM (Fellow). In 2009, to celebrate her 95th birthday, many of her former students contributed to the Joan Harland Scholarship in Interior Design, originally set up in 1981 by students. In 2014, she received a greeting from Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her 100th birthday. In 2016, she was honoured to be inducted into the Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt. She believed strongly that her future life will continue in the activities/contributions of her students and the appreciation by others of the works of art she has been involved in creating. •





DIARMUID NASH 1974 B.E.S., 1979 M.Arch 10.18.2016

ALLAN BELL 1982 B.E.S. 02.09.2017

JOHANNA HURME 1999 B.Env.D., 2002 M.Arch. SASA RADULOVIC 1999 B.Env.D., 2003 M.Arch. 02.15.2017

DAVID CABIANCA 1990 B.E.S. 03.09.2017


To c e l e b r a t e t h e h i s t o r y o f t h e Environmental Studies / Environmental Design Program and to move forward into the future we have planned a number of events and have invited speakers who represent each of the last 5 decades.


Ted McLachlan Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture 36 years of service

Robbin Watson Manager, Finance & Administration, Faculty of Architecture 27 years of service

Larry Grimshire 19 years of service Caretaking Services, Physical Plant





Fabrigami Photo by Jenn Warming Yablonowski Hut Construction




Deans Lecture Series

THE MAKING OF GASLANDS Josh Fox September 15, 2015

In 2008, Fox received a letter from a natural gas company interested in leasing his family’s land that sits atop the Marcellus Shale in Milanville, PA for drilling. Disturbed by the letter, he embarked on an odyssey to glean as much information as possible about natural gas drilling in the US—with movie camera in hand. The result is a powerful film that uncovers a trail of secrets, lies, and contamination. Narrating a first-person account, Gasland shows us truly shocking information about “fracking.” Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is when a cornucopia of toxic chemicals is blended with water and forced into the shale to create a small earthquake underground. As a result of this particularly toxic form of drilling, Fox shows water that can be lit on fire right out of the sink, residents of disparate drilling locations that have the same chronic illness symptoms, pools of toxic waste that kill cattle and vegetation, and how

some gas well blowouts are consistently covered up by state and federal regulatory agencies. Variety magazine writes, “In vivid animation and graphics, Fox illustrates how the continent-wide explosion of fracking projects threatens watersheds and river basins, the source of drinking water.


Indigenous peoples are suffering from unprecedented health problems in large part because of poor diet choices. Many have lost touch with their traditional methods of cultivating, preparing and preserving foods, in addition to the consistent activity that kept them physically and mentally fit. One way to inspire Indigenous people to become healthy is to give them an opportunity to have a hands-on experience in the cultivation of gardens that feature plants once sown, cultivated and harvested by tribes of this hemisphere. T ​ his lecture presents strategies for the creation and sustainability of campus gardens, as well as how Indigenous gardens can contribute to the beauty of campuses and can be the catalyst for networking among students, faculty, farmers, local schools and community members. Devon Mihesuah is the Cora Lee Beers Price Teaching Professor in International Cultural Understanding. She holds a Ph.D. in American History from Texas Christian University. Her career has been devoted to the empowerment and well-being of indigenous peoples. She served as Editor of the American

Indian Quarterly for nine years. Her research, writing and speaking focuses on decolonization strategies and is one of the few indigenous writers who successfully writes non-fiction and fiction. She regularly speaks nationally and internationally about issues pertaining to empowerment of indigenous peoples; her works are cited and reprinted in hundreds of publications and her books and essays are used in classrooms across the world.


This presentation outlines the role of the state in the evolution of the current gap in health outcomes between Canada’s indigenous and mainstream populations. In light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Recommendations, it considers the legacy of government policy in the current relationship between Canada and its indigenous population.

James Daschuk research focus is on the impact of environmental change on the health of indigenous people. His historical work investigates the role of disease, changes to subsistence practices and climate change in the historical development of western Canada. His current research projects include the impact of introduced species, horses and domestic cattle, on the well-being of First Nations.


This talk examines the role Indigenous peoples played in the formation of modern political boundaries in North America. It focuses on the Metis communities that traced their origins to the fur trade encounters between Indigenous women and Euro-North American men. In the nineteenth century, the members of these communities emerged as powerful new players on the Great Plains, as their trade loyalties, military power, and connections to their Indigenous neighbors became key to national ambitions. It explores how, as fur trade societies waned, and as state officials looked to establish clear lines separating the United States from Canada and Indians from non-Indians, these communities of mixed Indigenous and European ancestry were at the center of the efforts by nationstates to divide and absorb the North American West. This talk will therefore trace how Plains Metis communities shaped and

were shaped by the establishment of the United States-Canada border across the nineteenth century. At the same time, it will also reflect on some of the twenty-first century challenges of writing histories of Indigenous peoples that span these modern political boundaries. Michel Hogue is assistant professor of history at Carletonv University in Ottawa, Ontario, where he teaches courses in Canadian, American, and Indigenous histories. He received his B.A. from Simon Fraser University, M.A. from the University of Calgary, and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research over the past decade has focused on the experiences of Metis and First Nations on the trans-border Great Plains and their encounters with the agents of the Canadian and U.S. governments.


According to the architectural historian Antoine Picon, we are “in the middle of a dramatic redefinition of the relation of architecture to time and history.” In this lecture, Anne Bordeleau examines how this shifting relation might be expressed, whether inherently or explicitly, in our conception and representation of architecture. Building upon her book Charles Robert Cockerell, Architect in Time: Reflections around Anachronistic Drawings (Ashgate, 2014), she moves between Cockerell’s nineteenth century and our contemporaneity to address the temporal depths of drawings and buildings as well as, more broadly, the question of history insofar as it affects our comprehension of architecture. Anne Bordeleau is an architect and associate professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Waterloo, where she teaches design studio and cultural history from Medieval to Modern times. She received her professional degree and postprofessional Masters in the history and theory of architecture at McGill University, she was awarded a PhD in Architecture form the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies (University College

London) and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Her research revolves about the complex interplays between architecture and time, and her writings around this topic have appeared in numerous international journals and edited books.




Harlyn Thompson Lecture Series

“We are visual animals” -Jack Nasar

OUTDOOR LIGHTING BY DESIGN Jack Nasar Professor Emiritus City and Resgional Planning at the Knowlton School Ohio State University November 3, 2015

Research on livable public spaces centers on the daytime experience. After dark, lighting may have major effects on impressions of public spaces. Following studies on office interior lighting, the presentation covers two studies. The first, a pilot study, manipulated three prominent modes of lighting—nonuniform–uniform, peripheral–overhead, and dim–bright—in three virtual squares, and for each mode and square, obtained ratings of judged spaciousness and privacy, and ratings of appeal, safety from crime and excitement from a sample of university students. The second study extended the first one in five ways: It used a diverse sample of adults across the U.S.; it replaced the single-item measures with three-item measures for each emotional

appraisal and added three measures of behavioral intent; to avoid semantic bias, it had each participant rate only one item; and it tested a variation of the peripheral lighting (tilted outward). Across the studies, the uniform, bright and overhead lighting contributed most to the kinds of favorable experiences people might expect to have in public spaces after dark. Implications for research, design, and design education are discussed. It is possible to find communalities of what people like and dislike when it comes to aesthetics. The one exception is that architects prefer highstyled buildings over popular-styled buildings more than the public -- the public just didn’t understand them.


Jack L. Nasar (PhD Man-Environment Relations, Pennsylvania State University; Masters Urban Planning, New York University; BA in Architecture, Washington University, St. Louis) is a Professor Emeritus City & Regional Planning, The Ohio State University. An environmental psychologist, urban p l a n n e r, a n d u r b a n d e s i g n e r, h e published more than 90 scholarly articles on environmental meaning, cognition, fear, crime, and spatial behavior, wrote two books (Design by Competition: Making Design Competitions Work; and The Evaluative Image of the City), and edited four more (Designing for Designers: Lessons Learned from Schools of Architecture; Universal Design and Visitability: From Accessibility

t o Z o n i n g ; D i re c t i o n s i n P e r s o n Environment Research and Practice; and Environmental Aesthetics: Theory, Research, and Applications, Cambridge, 1988). He also served as architectural critic for The Columbus Dispatch and for Landscape Architecture magazine. An invited lecturer around the world, his honors include the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Career Award, the EDRA Achievement award, Ethel Chattel Fellowship, Fellow American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Architecture at Washington University, St. Louis. •

To watch the full lecture please visit:




Atmosphere 8: WATER+ February 25-27, 2016



The Atmosphere 8 Symposium theme and title, WATER+, was chosen because it is one of the most pressing environmental issues to tackle in the 21 st century. As stewards of the built environment, the Faculty of Architecture recognizes that the design and planning disciplines can offer a leadership role, as agents of positive change, to address water issues, together with other allied disciplines – by design. The program introduction noted: We are interested in advancing our understanding of water and spatial occupation through the intersecting themes of DESIGN, COMMUNITY, E C O L O G Y, a n d E C O N O M Y. We understand these are inter-dependent and contingent and seek to understand water and our determined place on the planet accordingly. As designers we are interested in understanding the metrics of spatial occupation – how water informs and impacts all scales of inhabitation including policies, territories, landscapes, settlements, infrastructure, buildings and objects – to propose new forms for living, working and playing, predicated on a deeper understanding of the forces causally linked with nature and those linked with past and future notions of settlement. Over 240 students, academics, professionals, allied disciplines and community members registered / gathered for disciplinary and transdisciplinary engagement and exchange. The symposium began on Thursday evening with a keynote presentation by Maude Barlow, (author, environmental activist) where she emphatically shared that ‘water security, quality, access and use requires the immediate attention of everyone concerned with planetary well-



being.’ Over the two days that followed, the issues were explored and brought to light through a wonderfully insightful series of lectures, presentations, installations and social venues. The keynote speakers included: Kevin Bone (author, architect, professor, Cooper Union) ; Peter Kulchyski (author, activist, professor, UM), Anna Loes Nillesen, (author, architect, professor, TU Delft), Robert France, (author, landscape architect, professor, Dalhousie U); Drew Gangnes (engineer, Magnusson Klemencic), and; Grant Stewart (landscape architect, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol). The presentations were provided by: Catherine Venart (architect, professor, U Waterloo); Mary Pat McGuire (landscape architect, U Illinois); Wilma Needham (artist); Sandy Barham (geologist); Kayla Moore (post-graduate student, Engineering, UM); Elizabeth Yarina (graduate student, Urban Planning, MIT), and; Jonathan Watts (graduate student, landscape architecture, UM). Student participation in the symposium was remarkable and included: The courtyard Ice Bar, designed and installed by: Tyler Jones, Ben Bosiak, Emily Pawluk, Erik Arnason, Emily Bews, Mac Sinclair; the Water+ Photography Competition winners: Bret Gordon, Kevin Neufeld, Ryan Jackman; the international TransPlan: Water Competition and Installation, organized by Prof. Jae sung Chon. The winning entry – Envelop – came from the University of Texas (Austin) undergraduate Interior Design students: Catherine McCall, Erin Hamilton, Raquel Torres, and; the Aerial Tiles Installation featuring the ceramic work of Sarah Epp. As well, the vintage Japanese OJI Tapestries installation by Prof. David van

Vliet through Centrespace was also wellreceived. Provocative and insightful projects and ideas from the Keynote speakers included: Kevin Bone shared the heroic efforts - and beautifully designed and engineered infrastructure - to provide water for New York City in the 19th and early 20th Centuries; Peter Kulchyski offered an impassioned call to recognize the land and water rights of Northern Indigenous peoples in relation to the legacy of Hydro-electric projects and the devastating impacts these have created; Anne Loes Nillisen shared a wonderful range of innovative projects that addressed ‘living with water’ in the Netherlands and the developing world; Robert Frances took us through an encyclopedic range of ecologically based projects that sought to recognize water as the activating agent, by design; Drew Gangnes and Grant Stewart offered recent work across the USA, at a range of scales, that are pioneering, sustainable and beautiful. The Presentations were equally compelling and noteworthy. The readers of this article are encouraged to search the Internet for related publications and work offered by our speakers and presenters. This event was made possible through the financial support from the Faculty of Architecture / Endowment Fund and the Design Professions along with the help of numerous volunteers, and all through the efforts of the Partners Program and its staff, led by Brandy O’Reilly. • With appreciation to all, Profs. Eduard Epp, Alyssa Schwann and Richard Perron (Atmos 8 Co-chairs)


Photos by Jenn Yablonowski and Vincent Tang




Arch 2 Gallery

FIT Nation


5468796 Architecture Inc.

October 2015

November 2015

Fit Nation is an exhibition that presents architectural projects that engage and promote healthy and active living for individuals and communities. Communities and organizations are tackling heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases with a dose of powerful medicine: active design. Fit Nation brings together projects that showcase the ways design and grassroots strategies are promoting physical activity as part of daily life. The Exhibition A HUB @ A2G: A2G will act as the hub and showcase a dialogue between 33 US projects (curated by Center for Architecture NY) and Winnipeg projects.

BUILD is an opportunity to examine 1:1 scale details of twelve projects designed by 5468796 Architecture. Based in Winnipeg, 5468796 Architecture has responded to a conservative economic reality through creative spins on standard construction solutions, leading to a growing library of locally conceived and manufactured design responses. BUILD demonstrates the strength and confidence of their imaginations, rooted in ‘how’ to build rather than ‘where’ or ‘what’.

International Student Design Competition TRANS-PLAN: WATER+

CSLA Awards of Excellence Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

February 2016

June 2016

TRANS-PLAN is an international student design competition organized by A2G (Architecture Gallery at the Faculty of Architecture University of Manitoba). The competition is open to all students registered in spatial design and or exhibition design disciplines. The challenge of the competition is to design an exhibition in relation to WATER+, the theme of 2016 Atmosphere Symposium, the annual symposium at the Faculty of Architecture University of Manitoba ( The winning entry, selected by the jury, will be installed and exhibited in A2G for public viewing during the months of February and March, 2016. The winning team/individual will be invited to install and present the work during the 2016 Atmosphere Symposium.

The CSLA Awards of Excellence celebrates work that is inspiring, exhilarating, and remarkably diverse. The Program is intended to recognize and promote excellence in all aspects of the profession and communicate a strong awareness of the profession of landscape architecture related professions, potential clients, and the general public. The Awards of Excellence honour distinctive design, groundbreaking research, sustainable landscape management and much more.


Cultural Events

Alan Ricks MASS Design Group Jeffrey Cook Memorial Lecture

Russell Loveridge ETH Zurich Collaborative Digital Fabrication

Michelle Addington Disciplinary Mis-translations Seagram Visiting Lecture Series

Inaki Alday Sans & Margarita Jover Biboum Visiting Architect Lecture Series

September 17, 2015

October 20, 2015

October 29, 2015

November 3, 2015

Sasa Radulovic & Johanna Hurme 5468796 Architecture Inc.

Matti Siemiatycki University of Toronto

Toni Casamor BCQ arquitectura barcelona

Jerry van Eyck !melk Identity is not Imitation

November 24, 2015

November 26, 2015

December 3, 2015

January 21, 2016

Diane Lewis

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Faculty of Architecture Distinguished Lecture

Crystal Legacy Is there a crisis of participatory planning?

Alberto Perez-Gomez Attunement: Architecture after the crisis of modern science

January 29, 2016

March 8, 2016

March 17, 2016

April 7, 2016

For upcoming events please visit: FAUM Architecture University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture | University of Manitoba @faumanitoba Udo Weilacher

Lucinda Havenhand Reconsidering issues of gender in interior design

April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016




Food for Thought

‘Chair’ Your Idea & Winnipeg Design Festival

Steel Day & Grant van Iderstine

Jason Hare | FABLab

Stephen Oberlin | FABLab An Aerial Perspective

September 14, 2015

September 18, 2015

September 24, 2015

September 29, 2015

Warming Huts Faculty & Partners Program Huts

Ian Mauro Building a Sustainable Future

Kyle Janzen & Chris Burke JNZNBRK

Joe Kalturnyk Temporary is the new permanent

September 30, 2015

October 5, 2015

October 20, 2015

October 29, 2015


Sukh Johal CIHR & Woodworks

Braden Smith I Heart Winnipeg

Genuwine Cellars

Caitlin Meuller Creative Confluence

November 12, 2015

November 19, 2015

January 12, 2015

January 25, 2016

Warming Huts

Liz Wreford Point and Line to Plain

Wins Bridgman & Marcella Poirier Design Matters

Darcie Watson Edge / Overlap

January 28, 2016

February 10, 2016

February 11, 2016

March 1, 2016

Visitability Home Design Chris Roostaert and Lanny Silver

Thermo Design Insulation

HTFC Planning & Design Linking people, environment & time

Mike Scatliff

March 7, 2016

March 15, 2016

March 23, 2016

March 29, 2016




Year End Exhibition 2015/2016


The 2015-2016 Faculty of Architecture’s Year End Exhibition was a crossdisciplinary exhibition that showcased student work from around the Faculty of Architecture. The work was displayed in classrooms, studio spaces,

hallways, entrance foyers and lounges. Descriptions of the assignments were posted and both students and professors were on hand to meet and discuss the nature of the work with visitors of the Faculty.

For more photos please visit:

81 events/YearEndExhibition2015_16Gallery.html



Recommended Reading Karen Wilson Baptist

Associate Dean Academic, Chair, Environmental Design Program Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture Book Review

Fracture: Essays, Poems and Stories on Fracking in America (2016) By Taylor Brorby and Stefanie Brook Trout In both our communal and our personal experience of places there is often a close attachment, a familiarity that is part of knowing and being known here, in this particular place. It is this attachment that constitutes our roots in place; and the familiarity that this involves is not just a detailed knowledge, but a sense of deep care and concern for that place. (Relph, 1976, p.32) How can we come to know a people and a place well enough to offer remedies to a region caught in a seemingly endless boom and bust cycle? How can we learn about the impact to families, to people in need of making a decent wage, of the effects of industrialization on fragile prairie ecologies? Over the 2016 Winter term, I taught a Networks and Infrastructure studio to Landscape + Urbanism third year students and a graduate seminar to a small group of Masters students in Landscape Architecture. Both courses took on the subject of fracking in the Bakken region, a ‘petroregion’, as we called it, occupying the intersection of Manitoba, North Dakota, Montana and Saskatchewan. The duration of a university studio or course is brief in comparison to the enduring nature of the experiences in place that we wish to understand well enough to provide interventions to specific conditions. First-hand experience of a place is desired but not always possible. In regards to the Bakken, winter veils the nuanced topography of the prairie, and the idea of a winter road trip to this region inspires visions of Steve Buscemi stumbling through thigh deep snow in the Coen Brothers’ film

Fargo. As a supplement to mapping, GIS data, newspaper accounts and the like, literature can provide fictionalized, non-fiction and poetic accounts of the lived experiences of people, particularly in this scenario, those undergoing the profound socio-economic, technological and ecological upheavals associated with hydraulic fracturing. The notion of “Songlines” was advanced by the English writer Bruce Chatwin to describe the interweaving between people and landscape in the Australian outback. Our lives are written into the landscapes in which we dwell just as the landscapes that we call “home” inscribe themselves onto our very being. The stories within the literary anthology Fracture (2016), edited by Taylor Brorby and Stefanie Brook Trout, allows us to access the lives of people experiencing fracking through poetry, fiction and nonfiction narratives. These stories facilitate an intimacy with the lived-experiences within a region. Brorby and Brook Trout attracted an impressive list of significant authors from the environmental writing field – Rick Bass, Alison Hawthorne Deming, David Gessner, Bill McKibben and Kathleen Dean Moore amongst others. Dean Moore’s essay was a stand out for me. In ‘The View from 31,000 Feet: A Philosopher Looks at Fracking’ she recounts the experience of flying over the Bakken shale oil fields at night: “The entire plain, horizon to horizon, was studded with flames” (p.68). She offers this reflection, “What possible story permits this systematic violence…” (p.69)? The students gravitated to a range of works in the anthology. Tyler Priests’ ‘Frackenstein’s Monster: A History of Unconventional Oil and Gas Technology’ provides a primer for the technological innovations that permit fracking to be a profitable pursuit, while Bill McKibben in ‘Why Not Frack’ reviews the environmental ramifications of the industry. A student looking for a ‘short read’ discovered what could become a life long love of poetry – “The Bakken’s

fiery tongues punctuate uncertain fields, hungry now for oxygen…” (Krüesel, p.136). and others excavated words to inspire image as in Mark Trechock’s poem ‘Prophecy’: “North of the lake the Colossus of Oil holds aloft a fireball of gas like an Olympic torch wafting sulfur to salute the record-breaking pumpers” (p.246). ‘The Story of Staying’ by Jan Bindas-Tenny offers intimate insights regarding life in a boomtown: “Things politicians don’t want to talk about: eviction notices taped to the doors of the long-term trailer park residents” (p.233) and inspired an innovative exploration of the lived-experience of the Bakken at the 1:100 scale. In June I attended the Landscape Architecture Foundation Summit in Philadelphia. The summit featured a star-studded cast of key thinkers and practitioners from the discipline and related fields. While many enduring binary tensions continue to both plague and to invigorate the discipline, activism emerged as a prevalent theme. The notion of “Earth as Client” calls to landscape architects to join allied disciplines in radicalized practices of resistance against environmental degradation and to resist the segregation of vulnerable populations from climate change conversations and strategies. While Rick Bass reminds us of the risks that such knowledge awakens, phrasing Aldo Leopold: “One of the penalties of an ecological education … is that one lives alone in a world of wounds” (p.152), Ahna Kruzic and Angie Carter’s ‘A Feminist’ Guide to Fighting Pipelines’ and Amy Weldon’s ‘A Miniature Handbook for New Women Activists’ arm the new activist generation of landscape architects for the troubling legacy that we bequest to them. As Weldon closes, so shall I: “STEP SEVEN: KEEP TALKING. Wake up, honey. We can’t afford to live like this anymore” (p.48). • References Chatwin, Bruce (1987). The Songlines. Markham: Penguin Books Canada. Relph, Edward (1976). Place and Placelessness. London: Pion.


Alan Tate

Head and Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture

My recommended reading from last year of three books by Canadian landscape architecture academics … Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape (2014) by Susan Herrington – winner of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize from The Foundation for Landscape Studies; Landscape Architecture in Canada (2014) by Ron Williams – winner of a National Honour Award in the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Awards Program 2015 and Second edition of Great City Parks (Second Edition – 2015) by Alan Tate with Marcella Eaton – winner of the UK Landscape Institute Award for Landscape Policy and Research for 2015 … remains important material for any practitioner or academic in Canada. My academic reading this year has tended to be more interrogative

than cover-to-cover. Two academic publications that did retain my full engagement, however, were: • Dreamstreets: A Journey Through Britain’s Village Utopias (June 2016) by Jacqueline Yallop. 240 pages (London: Jonathan Cape) – informative for History of Urbanism • Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning: A Multi-Scale Approach (September 2015) by Karen Firehock. 160 pages (Washington DC: Island Press) – one of numerous recent publications on the topic. Apart from that, it’s been The Girl on the Train; two J.M. Coetzee novels; a Graham Swift novella, and a collection of his short stories … and Beth Moon’s fabulous photographs in her 2014 collection, Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time. (New York: Abbeville Press).

Rae Bridgman

Acting Head and Professor, Department of City Planning Department Recommendations

Friedmann, John. (2008). The Uses of Planning Theory A Bibliographic Essay. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 28(2), 247-257. Hodge, Gerald and David Gordon (2007). Planning Canadian Communities: An Introduction to the Principles, Practice, and Participants. Toronto: Thomson - Nelson. Healey, Patsy. (2003). Collaborative planning in perspective. Planning theory, 2(2), 101-123. Lefebvre, Henri (2003 [1970]). The Urban Revolution. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Logan, John R., and Harvey Luskin Molotch (1987). Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place. University of California Press. Lynch, Kevin (1981). Good City Form. Cambridge MA, The MIT Press.

Moudon, Anne Vernez. (1992). “A catholic approach to organizing what urban designers should know.” Journal of Planning Literature 6(4): 331-349. Porter, Libby. (2006). Planning in (post) colonial settings: Challenges for theory and practice. Planning Theory & Practice, 7(4), 383-396. Roseland, Mark (2005) Toward Sustainable Communities Resources for Citizens and Their Governments. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers. Sandercock, Leonie (2003). Cosmopolis II: Mongrel Cities of the 21st Century, New York, Continuum Press. Wates, Nick. (2000). The Community Planning Handbook: How People Can Shape Their Cities, Towns and Villages in Any Part of the World. Earthscan, London.




Awards Celebration Dinner




University of Manitoba Gold Medal Recipient

Ashley Keldani | This post-earthquake recovery and regeneration project located in a small fishing village in rural Haiti is concerned primarily with climate, economical, environmental and social challenges while being highly sensitive to culture and history. The site includes a harvesting and preservation plant for fruit, vegetables, fish and bamboo as well as living quarters, a garden market, a ceremonial voodoo building, public bathrooms, bamboo lumber yard, cisterns and terraced landscape for growing. The bamboo forest is the source for the majority of the building materials which aids in repopulating the 98% deforested land while healing the soil for future farming exports. Adobe foundations are also sourced from the site and thus all materials for the entire project are directly from the site and constructed with local skill. In this way any and all funding can go directly to the local economy and no monies are spent on purchasing or importing construction materials.

Pre-existing local skills are incorporated into building methods so that construction may come intuitively. This includes local basket weaving techniques, sun dried bricks, huts and nets. All mechanical systems are integrated with the environment and do not require electricity or exterior system networks. All buildings are self sufficient to offer financial independence and reliable disaster survival for future earthquakes or hurricanes. Natural passive systems include open air ventilation that takes advantage of land and sea breeze movements, for example the harvesting plant integrated velocity tubes and heat vents into the structural shell. Evaporative cooling ponds and water storage containers are incorporated throughout several of the buildings, naturally chilled terra cotta pipes are within the adobe foundation to provide additional cooling to the buildings as well as water sources throughout. Harsh direct sunlight is controlled and directed through a variety of layered skins and screens as well as encouraged vegetation growth on intended rooftops increasing structural flexibility and additional cooling. •


Ashley Keldani Enviromental Design Program 2015-2016 Architecture Master Preparation Option Advisor: Lancelot Coar, Associate Professor I grew up in the Okanagan Valley in BC surrounded by wineries, orchards and forests which influenced me to have a deep respect for nature and to understand the satisfaction and joy that comes with living off and with the land. I started out in the Interior Design industry including teaching at the Art Institute of Technology and Design in Kelowna. I have a previous Bachelors degree majoring in Art History from UBC and deeply enjoy integrating my knowledge of history and culture into my current works. I just completed my second Bachelors degree in the AMP option from UM, finishing with the Gold Medal for top GPA in the Faculty of Architecture as well as multiple scholarships and qualifications to the Deans Honor list. I will be starting my Masters in Architecture

at UC this fall (2016) including a semester to study in Barcelona. My future plans in the field post academia include historical restoration and design, accumulating industry hours for future certification and starting my own firm in the niche of historical architecture and restoration. I would like to add that my time spent at UM was incredibly moving, the faculty and especially the professors that I had the privilege to work with were nothing less than inspiring, impactful and memorable. I would like to specifically thank my studio professors Nada Subotonic and Lancelot Coar for giving me the perfect balance of guidance and creative freedom as well as authentically caring about the work and what it means.



Barkman Concrete Design Competition [BO]bench Katryna Lipinsky

Thea Pedersen

Sasha Amaya

[BO] bench is designed to engage users in an interactive experience by offering the user a variety of places on which to sit, perch, or lean. Coupling a sense of play with a useful variety of surface heights and widths, this design facilitates the user’s needs by providing them with choices on how to use the dynamic form.

Complementing the bench, the planter and waste container also serve as media through which the environmental and technological interact. The waste container is designed to facilitate disposal in two ways: its form, tapered at the bottom, creates a chute for unhampered removal of a full bag; the design also conceals a scale at the bottom of the container, which, at the pressure of 20 lbs or more, changes the bin’s light rim from white to green. Similarly, the planter alights at night, highlighting its contours and uniting the piece further with its unit.

The bench,planter and waste container are created from a wet poured concrete with reinforcments throughout the structure. The surface is smooth but unpolished to bring out the beauty of concrete while placing it firmly within the vocabulary of other urban hardscapes, such as sidewalks, curbs and roads.

waste bin


70cm 110cm


45cm With a tapered core and a broad surface, the design of the bin allows for a comfortable stance for emptying. Maintenance personnel can rest their elbows on the broad surface, while expecting to pull the bag out with ease. The base of the holder is 25cm high, acting as a weighted support against wind and other environmental risks.

170cm A small outlet, tucked discreetly within the underlip of the lean segment, where it is protected from the elements, serves to provide users with a temporary charging station for their smart technology.




Edges of the planter are designed to compliment the twisting ribbon-form of the bench. With a simple plainer surface, the planter can be positioned with a vertical surface, such as a building facade, eloquently. 20cm






Bo’s back surface is designed flat, both to allow for coordination with the building facade and to facilitate its construction in a wet cast form. Given its unique curvature, a slow-setting concrete mixture is ideal for accuracy and ideal texture quality of the [bo]bench. 10cm

Designed to fold against a building wall, stand alone on a pedestrian side walk or plaza, or create a sculptural component in a park, this bench integrates itself into diverse urban settings with simplicity, elegance, and a sense of movement. The various widths and heights offered by this bench allow manifold uses -- from a casual lean against a warm brick wall to the resting of groceries on a surface platform -- while maintaining ergonomic guidelines for comfort and safety.


1st Place: Katryna Lipinsky, Thea Pederson, Sasha Amaya

Barkman Concrete Design Competition 2015 - 2016 Eligibility: Any enrolled student of the Faculty of Architecture and students of the course EVLU 4002 Construction Materials Year: L+U4 students, M2 landscape architecture students Fall Term 2015 Course Instructor: Prof. Anna Thurmayr TA: Katharine Walker

About the Competition: How to turn a bench, a bin, and a planter into ‘smart urban furniture’? Every year Barkman Concrete Ltd. honours precast design proposals of students that challenge and celebrate the material ‘concrete’. The task this year was the presentation of a design for pre-cast furniture that serves both higher comfort standards (e.g. bench with armrests, backrest and wooden seating area; lockable waste container with side opening and liner for garbage bag) and advanced electronic purposes (e.g. bench with charging station or bus notification; bin with indicator that container is full).

Conceptional ideas were expected for the set of bench, bin, and planter and detailed scaled drawings for the bench only. The call for entries established prizes (total money of $3000) generously donated by Barkman Concrete Ltd. as part of their Scholarship Fund for students in the Faculty / Department of Landscape Architecture. •



Construction Drawings ”


This modular design is a composition of triangles that can be arranged in varying formations. This three part design is made up of a disposal bin, planter, and a bench. The disposal bin and planter are both triangular in form while the bench is composed of three triangles forming a trapezoid. All components of this modular design are created by a wet cast concrete base. The bench is designed for comfortability which is encompassed by its angled sides for extra leg space and a curved seating area. The intricate notches located on the concrete base allow for a removable metal piece to be attached to the bench allowing for electronics to be charged. The curvature of the seating is created through Cedar panels following a 4o angle of comfortability elevated from the concrete base.

3’-1” 60o



2” 1 1/2”

4o 4 1/2”

Possible Combinations 40+ combinations


1’-3” 1’-5” 1’-6” 80o 2 1/2” 7”

1:10 Section


1:10 Plan



Recycling and Garbage

The curvature of the bench is suitable for sitting on either side, which allows for optional seating and more combinations in the modular form.

There are three sizes of planters which have varying heights. The wooden accents inter-lay the wet cast concrete.

There are two disposal bin designs that accommodate recycling as well as waste. The fibre glass openings on the door act as an indicator for capacity.

Removable Segments

Cedar Segments




Removable plug

Cement mass

Structural Rebar

EVLU 4002

Construction Materials

Barkman Design Competition

University of Manitoba

Landscape and Urbanism

Year 4



Nikko Aliasut

Dilaxshy Sivagurunathan

Vanessa Vermeulen

Place: Nikko Aliasut, Dilaxshy Sivagurunathan, Vanessa Vermeulen

PALIMP[SET] Diving amoungst the urban Layers

The design of the furniture set pulls from the palimpsest of Winnipeg. The palimpsest is the layering of elements of the city over time which creates a unique richness to our environment. A major layer in this palimpsest is the river that used to connect but now bisects the city from North to South and East to West. Where the Red and Assiniboine River meet, there is a beauty in the form of this connection. The ripples in the bench pull from the Assiniboine Rivers form with the support pulling from the Red. On top of the form of the rivers lay the river lot system with their narrow linear forms extruding from the rivers edges.


Black locust wood is chosen for its ability to resist graffiti and represents these lots in form. The connection between the concrete form meanders down the bench just as the river meanders through the city. This rippling meandering form flows into the openness of the planter and the translucency of its sides. The dip of the side represents the dips in the river, while the trash can floats to due to its translucent base to continue the form in silhouette. The three pieces form a set of urban artifacts referencing the layers of the urban form. The pieces fit together just as the layers of the city form the palimpsest creating a modular system of changing forms for changing spaces.



Side View

Black Locust Wood

5cm 43cm




The bench is designed with a single support that is counterweighted below the ground with rebar reinforced concrete. The Black Locust Wood is a series of strips laminated together and connected with an embedded metal plate bolted to the laminated wood and connected to the inner rebar in the concrete to provide a connection and support. This system is designed for a strength, stability, and elegance giving the bench a delicate yet strong physique.



Plan View

Plan View The planters design is a continuation of the meandering river seen in the side view of the bench. Utilizing translucent concrete, a range of light will pass through the edges of the dip, highlighting the rivers edge.

Perspective 20cm

Embedded Steel Connection Plate [2cm]

Reinforced Concrete

13cm 5cm 46cm

Above Grade Below Grade

13cm 30cm


Longitudinal Section

Translucent Concrete

Rear View

1:10 0



Reinforced Concrete

The translucent concrete utilized at the base of trash can allows for a layered look to the set. This material also allows for a degree of ease to the city workers as it quite easy to tell when it is time to change the garbage. The door located at the back of the garbage bin also adds to the ease of changing the garbage.

Trash Can


91cm 76cm

Side View

Plan View

1:10 0


Ryan Broadfoot


Janelle Harper

Emmanuel Reich

EVLU 4002

Construction Materials

Professor Anna Thurmayr

TA: Katharine Walker

Faculty of Architecture: Landscape + Urbanism

Fall 2015

3rd: Place: Ryan Broadfoot, Janelle Harper, Emanuel Reich




Visitability Design Challenge


4. Overnight Space

1. Home Entry

Standard door size (7’ x 3’) 63” x 63” landing

Paved road in front of the ramp

Slope ratio: 1:12

2. Doorways and Hallways and 3. Washrooms

First floor plan REFLECTIVE GLASS




36” 36” 36”


- Tinted and reflective glasses offer harmonization and more compatible within its environment - Protect privacy to a micro-house in a dense cluster - Providing sunlight while prevent glare

The diameter of the red circles is 60”. The project is located at Vancouver, where a minimum 60” diameter of open floor space in front of kitchen counter is required to be qualified as visitable. To achieve efficient floor layout, their is not hallway.

On the first floor, half of the floor is used as living room, which can provided substantial space for a temporary overnight bed. A screen is used to provide privacy. The glass wall on the side is reflective glass which protects privacy as well.

Their are not bathtub but shower instead. A flippable seat with handles on both sides is more feasible to disabled people and provides more space in the washroom. The toilet and the shower seat are placed in the same direction with the open floor circle in the middle for easier transition.

Second floor plan

The deck is feasible to any personal equipment too. 60”

1st Place Environmental Design Interior Environments Year 4

“VisitAble Housing” or “VisitAbility” is the concept of designing and building homes with basic accessibility. VisitAble KITCHEN homes provide easy access on the main level for everyone. VisitAble housing offers a convenient home for residents and a welcoming environment for visitors in all ages and mobility. VisitAble Home Design is becoming increasingly prevalent as a response to a housing sector which severely and routinely lacks homes designed

Environmental Design Year 2 Studio Grand Winner: Violet Zhiyu Jiang University of Manitoba

Faculty of Architecture

with even the most basic of agefriendly or accessible features. As both the younger and older adults of today’s society strive to become more inclusive of all individuals and notice for themselves the importance of aging and place, the relevance of VisitAbility becomes apparent. Over the past few years a national project has been undertaken here in Canada which has assembled multiple task forces across the nation to promote 20

Environmental Design EVDS 2900 Design Studio 2

Winter 2016

Instructor: Dr. Mohammad T. Araji

TA: Shannon Loewen

Violet Zhiyu Jiang

education and awareness of this integral set of design principles. Through this project the Winnipeg VisitAbility Task Force has produced a modernized set of standards and guidelines to use in contemporary VisitAble Home Design. As members of the Winnipeg VisitAbility Task Force, Architect Lanny Silver and Chris Rootsaert with Ten Ten Sinclair Housing Inc. invited students to develop projects that incorporated a “VisitAble” design to their housing projects. •



List of the micro-home’s accessibility features:

Ease of Use - lever faucets in kitchen and bathroom - reinforced 6.5” bathroom walls for mounted grab bar supports and fold out shower seat - entrance lighting - rocker light controls - curbless shower with curtain - audio/visual alarms - interior pocket doors and entry door with lever handle Adjusted Heights - raised front loading washer/dryer and electrical outlets raised to 16” - lowered light switches, thermostats and other controls to 36” - adjustable closet rod - bed height of 21” - window heights of 22” in living space and bedroom - counter heights of 30” - cabinet and shelf max. height reach of 48” Smooth Flooring - non-slip bathroom and kitchen floors - low pile carpet throughout living space and bedroom/laundry areas Space - no-step entry - 36” interior door widths and 38” entry door width Diagram of the micro-house’s accessiblity. - maneuvering space of 60” diameter in bathroom, kitchen, living space, and laundry areas - futon in living room also functions as an overnight space - leg space under counters, sink and stove in kitchen and under sink in bathrom


Studio Grand Winners: Devin Dushanek Zhiyu Jiang (Violet)

Rendering of the exterior back of the micro-house viewed from the South-East. Site is situated with the pre-existing walking path running under the overhang of the house, which also provides much needed cover for the house’s entry.



Unit Winners: Haim Chernyakov Andrea Doussis Brittany Hince Siwicki Jedidiah Nibre Michaela Peyson Aeron Regalado Kenworth Sayson Desiree Theriault Marlena Jankowski Pauline Ordonez

Environmental Design Year 2 Studio Grand Winner: Devin Dushanek ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN INTERIOR ENVIRONMENTS YEAR 4 First Place: Paula Aragao Kelsey Hodge Olushola Shitta Bey Ashley Vinsky Katie Wurch Second Place: Sukyoung Kim Lindsay Imlah Andrew Viflanzoff Soheila Batenipour

Figure 31: Dean’s Residence Perspective 1 (Wurch 2015E)

2nd Place Environmental Design Interior Environments Year 4

Honorable Mention: Johnathan Barscello Chelsea Lazar Marina Luxi Jessica McMillan Ames Pujianto DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE Amanda Bakker Ben Bosiak Louisa Fontaine Evan Schellenberg

Department of Architecture: Evan Schellenberg




Environmental Design Research Association



Three islands in Winnipeg


Islands in Chinese Gardens

University of Manitoba

Professor Brenda Brown

The ground surrounding the Manitoba Legislative

there is very little Indigenous representation there.

plants; Eastern White Cedar, Wild Tobacco, Sweet Grass

vegetation was removed for the design. The four sacred

Introducing an ethnobotanic garden will create a

and Prairie Sage are planted in beds along the path and

visible expression of Manitoba’s Indigenous people

clustered in front and behind the Legislative building.

and will be a symbolic gesture aimed to bring

Peach bloosm as the prototype of Traditional Chinese Gardens

Interviews with three men knowledgeable about


Indigenous Culture were conducted. This included a

Several elements were selected during the research into traditional gardens of China so as to reproduce the character of Chinese culture.

Organized Stones LOCATION MAP

Shadow studies were done to influence where

plantings occur.These plants surround a circular path because, as learned in the interviews, circles are

the relationship between plants and Manitoba’s


Winnipeg, Canada

very high respect for plants, therefore no existing

Indigenous issues to the forefront of our government. Stones as Retaining walls

EVLU 4012

Each interviewee spoke of the Indigenous culture’s

Building is a symbolic landscape. It holds many

monuments and iconographic features, however


Trees with Verticle features

Stone Paths


Metis Elder, an Ojibwa/Cree student in his twenties

symbolic of balance. A fire is nestled among the sacred

plants in front of the building. It will continue to burn until every missing and murdered Aboriginal woman is found.

and a non-Aboriginal thirty year-old educator in an Ojibwe community.

“All plants have a spirit and all plants serve a purpose.”


The idea of "One pond and three islands" symbolizing humans' reverence for nature and the concept of “the peach blossom area” go back to Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE). These concepts continue to be influential in Chinese garden design today. This ethnobotanical garden design incorporates these ideas and organizes the garden to symbolize and promote the goals for plants and humans to live symbiotically.

• Ojibwa/Cree student interviewee


The goal of the garden is to bring a little bit more of plant and garden culture of China into Winnipeg’s multi-cultural culture, along with social, recreational and educational functions. To achieve the goal, interviews with those knowledgeable of Chinese culture were done to get a general idea of what could really be representative and attractive for potential users of the garden.

Eastern White Cedar Thuja occidentalis

Wild Tobacco Nicotiana rustica

Sweetgrass Hierochloe odorata

Prairie Sage Artemisia ludoviciana


Root Ball

Plug Plant Informally

Plug Plant Informally 0.3048 to 0.9m apart

Plug Plant Informally

1.25m apart

0.6 to 0.9m apart









Full Sun to Shade

Full Sun

Full Sun to Partial Shade

0.9 m apart


The designed garden is organized as a chain of picturesque scenes guided by stone paths and view attractions. Along the paths, plants categorized into either ornamental or of medicinal use are planted in different structures. Research into plant differences and adaptations helped determine how to best replace those Chinese plants that cannot grow in Winnipeg with plants of similar characteristics that can survive there.


Full Sun


This poster includes location maps of the site, a site plan(1:200 ), a planting plan(1:500 ), plant chart and planting schedule, three perspectives and two sections. Ludlow's tree peony


Bur Oak

Rock's tree peony


Scotch Pine

Arrow Bamboo


Common Choecherry

Northern Gold Forsythia

Muckle Plum

Chinese Astilbe ' Vision in Pink'

Amur Maple

Chinese Lantern

Canada Plum

HostaHosta forunei 'Albomarginata'


HostaHosta 'Aztec Treasure

Nanking Cherry

Bur Oak Common Chokecerry Muckle Plum Canada Plum Amur maple

Sinuate Bamboo

Hawthorn Scotch Pine

Boxthorn Siberian dogwood Common Juniper Honeysuckle Northern Gold Forsythia Chinese Atilbe 'Vision in pink' Chinese Lantern Hosta 'Aztec Treasure' Rock's Tree Peony Sinuate Bamboo Lily 'Grand Cru'

20m # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q

SITE PLAN 1: 200


YI Zheng, Landscape Architecture graduate student, and Meg Foster, graduating student in the Environmental Design- Landscape + Urbanism option, tied for this year’s best poster award at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) annual conference in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 21. Over 60 posters were presented at this international event. Foster’s Gitigan Mekanyzn and Zheng’s Evoking Other Gardens - Three Islands in Winnipeg


Common Name Latin Name Bur Oak Quercus macrocarpa Common Chokecherry Prunus virginiana Muckle Plum Prunus x nigrella 'Muckle' Canada Plum prunus nigra Amur maple Acer ginnala Hawthorn crataegus x mordenensis Scotch Pine Pinus sylvestris Boxthorn lycium barbarum Siberian dogwood lycium barbarum Common Juniper Juniperus communis Honeysuckle Lonicera Northern Gold Forsythia Forsythia 'Northern Gold' Chinese Atilbe'Vision in pink' Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in Pink' Chinese Lantern Physalis alkekengi Hosta 'Aztec Treasure' Hosta 'Albomarginata' Rock's Tree Peony Ludlow's Tree Peony Sinuate Bamboo Phyllostachys flexuosa Lily 'Grand Cru'



H: 20m W: 15m H: 8m W: 6m H: 3-5m W: 3-5m H: 6-8m W:5-6m H:4-5m W:5m H: 3-5m W: 4m H: 20m W: 8-10m H: 4m W: 4m H: 1.5m W: 1-2m H: 0.2-0.3m W: 0.5m H: 1.5m W: 1-2m H: 1-2m W: 1-2m H: 0.5-0.6m W: 0.3m H: 0.5-0.8m W: 0.5-1m H: 0.5-0.8m W: 0.5-0.8m H: 0.5-0.8m W: 0.5-0.8m H: 1-1.5m W: 1-1.5m H: 0.5-0.8m W: 0.5-0.8m

25 2 6


4 9 7 19

10 am

2 pm

8 am

4 pm

6 13 650 11 19 135 50 90

Lily 'Grand Cru'


33 14 50

began in the LARC/EVLU Possible Urbanisms studio in fall, 2015. As students in Professor Brenda Brown’s section, their first project was to design an ethnobotanical garden for Winnipeg, a project that included interviews with people of different cultures as well as other research on plants, people, Winnipeg and their sites. Students were required to prepare their design presentation based on EDRA specifications and to write and submit an

abstract to the juried conference. Seven out of the class’s eleven submissions were accepted in February; six students refined their designs, attended the conference and presented their work. Graduate students Sujana Devabhaktuni and Connor Redman also presented posters; graduate student Raveena Chauhan and undergraduate T.J. Richard presented their projects in 6-minute ‘shorts.’ •

Faculty of Architecture


Awards 2015 - 2016

FACULTY WIDE AWARDS Manitoba Graduate Scholarship Architecture Evan Schellenberg Stefan Klassen Maryam Haghshenaslari City Planning Jessica Russell-Edmonds Conor Smith Larissa Blumenchein Interior Design Erns Wall Landscape Architecture Brydget Lewicki Jane Hilder Sasha Amaya SSHRC Architecture Sarah Stasiuk City Planning Philip Mikulec Landscape Architecture Garth Woolison

Allan Waisman Aboriginal Architecture Scholarship Krista Goodman ARCC / King Student Medal City Planning Derek Yau Canadian Masonry Research Institute Scholarship Erik Arnason Corrigill Scholarship Environmental Design Hugh Taylor Jason Wall Michaella Amable Erns Wall Architecture Sarah Stasiuk City Planning Andrew Macaulay Interior Design Caroline Grimes Landscape Architecture Omar De Mesa

Faculty of Architecture Endowed Scholarship Environmental Design Evan Kettler Architecture Denis Vrignon-Tessier

Price Industries Ltd. Recruitment Award Environmental Design Arleigh Butler Karmela Martin Mateo Linares Claire Spearman

City Planning Brittany Curtis

Architecture/AMP Alexandre Ross-Gautron

Interior Design Emily Jones

City Planning Jeffrey Hanson

Landscape Architecture Ryan Coates

Interior Design Erns Wall Hartley Roger

Fridrik Kristjansson Scholarship In Architecture Zoe Lebel Maxwell Starkman Scholarship in Architecture Steven Holdack Adele Sinclair

Landscape Architecture Kristopher Mariash Carl Nelson Jr. Teaching Award Ted McLachlan




ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN PROGRAM William and Olive Humphrys Scholarship For Architecture Ashley Keldani

James Palmer Lewis Student Award Jason Wall Ting Ting Ng

Students’ Architectural Society Award Alena Rieger Vanessa Vermeulen

Dr. A.W. Hogg Scholarship Hugh Taylor

The R.A.C. Memorial Scholarship Michaela Amable

Arthur Buckwell Memorial Scholarship Stefan Klassen

Kasian Scholarship for Architecture and Design Excellence Stuart Cameron

Terry Cristall Scholarship In Environmental Design Katryna Lipinsky

Faculty of Architecture Design Award Stephanie Ammeter Isbister Scholarship Ainsley Johnston

Michael Cox Scholarship Ashley Peebles

Dan Muir Memorial Award Ainsley Johnston

James Palmer Lewis Student Scholarship Jason Wall Claire Spearman Royce O’Toole Samantha Blatz Laurie Aftanas Pinky Prize Robyn Fossay University of Manitoba Gold Medal Ashley Keldani

DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE Harry Seidler and John Russell Recruitment award in Architecture Aaron Pollock Michael Butterworth Leonard C. Klingbell Scholarship In Architecture Denis Vrignon-Tessier Mel P. Michener Architectural Fellowship Steven Holdack Cibinel Design Achievement Award Sakshi Misra Randy Gilbart Memorial Scholarship Evan Schellenberg

Le Prix Jacques Collin en Architecture Daryl Randa Nathan Johns

Stantec Architectural Fellowship Sakshi Misra Sarah Stasiuk

American Institute of Architects Certificate of Merit Ryan Marques

Manitoba Association of Architects Medal (20142015) Kailey Kroeker

Northern Sky Architecture Award For Environmental Stewardship David Tyler Jones

Alpha Rho Chi Medal Kailey Kroeker

Manitoba Association of Architects - Architecture Recruitment Award Emily Bews

Bill Allen Scholarship in Architecture (Travel and Research) Emily Bews (Research) Erik Arnason (Travel)

William E. Sheets Scholarship In Architecture Landon Lucyk

American Institute of Architects Medal Kailey Kroeker

Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Honor Roll Kailey Kroeker Ryan Marques Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Student Medal Apollinaire Au Norman Ripley Memorial Scholarship Brooke Conrad


DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING City Planning Jubilee Scholarship Ellen Enns Thomas B. Yauk MPPI Scholarship Deepa Chandran Dean David Witty Urban Design Scholarship Andrew Macaulay

MPPI Case-In-Point Excellence Awards 1st Place Lucy Ramirez 2nd Place Gaelen Pierce 3rd Place Krista Rogness Adam Kroeker Mayor’s Medal Lea Rempel

DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR DESIGN Jean M. Pearen Scholarship Leanza Barra

Stantec Interior Design Fellowship Stephanie Prouse

PIDIM Thesis/Practicum Prize Of Interior Design Emilee Taylor

Joan Harland Scholarship Emily Jones

PIDIM Medal Lindsay Biberdorf Roy C. Rettinger Graduate Scholarship For Interior Design Heather Wallis Caroline Grimes Milan Code Elyssa Woods Leanza Barra Katlyn Bailey

Steelcase Prize for Design Excellence Emilee Taylor Tamera Kucey Memorial Milan Code Teknion / Global (IDCF) Fellowship Taryn Lee Chambers

DEPARTMENT OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MALA Medal Meaghan Pauls Department of Landscape Architecture Graduate Fellowship Jonathan Watts Carl R. Nelson Travelling Fellowship in Landscape Architecture Kaleigh Lysenko

Landscape Architecture Entrance Scholarship Robert Freeman Landscape Architecture Thesis/ Practicum Prize Vincent Hosein Alexander E. Rattray Scholarship In Landscape Architecture Raveena Chauhan

Barkman Concrete Scholarship Stephanie Kirkland Xuan he Katherine Pihooja Connor Redman Heather Schneider University Olmsted Scholar Scott Irvine

MALA (Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects) Fellowship Krista Goodman Shannon Loewen Saskatchewan Association of Landscape Architects (SALA) Academic Award Kyla Tulloch