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Loloa Alkasawat

Architect

OAA, MES, LEED AP

Biography

I am a foreign trained architect with over fifteen years of multi-disciplinary experience. My path has been long and adventurous, many times starting over, whether school, or career wise. I enjoyed and made good use of every opportunity that came my way, never shying from trying something new, and making mistakes. Isn't that how we evolve?

I am trying something new this year. I am running for council, stepping outside my comfort zone, in an effort to be a voice for foreign trained professionals, a voice for female architects, a voice for the visible minority, and a voice for all professionals seeking to better our profession.

As an intern, I was on the Intern Committee that was responsible for the many changes to our internship process. I found that an invaluable experience, to be part of change, and to be included in that process.  I am so excited to be again part of change, as a member of council. 

While many of the candidates are more experienced professionally in projects, I offer an international perspective and insight on newly licensed architects and their struggles, and the challenges of opening a practice. We need more representation of these professionals, and more support for them. As a woman, I understand the challenges in the workplace, and seek to find support at the association level to encourage women architects and to provide a platform for them that leads to their success. In addition, I lead a group of foreign trained professionals, SPAN, Syrian Professionals and Arab Network, a network, and support group, that mentors and provides information to newcomers, and new interns, encouraging them to be licensed whether as PENGs or OAA.

If I am elected to council, I hope to be your voice in change. Please vote for me.

Loloa

 

Portfolio

Keith Penner Photgraphy
OAA Ice Sculpture
N/A
Toronto
6

Education

Master Degree Planning
York University

 

Toronto, Canada

2010

Bachelor Architecture
Damascus University of Architecture

 

Damascus, Syria

1991

Professional Experience

Cannon Design Architects
Architect

Toronto, Canada
2017

United Nations-UNRWA
Project Officer

Damascus, Syria
2012

NORR Architects
Architect

Toronto, Canada
2010

HOK Canada
Intern Architect

Toronto, Canada
2009

Retouche Design Inc.
Principal

Mississauga, Canada
2004