Susan Speigel is an Architect practicing in Toronto for over 30 years. She has created Susan Speigel Architect Inc. (SSA), a design studio rooted in community building and innovative thinking to push forward actionable projects. Her current work crosses many practices and disciplines to create what she calls ‘Social Architecture in the Public Realm’. Speigel is Core faculty at George Brown College (GBC) at the Institute without Boundaries (IwB) for 7 years.
Speigel’s pioneering work includes pilot projects which demonstrate her adept hand at executing a social architecture vision with a community of citizens and institutional stakeholders. Her consultative and collaborative approach has ushered in design strategies that generate funding models which fuel, not only the cost of construction, but operating capital for educating and employing the local residential pool to maintain and grow with the design executions. Speigel’s innate ability to design with empathy through this multi-disciplinary approach has allowed for the creation of unique solutions in response to community concerns and global dialogues.