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Plenary Session - SHIFT 2019 Infrastructure / Architecture Challenge

24 May 2018 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM



1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

SHIFT 2019
Infrastructure / Architecture Challenge 

The Ontario Association of Architects challenges the profession to identify those interstitial infrastructure systems impacting society as a whole, and then propose new ways to think about their design, foregrounding their role as essential and diverse building blocks of communities.

A direct result of the OAA’s comprehensive review of its annual Awards Program in 2016, the new SHIFT2019 Infrastructure/ Architecture Challenge follows the recommendations in the final report by consultant Brigitte Desrochers: It “looks slightly beyond the horizon of traditional Awards Programs” to serve as “a new type of ‘activist’ prize for the OAA to engage, which better intersects with its public interest mandate.”

This new program targets a different societal issue every two years in which the profession can bring architectural thinking to engage the public in a dialogue about architecture and the role of architects in society. This program is geared to engage all facets of the profession as well as industry partners. Its intent is to strengthen the profile of architecture as a public-interest focused profession. But what does this mean, and how can you participate?

Attend this session and become inspired by speakers like Toon Dreessen (Chair, Challenge Program Task Group), Vanessa Fong (OAA Vice President Communications) and Robin Mazumder (cognitive neuroscience and urban design expert)! Be part of this exciting new direction for architectural thinking. Understand the motivation behind the new program, along with the details, timing and how to get involved. Be the first to witness the unveiling of the visual identity and branding!

Building on the success and positive feedback from last year’s conference, this full delegate plenary session provides an excellent opportunity for the profession to come together in conversation during conference.

Attend the plenary, network with your peers, understand the newest in OAA programming and be prepared to participate when the call for SHIFT2019 opens this October.