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Redefining Sustainable Development: Regeneration and Rev...

11 May 2012

3 ConEd learning hours

Redefining Sustainable Development: Regeneration and Revitalization

Course Outline

This session will explore the transformation of three historically and culturally significant urban school sites, as exemplars of public sector environmental, educational, and community sustainability. The Nelson Mandela Park Public School and the Regent Park Community Centre project is part of the Regent Park Revitalization project, and is a mix of a retrofitted heritage school building linked to a new community centre, creating an integrated mixed use community hub development. North Toronto Collegiate Institute redevelopment is the result of an innovative public private partnership, the first of its kind, leveraging land value to enable an integrated school and neighbourhood development. Thorncliffe Park Public School is North America’s largest elementary school, with the special challenges of designing a new infill school in a unique cultural and urban context. These educational projects were designed as integrated high performance LEED developments, guided by sustainable urban design and community outreach principles.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn sustainable urban design principles for community revitalization projects
  • Learn innovative concepts for learning environments: the school as a teaching tool
  •  Learn about the integrated design process, including participatory community and stakeholder outreach
  • Learn targeted sustainable design principles for school and community hub projects. Green design features of the projects will be reviewed.

ConEd session sponsored by:



Susan Spencer Lewin

Susan Spencer Lewin is a Principal and Director of Sustainable Strategies at CS&P Architects. With over 20 years experience as a professional architect, her project experience and design background is extensive, with a continued focus on sustainable, accessible buildings and communities. Susan’s experience has typically included large urban projects with complex approvals processes and significant challenges. Recent projects include the North Toronto Collegiate Institute Redevelopment, a new secondary school and high rise residential redevelopment, the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre, Regent Park Community Centre and Nelson Mandela Park Public School, and the University of Windsor downtown campus revitalization project. Susan has lectured extensively on her work and sustainable building and community design.

Susan is a LEED® BD+C and ND Accredited Professional, a member of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects, is Chair of the OAA Sustainable Built Environment Committee, Past Chair of the CaGBC-GTC, and Faculty at the Institute without Boundaries, George Brown School of Design.

Sheila Penny, OAA, RAIC

Sheila Penny earned a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (1977) and a Masters in Architecture (1981) from the University of Manitoba. Following graduation she had a successful career with Moriyama and Teshimi Architects before joining the North York Board of Education as Manager, Design and Construction in 1994.  In 1999 Sheila was appointed to the position of General Manager, Technical Services, Toronto District School Board (TDSB).  In May of 2002 she became Executive Superintendent, Facility Services with an expanded mandate to provide facility services to 250,000 students and 650 facilities.  On February 3, 2010 Sheila was appointed to the new position of Director of Strategic Building and Renewal with duties consisting of leadership for TDSB’s Capital Program & Strategy, analysis of facility needs for our schools and school renewal. With Sheila’s leadership, Strategic Building & Renewal staff will continue to provide learning environments for students that are nurturing, creative and sustainable.

Martin Kohn, OAA, RAIC

Kohn Shnier Architects was founded in 1990 as a small, non-specialized practice. They have established a reputation for bringing inventive and iconic solutions to a broad range of design challenges. Widely recognized, Kohn Shnier Architects has received numerous OAA awards, City of Toronto Urban Design Awards, and Design Exchange awards. While being featured in TIME Magazine, Fortune magazine, and the New York Times, their work has also been published in international compendiums including 1000x Architects of the Americas, The Phaidon Atlas of World Architecture, and Architecture NOW. Prior to co-forming Kohn Shnier Architects, Martin Kohn worked in Rotterdam at OMA, the office of the Pritzker Prize winning Dutch Architect, Rem Koolhaas.