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55CE - From Getting Places to Place-making

24 May 2019 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours 

Transportation infrastructure has a major impact on our daily lives, how we work and play, how our communities thrive or fail and how city centres attract business. Within the lengthy process of a transit project that includes policy, planning and design (not to mention the challenge of rapid population growth and political will), how do architects fit into the equation of making great mobility projects that enable livable, prosperous and resilient communities?

This session will discuss two case-studies; the Mississauga BRT and the Eglinton Crosstown in Toronto. Together they will illustrate how a focus on the user experience, treating each transit node as a civic space—worthy of beauty, light, visibility and comfort—can create great public spaces and in so doing, benefit the public and transform the way we think about great public infrastructure. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Reflect on the complexity of planning and designing infrastructure—whether it’s solving the immediate needs or predicting future demands, are we ‘future ready’?
  2. Challenge designers to find opportunities for great design, to think beyond how to move trains and focus on how to move people. 
  3. Identify key elements of how designers can create more than just a waiting space but rather a positive experience for users (in regard to access, beauty, visibility, art, safety). 
  4. Identify how we can promote the positive impact of good design in mobility projects.


Lisa D’Abbondanza, OAA, LEED AP 

Lisa D’Abbondanza has more than 20 years of experience as both a lead design architect and a project manager. She began her transit architecture specialization in the office of Richard Stevens, where she assisted in growing the firm’s transit portfolio. Lisa has been a design architect for numerous transit projects as well as a facility manager with experience in coordinating between sub-consultants, transit agencies, AHJ, municipal officials, and public and private stakeholders. Her experience and understanding of the complexities of diverse project procurement environments enables her to partner with multiple stakeholder groups and build consensus without compromising design intent or integrity. Lisa is currently acting as system-wide architectural lead for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

Jennifer Ujimoto, AIA, OAA, GRP, LEED AP

Jennifer has over 15 years of experience crafting her understanding of project design, contract administration and project management. She is familiar with building and development approvals processes and has a keen understanding of the complexities of alternative project procurement and delivery methods. As a designer, Jennifer is dedicated to the collaborative process that is essential to the practice of architecture. Her ability to communicate effectively with clients, consultants and contractors make her a valuable member on challenging projects. Her multidisciplinary experience, including award-winning high-end residential design, exhibit design, academic writing and teaching, demonstrates her ability to implement rigorous design, project management and construction standards.