The Design Review Panel is composed of a mix of multi-disciplinary design-focused professionals including architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and engineers.
Gordon Stratford, Chair
Gordon Stratford, OAA, FRAIC, LEED®, is an architect with 35 years of experience in architecture, urban design, interior workplace and product design, and led the creative vision of HOK’s multi-disciplinary Canadian design team from 1997-2017 as Senior VP and Design Principal. He is currently the Principal of G C Stratford – Architect.
Gordon’s design leadership is evidenced by a range of projects both nationally and globally; including the University of Alberta’s Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, Dubai Marina, Honda Canada’s Campus, Doha City Centre, Memorial University’s Core Science Facility and LEED Platinum King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
A graduate of Waterloo and McGill universities, Gordon is a Mentor in the OAA Internship in Architecture Programme. He has served on design excellence juries for the cities of Ottawa, Hamilton and Edmonton. He has also been a guest design critic and presenter at Ryerson and Toronto universities, and frequent panelist at design symposiums. As a guest speaker Gordon has presented a diversity of topics; including designing for discovery, cultural sustainability, integrated creativity and design innovation. He has presented at the University of California Berkeley, Greenbuild, Toronto Meeting of the Minds, Tradeline and Society of College and University Planning Conferences (across North America), Cisco Forums, Ottawa Urban Forum, George Brown Institute Without Boundaries and City of Toronto City-Building Round Tables. His past community service includes serving as board member and chair of one of Ontario’s regional healthcare systems.
Michael Leckman, Vice-Chair
Born and educated in Montreal, Michael Leckman studied architecture at the University of Toronto. Upon graduation he joined Diamond and Schmitt and was named principal in 2003. He is also a member of the RAIC.
Michael is recognized for providing design leadership on complex institutional projects and for contributing to design education as assistant professor, guest critic, lecturer and mentor at the University of Waterloo and Ryerson University schools of architecture.
At Diamond and Schmitt, Michael has been the project principal for award winning buildings in New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and New Mexico. His design projects include several ‘centres’: the Bahen Centre at the University of Toronto; the Governor General Award winning York University Student Centre; the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre in Medicine Hat; the Sheridan College Centre for Advanced Manufacturing; and the Los Alamos Civic Centre. Other notable work includes the New Brunswick Museum and the Evergreen’s Centre for Green Cities in Toronto’s Don Valley Brick Works.
Carl Blanchaer, OAA, NSSA, FRAIC, joined WZMH Architects in 1981 after working for the IKOY Partnership in Winnipeg, Manitoba and became a Principal of WZMH in 1988. Carl graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in 1971 and a Master of Architecture in 1978 (AIA Alpha Rho Chi Medal). He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
Based in Toronto, WZMH Architects is an international firm that has been in practice for over fifty years. It is recognized for excellence in the design of complex, large scale buildings and has completed work in Europe, the USA, Middle East and China, as well as throughout Canada. Carl has served as Design Principal on many of the most important WZMH projects of the past two decades, with his work encompassing a broad range of building typologies including commercial, hospitality and institutional projects.
Carl’s recent work includes the Bay Adelaide Centre West Tower in Toronto (2012 OAA Design Excellence Award), the Durham Region Courthouse in Oshawa, Ontario (2011 RAIC CaGBC Green Building Award of Excellence) and the RBC WaterPark Place on the Toronto Waterfront (2015 ICSC Gold Award).
Ralph Giannone, OAA, MRAIC, leads Giannone Petricone Associates Inc., a firm with a vision for a diverse approach to design. No matter the type or scale, each project is infused with both exceptional rigor in design details and an overarching attention to, and passion for, urbanism. The range of awards and international recognition for the work is testament to the strength in diversity of the practice, and how one type of project can significantly inform another. Some of Giannone Petricone Associates’ smallest projects have garnered prestigious international attention, and have also been the recipients of City of Toronto Urban Design Awards.
In addition to sitting on the City of Toronto Design Review Panel, Ralph is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Toronto. Most recently he spoke at both the Alberta Association of Architect’s Banff Sessions and the Interior Design Show West in Vancouver.
Ralph graduated with honours from the University of Toronto in 1987 with a Bachelor of Architecture, receiving the Alpha Rho Chi Medal.
Meg Graham, OAA, MRAIC, is a Principal at superkül, a Toronto-based architecture practice founded in 2002 and recognized as one of Canada’s leading design firms.
Superkül’s commitment to design excellence, pragmatism, and sustainability has resulted in numerous architecture and design awards and the publication of the practice’s work locally, nationally and internationally. The firm has a broad portfolio of project types and sizes, ranging from single-family housing to larger scale commercial and institutional work, multi-unit housing and master planning. While diverse, all superkül projects share an attention to detail and material at both the large and the small scale, a thorough engagement of the clients and stakeholders involved, and a profound connection to their built and natural contexts.
Meg is an articulate communicator and advocate for design, contributing expertise and collaborative design skills in volunteer and board positions that speak to her strong leadership role both in and beyond the design community. Since 2001, Meg has taught graduate level design at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. A past Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, she sits on the Harbourfront Centre’s Architecture Space Advisory Committee and the Fort York Precinct Advisory Committee.
Meg received her professional architecture degree from the University of Waterloo (B.Arch, 1997), and her postgraduate degree from Harvard University (MDesS, 2003).
Viktors Jaunkalns graduated from the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture in 1981. He was awarded the Ontario Association of Architects Scholarship to conduct independent research in Switzerland and Italy. He subsequently taught at the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture’s Rome Program and the Carleton University’s Foreign Study Program.
Viktors is a founding partner of MJMA, and has helped to establish many of the firm’s projects as nationally recognized models for a new form of hybrid sport and recreation building that brings together different user groups under one roof. Currently within the office he plays a design leadership role, overseeing the development of the programming, site analysis and concept design of projects. His unique expertise in aquatic and arena programming and planning, as well as recreation design, is comparable to few in the industry.
Heather Rolleston has 20 years of experience designing, leading and managing award winning projects in the residential, mixed-use, master plan and commercial sectors. As a Principal at Quadrangle, Heather is responsible for design reviews and elevating the design practices of the studio across all the markets the firm services.
Heather studied architecture at the University of Toronto and, upon graduating, worked at a number of firms in Toronto. She has developed an appreciation for, and expertise in, Toronto’s unique design and development culture. Prior to joining Quadrangle, she worked at architectsAlliance for 16 years, achieving the title of Senior Associate and working on projects like: St. James Cathedral Centre, Regent Park’s Block 24 South, The Evergreen Brick Works Master Plan, and 158 Streling Avenue, the new home of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
She continues to be active in the architecture and design community as a guest critic a both the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture and the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.
A founding partner of Montgomery Sisam Architects, David Sisam, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP, has over 35 years of experience in urban design and architecture. Under his guidance Montgomery Sisam has developed a reputation for design leadership that is supported by over 45 provincial, national and international awards. David has directed the design of several of the firm’s award winning projects including Humber River Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge, Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence, the Arts and Administration Building at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, and the George and Kathy Dembroski Centre for Horticultural Excellence at the Toronto Botanical Garden, which won the 2006 Green Toronto Award for design.
David has recently been focusing on the impact of urban form on public health and sustainable design and has given numerous lectures on this subject for the Federated Press, St. Lawrence Forum, Strategy Institute, the Green Building Festival and the International Academy for Design and Health.
An assistant professor at the University of Toronto, School of Architecture from 1972 to 1983, David has been a visiting instructor and lecturer at Dalhousie University in Halifax and a visiting critic at the University of Waterloo and Ryerson University. David is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
George F. Dark, FCSLA, FASLA, OALA, is an urban designer and landscape architect. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and a member of the College of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects. George is the 2018 recipient of the Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture (GGMLA), the highest honour given to a landscape architect by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA). He has also received the OALA Pinnacle Award for Landscape Architecture.
George began his practice of landscape architecture and urban design in 1978. George’s work focuses on the quality of urban environments and he regularly coordinates large groups of diverse professionals. He excels at guiding projects through complex design, approval and public consultation processes. In the past 40 years, George has directed numerous urban master plan and open space system projects for communities in Toronto and Ontario. He has also completed projects in PEI, Alberta, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Florida and Barbados BWI. George is Chairman Emeritus of the Evergreen Foundation / Brickworks, Chair of the Social Innovation Institute at CSI Toronto and a Trustee of the McMichael Canadian Gallery.
With over 30 years of experience as an architect and urban designer, Joe Lobko, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP BD+C, has a broad range of experience on public and private developments with particular emphasis on urban design, adaptive reuse and the non-profit sector. In 2006, he joined DTAH as a partner with the merger of his practice Joe Lobko Architect, and in the same year he received an urban leadership award from the Canadian Urban Institute and became a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Volunteer efforts include serving on the Board of Directors for ArtsBuild Ontario and as past chair of the Toronto Society of Architects.
Notable award-winning projects include leading the design of renewal and restoration projects such as Artscape Wychwood Barns and Evergreen Brick Works; the planning and urban design of Waterfront Toronto’s West Don Lands community (with UDA); the L’Arche Dayspring Chapel; Artscape’s first legal live/work project in Toronto; the competition-winning Sims Square office building adjacent to Burlington’s City Hall; and the Fort York Transitional Residence.
Jessica Hutcheon is a Principal and Senior Landscape Architect at Janet Rosenberg & Studio, one of Canada’s most distinguished landscape architecture and urban design studios.
Jessica is committed to the environment and sustainable design. Instrumental in integrating environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices in the firm’s projects, Jessica is certified as a Green Roof Professional. She pursues projects that bring a diversity of people together in public spaces that work. An adept landscape architect and project manager, her desire to push landscape architecture beyond its traditional boundaries influences every completed project.
Sibylle von Knobloch
Sibylle von Knobloch, OALA, CSLA, ASLA, is a co-founder and principal of NAK Design Group. She has more than 30 years experience in landscape architecture, urban design, urban ecology and project management in Canada and abroad.
Sibylle specializes in the design of multi-use developments, streetscapes, open spaces, and parks. Her landscape practice is characterized by innovative design solutions that offer more humane, liveable environments and withstand the practical needs of urban life. Sustainable design strategies have become standard in her landscape design practice and she is currently involved in many LEED development projects. Ingenuity and a keen sense of design has lead the firm to receive numerous design awards in recognition of the creative environments it has designed based on their thematic strength, originality of design and implementation into built form.
Sibylle is a registered member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.
A founding Principal of PMA Landscape Architects, Jim Melvin, MLA, OALA, FCSLA, has over 37 years of landscape architectural experience and has been responsible for projects of major open space development, urban infill parks, community and park planning and long-term care residences and schools.
Jim has retired from PMA and has opened his own consulting practice Realm Works. The company focus is design and planning of spaces to enrich and enhance the public realm.
Jim Melvin is a member of the CSLA College of Fellows, past Chair, 2008-2009, recipient of the CSLA Andre Schwabenbauer Award. He has participated as a juror for the CSLA National Awards; Nathan Phillips Square International Student Design Competition, Univ. of Guelph/Waterloo; Excellence In Planning Awards, OPPI; Mississauga Urban Design Awards and for Canada Blooms. Jim is a past President of the Canadian National Exhibition.
Adam Nicklin is a Principal and co founder of PUBLIC WORK office for urban design & landscape architecture.
He is a landscape architect and urban designer with over 15 years experience living and working in the UK, USA, and Canada. Over his career Adam has successfully lead numerous large, multi-disciplinary teams in the execution of complex urban renewal and landscape projects. Adam’s project experience includes community design, public realm and parks design, major transportation and marine infrastructure projects and development feasibility studies, making him a flexible practitioner with broad knowledge and expertise.
Adam brings a strong focus and understanding of the synergies between civil engineering, major infrastructural works and landscape architecture in order to advance the design of the public realm. Prior to co-founding PUBLIC WORK, Adam was Principal at DTAH where he served as Partner in charge of the Toronto Central Waterfront project in joint venture with West 8. He has also worked with Carol R Johnson Associates, Boston, and in Leeds UK where he completed several urban plazas and developments. Adam has taught at the University of Toronto and regularly serves as a design critic.
Dima Cook is a Heritage Conservation Architect, a Senior Associate at Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet (FGMDA), and the Director of their Toronto office. She has 20 years of experience working in a wide range of contexts: from urban to arctic settings; from large to small scale projects; and from heritage restoration to new construction. She has authored numerous heritage studies including the “Historic Structures Report of Old City Hall”, the “Cultural Heritage Assessment of University of Toronto St. George Campus”, and the “Heritage Conservation District Study of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood”. Her recent projects include the revitalization of Union Station and the restoration of Fort Frederick, both National Historic Sites.
Dima was a founding member of Habitat for Humanity’s Montreal chapter working with the organization for many years before pursuing a Master’s degree in Project Management. She is developing a specialty in the restoration, operation and maintenance of existing buildings using sustainable practices that reduce environmental impact, and has recently peer reviewed the “Illustrated Guidelines for Sustainable Rehabilitation”. She is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) and a co-chair of the Climate Change Group on their Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation. Dima was a member of the 2012 Lee Nelson Book Award jury, recognizing outstanding and influential publications in the field of preservation technology.
Dima is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects, the Quebec Association of Architects and a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional.
Juhee Oh, M.Arch, EcoDistricts AP, is a director at WSP Sustainability & Energy team. With a background in architecture and urban planning, Juhee Oh has worked on Sustainability and Energy projects with various design teams and municipalities for the past 15 years. Prior to joining the team in 2009, her previous work experience includes working throughout Toronto, Vancouver, and New York City at various firms such as Libeskind Studio, Urban Strategies Inc., and Unit A Architecture.
Since joining WSP, Juhee has been involved with over 70 sustainability projects of various types. She has project experience across the full spectrum of building life cycle – from urban planning to building design and operation. She is currently working on carbon neutral developments, policies and frameworks at various scales bridging the conversation between the government, designers, operators and other key stakeholders. Juhee holds a Bachelor of Environment Studies and a Master of Architecture from University of Waterloo. Juhee’s recent work includes East Harbour Sustainability Framework in Toronto, the Arthur Meighen Building Deep Energy Retrofit Study (2017 RPIC Real Property Award for Service Excellence), and City of Toronto Emissions Reduction Policy Strategy for Existing Buildings.
Jim Gough is the Department Manager, Transportation Planning at WSP. He has over 30 years of experience. He has significant experience relating to urban development, addressing complete streets and relevant disciplines such as traffic engineering, active transportation and transit modes, as well as parking. His experience includes a wide range of assignments related to place-making and urban intensification. Recent urban design projects to which Jim has contributed include the Bloor Street West Visioning Study and the two St. Clair Avenues Studies for the City of Toronto, the Cooksville and Port Credit Mobility Hub Master Plans in the City of Mississauga, and an urban design study for the Town of Tecumseh, Ontario. Jim managed the Hurontario/Main Street Transit, Urban Design and Land Use Master Plan, which received the Canadian Institute of Planners Award of Excellence in Transportation and Infrastructure. Jim has a focus on sustainability in transportation, and he is the Chair of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Sustainability Task Force.