Architecture Panel Members
Learn more about the Architects on the Design Review Panel.
Gordon Stratford, Chair
Gordon Stratford, OAA, RAIC, LEED®, is an architect and Senior VP and Director of Design at HOK’s multi-disciplinary, sustainability-driven Canadian design team.
Leading a combined team of strategic thinkers, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, interior designers and architects at HOK, Gordon has been responsible for a wide array of global and local projects of varying scope, scale and complexity – from strategic and master planning initiatives through to interior fit-ups and the design and implementation of new facilities across multiple sectors. Projects in the Toronto region include University Health Network Redevelopment, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, 77 Charles Street West and a master plan for Pinewood Studios.
Gordon holds a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has been actively involved in design for over 30 years. He is a frequent presenter and guest panelist at design and industry conferences and events including the Creative Construct Symposium in Ottawa; Ottawa Urban Forum; City of Ottawa Design Review Panel and as a jurist for the City of Edmonton Urban Design awards. Gordon additionally provides advisory services to the City of Ottawa on issues of urban design.
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.