Acclaimed meteorologist David Phillips lectures on climate change and building design

Taking place at 6:00pm on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, a lecture by David Phillips will help architects, landscape architects and engineers appreciate the importance of applied meteorology in the face of accelerated climate change. Today’s buildings have an expected service life exceeding 100 years, but the climatological statistics used to determine numerous aspects of building design, maintenance and operations may not reflect what buildings may eventually experience as senior civic citizens. The same goes for our urban landscapes and municipal infrastructure. Join David Phillips to learn about the key phenomena building designers will have to reconsider and practically translate into their works.

David Phillips has been employed with Environment Canada’s weather service for over 40 years. He has published several books, papers and reports on the climate of Canada, including two bestsellers: The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry and Blame It on the Weather. Phillips frequently appears on national radio and television as a commentator on weather and climate matters. He is a fellow of both the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. In addition to being awarded the Patterson Medal for Distinguished Service to Meteorology in Canada, David has been the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo and Nipissing University. In 2001, he was named to the Order of Canada.

The lecture takes place at 6:00pm in Room 103 of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, located at 230 College Street.

Attendance at this event nets 2 core hours from the Ontario Association of architects. Admission is free, and snacks and refreshments will follow. Seating is limited to a first-come first-served basis.