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Maria Denegri and Tom Bessai: Process Artifacts

March 9, 2015
by Canadian Architect

Denegri Bessai Studio Architecture was established by partners Maria Denegri and Tom Bessai in 2008. Work from the office has won numerous design awards, and has appeared in a range of local and international publications. The partners have recently established DBS Fabrication, an on-site research and production lab which greatly enhances the computing and prototyping facilities of the practice, and supplements their teaching and research. Denegri and Bessai will present a series of recent projects at the Daniels Sessions lecture with an emphasis on iterative design methods and the accompanying artifacts, both digital and material, that are being produced in the studio.

Maria Denegri holds a Master of Architecture from the UPC, Barcelona and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of British Columbia. Before co-founding Denegri Bessai Studio, she worked with diverse architectural practices in Vancouver, Barcelona, Los Angeles and Toronto. Maria teaches architectural design at the graduate and undergraduate level at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design and at other local universities. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects and an active mentor to many young architects. 

Tom Bessai is a registered architect and an Assistant Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. He holds an MArch from UCLA and is completing a MSc from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College with a specialization in Design and Material Systems. His research and teaching explore computation and digital fabrication strategies for adaptive architecture. His essay, “Ideal Models Vs. Hybrid Models” will appear in the forthcoming publication, Paradigms in Computing: Making, Machines, and Models for Design Agency in Architecture, to correspond with the ACADIA 2014 conference being held in Los Angeles.

The presentation takes place on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 1:00pm in Room 103, 230 College Street.

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detail - 1:1 mockup for wall screen, cottingham street, toronto
detail - 1:1 mockup for wall screen, cottingham street, toronto

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