Brigitte Shim and Charles Waldheim: Building Sites

On December 02, the Architectural League of New York presents Canadian architect Brigitte Shim of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and landscape architect Charles Waldheim from the University of Toronto, who will discuss the intersections and boundaries between landscape and architecture. This program is presented as part of SiteGeist, the League’s 2004-2005 lecture series investigating how ideas about site, landscape and place are blurring professional boundaries and creating new fields of overlap and design exploration.

Canadian architects Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe focus their interest in the construction and fabrication of buildings and sites, exploring fundamental relationships between object and ground, building and landscape, man and nature. Their work has inventively complemented constricted urban sites, such as the Laneway and Urban Houses in Toronto, and highlighted remote sites as in the case of a dining hall for Moorlands Camp set in the Haliburton Highlands.

Charles Waldheim is Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design at the University of Toronto. Recent publications include Constructed Ground: The Millennium Garden Design Competition, and "Motor City" in Shaping the City: Case Studies in Urban History, Theory and Design. Waldheim is Editor of the forthcoming publications Chicago Architecture and Urbanism: Histories, Revisions, Alternatives as well as Landscape Urbanism: A Reference Manifesto.

The discussion takes place at 6:30pm on December 02 at the Urban Center located at 457 Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan, New York. Admission is $10; free for League members. For more information about the Architectural League, please visit or e-mail