Doug Corbett: Socially Responsible Architecture

Architect Doug Corbett speaks on socially responsible architecture at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 in the Centre Space of the John A. Russell Building at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Architecture.

Corbett is an architect and graduate of the University of Manitoba. His completed projects have been recognized nationally and internationally for innovation in design and green technology features, which has become the signature for his design work. He was also recognized with a 2010 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for the new Winnipeg Women and Newborn Hospital under construction.

Corbett is a strong advocate of partnering concepts in the project delivery process with emphasis on design and sound environmental building practices. He has taught design studio at the University of Manitoba and has lectured on design theory and professional practice. One of the biggest lessons learned, is that no single person is responsible for an entire project and that the success of any building depends on the collaborations between individuals on the building team.

Corbett was the founding partner of Corbett Cibinel Architects in Winnipeg. He was the lead architect on the Red River College Princess Street campus, winning national and international awards for design and sustainability, including the prestigious inaugural 2006 RAIC Urban Design Award. Doug became a shareholder and design principal with Smith Carter in March 2009, and is currently practice leader for postsecondary education projects and sustainable technologies.

Architects are professionally responsible to design buildings to meet building codes. They have contractual obligations to their clients to spend their money wisely. But what is their responsibility to society? To the cities, communities, and neighborhoods they build in? To the peoples and cultures they affect? 

This talk will discuss the concept of architecture as a social responsibility, using case studies such as Red River College Roblin Centre, the Women’s & Newborn Hospital under construction in Winnipeg, and the recent University College of the North campus buildings in The Pas and Thompson.