October 03, 2016
441 Queen Street East, Toronto
BEAT is proud to announce that the upcoming session of Mentorship Mondays will be hosted by Brigitte Shim, Monica Leung and Roxane Bejjany of Shim-Sutcliff Architects on the evening of October 3, 2016. The objective of the event is to provide a platform for dialogue, networking and mentorship while supporting and advancing equality within the Architecture profession.
Brigitte Shim and A. Howard Sutcliffe are both principals in the design firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. Brigitte Shim is also a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.
Shim-Sutcliffe’s work straddles public and private commissions for sacred spaces, public parks and landscapes as well as institutional and residential projects. Their projects small and large are engaged in the human intensification of our urban centres and also rethinking ways of building in the Canadian landscape. Shim-Sutcliffe has redefined design practice by intertwining light, water and landscape in exploratory and innovative ways. Shim-Sutcliffe’s built work explores the integration and interrelated scales of architecture, landscape and furniture and fittings.
To date, Shim and Sutcliffe have received fourteen Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award along with many other professional accolades for their built work ranging from projects for non-profit groups to public and private clients.
Brigitte Shim is an architect and founding partner in the Toronto based design firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and she is also a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. She was born in Kingston Jamaica and graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture with a Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Design.
Professor Shim has been engaged in core design studios, advanced design studios as well as teaching courses in the History and Theory of Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto. She has also been a visiting professor at Yale University’s School of Architecture, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the University of Auckland’s National Institute for Creative Arts and Industries, the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and others.
In January 2013, Brigitte Shim and her partner Howard Sutcliffe were both awarded the Order of Canada, “for their contributions as architects designing sophisticated structures that represent the best of Canadian design to the world.” along with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Monica Leung is an architect at Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and has been part of the team since 2011. She received her Masters of Architecture at Dalhousie University. Prior to joining Shim-Sutcliffe, she worked at Herzog and De Meuron in Basel. Since 2011, she has also been the project manager for a private residential project with multiple buildings in a mature forest site on the outskirt of Moscow. Ms. Leung has been the project manager for a Retreat Conference Centre for the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in Moscow. In 2014, Ms. Leung was also the project manager for the Wong Dai Sin Taoist Temple in Toronto. This sacred space utilizes two asymmetrical cantilevers to support a worship space. This project recently received a 2016 Governor General’s Medal for Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Roxane Bejjany is an intern architect with a Masters of Architecture degree from the Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Ms. Bejjany has been at Shim-Sutcliffe Architects since graduating in 2014 working on various projects. She has been involved in the early stages of projects of various scales, including the Atherley Narrows Pedestrian Bridge. Most recently, she has led the renovations of a professor’s office suite at Massey College at the University of Toronto.
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