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POP / CAN / CRIT: Current Conditions in Popular Canadian Architecture Criticism

October 21, 2016
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

WHAT: POP / CAN / CRIT — Current Conditions in Popular Canadian Architecture Criticism
WHERE: Carleton University, Ottawa
WHEN: Friday, October 21, 2016
COST: $15 ($10 for students)


POP / CAN / CRIT: Current Conditions in Popular Canadian Architecture Criticism is a public architecture event that will investigate the conditions of architecture criticism in Canada today. The symposium will bring together 12 of Canada’s leading critical architectural voices, and will see both invited speakers and those in attendance discuss and debate the current state, effectiveness, and future potentials of a professional criticism intended for the general public. As such, the symposium will explore the public, professional, and academic conversations surrounding criticism today, as well as broaden its public audience and understanding. This is an unprecedented occasion within Canada, bringing together the best in Canadian criticism to discuss the state of criticism itself.


  • Shawn Micallef: Spacing, senior editor
  • Alex Bozikovic: Globe and Mail, architecture critic
  • Christopher Hume: Former Toronto Star urban affairs critic
  • Lisa Rochon: Architecture critic and writer
  • Sophie Gironnay: Maison de l’architecture du Québec, co-founder and director
  • Elsa Lam: Canadian Architect, editor-in-chief
  • Ian Chodikoff: Architect and urban designer
  • Rhys Phillips: Building and Canadian Interiors, associate editor
  • Trevor Boddy: Architecture curator, critic and consultant
  • David Theodore: McGill University School of Architecture, assistant professor, architecture writer
  • Marco Polo: Ryerson University Department of Architectural Science, associate professor
  • Maria Cook: Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, manager, communications and advocacy


All registration takes place on the Eventbrite site.


The conference will take place at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University in Ottawa, located at 

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