Ontario Association of Architects announces 2011 OAA President Sheena Sharp

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) has announced its 2011 President, Sheena Sharp, B.E.S., M.Arch., OAA, FRAIC. Sharp was elected to OAA Council in 2006 and is part of a team that has led the organization in a transition to an updated licensing process, an increase in membership and greater responsiveness to issues current in the construction industry. She hopes to continue this process though the Association’s contributions to government policy on Energy, Heritage, Culture, Housing, Procurement and Building Safety regulations.

Sharp has served as Vice President, Government Relations (2006 -07) Vice President, Practice (2008) and Senior Vice President and Treasurer (2010). She was the Chair of the Bill 124 Task Group, Sustainable Built Environments Committee, The Future of the Profession / Interns Committee, and the Practice Committee (2008).

Sharp has served on numerous OAA Committees and has been an active volunteer in the architectural and building industry community. She also served on the board of the Pro-Demnity Insurance Company (2010). She is a member of the Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) in Parry Sound, Canada Green Building Council, Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, and Chair of the REDAC Subcommittee, Community Development.

Sharp is a principal of Coolearth Architects inc. Toronto, Ontario, which focuses on environmentally sustainable design. Since forming in 2008, the practice has undertaken projects which achieve net-zero energy use. They have a project under consideration for LEED certification and have a Passive Solar project in the final stages of construction. Their specialty is integrated solutions for energy efficiency.

After receiving her Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Architecture from the University of Manitoba, she attended the University of Washington in Seattle where she completed her Masters of Architecture in 1987. In 1988, she joined Young + Wright Architects Inc. in Toronto (currently IBI Group Architects) before starting her own practice in 2003.