Pat Hanson: Interdisciplinarity

Pat Hanson, founding partner of Toronto-based firm gh3, delivers the Margery Winkler lecture on Thursday, February 26, 2015at 6:30pm at Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science in Toronto.

gh3 is a practice based on a new paradigm that explores the overlap of architecture, landscape and sustainability. Hanson has deliberately staked out a broad practice in the belief that design encompasses the entire spectrum of the built environment. During 30 years of practice, she has contributed design leadership to the firms at which she was a partner.

A versatile designer and a strong visual communicator, Hanson has directed a number of architecture, urbanism and planning projects which have involved complex programs and extensive public consultation processes, as well as the realization of competition-winning designs. She has designed many institutional education projects, which bridge beyond architecture into urban design and landscape.

Under Hanson’s leadership, gh3 has steadily grown in capacity since its inception, winning multiple awards from its peers. The ability to mentor anddirect the work of a young, enthusiastic and deeply talented staff has been key to Pat’s accomplishments and success in international competitions, including the most recent awards for June Callwood Park and the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.

Current projects include: the Borden Park Pavilion; the Natural Swim Experience Project; the RCT drainage building; the Castle Downs District Park Pavilion; and the SWQF for Waterfront Toronto—of which the latter three have been recognized with national design awards. Most recently, Hanson directed the Demonstration Designs for Design Excellence for Metrolinx’s Crosstown LRT.

Hanson has lectured on the work of the firms she has been partner at throughout North America and Europe. She maintains a strong commitment to architectural education and has served as an adjunct studio professor at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo since 1991. She is presently a member of the Waterfront Design Review Panel.

Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science is located at 325 Church Street inToronto.