Michael Green: Natural Solutions to Complex Problems

Drawing form a wide range of projects, from a 20-storey vertical farm to a contemporary art gallery in China, in locations that include the summit of mountains and the Canadian arctic, Vancouver- and New York-based architect Michael Green will speak at 2:00pm on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall in Toronto. In his talk, Green will present MGA | Michael Green Architecture’s new architecture and interior projects, from small to tall, and how each contributes to new approaches and systems for wood.

Michael Green, Architect AIBC FRAIC AIA, is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, recognized for his award-winning buildings, public art, interiors, landscapes and urban environments. His reputation has led him to develop a wide range of projects from international airports and skyscrapers to Vancouver’s Ronald McDonald House, North Vancouver City Hall and modest but unique retail spaces and homes. His work extends around the globe including current projects for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture designing a sustainable community in the mountains of Central Asia.

Green is dedicated to bringing attention to several of the overwhelming challenges in architecture today. The first is climate change and how the built environment is an enormous contributor to the factors damaging the very environment designers and architects are seeking to improve. The second is the profound reality that over the next 20 years, 3 billion people, or 40% of the world, will need a new affordable home. Green believes in championing a shift to new ways of building that will compliment the intersection of man’s greatest building challenges. He lives in North Vancouver, and founded Vancouver-based Michael Green Architecture in March of 2012.

Green is a recognized leader in the architecture and interior design community. He has taught at many Canadian and US universities including recent lectures at Yale University and a new course for UBC SALA teaching students the full process of a project through the design-build of fruit stands in the Okanagan. He works with the AIBC and IDIBC to support the respect and understanding of the services our industry provides, and sits on many international awards juries including this year for the 2012-2015 RAIC Awards, and the 2012 International Interior Design Awards.

As a designer, Green excels at translating user requirements and client vision into strong, innovative and meaningful designs that quietly fit their social, aesthetic and ecological environments.

This lecture is presented by Ontario Wood WORKS! and the Canadian Wood Council. General admission (limited seating) is $30, and advance online registration required at
http://ams.cwc.ca/Live/AMS/EventRegistrations/EventDetails/4218?isPreview=False%20. Jackman Hall is located on the concourse level of the Art Gallery of Ontario, located at 317 Dundas Street West in Toronto.

For more information on Wood WORKS! please visit www.wood-works.ca.