The Ends of Design

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto is collaborating with the Design Exchange to present a series entitled FORA. The Daniels/DX FORA are moderated debates focusing on new ideas, design practices and designers who are working at the intersection of architecture, media, science, politics and urbanism in various international arenas. Two FORA are being presented this fall. The first is entitled The Ends of Design, featuring Toronto luminaries Bruce Kuwabara and Bruce Mau, and will be moderated by Richard Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Both the work and the thought process of the designers will be presented, along with the work of those from allied fields. This event takes place on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 6:30pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre, located at 93 Charles Street West in Toronto. To attend, please RSVP to or to 416.978.3089.


Bruce Kuwabara, OAA, FRAIC, AIA, RIBA, is a founding partner of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, and is the design architect of several projects in Toronto including the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Canada’s National Ballet School, and the Gardiner Museum. This work has garnered international recognition for the city as a cultural destination and for the rising profile of Canadian architecture. It has also contributed to the making of a vibrant public realm. Recent work also includes the “epic” revival of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, and a new paradigm for energy-efficient architecture – Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg. Future projects include the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, George Brown College Waterfront Campus, and a new building for the Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. Kuwabara is also the first Chair of the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel and sits on the board of directors for the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.


Bruce Mau is the Co-Founder of Bruce Mau Live and Founder & Chairman Emeritus of Bruce Mau Design. As a world-leading visionary, innovator, designer, and author, Mau is committed to creative, healthy, ecological and economic abundance. Informed by 25 years of studio experience in design innovation and collaboration with some of the world’s leading artists, institutions and businesses, Mau has made the simple commitment to connect his life and work to education and human development. As co-founder of Bruce Mau Live, this new initiative is committed to developing purposeful projects in education, health, leadership and security.


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