Keynote Speakers

ARCC 2019 International Conference
Future Praxis: Applied Research as a Bridge Between Theory and Practice

May 29-June 1, 2019  I  Toronto, Canada

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Hosted by Ryerson University
Conference Chair: Yew-Thong Leong, Department of Architectural Science

With sponsorship support from the AIA and Velux


Keynote Speakers


Kat Martindale is a researcher, writer, consultant and lecturer in architecture and urbanism. Originally educated as an architect (Plymouth), then urban designer (Oxford Brookes), and urban geographer (Oxford) before landing in Sydney to read for a PhD in planning policy, Kat has won nine international awards and scholarships for her work.

Kat has worked for academic institutions, private consultancies, think tanks and government offices in the UK, US and Australia. This has included working on land use policy, new town masterplans, city and town centre management, residential development policy, citizen engagement and participation, post occupancy evaluation and management, community development, heritage management, fuel poverty, environmental benchmarking, homelessness and housing for the elderly and disabled.

Kat is Director of Architecture + Urbanism Research Office, a columnist for the Cities section of the Guardian, an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism and is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia’s International Division Committee.

Matti Siemiatycki is Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Planning and Finance, and the Interim Director of the School of Cities at the University of Toronto. His work focuses on delivering large-scale infrastructure projects, public-private partnerships, and the effective integration of infrastructure into the fabric of cities. His recent studies explore the value for money of delivering infrastructure mega-projects through public-private partnerships, the causes and cures for cost overruns on large infrastructure projects, the development of innovative mixed use buildings, and the diversity gap in the infrastructure industry workforce.

Vivian Loftness, FAIA, LEEDAP, is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator focused on environmental design and sustainability, climate and regionalism in architecture, and the integration of advanced building systems for health and productivity.  In addition to eight book chapters and over 100 journal articles, she edited the Reference Encyclopedia Sustainable Built Environments, released by Springer Publishing in 2013 to be reissued 2018.

At Carnegie Mellon University, Professor Loftness holds the Paul Mellon Chair in Architecture, is one of 35 University Professors, and served a decade as Head of the School of Architecture. With over 30 years of industry and government research funding, she is a key member of Carnegie Mellon’s leadership in sustainability research and education, and contributor to the ongoing development of the Intelligent Workplace – a living laboratory of commercial building innovations for performance.

She has served on over 25 Board of Directors, including EPA’s NACEPT, DOE’s FEMAC, and the National USGBC and AIA COTE Boards.  She has been a member of twelve National Academy of Science panels as well as the Academy’s Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, and given four Congressional testimonies on sustainable design. Her work has influenced national policy and building projects, including the Adaptable Workplace Lab at the U.S. General Services Administration and the Laboratory for Cognition at Electricity de France.

In the past five years, Vivian has been recognized as a LEED Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and the Scott Institute, and one of 13 Stars of Building Science by the Building Research Establishment in the UK. She received the Award of Distinction from AIA Pennsylvania, holds a National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students, and a “Sacred Tree” Award from the US Green Building Council.  Vivian Loftness has a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Architecture from MIT.

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