Design Review Panel Members

The Design Review Panel is composed of a mix of multi-disciplinary design-focused professionals including architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and engineers.

Welcome to our new Panel members as of July 2017:

Architects – Viktors Jaunkalns, MJMA; Heather Rolleston, Quadrangle Architects

Landscape Architect – Jessica Hutcheon, Janet Rosenberg Studio

Urban Designer and Landscape Architect – George Dark, Urban Strategies

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Gordon Stratford, OAA, RAIC, LEED®, Chair

Architect Gordon Stratford, Senior VP and Director of Design, is responsible for the creative vision of HOK’s multi-disciplinary, sustainability-driven Canadian design team. Leading a combined team of strategic thinkers, planners, urban designers, landscape architects, interior designers and architects, Gordon has been responsible for a wide array of global and local projects of varying scope, scale and complexity – from strategic and master planning initiatives through to interior fit-ups and design and implementation of new facilities across multiple sectors. Projects in the Toronto region include University Health Network Redevelopment, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, the new condominium development at 77 Charles Street. West and a master plan for Pinewood Studios. Gordon was also responsible for directing University of Guelph’s Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, the new Edmonton Clinic Health Academy for the University of Alberta, Honda’s new Canadian headquarters in Markham and HOK’s own LEED®-CI Gold Certified Toronto studio.

Gordon holds a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has been actively involved in design for over 30 years. He is a frequent presenter and guest panelist at design and industry conferences and events such as the Creative Construct Symposium in Ottawa, Ottawa Urban Forum, City of Ottawa Design Review Panel and as a jurist for the City of Edmonton Urban Design awards. Gordon is the Chair of the City of Toronto Design Review Panel and provides advisory services to the City of Ottawa on urban design issues.

Michael Leckman, RAIC, Vice-Chair

Born and educated in Montreal, Michael Leckman studied architecture at the University of Toronto. Upon graduation he joined Diamond and Schmitt and was named principal in 2003.

Michael is recognized for providing design leadership on complex institutional projects, shaping a critical debate as Vice Chair of Toronto’s Design Review Panel, and contributing to design education as assistant professor, guest critic, lecturer and mentor at University of Waterloo and Ryerson University schools of architecture.

Michael has been project principal for award winning buildings in New Brunswick, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and New Mexico. His list of key assignments includes a lot of ‘centres’: the Bahen Centre at the University of Toronto, the Governor General Award winning York University Student Centre, the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre in Medicine Hat, the Sheridan College Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, the Los Alamos Civic Centre, and the New Brunswick Museum. He has just completed the Evergreen’s Centre for Green Cities in Toronto’s Don Valley Brick Works, and is working on the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence in Ottawa, both targeting LEED Platinum.

Carl Blanchaer, OAA, NSSA, FRAIC

WZMH Architects is an international Toronto based firm that has been in practice for over fifty (50) years, and is recognized for excellence in the design of complex, large scale buildings. The firm has completed work in Europe, the United States of America, Middle East and China, as well as throughout Canada. In Toronto, the firm is best known for projects such as the CN Tower, Scotia Plaza and the Royal Bank Plaza.

Carl Blanchaer has served as Design Principal on many of the most important WZMH projects of the past two decades. His recent work has encompassed a broad range of building types, including commercial, hospitality and institutional projects.

He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in 1971 and a Masters of Architecture in 1978 (AIA Alpha Rho Chi Medal). He joined WZMH in 1981 after working for the IKOY Partnership in Winnipeg, Manitoba and became a Principal in 1988. He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Carl’s recent work includes the Bay Adelaide Centre West Tower in Toronto (2012 OAA Design Excellence Award) and the Durham Region Courthouse, Oshawa, Ontario (2011 RAIC CaGBC Green Building Award of Excellence). He is currently the Principal in charge of the RBC WaterPark Place project now under construction on Queens Quay West in Toronto.

David Sisam, B.Arch., OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP

A founding partner of Montgomery Sisam Architects, David Sisam has over 35 years of experience in urban design and architecture. Under his guidance Montgomery Sisam has developed a reputation for design leadership that is supported by over 45 provincial, national and international awards. David has directed the design of several of the firm’s award winning projects including the Humber River Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge, Cardinal Ambrozic Houses of Providence and the Arts and Administration Building at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.

David led the design team for the George and Kathy Dembroski Centre for Horticultural Excellence at the Toronto Botanical Garden, which won the 2006 Green Toronto Award for design. He is currently working on Toronto’s New Ronald McDonald House and a major addition to the Granite Club (both projects are targeting LEED Gold) as well as a number of long term care homes in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

David has recently been focusing on the impact of urban form on public health and sustainable design and has given numerous lectures on this subject for the Federated Press, St. Lawrence Forum, Strategy Institute, the Green Building Festival and the International Academy for Design and Health.

An assistant professor at the University of Toronto, School of Architecture from 1972 to 1983, David has been a visiting instructor and lecturer at Dalhousie University in Halifax and a visiting critic at the University of Waterloo and Ryerson University. David is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Ralph Giannone, OAA, MRAIC

Ralph Giannone leads Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects in fulfilling a vision for a diverse practice whose work, no matter what type or scale is infused with exceptional rigor in design details and an extraordinary passion for urbanism. The range of awards and international recognition for its work is testament to the strength in diversity of the practise, and how one type of project can significantly inform another. While some of Giannone Petricone Associates’ smallest projects have garnered prestigious international attention, they have also been the recipients of City of Toronto Urban Design Awards – usually reserved for large-scale projects.

In addition to sitting on the City of Toronto Design Review Panel, Ralph is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Toronto. Most recently he spoke at both the Alberta Association of Architect’s Banff Sessions and the Interior Design Show West in Vancouver.

Ralph graduated with honours from the University of Toronto in 1987 with a Bachelor of Architecture, receiving the Alpha Rho Chi Medal.

Meg Graham, OAA, MRAIC

Meg is a Principal at superkül, a Toronto-based architecture practice founded in 2002 and recognized as one of Canada’s leading design firms. Superkül’s commitment to design excellence, pragmatism, and sustainability has resulted in numerous architecture and design awards and the publication of the practice’s work locally, nationally and internationally. The firm has a broad portfolio of project types and sizes, ranging from single-family housing to larger scale commercial and institutional work, multi-unit housing and master planning. While diverse, all superkül projects share an attention to detail and material at both the large and the small scale, a thorough engagement of the clients and stakeholders involved, and a profound connection to their built and natural contexts.

Meg is an articulate communicator and advocate for design, contributing expertise and collaborative design skills in volunteer and board positions that speak to her strong leadership role both in and beyond the design community. Since 2001, Meg has taught graduate level design at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. A past Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, she sits on the Harbourfront Centre’s Architecture Space Advisory Committee and the Fort York Precinct Advisory Committee. Meg received her professional architecture degree from the University of Waterloo (B.Arch, 1997), and her postgraduate degree from Harvard University (MDesS, 2003).

Viktors Jaunkalns, Founding Partner and Architect

Viktors graduated from the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture in 1981. He was awarded the Ontario Association of Architects Scholarship to conduct independent research in Switzerland and Italy. He subsequently taught at the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture’s Rome Program and the Carleton University’s Foreign Study Program.
Viktors is a founding partner of MJMA, and has helped to establish many of the firm’s projects as nationally recognized models for a new form of hybrid sport and recreation building that brings together different user groups under one roof. Currently within the office, he plays a design leadership role, overseeing the development of the programming, site analysis, and concept design of projects.
Viktors has a unique expertise in aquatic and arena programming and planning. His experience in recreation design is comparable to few in the industry.

Heather Rolleston, Design Director and Architect

Heather has 20 years of experience designing, leading and managing award winning projects in the residential, mixed-use, master plan and commercial sectors. As a Design Director at Quadrangle, Heather is responsible for design reviews and elevating the design practices of the studio across all markets the firm services. Currently she is leading the design of 30 Widmer, 2442-2454 Bloor St W. and 520 Richmond Street West.

Heather studied architecture at the University of Toronto and, upon graduating, worked at a number of firms in Toronto. She has developed an appreciation for and expertise in Toronto’s unique design and development culture. Prior to joining Quadrangle she worked at architectsAlliance for 16 years, achieving the title of Senior Associate and working on projects like: St. James Cathedral Centre, Regent Park’s Block 24 South, The Evergreen Brick Works Master Plan, Form Condos at Queen + McCaul, 383 Sorauren, the George Brown College Student Residence in the Canary District and 158 Sterling Avenue, the new home of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.

She continues to be active in the architecture and design community as a guest critic at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and her alma mater, the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.

 

Sibylle Von Knoblock, OALA, CSLA, ASLA

Sibylle von Knobloch is a cofounder and principal of NAK Design Group. She has more than thirty years experience in landscape architecture, urban design, urban ecology and project management in Canada and abroad.

Sibylle specializes in the design of multi-use developments, streetscapes, open spaces, and parks. Her landscape practice is characterized by innovative design solutions that offer more humane, liveable environments and withstand the practical needs of urban life. Sustainable design strategies have become standard in her landscape design practice and she is currently involved in many LEED development projects. Ingenuity and a keen sense of design has lead the firm to receive numerous design awards in recognition of the creative environments it has designed based on their thematic strength, originality of design and implementation into built form.

Sibylle is a registered member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Adam Nicklin, Principal, PUBLIC WORK office

Adam Nicklin is a Principal and co founder of PUBLIC WORK office for urban design & landscape architecture.

He is a landscape architect and urban designer with over 15 years experience living and working in the UK, USA, and Canada. Over his career Adam has successfully lead numerous large, multi-disciplinary teams in the execution of complex urban renewal and landscape projects. Adam’s project experience includes community design, public realm and parks design, major transportation and marine infrastructure projects and development feasibility studies, making him a flexible practitioner with broad knowledge and expertise.

Adam brings a strong focus and understanding of the synergies between civil engineering, major infrastructural works and landscape architecture in order to advance the design of the public realm. Prior to co-founding PUBLIC WORK, Adam was principal at DTAH where he served as partner in charge of the Toronto Central Waterfront project in joint venture with West 8. Prior to that he worked with Carol R Johnson Associates, Boston, and in Leeds UK where he completed several urban plazas and developments. Adam has taught at the University of Toronto and regularly serves as a design critic.

James Melvin, MLA, OALA, FCSLA, ASLA

A founding principal in the PMA Landscape Architects, Jim Melvin has over 28 years of landscape architectural experience and has been responsible for projects of major open space development, urban infill parks, community and park planning, and landscape designs for condominiums, long-term care residences and schools.

Recent Awards include: Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Merit Award for Visionary Unbuilt Projects; City of Hamilton Urban Design and Architecture Awards, Award of Excellence for Healthy Communities; Toronto Urban Design Awards Honorable Mention, Small Open Space; Design Exchange Awards, Honorable Mention for Landscape Architecture; and has received both Regional and National awards for Toronto Botanical Gardens, Spadina Quay Wetland, Port Huron Master Plan, Niigon Industrial Campus, Lester B Pearson – University of Toronto, Husky Campus, and Oshawa Botanical Garden Master Plan. Jim is currently involved in the site redevelopment of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Jim Melvin is a member of the CSLA College of Fellows, past Chair, 2008-2009, recipient of the CSLA Andre Schwabenbauer Award . He has participated as a juror for the CSLA National Awards; Nathan Philips Square International Student Design Competition, Univ. of Guelph/ Waterloo; Excellence In Planning Awards, OPPI; Missisauga Urban Design Awards and for Canada Blooms. Jim is currently President of the Canadian National Exhibition and a member of the Board of Governors at Exhibition Place.

Jessica Hutcheon, Principal and Senior Landscape Architect

Jessica is committed to the environment and sustainable design. Instrumental in integrating environmentally-friendly and sustainable practices in the firm’s projects, Jessica is certified as a Green Roof Professional. She pursues projects that bring a diversity of people together in public spaces that work. An adept landscape architect and project manager, her desire to push landscape architecture beyond its traditional boundaries influences every completed project.

George Dark, Partner, Urban Designer and Landscape Architect

George F. Dark, FCSLA, FASLA, OALA , is an urban designer, landscape architect and Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and a member of the College of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is the recipient of the OALA Pinnacle Award for Landscape Architecture.  George began his practice of landscape architecture and urban design in 1978. George’s work focuses on the quality of urban environments and he regularly coordinates large groups of diverse professionals and excels at guiding projects through complex design, approval and public consultation processes. In the past 40 years George has directed numerous urban master plan and open space system projects for communities in Toronto, Orillia, Oakville, Markham, Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Windsor in Ontario, Charlottetown, PEI, Calgary, Alberta, as well as Providence, Rhode Island, Minneapolis, Saint Paul in Minnesota, Sarasota County, Florida and Barbados BWI . George is Chairman Emeritus of the Evergreen Foundation / Brickworks, Chair of the Social Innovation Institute at CSI Toronto and a Trustee of the McMichael Canadian Gallery.

 

 

Joe Lobko, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP BD+C

With over 30 years of experience as an architect and urban designer, Joe has a broad range of experience on public and private developments with particular emphasis on urban design, adaptive reuse and the non-profit sector. In 2006, he joined DTAH as a partner with the merger of his practice Joe Lobko Architect, and in the same year he received an urban leadership award from the Canadian Urban Institute and became a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Volunteer efforts include serving on the Board of Directors for ArtsBuild Ontario and as past chair of the Toronto Society of Architects.

Notable award-winning projects include leading the design of renewal and restoration projects such as Artscape Wychwood Barns and Evergreen Brick Works; the planning and urban design of Waterfront Toronto’s West Don Lands community (with UDA); the L’Arche Dayspring Chapel; Artscape’s first legal live/work project in Toronto; the competition-winning Sims Square office building adjacent to Burlington’s City Hall; and the Fort York Transitional Residence.

 

Brian Hollingworth, P.Eng., B.Eng., M.A.Sc

Brian Hollingworth, P.Eng. B. Eng. M.A.Sc. is a Director of IBI Group in Toronto and has 17 years experience in the areas of integrated transportation and land-use planning, traffic engineering, parking and active transportation. He is recognized as a leader in developing sustainable transportation plans and policies and has authored several publications in this regard including an ITE Recommended Practice on “Promoting Sustainable Transportation Through Site Design”, a national briefing on “Strategies for Sustainable Transportation Planning”, and Active Transportation – Making it Work for Canadian Communities, the latter two prepared for the Transportation Association of Canada. Brian has overseen the preparation of numerous multi-modal transportation plans for communities across Canada wherein leading edge policies on development, parking and access have been developed and applied. In addition to this transportation planning experience, Brian has written or overseen over 100 site transportation impact studies for a wide range of residential, commercial and mixed-use developments.

Jenny McMinn, B.Arch., B.E.S., LEED AP BD+C

Jenny has been providing consulting services to building managers, developers and designers for over a decade. She has been instrumental in the success of Halsall’s industry-leading Green Building team and is personally committed to leading the company’s best and brightest to deliver client success. As a Project Principal for more than 100 green building projects, Jenny’s experience includes optimizing both new and existing buildings across the commercial, residential and institutional sectors. She has successfully helped teams see the connection between architecture and building physics on iconic Canadian buildings such as the University of British Columbia’s new Student Union Building (under construction, targeting LEED NC Platinum); Toronto’s Pan Am Athletes Village (under construction, targeting LEED NC Gold), and the Toronto Dominion Centre (through its award-winning environmental optimization program, which achieved LEED EB Platinum certification). In addition, she is helping organizations integrate sustainability into their core business on projects such as California High Speed Rail and Cadillac Fairview’s National Sustainability Program.

Jenny graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Science, Pre-Professional Architecture. Before joining Halsall, she also practiced architecture at Foster and Partners in the UK. Jenny is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Building Design and Construction.

Dima Cook, OAA, OAQ, RAIC, APT, LEED AP BD+C

Dima Cook is a heritage conservation architect, a senior associate at Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet (FGMDA), and the director of their Toronto office. She has 20 years of experience working in wide range of contexts: from urban to arctic settings, from large to small scale projects, and from heritage restoration to new construction. She has authored numerous heritage studies including, most recently, the Historic Structures Report of Old City Hall, the Cultural Heritage Assessment of University of Toronto St. George Campus, and the Heritage Conservation District Study of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood. Her current projects include the revitalization of Union Station and the restoration of Fort Frederick, both National Historic Sites.

Dima was a founding member of Habitat for Humanity’s Montreal chapter working with the organization for many years before pursuing a Master’s degree in Project Management. She is developing a specialty in the restoration, operation and maintenance of existing buildings using sustainable practices that reduce environmental impact. She has recently peer reviewed the Illustrated Guidelines for Sustainable Rehabilitation. She is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT), a co-chair of the Climate Change Group of their Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation, and was a member of the 2012 Lee Nelson Book Award jury, recognizing outstanding and influential publications in the field of preservation technology.

Dima Cook is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects, the Quebec Association of Architects and a LEED BD+C Accredited Professional.