The Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada (SSAC) is hosting their 45th annual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 28-31 2019, themed Heritage, Diversity, and Belonging. DTAH Creative Strategist Stephanie Mah will be co-chairing the session On Revitalization: Altering Canada's Urban Fabric Through Architectural Interventions in which DTAH Partner Joe Lobko will be presenting The Revitalization of a 130 Year Old Community Institution Into an Arts and Cultural Hub. This presentation will share insights into the adaptive re-use of Holy Angels Convent into New Dawn's The Convent.

Holy Angels Convent was opened in 1885 by the Sisters of Notre Dame Congregation, and until it’s closure in 2011 it played a significant role in education, arts, and culture in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Over the last 130 years, the landmark structure has gone through various architectural transformations from over-cladding to re-characterization that were influenced by community needs and ultimately impacted the surrounding area. In 2013, Holy Angels was purchased by New Dawn, the oldest economic development organization in Canada, with the desire to preserve the historic building and revitalize it into a centre that could host the Island’s growing innovation community while continuing to support the deep-rooted tradition of arts and culture. The new community hub, designed by DTAH with Trifos as Architects of Record, is currently under construction and once completed in Fall 2019 the former Holy Angels Convent will be transformed into a vibrant home for a number of local organizations and artists.

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Construction has started on the new Tommy Thompson Park Pavilion and Entrance in Toronto designed by DTAH. The Tommy Thompson Park project seeks to establish a new front door to the Park that is welcoming, engaging, and ecologically sensitive to its context. The design seeks to demonstrate best practices in low-impact development by establishing a design that is integrated into its natural setting, structured with landscaped berms and bioswales to support stormwater management, habitat expansion and visual screening strategies. The entrance pavilion, with public washrooms as well as storage/office space to support on-site educational programming, provides generous sheltered outdoor areas for gathering and educational opportunities.

Since Doors Open Toronto began in 2000, DTAH has been a proud participant in the annual event. This year, we again invite you to visit our office at 50 Park Road, May 25-26 2019 between 10AM-5PM. As part of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) Open Studio program, DTAH will also be offering free presentations throughout the day, sharing insights into some of our current projects:

May 25

• 11AM, Joe Lobko, Holy Angels Convent - A New Centre for Arts and Culture

• 1PM, Mark Langridge, Enhancing Urban Infrastructure Design - Recent DTAH Bridge Projects

• 3PM, Megan Torza, Niagara Falls Cultural Hub & Farmers' Market

May 26

• 11:30AM, Peter Fletcher Smith, Traces of History - The First Parliament Project

• 1PM, James Roche, Edgeley Pond and Park

• 3PM, Brent Raymond, Don River Valley - A Different Kind of Park

Visitors to DTAH’s studio will experience the exciting history of a beautifully renovated modern building that sits in the Rosedale Valley ravine in the heart of downtown. See the working environment of a leading architecture, landscape architecture and urban design firm and examine historical images of 50 Park Road and its evolution over time.

Completed in 1954, 50 Park Road was designed as the first permanent headquarters for the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). It was the result of a design competition won by John B. Parkin Associates, one of the province’s leading modernist firms at the time, with John C. Parkin as project architect. The new headquarters was critically acclaimed as a landmark modern building in Toronto and was successful at providing a unifying focal point for Toronto’s architects, with its high profile design injecting renewed pride and energy into the profession at a critical time in the city’s development. The project is one of the first modern buildings in Toronto to be listed on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties, followed by designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act in 1991, and subsequently recognized as an OAA Landmark Building in 2004.

We also invite you to to learn about how DTAH is continuing to shape Toronto, through current and past projects such as the Lower Don Trail, Tommy Thompson Park, Toronto Central Waterfront, Evergreen Brick Works, and Artscape Wychwood Barns. The building and unique site speak directly to DTAH’s design philosophy, which for over four decades has worked to respect, preserve, and enhance the public realm, while celebrating the intersection of built and natural form.

On April 26, 2019 Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) hosted their 17th annual Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards (OCEA) Gala at Copper Creek Golf Club. Eleven awards were presented at the event, including an Award of Excellence for Fountain Street Bridge by Parsons Engineering, with DTAH for bridge architecture and landscape architecture. This new 150m span bridge crosses the Grand River in the north part of Cambridge, replacing an existing four-span structure while retaining the same in-river piers. The innovative bridge deck cross-section provides a generous amount of shared pedestrian and cyclist multi-use pathway space, connecting community trail systems on both sides of the river. The new open metal railing provides the required vehicle crash protection, while also incorporating a distinctive outer bicycle-height panel with an undulating ripple pattern that responds to the natural riverside setting. Learn More

DTAH Associate Yvonne Battista will be in Vienna May 24, 2019 for LARCH-ING: Engineering Landscape Architecture - Trends and Perspectives. Yvonne will be presenting Stormwater Management: Hard and Soft Solutions - An International Perspective as part of the Landscape Architecture Engineering Performances Seminar. The conference is hosted by the ÖGLA (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Landschaftsarchitektur / Austrian Society for Landscape Architecture). Learn more here

DTAH Partner James Roche will be speaking at Heart of the City as part of the Parks for the Future workshop, along with the City of Toronto, Société du parc Jean–Drapeau, and the Vancouver Park Board. This workshop will share insights on designing parks to address rapid densification and climate change in our cities.

Heart of the City is hosted by Park People, the organization that supports and mobilizes people to help them activate the power of parks to improve quality of life in cities across Canada. The conference will take place June 12-14, 2019, in Montreal. Learn more here

The Hamilton Urban Design and Architecture Awards, which are held bi-annually, recognize and celebrate excellence in the design of our urban environment. Owners, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, contractors, engineers, consultants and students are invited and encouraged to submit projects such as: buildings, additions, alterations, restorations, adaptive reuse, brownfield redevelopment, streetscapes, parks, open spaces, landscapes, ecological restoration and design projects, public art, installations, planning studies, and/or student work. 2019 submission are due June 14. Learn more here

DTAH Partner James Roche is one of six jurors for the 2019 awards, along with Nadia Amoroso, Landscape Architect, The University of Guelph; Alex Bozikovic, Architectural Critic/Author, The Globe and Mail newspaper; David Leinster, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, The Planning Partnership; Betsy Williamson, Architect, Williamson Williamson Architects Inc.; Steve Robichaud, Director of Planning & Chief Planner, City of Hamilton.

DTAH Partner Robert Allsopp will be speaking at ACO Toronto's 2019 Heritage Symposium, Toronto’s Disappearing Main Streets: Buildings and Businesses, April 6 at Toronto Central Grosvenor St. YMCA Centre. This one-day symposium will engage and expand on the theme while also developing tangible solutions. Featuring speakers from a range of perspectives including: architects, municipal officials, developers, heritage consultants, landscape architects, urban planners and more, the symposium will also include visual and historical account of this shifting landscape. The topics explored will range from taxation and development; form and transportation; to zoning and changing retail. The symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to discuss the city’s changing landscape from multiple vantage points. Learn more