Spring Has Sprung

Avenue Road party

Avenue Road, the high-end furnishings showroom and retail store designed by and adjacent to Yabu Pushelberg, in the industrial area off Eastern Avenue, threw a party to introduce French designer Christophe Delcourt to the Toronto A&D community.

1–Bennett Mills, regional sales director, Canada, Edelman leather; and Lilly Liaukus, KPMB Architects.
2–Brenda Parres, arts and events director, Brookfield Properties, First Canadian Place, and her U of T architecture-student daughter, Mia, flank Sonia Bitterman, VP international business, Avenue Road, and independent art director Louise Souch.
3–Yabu Pushelberg partner George Yabu and Stephan Weishaupt, Avenue Road president.

Pretty in DX Pink

The launch-party invitation’s wardrobe instructions to wear neon pink perked things up at the Design Exchange’s What Has Architecture Done For You Lately? exhibition opening.

1–DX board member Nicola Lisus of Yellowbrick Communications; lawyer Tim Gilbert, DX acting chair; and exhibit curator Zahra Ebrahim, founder and CEO of archiTEXT and DX Innovator in Residence.
2–From Venture Communications: Tara Kabatoff, interactive art director; Paulo Leone, client marketing director; and Bernice Conto, PR manager.
3–Teknion trio: Nick Gillissie, designer; Jessica Allen, sales coordinator; and Paul Kruger, designer.


The large, Toronto-based architecture, engineering and planning firm NORR celebrated its 70th year in high style.

1–Peter Sinanian, principal, Hospitality; Louis Dionne, principal; Anthony De Stefano, director, Engineering Services; Matthew Delean, principal, Sports and Recreation.
2–Rolfe Kaartinen, principal, Aviation Services; Davd Clusiau, principal, Architectural Design; Brian Gerstmar, VP, Operations; Silvio Baldassarra, senior VP, Business Development.
3–Jamie Wright, partner, Young + Wright IBI Group Architects; and his architect colleague Rod Robbie, creator of the Rogers Centre, ne SkyDome, and its ingenious, crustacean-inspired retractable roof.