Spring lectures

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce the Bulthaup Spring 2011 Lecture Series.  Richard Sommer, dean and professor of Architecture & Urbanism at Daniels notes that the school has a significant role to play in broadening and strengthening the university’s engagement with its city through public platforms, such as lectures, symposia, exhibitions and fora.  This lecture series is made possible with the generous renewal of support by Bulthaupinternationally renowned innovator of kitchens and living spaces.  The Daniels Faculty looks forward to hosting another robust exchange of ideas in architecture and new thinking about design, with Bulthaup as sponsor.  Bulthaup Toronto is located at 280 King Street East.

Thursday February 3

Cary Wolfe – Department of English, Rice University

Biopolitics, Biopower, and the (Nonhuman) Animal Body

Wednesday February 16

Stanley Saitowitz- Natoma Architects Inc., San Francisco


Tuesday March 1

Todd Saunders- Saunders Architecture, Norway

Recent Works

Tuesday March 8

Elizabeth Meyer- University of Virginia School of Architecture

Sustaining Beauties 2.0, Aesthetics as an Ecosystem Service

Tuesday March 15

Renée Daoust- Daoust Lestage Inc., Montreal

Daoust Lestage – From the City to the Object

Tuesday March 22

Stephen Teeple – Teeple Architects Inc., Toronto

Recent Works

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

230 College Street – Room 103

All lectures begin at 6:30 PM


For more information visit http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca/bulthaup_spring_2011_lecture_series

The Faculty is grateful to Bulthaup (www.bulthaup.com) for their generous support of the Spring 2011 Lecture Series

About the Speakers


Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor and Chair in the Department of English at Rice University.  He has published widely on animal studies, systems theory, posthumanism, and literature, art, and culture in venues such as Boundary 2DiacriticsNew Literary HistoryCultural CritiqueNew German Critique, andPostmodern Culture.  His books include Critical Environments: Postmodern Theory and the Pragmatics of the “Outside” (Minnesota, 1998), Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory (Chicago, 2003), the collection Philosophy and Animal Life (with Ian Hacking, Stanley Cavell, Cora Diamond, and John McDowell) (Columbia, 2007), and What Is Posthumanism? (Minnesota, 2010). He has recently published the co-edited collection The Other Emerson (with Branka Arsic) (Minnesota, 2010), and is founding editor of the Posthumanities series at the University of Minnesota Press, which has published volumes by Michel Serres, Donna Haraway, Roberto Esposito, Isabelle Stengers, and others.


Stanley Saitowitz is an Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and Principal of Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc. in San Francisco. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Witwatersrand in 1974 and his Masters in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. He has taught at numerous schools, including the Elliot Noyes Professor, Harvard University GSD (1991-2), the Bruce Goff Professor, University of Norman, Oklahoma (1993), UCLA, Rice, SCIARC, Cornell, Syracuse, and University of Texas at Austin. He has given more than 200 public lectures in the United States and abroad. His first house was built in 1975, and together with Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc., has completed numerous buildings and projects. These have been residential, commercial and institutional. He has designed houses, housing, master plans, offices, museums, libraries, wineries, synagogues, churches, commercial and residential interiors, memorials, urban landscapes and promenades. These projects have received national and international recognition. Amongst many awards, the Transvaal House was declared a National Monument by the Monuments Council in South Africa in 1997, the New England Holocaust Memorial received the Henry Bacon Medal in 1998, and in 2006 he was a finalist for the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award given by Laura Bush at the White House. Three books have been published on the work, and articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers. His paintings, drawings and models have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums.


Todd Saunders is the Canadian owner of Saunders Architecture and has lived and worked in Bergen, Norway since 1997. Saunders has worked in countries such Austria, Germany, Russia, and Latvia. Currently, the office is working mostly in Norway, and has projects in England, Denmark, Sweden, and Canada. Todd Saunders received a Bachelor of Environmental Planning & Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada. While doing his bachelors, Saunders spent a semester as an exchange student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Architecture. He subsequently received a Masters of Architecture from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Saunders has been a part-time teacher at the Bergen Architecture School, since 2001. He has lectured at various architecture and design schools in Scandinavia, Canada, and England. In 2005 Saunders taught a one-week design/build course in the International Architecture Program in Oulu, Finland. In the spring of 2006, Saunders was a visiting professor at The University of Québec in Montreal, Canada. In 2008 Todd Saunders was rated by the German magazine Baunetz as number 93 in the top 100 architects in the world and was ranked in the top 10 best architects in Norway by Norwegian Design magazine BoBedre. Saunders Architecture is ranked number 1 of 10 young architects in Norway by the New Italian Blood magazine.

Elizabeth K. Meyer is one of the leading landscape architectural theorists in the United States. She has lectured at universities on four continents, and published widely on topics concerning contemporary landscape design practice and theory, such as “Site Citations: Grounding the Modern Landscape” in Burns and Kahn’s Site Mattersand “The Post-Earth Day Conundrum: Translating Environmental Values into Landscape Design” in Conan’sEnvironmentalism in Landscape Architecture. Her writings provocatively question conventional norms and assumptions. For instance, in “Uncertain Parks. Disturbed Sites, Citizens and a Risk Society,” Meyer explores the social implications and aesthetic conundrums inherent in the making of new parks on toxic industrial sites. In “Sustaining Beauty. The Performance of Appearance,” she calls for the insertion of aesthetic concerns into a sustainability agenda arguing that without them sustainable design will have a limited impact on the environmental practices and ethics of the public. Her most recent publication, “Slow Landscapes. A New Erotics of Sustainability” is featured
in Harvard Design Magazine (Winter 2010). Meyer’s teaching and scholarly interests focus on three areas: the re-discovery and examination of modern landscape theory, the establishment of a robust contemporary practice of landscape criticism, and the idea of design as site interpretation (sites replete with cultural layers as well as natural processes). She is completing a book focused on these concerns,Groundwork. Practices of Modern Landscape Architecture, with support from the UVA School of Architecture Dean’s Office, the Graham Foundation and a Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship.

Renée Daoust, principal of the firm Daoust Lestage Inc., takes on the roles of both project and design architect. Her double training in architecture and urban planning grants her the ability to oversee large and small projects from the scale of urban design and architecture to the level of the project’s details. Consequently, she is closely involved in the design and execution of all of the firm’s projects.  Ms. Daoust is better known for her role as project and design architect for the Quartier international de Montréal and the CDP Capital Centre. This experience has made her a valuable thinker in the ongoing visioning exercise for Montreal’s new theatre district – Le Quartier des Spectacles – and the redevelopment of the CBC Radio-Canada Headquarters in Montreal. Ms. Daoust is partner-in-charge of many of the office’s ongoing institutional projects including the Centre for Excellence in French Language and Bilingual Post-Secondary Education at York University’s Glendon Campus and the YMCA Cartierville.  Recently, she has played a critical role as a member of the masterplanning team for Ryerson University and has created a number of award-winning private residences and interior spaces, namely George Brown School of Design and BBDO’s new Montreal offices. Renée Daoust is a member of the CCA Development Committee.  In recent years she has served as a member of the Toronto Waterfront Design Review Panel and as President of the Board of the Festival international des Jardins de Métis.  One of only a few women to assume a leadership role in the architectural and urban planning community, Renée Daoust, together with her partner Réal Lestage and a strong and well-established staff, contributes to the creation of spaces of varied scales through thoughtful multidisciplinary reflection.

Stephen Teeple is founder and principal of the firm Teeple Architects in Toronto and member of the Ontario Association of Architects.  Stephen is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, from which he received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1980. He received his Master of Science in Building Design from Columbia University. Stephen was awarded Fellow status at the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1998 and was nominated to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2006. Stephen’s designs have been awarded significant honours including awards from the Governor General of Canada; Canadian Architect Magazine; Progressive Architecture Magazine; Best of Canada; Canadian Wood Council; American Institute of Architects; Holcim Foundation, and others.  His current work explores the cultural dimension of sustainability in architecture; research that formulates a provocation for rethinking the art of architecture. Environmentally conscious design is becoming for Stephen an integral consideration in the formulation of the architectural idea of each project, and in the spatial experience embodied in the completed work. Stephen has extensive teaching experience in various Schools of Architecture as well as being invited to participate in many juries for architectural award selections. He is recognized as a significant critic in the Canadian architectural community and continues to be quoted and reviewed by various media.