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Building Equality in Architecture seminar coming to Toronto

The fifth annual BEAT Leadership Seminar will take place in Toronto on March 9. BEAT (Building Equality in Architecture, Toronto chapter) exists to initiate change, building momentum to create a shift in the profession. Not only for architects on an individual level, but as an instigator to raise the voice of the profession at large, integrating it into conversations about how our built environment can be shaped to be more beautiful, functional, and enhance the human experience.

The fifth annual BEAT Leadership Seminar comes to the Toronto Reference Library in March. Photo via BEAT.

The fifth annual BEAT Leadership Seminar comes to the Toronto Reference Library in March. Photo via BEAT.

As a group dedicated to enabling great architects to do great work, BEAT understand that each of us must contribute to our fullest. Design excellence, diversity and equity are therefore not mutually exclusive.

This year, the organization celebrates the 5th anniversary of the annual BEAT Leadership Seminar, an event dedicated to exposing students and young practitioners to leaders in the architectural profession. From sole practitioners to partners in Toronto’s leading design firms, the seminar speakers are architects and academics who have established successful careers. The talks and tours that follow will showcase the breadth of the profession and speak to the numerous ways to navigate a career in the built environment.

While the event is geared to women, all are welcome to attend. It is critical to have inclusive discussions surrounding issues of pay equity, gender bias, and the pressures of balancing work with a family life. For architects, Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) continuing education points will be issued for the lecture portion of the event.


The BEAT Leadership Seminar will take place on March 9 at the Toronto Reference Library (located at 789 Yonge Street), from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. More information about this year’s event is also available via the BEAT website, linked here.

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