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Mohandes June Seminar: How do you build a sacred space? [in English]

  • Wednesday, June 07, 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Councillors Chamber: North York Civic Centre


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Dear Memebrs,

You are cordially invited to join us in:

Mohandes Monthly Seminar in June 2017:
"How do you build a sacred space?"

This Seminar will be conducted in English.

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Councillors Chamber, North York Civic Center

Please pay attention to the Location change.

About the seminar:

To design the Bahá'í Temple of South America, architect Siamak Hariri focused on illumination — from the temple's form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it. Join Hariri for a journey through the creative process, as he explores what makes for a sacred experience in a secular world.

About the Speaker:

Siamak Hariri M.Arch, OAA, AAA, AIBC, FRAIC, RCA, Intl. Assoc. AIA, Founding Partner 

Siamak Hariri is a founding Partner of Hariri Pontarini Architects, a 120 person practice based in Toronto. His portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized buildings has won over 60 awards, including the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, celebrated as one of Canada’s Artists who mattered most by the Globe and Mail, and with his Partner David Pontarini, the 2013 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Architectural Firm Award. One of Siamak’s earliest HPA projects, the Canadian headquarters of McKinsey & Company, is the youngest building to receive City of Toronto heritage landmark designation. He has recently completed public and private projects include the award winning Richard Ivey Building, Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University, the Jackman Law Building for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, the Schulich School of Business at York University, and the Integrated Health Sciences campus, with the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy and the McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine in downtown Kitchener. 

In the fall of 2016, Siamak completed a project he began in 2003, the Bahá’í Temple of South American, located in Santiago, Chile, the last of the Bahá’í continental temples. Won through an international call and a rigorous design competition (185 entries from 80 countries) the temple is poised to become an architectural landmark at the foothill of the Andes. It has already won some of the top architecture awards including the RAIC Innovation Award, the World Architecture News Best Building of the Year (selected by ninety-seven judges around the world); Architect Magazine’s Progressive Architecture Award (architecture’s top unbuilt projects award); the Canadian Architect’s Award of Excellence; the International Property Awards, and was profiled by National Geographic Magazine. 

Siamak is currently working on the complex Princess Margaret Space Transformation Project and has recently won two international design competitions, the first, the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, and the second, selected from over 92 international architects, for the new Tom Patterson Theatre, poised to become the heart of the Stratford Festival. 

Born in Bonn, Germany, Siamak was educated at the University of Waterloo and Yale University where he completed a Master of Architecture. He has taught at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, as well as been a lecturer and guest critic for numerous organizations across North America. Siamak was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Architecture from Ryerson University for his contribution to architecture in Canada and abroad. The University of Toronto also honored him with an Arbor Award for his contribution to the University experience as a lecturer and adjunct professor. Siamak lives in Toronto with his artist wife, Sasha Rogers, and their three children; Lua, Yasmin, and David.

Agenda of the Meeting:  

  • 6:30 pm  Refreshments & Professional Networking
  • 7:15 pm  Announcements
  • 7:20 pm  Seminar Presentation
  • 8:10 pm  Q/A

Looking forward to seeing you all in this gathering.

Best regards

Mohandes 30th BOD


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