This talk will explore the impact of architecture and urban form on our sense of place and, ultimately, on our health and well being. Themes such as connectivity, diversity and sustainability will be considered in the context of the rapid growth and transformation of Toronto.
David Sisam, OAA AAA LEED® AP FRAIC is a Founding Principal of Montgomery Sisam Architects, a 75 person architectural firm with a particular focus on education, housing and healthcare projects. The firm’s portfolio includes The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab, Toronto Ronald MacDonald House, The Toronto Botanical Garden and The Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship at U of T among others. The firm has received many design awards including the Governor Generals Award and was twice selected as one of Canada’s top 100 employers by Macleans magazine.
In addition to practice David has recently been examining the impact of urban form on public health, giving lectures on this subject at a variety of venues, including the Green Building Festival and the International Academy of Health in Design Conference. He has coordinated and authored two books including Place and Occasion, showcasing the work of the firm.
David was an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at U of T from 1972 to 1983, a visiting studio instructor at Dalhousie University and a visiting critic at the University of Waterloo, Ryerson University and The State University of New York. David was named a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1998 and in 2009 he was honoured with the Arbor Award for volunteer service at the University of Toronto. David is a member of the City of Toronto’s Design Review panel, the Executive of the Toronto Society of Architects and the Board of Forests Ontario.