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Lecture Series & Exhibition Opening: Gordon Gill - Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

March 14, 2024
6:00 PM EDT - 8:00 PM EDT
Department of Architectural Science, 325 Church St, ARC 202 (the Pit)
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The exhibition launch & speeches begin at 6:00PM - the official talk in the Pit begins at 6:30PM.

This lecture qualifies for 1 OAA Structured Con Ed hour. Please register (external link)  in advance.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) (external link)  is dedicated to the design of high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable architecture on an international scale. The firm approaches each project, regardless of size or scale, with an understanding that architecture has a unique power to influence civic life. We strive to create designs that aid society, advance modern technology, sustain the environment, and inspire those around us to improve our world.

Our office is dedicated to the creation of new paradigms for sustainable development. We use a holistic, integrated design approach that emphasizes symbiotic relationship with the natural environment -- a philosophy we've termed "global environmental contextualism."

This approach, which takes into consideration building orientation, daylighting, generation of wind power, solar absorption, and a site's geothermal properties, represents a fundamental change in the design process, in which form facilitates performance. It's predicated on the understanding that everything within the built and natural environment is connected, and that a building's design should stem from an understanding of its role within that context -- locally, regionally, and globally.

Such a pluralistic approach acknowledges the interaction among building systems as well as between those systems and the natural environment and seeks to improve each individual system's performance. By using this principle in the design of buildings, we can create structures that not only reduce their negative environmental impact, but in many cases, virtually eliminate it altogether.

AS+GG's practice includes designers with experience in multiple disciplines, including technical architecture, interior design, urban planning, and sustainable design. Architects also have expertise in a range of building types, including supertall towers, large-scale mixed-use complexes, corporate offices, exhibition facilities, cultural facilities and museums, civic and public spaces, hotels and residential complexes, institutional projects, and high-tech laboratory facilities.

Founded in 2006 by partners Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill, and Robert Forest, AS+GG has offices in Chicago and Beijing.

Please be aware that this event/exhibition is being documented by Toronto Metropolitan University (the University). Photographs and/or video footage may be used by the University in any publication, multimedia production, display advertisement or online platform.

This lecture is accompanied by an exhibition opening - details to follow

Thank you to our DAS Lecture Series Sponsors:

esri Canada
Diamond Schmitt Architects
Thames Valley Brick & Tile
Ontario Association of Architects