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RSID - Filiz Klassen

Filiz Klassen

EducationBArch., MArch
Memberships/ServicesUIA, IDEC, ARIDO, NCIDQ 17308, IFI

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Filiz Klassen is an artist, researcher and Professor teaching at Toronto Met University, School of Interior Design since 1997. Her research emphasizes materiality as ‘responsive matter’ and focuses on adaptability of architecture and interiors to variables in environmental conditions. She has received industry and government funding for her project Malleable Matter: Material Innovations in Architecture (2005-2010) (Research/Creation grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Integrated Projects Grant from Ontario Arts Council). Her ‘Snow, Rain, Light, Wind: Weathering Architecture’ exhibition was displayed at Triangle Gallery, Calgary (May 28-June 24, 2010) and Design at Riverside Gallery, Cambridge (November 2009-January 2010). Professor Klassen has presented at conferences internationally in Aarhus, Boras, Singapore, London, New York, Istanbul, Eidhoven, Delft, Venice, Guimaraes and nationally in Banff, Calgary, Cambridge, Montreal and Toronto. Her articles on material innovations and responsive environments are published in books Snow, Rain, Light, Wind: Weathering Architecture (2009), Arium: Weather + Architecture (Hatje Cantz, 2010) and Mobile Nation (Riverside Press, 2008), as well as in other academic and professional journals. She is the co-editor of Transportable Environments 3, the third book on portable architecture and design published by Spon Press (UK, 2006) following the international conference she organized and co-chaired at Toronto Met. She has curated exhibitions and also exhibited her work at Archive Gallery, Gladstone Hotel, Design Exchange, and various other venues in Toronto. She directed ‘Weathering Architecture’, a performance that was staged as part of Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH: Emerging Performance Projects in 2008. Professor Klassen is the founder of the Design Fabrication Zone (DFZ), an interdisciplinary hub for design/fabrication innovation and entrepreneurship at Toronto Met, funded by the Ontario Centre of Excellence & Campus Links Accelerator.