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Niagara Biennial Design Awards - Jury Members

The jury panel for the 2020 Niagara Biennial Design Awards is:

  • Amy Friend
    Amy Friend Amy is associate professor of visual arts at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University. She studied at OCAD University, Toronto. She received a B.F.A. Honours degree and B. Ed degree from York University, Toronto and an M.F.A. from the University of Windsor.

    Amy is also a Canadian artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions. In the fall of 2019, Amy’s work will be in a group exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in the UK. In November 2018, she exhibited at ParisPhoto with incamera Galerie and was selected for the Elles X, exhibition supported by the French Ministry of Culture.

    Amy’s work has been featured in publications such as California Sunday Magazine (USA), where her cover design was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top ten covers in 2017. Friend also worked on the stage design for Diana Krall’s last world tour.

    Amy recently published her second monograph, Stardust with L'Artiere Publishing, Italy. Her work is held in several collections including the piece, Vestiges in the Algoma Lobby of the Performing Arts Centre, St. Catharines.

  • Gordon Stratford
    Gordon Stratford Gordon Stratford has experience in architecture, urban design, interior workplace and product design. He's a graduate of Waterloo and McGill Universities. His accreditations include: OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C.

    Gordon led the creative vision of HOK's multi-disciplinary Canadian design team from 1997 to 2017 as senior vice president and design principal. His design leadership is evidenced by a range of successful projects both nationally and globally.

    Gordon is chair of the City of Toronto's Design Review Panel since its inception. He has also served on design excellence juries for the cities of Ottawa, Hamilton and Edmonton. He was recently jury chair for Toronto's Etobicoke Civic Centre international design competition.

    Gordon was a guest design critic and presenter at Ryerson and Toronto universities. He's a frequent panellist at design symposiums, and also a mentor in the Ontario Association of Architect's Internship in Architecture Programme.

    "I'm very excited and honoured to be a member of the jury team for this inaugural year of the design awards program. This is an amazing opportunity to celebrate and encourage the highest level of design creativity; a key contributor to the quality of life in the Niagara region."
  • Ken Greenberg
    Ken Greenberg Ken Greenberg is an urban designer, teacher and writer. He's the former director of urban design and architecture for the City of Toronto. He's currently the principal of Greenberg Consultants.

    Ken focuses on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighbourhoods and on campus master planning, regional growth management and new community planning. He received the 2010 American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Design Excellence. He also received the 2014 Sustainable Buildings Canada Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Ken is co-founder and visiting scholar at the new City Building Institute at Ryerson University in Toronto.

    He is the author of Walking Home: the Life and Lessons of a City Builder, and also a frequent writer for periodicals.

    Ken is a board member of Park People, a non-profit dedicated to the improvement of Toronto's parks. His current major project is as urban design lead and client representative for The Bentway in Toronto.

    "The Niagara peninsula is a very special place. I am looking forward to seeing design responses that recognize its unique qualities."
  • Linda Irvine
    Linda Irvine Linda Irvine is a landscape architect, educator and fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. She received a MLA degree from Harvard and a BLA degree from the University of Guelph.

    From 1998 to 2018, Linda was the manager of parks and open space development at the City of Markham. She was responsible for overseeing, managing and coordinating all new park development. She also managed selected urban design projects for the municipality.

    Prior to 1998, Linda served as a faculty member in landscape architecture at the University of Toronto, University of Illinois at Urban-Champlain, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and the University of Guelph.

    Linda has served with the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects in several capacities: member of council as appointed educator, vice president, president, and past-president. She is also the former chair of the OALA's College of fellows.

    Linda served on the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Board of Directors as president-elect, president and past-president.

    "Good planning is good planning. The Niagara Region is challenged for many reasons due to pressures of urbanization and the need to protect its agricultural and wine growing regions. I am proud to have been selected as a jury member for the Niagara Biennial. Change starts here."
  • Lois Weinthal
    Lois Weinthal Lois Weinthal is chair of the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University. She is also an honorary professor at the Glasgow School of Art. She studied architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design.

    Lois was previously the director of the Interior Design Program at Parsons New School for Design. She was also graduate advisor for the Master of Interior Design program at The University of Texas at Austin.

    Lois has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally. Her research and practice investigate the relationship between architecture, interiors, clothing and objects resulting in works that take on an experimental nature.

    Lois is editor-in-chief of the journal, Interiors: Design / Architecture / Culture (Taylor and Francis). She is editor of Toward a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory (Princeton Architectural Press). She is co-editor of After Taste: Expanded Practice in Interior Design with Kent Kleinman and Joanna Merwood-Salisbury (Princeton Architectural Press). She is also co-editor of The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design with Graeme Brooker (Bloomsbury).

    "The Niagara Biennial Design Awards provide an opportunity to elevate and support the discussion about public arts in the Niagara region. It is encouraging to see the range of categories spanning outdoor interventions to interior design, and submissions by practitioners and students. It is a pleasure to serve as a juror for this awards program."
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