Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Webday Wednesdays - Adaptive Re-Use as a Catalyst for Sustainable Placemaking

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For the month of March, the RAIC is pleased to present a weekly series on the subject of Adaptive Reuse.

Title: Adaptive Re-Use as a Catalyst for Sustainable Placemaking
Date: March 20, 2019
Experience Level: Intermediate
Presenter: Megan Torza, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C

When considering sustainability in its most holistic terms, it is important to recognize the significant ecological, social, cultural and economic benefits associated with investing in the adaptive re-use of existing buildings. In this webinar, we will explore the benefits of adaptive re-use and revitalization when reinvesting in our cities and communities and share how past examples of adaptive re-use have influenced our architectural and urban design approach for sustainable place-making. By demonstrating the success of adaptive re-use on the individual building scale, with projects such as Evergreen Brick Works and Artscape Wychwood Barns, we prove to municipalities and communities that cultural heritage plays an irreplaceable role in the broader ambitions of placemaking and city-building.

At the completion of this session, the participant/learner will be able to:

  • Describe architectural and urban design approaches for revitalizing existing buildings and impacted sites so that they can become catalysts for greater sustainable regeneration throughout the community
  • Explain how to integrate contemporary architecture and new construction with old buildings while respecting the site’s cultural significance and heritage
  • Discuss the impacts that a single project can have on the surrounding urban fabric, and learn how to leverage adaptive re-use for city-wide place-making
  • Identify the increasing environmental and economic importance and benefits of revitalization, adaptive reuse, heritage conservation, and building renovation

Continuing education learning hours: 1 credit

​​​​​​Megan is an architect whose professional development has been influenced by a strong personal interest in adaptive re-use and the integration of contemporary architecture into historic urban fabric. She joined DTAH in 2006 and became a partner in 2012. Her approach is driven by the belief that architects are important servants of the public good, as demonstrated in a socially-minded, contextually-sensitive portfolio which includes the development and implementation of two of Toronto’s most beloved destinations: the Artscape Wychwood Barns and the Evergreen Brick Works. She has completed numerous institutional, mixed-use and housing projects for public and private-sector clients, as well as designed multiple integrated landscape pavilions.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 18, 2019, at 12 pm (ET).

$25 for RAIC members, plus applicable taxes.
$30 for non-members, plus applicable taxes.

SCHEDULE: The Webinar will take place on Wednesday,  at 1 p.m. ET in English.
The Canada-wide schedule by time zone is:









 10 a.m.

 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 2:30 p.m.


 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 3 p.m.

 3:30 p.m.

More information, including online access instructions and a PDF copy of the slides will be sent to you by email on the Monday prior to the Webday webinar. 

March 20, 2019 1:00 PM   through   2:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Event Fees (GST) $ 30.00 + $ 1.50 Sales Tax
Event Fees (Ontario) $ 30.00 + $ 3.90 Sales Tax
Event Fees (Quebec) $ 30.00 + $ 4.49 Sales Tax
Event Fees (HST) $ 30.00 + $ 4.50 Sales Tax

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