Showcase Series – CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Showcase Series – CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge

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Showcase Series - CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge

This session is now available on-demand!

Topics: Honours & Awards

Length: 1 hour | What's included: Video, Quiz, Certificate of Completion

Join the RAIC in our inaugural Showcase series, a collaboration between Continuing Education and Honours and Awards programs. The series, running from September to November 2022, aims to shed light on the amazing projects and practices receiving recognition today, and on the people, and their motivations and ideas behind them. Our first session, on September 13th, 2022, features the National Urban Design’s Civic Design Award certificate of merit winning CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge by Zeidler Architecture and WilkinsonEyre.  


David Collins from Zeidler Architecture and Dominic Bettison from WilkinsonEyre will present their project, followed by a moderated discussion with RAIC Honours and Awards Manager, and recently licensed architect, Amanda Shore, and conclude with a Q&A session with event participants. In this 90-minute session, we plan to delve into the story behind the finished project and talk about the creative and design process within the scope of an entire project. This program seeks to educate architects, intern architects, and non-architects alike, making ‘architecture,’ and all it encompasses, more accessible and engaging to everyone. 


Learning Objectives


At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the design process and inspirations behind the CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge
  • Compare the merits of the alternate creative options and key considerations that went into the new bridge design
  • Recognize the municipal limitations involved in architectural projects in large city centres
  • Identify the benefits of creating mock-ups and testing out various materials as part of the design process.



Dominic Bettison Portrait


Dominic Bettison


Dominic Bettison is a director at WilkinsonEyre, running its project portfolio in North America.  Involved in the design and construction of many of the key practice projects, his expertise has a particular emphasis on tall buildings.  Dominic led the design of the 440m high, award-winning Guangzhou International Finance Center, which upon completion in 2010 was one of the tallest buildings in China, and went on to found the practice’s Hong Kong office. He is currently leading a number of high-profile commercial schemes, including CIBC Square, Toronto and 600 Collins Street, Melbourne, both for Hines.  


Dominic regularly speaks at conferences and advises on various judging panels and committees, including the ‘Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats’ (CTBUH) – Urban Habitat Committee. He is currently a guest member of the Ottawa Special Design Review Subcommittee (SDRS).


David Collins Portrait

David Collins
David Collins, Partner at Zeidler Architecture, is one of the firm’s leading architects and project managers. With nearly 20 years of experience, David is skilled at all phases of project execution and is particularly adept at client and team management. His work in commercial, residential, and mixed-use developments extends across Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. David is recognized for his ability to lead complex projects in challenging conditions, exemplified by his asset renewal work such as the CF Toronto Eaton Centre Bridge and the Galleria Revitalization, the Allan Gardens historic Palm House Restoration, and Sherbourne Estates, a complete overclad and repositioning of two aging concrete rental towers. David recently presented Sherbourne Estates as a case study at The Buildings Show and the OAA Conference. As one of the firm’s Fitwell Ambassador’s, David integrates healthy building strategies into Zeidler’s work. 

This session is free for everyone!

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