To celebrate the history of the Environmental Studies / Environmental Design Program and to move forward into the future we have planned a number of events and have invited speakers who represent each of the last 5 decades.  Please see the dates and speakers below.  Admission is Free and everyone is welcome!

To help support students in the Environmental Design Program we have established an Environmental Design 50th Anniversary Scholarship. If you wish to donate to this scholarship or any other Faculty of Architecture Scholarships you can do so by following this link: https://give.umanitoba.ca/ or contacting Brandy O'Reilly at 204-474-7938.

Centre Space, John A. Russell Building
Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba



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September 23, 2016
Diarmuid Nash
has enjoyed over 25 years with Moriyama & Teshima, having joined M&T in 1988 after completing work on the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, a design-build project.
A partner since 1998, Diarmuid is particularly skilled and adept at managing complex, aggressive Fast-track, CM/GMP projects that must address the often divergent priorities of diverse user and interest groups and delivering award-winning buildings on Time and on Budget. Diarmuid was Partner-in-Charge of the 2008 Governor General Award winning New Canadian War Museum in Ottawa; and the multi-phase Queenston Plaza Border Crossing Redevelopment. Diarmuid also led the Aga Khan Museum project in Toronto as the Architect of Record; and the design of the new City of Surrey City Hall project in Surrey, BC.

Diarmuid was responsible for the design of the first major Ontario Government building to incorporate sustainable design – the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Headquarters Building – and also one of the earliest design-build projects in Ontario.

Currently, he is leading the MTA team on the new Windsor City Hall and the Union Museum in the United Arab Emirates. Diarmuid brings unique vision and an unparalleled depth of understanding about what creates enduring, landmark places that compel people to visit again and again.

Speaker Supported by: Seagram Visiting Lecture Fund


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October 18, 2016
Allan Bell
grew up in Pinawa, north eastern Manitoba

University of Manitoba Bachelor of Environmental Studies 1982
University of Waterloo Bachelor of Architecture 1987

Allan worked in Toronto at Barton Myers Associates 1983-1986 : projects in Toronto, New York,
Moved to London 1987: worked with Nigel Coates and Doug Branson at Branson Coates1987-2002: projects in London, Tokyo, Otaru, Istanbul, Sheffield, Venice
Guest critic at the Architectural Association 1989-1995 and 2004-2007
Worked with Cecil Balmond at Arup AGU 2003-2006L projects in London, St Petersburg, Shanghai, New York,

Currently, works with John Pawson 2007-to Present: projects in London, Jaffa, Athens, New York, West Hollywood  

Speaker Supported by: Visiting Architect Lecture Series

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5468796 Architecture
is a Winnipeg-based design studio established in 2007. Working around a single table, the office unites the diverse knowledge and experience of fourteen young professionals. Together, they believe that every client, user and civic environment – regardless of budget – deserves an outcome that advances architecture.

Recent firm recognitions include the Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Award, the RAIC Emerging Architectural Practice Award and the WAN 21 for 21 Award, an international prize whose aim is to highlight 21 architects who could be the leading lights of architecture in the 21st century. The office makes design advocacy an ongoing pursuit through university professorships and various public engagements. In 2012, 5468796 co-curated Migrating Landscapes, Canada’s official submission to the Venice Biennale in Architecture. In 2013, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded 5468796 the Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture for their project, Table for 12, which allowed them to visit and research cities around the world with a thriving design culture. Their work has received a number of awards and honours, including a Governor General’s Medal in Architecture and an RAIC Award of Excellence for both OMS Stage and Bloc_10, Progressive Architecture Awards for Bond Tower and BGBX, and the 2014 WAF Future Project of the Year Award for their shortlisted competition design for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Speaker Supported by: Al Waisman Lectureship Fund
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February 15, 2017
Building Myths: Stories We Tell Ourselves in Order to Design

Architects create space for shelter, comfort and pleasure. Most often we think of architecture as a response to a brief, as something needed by the client as we diligently go about our duties in the name providing a service. But this talk is about the ways that architecture — despite our best efforts — quite often exceeds our grasp. This talk is about our experience in making architecture, the stories that we use to design, interpret, understand, and associate with architecture, that exceeds the limits we create. This talk is about what it was like to be a student in the Bachelor of Environmental Studies program in the late 1980s and what it means for designing today.

David Cabianca completed an undergraduate degree in environmental studies at the University of Manitoba (1990) and a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University (1995). This was followed by an MFA 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2001); an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading (2005); and, most recently, an MA in Design Writing Criticism, London College of Communication (2012). Initially designed while attending Reading, his typeface Cardea was released by Emigre Fonts in 2014. In 2012, he was one of the organizers of the AIGA Design Educators Conference, “Blunt: Explicit and Graphic Design Criticism Now.” His writing has appeared in Emigre, Idea, Visible Language and Design Observer. He has taught at the University of Manitoba, University of Michigan, OCAD University, California Institute of the Arts and Cranbrook Academy of Art and has held a fulltime position teaching graphic design at York University in Toronto, Canada, since 2005. He is currently working on a monograph devoted to the image archive of American graphic designer Ed Fella to be published by Scheidegger & Spiess.

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March 9, 2017
is a Landscape Designer who is driven to promote a greater understanding of Landscape Architecture in our urban condition. She believes that our cities should be equally beautiful and ecologically resilient.

Sarry has sat on the CSLA (Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture) – Advocacy Task force since being a student at the University of Toronto. She was a team member representing the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty in the Barcelona World Landscape Architecture Biennial for Landscape Architecture Schools, winning first place.

Sarry obtained her Bachelor of Environmental Design with a focus in Landscape and Urbanism from the University of Manitoba. She then went on to study at the University of Toronto, where she completed her Masters in Landscape Architecture. Sarry’s opportunity to study abroad throughout Europe and South America during this time has contributed to her interest in the intersection of historic narratives and urban systems.

Speaker Supported by: Emerging Alumni Lectureship Fund