Emerging Architectural Practice Award

Emerging Architectural Practice Award

Williamson Chong is honoured to be the recipient of the 2014 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Emerging Architectural Practice Award. This award is to recognize the principals of an emerging architectural practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture. The award recognizes the achievements of the principals for the quality of their built work, service to their clients, innovations in practice and public recognition. Donald, Betsy, and Shane will be in attendance at the Presidents’ Dinner & Awards Gala  at the forthcoming  …

Doors Open: Redesigning Toronto

Doors Open: Redesigning Toronto

Donald Chong will be speaking as part of a  Pecha Kutcha-style event during this year’s Doors Open Toronto.  Six influential architects will show 20 images, for 20 seconds each featuring a number of topics which will affect the future architectural and urban planning of Toronto.  The even will be hosted at the Fort York Library on Saturday May 24, 2014 at 2 pm. A follow-up discussion panel will be moderated by author and journalist Shawn Micallef.

The 15th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf is a city-wide celebration offering free, rare access to …

NXNE Interactive

NXNE Interactive

Shane Williamson will be speaking at the this year’s NXNE as part of the Interactive stream of artists and designers.  North by Northeast (NXNE) is a ten day festival of Music, Film, Interactive, Comedy, and Art. Now celebrating its 20th year, NXNE takes over Toronto with showcases, screenings, panels, parties, installations, and a whole lot more. From free shows at YDS to extended last calls at your favourite sweaty club/bar, NXNE is the premier destination for bands, filmmakers, innovators, funny people, artists, and most importantly: fans of all of the above. NXNE Interactive

Emerging Voices: TALLER and Williamson Chong Architects

Emerging Voices: TALLER and Williamson Chong Architects

The third evening of the 32nd annual Emerging Voices lecture series, featuring TALLER |MauricioRocha+GabrielaCarrillo| and Williamson Chong Architects is coming up fast. Don, Shane, and Betsy will be travelling to New York on Thursday to present the work of the office.

Mauricio Rocha Iturbide and Gabriela Carrillo Valadez, founding principals of Mexico City based TALLER |MauricioRocha+GabrielaCarrillo|, focus on “the importance of the vernacular, craftsmanship, sustainability, and socially-responsible design.” For more on TALLER |MauricioRocha+GabrielaCarrilloI, …

The New Millennium: AIAS Ryerson’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and Pechakucha Lecture

The New Millennium: AIAS Ryerson’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and Pechakucha Lecture

Shane Williamson will be presenting our 20 slides at tonight’s Pechakucha Lecture. It starts at 6:30 so don’t be late! There is also a Napkin Sketch Auction to which Don has submitted a beautiful drawing so get your checkbooks out too. …and of course food and wine. Williamson Chong will be out in full force so come say hello and take part in the celebration. …

LATITUDE6 Symposium

LATITUDE6 Symposium

Betsy Williamson has been invited to present the work of Williamson Chong at  LATITUDE6, a two-day symposium reflecting on architecture in the Americas hosted by the University of Texas at Austin. The symposium will take place on April 3 +4 in Goldsmith Hall, Mebane Gallery, on the UT Austin Campus. As with the first “Latitudes” conference, initiated by the UT Austin Center for American Architecture and Design and held annually since 2009, the ambition of this symposium is to explore the question of whether there is—already, still emerging, or never to be—an “American” …

Emerging Voices

Emerging Voices

Williamson Chong is honoured to have been selected by the Architecture League for it’s Emerging Voices Award.

Each year the League selects eight emerging practitioners through a juried, invited portfolio competition. The Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. The jury reviews significant bodies of realized work and considers accomplishments within the design and academic communities. The …

University of Wisconsin SARUP Lecture

University of Wisconsin SARUP Lecture

Shane Williamson will give a lecture on Friday November 22 at 4:30 pm at the University of Wisconsin School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP). Shane will be presenting the recent work of Williamson Chong Architects as reflected in the notion of “Incremental Urbanism,” which recognizes the possibilities of intensification latent in the morphology of urban fabric.

Other speakers in the lecture series include:

Meredith Sattler, Louisiana State University
Juan Moreno, Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects
Kyle Reynolds and MClain Clutter, mclainclutter / University …

TU Graz Research/In Architecture Lecture

TU Graz Research/In Architecture Lecture

Shane Williamson gave a lecture on October 24th at the TU Graz Faculty of Architecture as part of the Research/In Architecture Series. Shane’s lecture titled “Incremental”  focused upon the relationship of self-initiated research projects and prototypes relative to the commissioned work of Williamson Chong. Other speakers in the lecture series include: Ardershir Mahdavi, Tu Vienna Silke Steets, TU Darmstadt Johannes Fiedler, Addis Alaba University Andreas Rumpfhuber, Vienna Petra Petersson/Christina Linortner, TU Graz Timotheus Vermeulen, Radboud University Nijmegen …

Toronto Life Great Spaces: Inside the Box

Toronto Life Great Spaces: Inside the Box

“Torontonians are finally rejecting fussy Victorian architecture and going bold. In almost every neighbourhood, there’s a house or two that stands out…Here, a look inside some of our favourites.” The November issue of Toronto Life features Blantyre House in a feature on new homes in Toronto. …

Designing Livable Art

Designing Livable Art

“Betsy Williamson ’88 is an artist. Her medium is wood, her palette is very large, and her official job title is architect, but in Williamson’s mind, the two disciplines are inextricably linked.” Many architects will tell you that they have wanted to be architects since they were kids. Betsy locked in after taking a series of architecture and art history classes in high school at Phillips Exeter Academy. Lori Ferguson’s Exonian Profile this month outlines Betsy’s start and Williamson Chong’s recent Rome Prize research. …

Williamson Chong named finalist in Add-on 13 Competition

Williamson Chong named finalist in Add-on 13 Competition

Add-on ’13 is a two-phase competition for a freestanding, affordable, accessory dwelling unit on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Williamson Chong developed a first round proposal that adopted fresh thinking about housing, resource conservation, and the relationship between the natural and built environment. As stated in the design brief, “Add-on is a way to consider the role of affordable housing in a context outside the city and re-envision the relationship between architecture, infrastructure, resources and land.” We look forward to the Wellfleet Forum on …

Making It Real

Making It Real

The artifacts produced for Stitches:Interstices have been selected to be part of Making It Real,  a juried exhibition of digitally fabricated objects organized by OCAD University faculty members Jesse Jackson and Greg Sims, with the assistance of Gregory Phillips of Spandrel Media. The exhibition takes place May 14-28 as part of the Toronto International Jewellery Festival and coincides with the Society of North American Goldsmiths’ 2013 conference, Meta-Mosaic. …

CITA Lecture

CITA Lecture

Shane Williamson recently presented Williamson Chong’s current work and research to the professors and students of the Center for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation School of Architecture. Special thanks to Prof. Martin Temke for the invitation.

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Aalto University Lecture

Aalto University Lecture

Shane Williamson will give a lecture today, April 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture.

Shane’s lecture titled “Up to Small” will focus upon digital fabrication and wood technologies as deployed in the furniture, objects, installations, and buildings of Williamson Chong.

Other speakers in the lecture series include:

Marco Casagrande, Casagrande Laboratory, www.clab.fi
Ville Hara, Avanto Architects, www.avan.to
Janne Pihlajaniemi, M3 Architects, www.arkkitehdit-m3.fi
Teemu Palo, APRT Architects, www.aprt.fi
Anders …

University of Manitoba Lecture

University of Manitoba Lecture

Betsy Williamson will give a lecture next week, April 2, 2013 at 12:00 PM in the Centre Space of the John A. Russell Building at the Faculty of Architecture on the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus. This talk is part of the Food for Thought lecture series. Betsy’s lecture entitled “By Any Means” will discuss the relationship between the tools used in their emerging practice and the local urban condition in which they practice and how this relationship offers a new take on the incremental growth of architecture in the city. She will discuss the topic through a series of selected …

Dwell Magazine chooses Blantyre for its Kitchen of the Month

Dwell Magazine chooses Blantyre for its Kitchen of the Month

“For a Toronto couple with a love of minimalist Japanese architecture, a sleek, storage-packed kitchen was the first priority in their home.”

Dwell Magazine has done us right this month with a double page feature on the Blantyre House kitchen.  Writer Alex Bozikovic talks about the design of the “kitchen studio” as the centre of this new home in Toronto’s east end. …

“On Urban Incrementalism” at the University of Calgary

“On Urban Incrementalism” at the University of Calgary

Donald Chong will give a lecture today, January 3, 2013 at 6:00 in Room 2160 of the Faculty of Environmental Design on the University of Calgary campus. This talk is part of the Somerville block course. Don has joined Brigitte Shim in conducting this year’s Somerville charrette.

Don’s lecture entitled “On Urban Incrementalism” will discuss the relationship between the emergent practice and the urban condition and how this relationship offers a new take on the incremental growth of architecture in the city. He will discuss the topic through a series of selected projects …

Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence Jury

Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence Jury

The projects selected for the 2012 Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence indicate a welcome resurgence toward a resumption of the architect as part catalyst and part steward. Don Chong had the pleasure of serving on this year’s Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence. One of only two national awards in architecture, it honours work by architects that has not yet started construction but are well into being developed projects. Congratulations to KPMB, Atelier Big City, Battersby Howat, l’oeuf, Marc Boutin, Kobayashi Zedda, and all the other awards of excellence …

Celebrating Excellence in Wood Structures

Celebrating Excellence in Wood Structures

The Canadian Wood Council just released a publication celebrating the 2011-12 North American Wood Design Award Winners. This is a follow-up feature for the House in Frogs Hollow which has now been recognized for a 2010-11 North American Wood Design Award and a 2011-12 Ontario Wood WORKS! Award. The jury for this past year included Michael Green, Michael Green Architecture Inc., Tye Farrow, Farrow Partnership Architects, and Brian Rudy, Moriyama & Teshima. …

Sherman’s Match: The Pulaski Environmental Center of Savannah

Sherman’s Match: The Pulaski Environmental Center of Savannah

Shane is holding final reviews for his third year graduate studio at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design today. The students are presenting a diverse array of solutions to the following brief:

“This studio will be guided by the supposition that technology is never neutrally deployed but always encompasses ideology, whether consciously declared or subconsciously assumed. Our field of operation will oscillate between practice and theory without subjugating, in the name of idealized principles, the one to the other. Working in pairs, your research …

On the Pleasures of the Window Seat

On the Pleasures of the Window Seat

Sometimes the details get noticed...On the Pleasures of the Window Seat in today’s Globe and Mail.

The window bench in the House in Frogs Hollow was conceived of for a fairly practical reason. The Loewen window we used only came about 7-1/2′ tall. We didn’t want to have a transom above the window to fill the 9′ tall space, so we shifted the windows up and installed the bench below. As you can see on the right side of the fireplace, the same size window sits on the floor and the space above holds ducts and structure concealed in a bulkhead.

The bench is solid maple with a stainless

Bentley Innovations in Infrastructure Conference

Bentley Innovations in Infrastructure Conference

Each fall the Be Inspired Innovations in Infrastructure Conference is held in conjunction with the Be Inspired Awards program to share the best practices behind the successful realization of projects that represent outstanding achievement and innovation in infrastructure design, construction, and operations. This invitation-only conference features presentations by Be Inspired Awards finalists as well as executive roundtables that explore new ways to respond to the challenges facing today’s infrastructure organizations.

Don Chong will be representing Williamson Chong …

Digifest Lecture

Digifest Lecture

Digifest is Toronto’s international festival celebrating innovation and digital creativity. From October 18-20, 2012, it will be bringing together some of the world’s best and brightest to showcase next generation digital art, science & design at Corus Quay on Toronto’s waterfront. Established and emerging designers, technologists and artists will come together during Digifest for presentations, incredible demos, interactive exhibitions and parties. Shane Williamson will be joining the Digifest feel. speaking roster on Friday, October 19. He joins an impressive …

Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards Program Jury

Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards Program Jury

It was a packed agenda yesterday at the Old Mill Inn. Betsy Williamson, along with David Moses from Moses Structural Engineers, and Lloyd Hunt from Lloyd Hunt Architecture, with guidance from the Wood WORKS! team from North Bay, made some tough decisions among a very strong group of submissions. Williamson Chong will be in attendance at the 12th Annual Ontario Wood WORKS! Awards Evening on November 7th. We will see you there. …

Howland Residence Featured in the Globe and Mail

Howland Residence Featured in the Globe and Mail

It was a pleasant surprise to get a call from the Globe and Mail this week when they decided to feature the residence we renovated in the Annex. The full article is featured on their website and there is a nice slideshow as well. We are happy that the convertibility of the student lodging on the upper floor and basement apartment were part of the story. Those features are what make this project a unique and important essay on incremental urbanism. …

Architectural Record Interiors

Architectural Record Interiors

This is the first time we have had a project in Architectural Record and we couldn’t be more excited about it. The Blantyre House, with its ‘kitchen studio’ that opens the ground floor up to become a contiguous space with the street and the back yard, has been chosen for the 2012 Record Kitchen & Bath portfolio in Record Interiors. As always, thank you to Ken and Bonnie for being gracious with their time. And Bob, once again, your photos are taking us to some pretty great places. There is a greater array of photos on the website and the September issue is on sale now. …

Digital Technologies in Architecture at the Harbin Institute of Technology

Digital Technologies in Architecture at the Harbin Institute of Technology

Shane will be presenting our current work and new research in a keynote address at the annual conference on Digital Design at the Harbin Institute of technology in Harbin, China. His lecture will be on Saturday August 25th at 2PM. The conference is hosted by the National Specialized Guidance Committee for the Subject of Architecture and the Teaching Committee for Digital Technologies in Architecture.  The conference is co-hosted by School of Architecture, Harbin Institute of Technology and supported by Autodesk (China) Inc.

Other speakers featured at the conference are Ali Malkawi …

Prix de Rome research reviewed in The Globe and Mail

Prix de Rome research reviewed in The Globe and Mail

“Advances in building technologies are expanding the architectural possibilities of wood. Toronto-based Williamson Chong Architects will be spending their Prix de Rome winnings on a road trip to scout out new uses for high-tech timber.”  -  John Bentley Mays

We have already started planning our first trip for Spring 2013. We are getting great responses from the folks working in Austria.

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Howland Residence featured in Design Lines

Howland Residence featured in Design Lines

Our favorite freebie in Toronto has got to be Design Lines. Listing all the best places to shop, eat, and mine for inspiration, we always end up with a few on the coffee table.  We are very happy to have a project featured in the fall issue. Our Howland Avenue Residence modernizes a former rooming house in the Annex into a house that will transform and grow with a family committed to a car-free downtown lifestyle. As the writer Will Jones puts it, “City living doesn’t come cheap, and local architecture firm Williamson Chong believes a house should work hard for its owners.”

The …

Park Pavilion Architectural Design Competition Book

Park Pavilion Architectural Design Competition Book

We just received the publication put out by the City of Edmonton that chronicles the entries for the Park Pavilion Design Competition held last year. Our Victoria Park entry, Aspen Overpass, is on pages 108 and 109. When we look at the competition boards, all we smell is pizza. So much work went into these entries. …

Williamson Chong Architects wins the 2012 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture

Williamson Chong Architects wins the 2012 Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture

The Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture is awarded annually to an architectural firm that has completed its first built works and has demonstrated exceptional artistic potential. The prize encourages the development of artistic excellence in contemporary architectural practice by supporting the winner to travel around the world to develop their skills, their creative practice and to strengthen their position in an international architectural milieu.

Our winning proposal, titled Living Wood*, focuses upon innovative wood products and manufacturing technologies in a broad …

Toronto Life: City Home

Toronto Life: City Home

We are so pleased to be included in this year’s City Home guide. Look for us on page 105. There is a nice photo of the office and descriptions of the 16 most incredible offices in the city! …

Doors Open Toronto

Doors Open Toronto

We are delighted to take part in Doors Open Toronto 2012. Please join us  10 am – 5 pm on Saturday, May 26 as part of the Toronto Society of Architects: Self Directed Architectural and Design Studio Tour

“Meet some of Toronto’s leading architects as they open their studios for Doors Open Toronto on Saturday May 26 only. This is your opportunity to see the buildings where architects work, to view their studios and to learn about the work they have completed or are developing. Print a copy of the tour map and visit the 10 featured firms. Staff will be on site to provide information and answer …

Dwell Outdoor includes the Galley House garden in a special issue on modern outside spaces

Dwell Outdoor includes the Galley House garden in a special issue on modern outside spaces

Dean Kaufman’s aerial photo of the Galley House garden in bloom is one of our favorite images of this space. Thanks again to Dwell for its continued support of this project. …

Light Lab: Fourth Year Reviews at Carleton
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Light Lab: Fourth Year Reviews at Carleton
 University’s Azrieli 
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Architecture 
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Urbanism

Betsy Williamson will be joining the fourth year options studio headed by Dr. Shelagh McCartney for their final review. The option
 studio 
addresses 
the 
experiential substance
 of
 light
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 architecture, 
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attuned 
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twilight.
 
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 sharpens 
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 vision 
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House in Frogs Hollow featured in Architectural Record: All in the Details

House in Frogs Hollow featured in Architectural Record: All in the Details

The House in Frogs Hollow has been included in Architectural Record’s March 2012 “All in the Details” section of featured houses. Special thanks to Alex Bozikovic for the write-up. …

Re-Stitching: Round-table

Re-Stitching: Round-table

Shane Williamson represented the office last night in a round-table discussion of the ongoing exhibition STITCHES: Souzou Fast Forward at the WORKshop Gallery. Andrew Payne moderated the discussion which focused upon how the exhibition raises the concern of  how we establish meaningful connections between pre-modern and modern craft traditions. Fellow participants included Philip Beesley (Philip Beesley Architect), Lisa Steele (Steele and Tomczak), Rhett Russo (Specific Objects), Eric Boyd (Hack Lab), Rodolphe el-Khoury, Christos Marcopoulos, and Carol Moukheiber (Responsive

Natural Light wins Gold Award at 2012 Interior Design Show

Natural Light wins Gold Award at 2012 Interior Design Show

Natural Light brought to you by Tiltco Fenestration, Kilbarry Hill Construction, and Williamson Chong Architects, received a Gold Award at the 2012 Interior Design Show. Conceived as a hybrid mock-up of a forthcoming residence designed by Williamson Chong, the booth features an origami like ceiling, walls built from an array of uniquely designed windows, including a 13 foot high curtain wall with a solid wood back box, and a living room space featuring an art installation built from window sections. …

Canadian Architect features Abbey Gardens in the 2011 Awards of Excellence Issue

Canadian Architect features Abbey Gardens in the 2011 Awards of Excellence Issue

Abbey Gardens is in distinguished company in this year’s Awards of Excellence. The December issue of Canadian Architect highlights all the winning projects. …

HydroLAB: Graduate Studio Review at the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Michigan

HydroLAB: Graduate Studio Review at the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Michigan

Betsy Williamson learned a new word last week: Anthropocene… Professor Geoff Thun’s advanced studio was charged with designing a laboratory for the 21st century and presented provocative and complex projects at their final studio review. It was a pleasure to sit with Kiel Moe and Amy Kulper to engage and discuss the students’ work.

An excerpt from the studio brief, “What should be the ambition of architecture in a time when the earth’s lithospheric and geoclimatic condition has been so fundamentally reshaped by human intervention as to necessitate the definition …

Lincoln Lab: MIT Core 3 Final Review

Lincoln Lab: MIT Core 3 Final Review

Betsy Williamson spent a fantastic 24 hours in Boston, catching up with old colleagues and meeting new friends at MIT’s core studio reviews on Friday. Professor Meejin Yoon, along with Professors Sheila Kennedy and Andrew Scott led an ambitious studio to develop architectural design proposals for the new West Lab research and development facility for the famed Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Mass.  A follow up tour of the Media Lab and visits to the Foster + Partners addition to the MFA, Simmons Hall, Howeler + Yoon’s BSA space and the ICA rounded out the whirlwind visit. …

Abbey Gardens receives 2011 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence

Abbey Gardens receives 2011 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence

Canadian Architect has announced that Abbey Gardens is the receipient of a 2011 Award of Excellence.  One of only two national award programs devoted exclusively to architecture, the Awards of Excellence have recognized significant building projects in Canada on an annual basis since 1968. Awards are given each year to architects  for buildings in the design stage. Jurors considered response to the program, site, geographical and social context, and evaluated physical organization, structure, materials and environmental features.

Eight Awards of Excellence were given to the …

House in Frogs Hollow featured in Celebrating Excellence in Wood Structures

House in Frogs Hollow featured in Celebrating Excellence in Wood Structures

The Canadian Wood Council just released a  publication celebrating  the 2010-11 North American Wood Design Award Winners. The House in Frogs Hollow is featured along with the work from Studio Gang Architects, IwamotoScott Architecture,  Cutler Anderson Architects, David J. Agro,  Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Mankouche/Bard/Schulte, Flansburgh Architects, Robert M. Cain, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects, HGA Architects and Engineers, The Miller Hull Partnership, StructureCraft Builders Inc. , and McFarland Marceau Architects . …

House in Frogs Hollow receives 2011 Wood WORKS! Award

House in Frogs Hollow receives 2011 Wood WORKS! Award

The House in Frogs Hollow has received a 2011 Wood WORKS! Award. The Wood WORKS! Awards recognize the people and organizations pursuing excellence and innovation in wood design, advancing the use of wood in Ontario. The 11th Annual Wood WORKS! Awards evening took place on Thursday November 3, 2011 at the Ottawa Convention Centre. …

Marshall McLuhan Coach House Institute Design Charrette

Marshall McLuhan Coach House Institute Design Charrette

WCa recently took part in a day-long charrette that focused upon design proposals for a new Coach House Institute (CHI) and a new Faculty of Information Building for the University of Toronto. Other design teams included Bruce Mau DesignDiamond-Schmitt Architects, and IBI Group. Special thanks to Dr. Seamus Ross, Dean Faculty of Information (iSchool) and Dr. Dominique Scheffel-Dunand, Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, Faculty of Information Coach House Institute for the invitation. The charrette brief follows:

The Coach House Institute (CHI)

Society …

STITCHES: Suzhou Fast Forward Exhibition

STITCHES: Suzhou Fast Forward Exhibition

STITCHES: Suzhou Fast Forward, features seven pieces of hand-crafted embroidery from the Zhou XueQing Embroidery Art Center in Suzhou, China. Dexterously stitched in fine silk threads, these exquisite pictures represent an array of subject matter including flowers, birds, and landscapes, continuing Suzhou’s 2000-year history of embroidering illusionistic scenes. Believing that this ancient craft could be the springboard for experimentation, resulting in contemporary expressions of what embroidery might be in the 21st century, WORKShop invited a small group of architects, …

University of Texas at Arlington Lecture

University of Texas at Arlington Lecture

Shane recently presented our current work and new research at The School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington as part of their 2011 Fall lecture series. Special thanks to Albert Marichal for the invitation. …

Galley House profiled on Smart.Studio.TV

Galley House profiled on Smart.Studio.TV

Smart. Studio. bills itself as “the world’s smallest, and possibly the craziest, mobile TV studio: agile, trendy and versatile.”  Journalist Alex Bozikovic takes Pete on a tour of Toronto’s architectural highlights including the Galley House. Prior Smart.Studio. destinations have included Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, Lisbon, and London. See the YouTube clip here. …

House in Frogs Hollow featured in The Globe and Mail

House in Frogs Hollow featured in The Globe and Mail

We spent a lovely afternoon with John Bentley Mays at the House in Frogs Hollow and enjoyed his reading of the house featured in last week’s Globe and Mail. The article can be found on The Globe and Mail’s website with a slideshow of images by Bob Gundu.

John Bentley Mays, “Grey County Home Rides an Uncompromising Landscape,” The Globe and Mail, August 19, 2011; G. …

Galley House and Blantyre House published in Oris Magazine

Galley House and Blantyre House published in Oris Magazine

Will Jones introduces Toronto’s infill housing to Croatia.  The Galley House is featured this month in Oris, a magazine for architecture and culture that is published bimonthly as a Croatian-English edition.  Will Jones, “Toronto Infill,” Oris, June 2011; p. 88-95. …

Galley House’s Kitchen featured in Dwell 100 Kitchens we Love

Galley House’s Kitchen featured in Dwell 100 Kitchens we Love

We are honoured to have Galley House’s Kitchen featured in Dwell’s special ’100 Kitchens we Love’ issue.

“055,” Dwell: 100 Kitchens we Love, Summer 2011; p.106-107. …

Firm Profile and House in Frogs Hollow Featured in Canadian Builders Quarterly

Firm Profile and House in Frogs Hollow Featured in Canadian Builders Quarterly

Our firm has be profiled in the April 2011 issue of Canadian Builders Quarterly, featuring the House in Frogs Hollow.

Julie Schaeffer, “WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON INC.: Digital Fabrication Gives a Young Residential-Architecture Firm an Innovative Edge,” Canadian Builders Quaterly, April 2011; p. 32-3.  You can also view the article online here. …

Aspen Overpass wins a citation award in the Edmonton Park Pavilion Design Competition

Aspen Overpass wins a citation award in the Edmonton Park Pavilion Design Competition

Williamson Chong’s design for a new skating pavilion in Edmonton’s Victoria Park has won a citation award in the open design competition sponsored by the city of Edmonton. More information about this award can be found here. …

Arc and Field is shortlisted in the Edmonton Park Pavilion Design Competition

Arc and Field is shortlisted in the Edmonton Park Pavilion Design Competition

We were thrilled to hear that Williamson Chong’s design for a new park pavilion located in the Mill Woods Sports Park was shortlisted by the jury. We congratulate the winners and are looking forward to seeing the built projects. …

Vessel Loft published in The Globe and Mail

Vessel Loft published in The Globe and Mail

Pick up the Globe and Mail this Friday for Alex Bozikovic’s article on the Vessel Loft, a recently completed fit out in downtown Toronto.  “Floating Space,” The Globe and Mail, April 1st 2011; G. …

Galley House published in Luxury Home

Galley House published in Luxury Home

Congratulations to our friend and master builder Derek Nicholson for the write up in Luxury Home which also features the Galley House.  Daniel Casciato, “Derek Nicholson Inc: A Dedication to Excellence in Design, Management, and Construction,” Luxury Home, March 2011; p.31 …

Galley House and House in Frogs Hollow featured in Construire, Rénover, Transformer

Galley House and House in Frogs Hollow featured in Construire, Rénover, Transformer

Thank you to Lucie Lavigne from La Presse for including two of our projects in the French language publication Construire, Rénover, Transformer: Les meilleures idées d’architectes pour réussir votre projet. …

“By Any Means” at Roger Williams University

“By Any Means” at Roger Williams University

Shane will be presenting our current work and new research at The School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at at Roger Williams University on Wednesday February 16th at 6PM in the D.F. Pray Lecture Theater. Special thanks to Andrew Thurlow for the invitation. …

House in Frogs Hollow receives 2011 North American Wood Design Award

House in Frogs Hollow receives 2011 North American Wood Design Award

The House in Frogs Hollow has won a 2011 Wood Design Award. “The Wood Design Awards is the only North American Program to recognize, award and publicize excellence in wood architecture, and to publicly acknowledge the importance of architecture to our society…The selection of the 13 winning projects was challenging for the jury, as all of the projects displayed innovative uses of wood as a building material.  These projects push the boundaries of conventional wood building practices and highlight the special qualities, versatility and sheer beauty of wood as a building …

House in Frogs Hollow receives 2010 Design Exchange Award

House in Frogs Hollow receives 2010 Design Exchange Award

The House in Frogs Hollow has won a 2010 Design Exchange Award for residential architecture.  The project received a bronze award at last night’s ceremony. It was wonderful to spend the evening with friends and colleagues and support Canadian design.

The DX Awards celebrate excellence in Canadian design, successful partnerships between designers and clients, and the importance of design in all organizations. It is the only Canadian design award to judge entries based on results, balancing function, aesthetics, and economic success.

The House in Frogs Hollow will be showcased …

2010 AIA Cleveland Design Awards Jury

2010 AIA Cleveland Design Awards Jury

Betsy was honored to be a member of the jury for this year’s AIA/IIDA Cleveland Design Awards. These awards celebrate exemplary designs of Northeast Ohio firms for work built locally and abroad.  It was a pleasure to serve with jury chair Don Schmitt and fellow jurors Diego Burdi, Ian MacDonald, Paul Raff, and Barry Sampson.  Congratulations to the winners! …

Lunchtime talk at Kerr and Company & Hahn Smith Design

Lunchtime talk at Kerr and Company & Hahn Smith Design

Betsy wants to thank Nigel and Helen for the invitation to present the work of WW INC. at a lunchtime talk at Kerr and Company & Hahn Smith Design on Friday afternoon. …

Galley House featured in Narrow Houses

Galley House featured in Narrow Houses

We have been included in a compilation of Narrow Houses by Avi Friedman, “Galley House,” Narrow Houses: New Directions in Efficient Design. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010; p. 98-103. …

Galley House published in mur + betong

Galley House published in mur + betong

Norwegian magazine mur + betong publishes Galley House

“Galley House,” mur + betong, Issue 4, 2010; p. 62-64. …

Paths to Practice

Paths to Practice

Shane will be representing WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture this Saturday, October 16th, to take part in a day long symposium about current architectural practice.

Paths to Practice is a day long event hosted by the School of Architecture and Co-operative Education & Career Services to bring together students, professionals, faculty, and co-operative education in exploration of current Architectural practice and employment opportunities. Also on the panel are Manon Asselin from Atelier Tag, Heather Dubbledam, Andrew Jones, Kristina …

Zodchestvo 2010

Zodchestvo 2010

We are honored to have been chosen for Zodchestvo 2010, which represented the work of twenty-four firms from the United States and Canada.  Donald Chong Studio was featured in the exhibition “Current North American Architecture” and was noted for it’s clarity of design, structural integration with the architectural aesthetic, clear rationality of functional spaces and articulate detailing of materials.

The Union of Architects of Russia (UAR) holds the XVIII International Architectural Festival “Zodchestvo” at the Central Exhibition Hall (CEH) …

Galley House published in La Presse

Galley House published in La Presse

Lucie Lavinge writes on the Galley House for La Presse.  Lucie Lavigne, “Le <<Beau>> Problème,” La Presse, September 18, 2010; 2 Mon Toit. …

Revell, Toronto, Helsinki

Revell, Toronto, Helsinki

We are proud to have been part of a team of volunteers to help organize “Revell, Toronto, Helsinki: Finnish Architecture and the Image of Modern Toronto”. Please join us to kick off the event September 13th, 2010, from 8:00 – 9:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chamber for a presentation given by Frank Gehry. A Symposium will also be held September 23rd, from 5:45-9:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chamber. The Exhibition will run from September 13th to the 26th in the City Hall Rotunda. …

Galley House featured in Architectural Record

Galley House featured in Architectural Record

Architectural Record has chosen Galley House as one of its featured houses “August 2010: Redefined Urban”.

“Galley House,” Architectural Record, August 2010, Online

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The Globe and Mail recommends the Azure article

The Globe and Mail recommends the Azure article

John Barber writes, “Celebrating its 25th year of publication, Canada’s leading design magazine makes a statement about summer living with articles on five high-style “getaways” that boldly defy conventional ideals of gabled rusticity…Alexandra Shimo profiles the wonderfully basic shoebox Toronto architects Shane and Betsy Williamson built on a hillside in Ontario, a model of sophisticated simplicity.”

Barber, John. “On the stand: A weekly roundup of the best magazine reads.” The Globe and Mail. 10 July 2010, sec. R, p. 18. …

Donald presents at PechaKucha

Donald presents at PechaKucha

Come join us June 18, 2010 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm for Harbourfront Centre’s PechaKucha. Donald will be one of a list presenters from the worlds of architecture, landscape design, and urban planning who will be speak on the theme of “Re-imagining the urban park”. Each presenter has 20 minutes to present and discuss 20 slides. Don’t miss out. Hosted by Arren Williams, also presenting that evening is Adrian BlackwellCalvin BrookAdam NicklinPat HansonLola SheppardLisa Rapoport, and planningAlliance. …

House in Frogs Hollow on the cover of Azure Magazine

House in Frogs Hollow on the cover of Azure Magazine

Azure magazine has a fabulous cover this month; a sunset view of the house in Frogs Hollow!

Shimo, Alexandra. “House in Frogs Hollow.” Azure July/August 2010: 46-50.

View the online spread here. …

Plan Magazine publishes the House in Frogs Hollow

Plan Magazine publishes the House in Frogs Hollow

Plan Magazine, out of Dublin, Ireland, has chosen The House in Frogs Hollow as one of its featured “one-off houses.”  Bob Gundu’s photographs look amazing.

Denise Maguire, “One-Off Houses: House in Frogs Hollow,” Plan Magazine, June/July 2010; p. 25-27. …

Vessel Loft and Small Fridges Make Good Cities published in Azure

Vessel Loft and Small Fridges Make Good Cities published in Azure

Azure is featuring two of our projects in an article by Chris Nuttall-Smith, “When Mini is Mighty,” Azure, May 2010; p. 68. …

Donald Chong profiled in Canadian Who’s Who

Donald Chong profiled in Canadian Who’s Who

Elizabeth Lumley, “Canadian Who’s Who 2010: Volume XLV,” Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, May 22, 2010. …

House in Frogs Hollow receives 2010 OAA Design Excellence Award

House in Frogs Hollow receives 2010 OAA Design Excellence Award

The House in Frogs Hollow has won a 2010 Award of Excellence from the Ontario Association of Architects. The Awards of Excellence recognize the innovative skills of Ontario architects in creating spaces, buildings, and communities that respect and enhance the environment and enrich human activity. Award recipients will be honoured at the Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony at the 2010 OAA Annual Conference May 7, 2010. …

Casa Living introduces the House in Frogs Hollow to Korea

Casa Living introduces the House in Frogs Hollow to Korea

Jin-Young Yoo, “Unique Homes: House in Frogs Hollow,” Casa Living, April 2010; p. 211. …

Galley House featured in Dwell 100 Houses we Love

Galley House featured in Dwell 100 Houses we Love

We are honoured to have Galley House featured in Dwell’s special ’100 Houses we Love’ issue.

“097,” Dwell: 100 Houses we Love, Summer 2010; p.188-189 . …

Re-Crate receives 2010 OAA Proposals and Concepts Award

Re-Crate receives 2010 OAA Proposals and Concepts Award

Congratulations to Negar Jazbi, PJ Latoszek, and Farzam Mohajer, students from our recent Daniel’s Options Studio, for winning a 2010 OAA Award for their studio project “Re-Crate.” It was an innovative and comprehensive study for the reuse of discarded wood boards into a highly figural three season structure via a light steel frame and tension cable system. …

2010 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture Jury

2010 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture Jury

Betsy was honored to be a member of the jury for this year’s Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. These awards recognize outstanding achievement in recently built projects by Canadian architects and contribute to the development of the discipline and practice of architecture by increasing public awareness of architecture as a vital cultural force in Canadian society.

Congratulations to the medal winners, whose work is best described by the Governor General herself, “Faced with the growing standardization of the urban landscape, we can’t help but recognize …

Synecdochical Tendencies: A House in Beaver Valley

Synecdochical Tendencies: A House in Beaver Valley

We just wrapped up our design studio at the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Many thanks to our students for their hard work. An excerpt from the studio brief follows.

This studio will seek to extend the concept of material systems by embedding their material characteristics, geometric behavior, manufacturing constraints, and assembly logic within an integral design model that promises an understanding of form, material, structure, and behavior not as separate elements but rather as complex relations.

We will be guided by the supposition …

Galley House featured in Dwell

Galley House featured in Dwell

The photographs of the Galley House in this month’s Dwell show the house well lived in and the garden in bloom.  check out Alex Bozikovic’s article, “Slim Fit,” Dwell, December 2009/January 2010; p. 84-90.

You can also view this article online here. …

Mountain Life publishes the House in Frogs Hollow

Mountain Life publishes the House in Frogs Hollow

Night shots by Colin Field are featured in this article.

Pat Whyte and Colin Field, “Thorny Retreat,” Mountain Life, Fall 2009; p. 46-48. …

Small Fridges Make Good Cities featured on Treehugger

Small Fridges Make Good Cities featured on Treehugger

Lloyd Alter, “The Kitchen of the Future Today,” Treehugger, September 29th, 2009; online

WATERFRONToronto Design Review Panel

WATERFRONToronto Design Review Panel

Betsy has begun her service on the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel. Comprised of Canada’s leaders in architecture, landscape design, engineering and planning, the Waterfront Design Review Panel is an independent advisory body that guides and informs the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront. The Panel’s mission is to set new design standards across the waterfront and help Toronto achieve worldwide recognition as a centre of creativity and good design. …

2009 The Year in Infrastructure Jury

2009 The Year in Infrastructure Jury

Donald was honored to be a member of the jury for The Year in Infrastructure. Donald took part in the Jury for: Innovation in Building, Innovation in Campuses, Airports, and Military Installations, Innovation in Generative Design, and Innovation in Structural Engineering. Fellow jurors were Braulio Agnese, Michael Ivanovich and Scott Melnick. Congratulations to the winners! …

Galley House featured in Collection: Houses

Galley House featured in Collection: Houses

Michelle Galindo, “Galley House”, Collection: Houses, Switzerland: Braun Publishing, 2009; p. 332. …

Twenty + Change

Twenty + Change

Galley House, Small Fridges Make Good Cities, and our competition entry for the New National Library for the Czech Republic have been published in Twenty + Change.

Dubbeldam, Heather, and Lola Sheppard. Twenty + Change 01: Emerging Toronto Design Practices. [Cambridge, Ont.]: Riverside Architectural, 2009. Print. …

Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques

Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques

Door with Peephole is featured in Lisa Iwamoto’s new book on digital fabrication.

Iwamoto, Lisa. Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009. …

12 Alumni: Architecture, Change, Globality

12 Alumni: Architecture, Change, Globality

Tunnel Gallery, Barnard College, New York, NY. The House in Frogs Hollow along with the work of 11 other alumni of the Barnard and Columbia College Architecture Program was selected for the inaugural alumni exhibition 12 ALUMNI: ARCHITECTURE CHANGE GLOBALITY.

Participants were asked to reflect on the following questions: In what ways do the various aspects of your practice reflect the changes that are happening in our world? What are some of the global issues you address through your practice? How are new practices, like building sustainability, redefining how architects think about …

Galley House featured in 1000x: Architecture of the Americas

Galley House featured in 1000x: Architecture of the Americas

Michelle Galindo, “Galley House”, 1000x: Architecture of the Americas, Switzerland: Verlagshaus Braun Publishing, 2008; p. 100. …

Pistachio featured on Treehugger

Pistachio featured on Treehugger

Lloyd Alter, “David Suzuki and Bruce Mau Behind New Eco-Boutique in Toronto,” Treehugger, November 13th, 2009; online

National Post “40 under 40”

National Post “40 under 40”

We are honoured to be included in the National Post’s “40 Under 40″ listing of fresh ideas from young Canadian designers. Along with distinguished designers in the fields of fashion, furniture, industrial design and crafts, we are happy to share this honor with our friends and colleagues, superkul inc architect. …

(Y)ourspace Installation in Architecture at Harbourfront Centre Exhibition

(Y)ourspace Installation in Architecture at Harbourfront Centre Exhibition

We are honored to have been invited to create and installation in response to the idea of personal space at Architecture at Harbourfront Centre. Also featured in the exhibition are lateral architecture and NIP paysage.

Our installation ‘(Y)ourspace’ is on exhibition from September 28th 2008 to January 4th 2009 in the York Quay Centre. …

2008 Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement

2008 Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement

We are honored to receive the Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement from the Canada Council for the Arts. The award is given to a candidate who is in the early stages of their career and who demonstrates both outstanding creative talent and exceptional potential in architectural design. The successful candidate must also demonstrate sensitivity to architecture’s allied arts, crafts and professions within the context of an integrated built environment. The Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement was established in 1990, in collaboration with the Canada …

Mille Femmes

Mille Femmes

Betsy is one of Toronto’s Mille Femmes! The exhibit opens this evening at BCE Place in Toronto as part of the Luminato Festival.

Toronto’s Mille Femmes is a tribute to 1,000 artistic, creative and inspiring women from Toronto and their protégés, who embody the passion and heritage of the city. Architects, actors, dancers, designers, journalists, musicians and others have been chosen in recognition of their achievements and leadership in their field.

Joined together, the 1,000 portraits will become a visual network, a chain of recognition that celebrates not only an extraordinary …

AD: Interior Atmospheres

AD: Interior Atmospheres

Look for Stock Space alongside the work of Andrew Kudless and Kevin Klinger in the May/June issue of AD.

Preston, Julieanna. “Affecting Data.” AD Interior Atmospheres May-June 2008: 41. …

Architectural Review publishes Galley House

Architectural Review publishes Galley House

Rob Gregory, “Urban Infill: Working within the Constraints of As-found Urban Sites,” Architectural Review, March 2008; p. 60-63. …

Galley House receives 2007 Design Exchange Award

Galley House receives 2007 Design Exchange Award

Galley House has won a 2007 Design Exchange Award for residential architecture. The project received a Silver Award. Galley House will be showcased alongside fellow 2007 DX Award winners at a special exhibit at the Design Exchange, from November 29, 2007 to January 27, 2008.

The DX Awards celebrate excellence in Canadian design, successful partnerships between designers and clients, and the importance of design in all organizations. It is the only Canadian design award to judge entries based on results, balancing function, aesthetics, and economic success.

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Construct Canada

Construct Canada

Shane is moderating a session on Building Information Modeling at the 2007 Construct Canada building and construction trade show. The session, BIM: Practical Tools and Strategies for Architects, Engineers and Contractors, examines the impact of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on fundamental aspects of project design and organization. The benefits of BIM scalability, CAD standardization, and File to Factory approaches to fabrication and construction will be discussed relative to ongoing and recently completed projects. The session includes presentations by Allan Partridge, …

DogTrot featured in Micro: Very Small Buildings

DogTrot featured in Micro: Very Small Buildings

Ruth Slavid, “DogTrot,” Micro: Very Small Buildings, London: Laurence King Publishing, 2007. …

Donald Chong interviewed by Ian Chodikoff of Canadian Architect

Donald Chong interviewed by Ian Chodikoff of Canadian Architect

Ian Chodikoff interviews Donald Chong about contemporary practice and features a number of projects: Edgespace, Galley House, Site Unseen, and Small Fridges Make Good Cities.

Ian Chodikoff, “Sites and Scenes,” Canadian Architect, November 2007; p. 40-43. …

Small Fridges Make Good Cities featured on Treehugger

Small Fridges Make Good Cities featured on Treehugger

Lloyd Alter, “Can Big Kitchens Be Green,” Treehugger, October 3rd, 2007; online

Galley House published in Canadian Architect

Galley House published in Canadian Architect

Marco Polo, “Twenty + Change: the Next Generation,” Canadian Architect, September 2007; online

Galley House published in WestEast

Galley House published in WestEast

Shanghai magazine WestEast publishes Galley house.

“Micro House,” WestEast, August/September 2007; p. 19. …

Galley House published in Globe and Mail

Galley House published in Globe and Mail

John Bentley Mays, “The Fine Art of Building on a Tight Site,” The Globe and Mail, August 3, 2007; B2. …

Small Fridges Make Good Cities on the cover of Canadian Interiors

Small Fridges Make Good Cities on the cover of Canadian Interiors

We are honoured to have a photograph of Small Fridges Make Good Cities on the cover of Canadian Interiors Magazine.

Erin Donnelly, “Small Fridges Make Big Impact,” Canadian Interiors, July/August 2007, p. 21 …

2007 Toronto Urban Design Award

2007 Toronto Urban Design Award

Galley House has received the Award of Excellence for a Low-Scale Building in the 2007 Toronto Urban Design Awards.

The Award of Excellence for a Low-Scale Building is to honour a four storeys or less building that achieves urban design excellence through it relationship to the public realm, pedestrian amenity, detailing and massing. The Jury commented that Galley house, “less than 12 feet (3.6 m) wide, [is] a jewel-like infill house [which] overcomes the significant constraints of its site with clarity and style, enclosing ample living space while presenting a mannerly but highly …

Small Fridges Make Good Cities get a Kudos in Alberta Craft

Small Fridges Make Good Cities get a Kudos in Alberta Craft

“In the News: Kudos,” Alberta Craft, July 21 – October 6, 2007; p.11 …

California College of the Arts | 333 Studio

California College of the Arts | 333 Studio

Galley House published in the blog Future House Now

Galley House published in the blog Future House Now

John Commoner, “Urban Infill Magic: Donald Chong’s Galley House in Toronto,” FutureHouseNow, June 2007. …

Galley House and Small Fridges Make Good Cities featured on Treehugger

Galley House and Small Fridges Make Good Cities featured on Treehugger

Lloyd Alter, “Twenty + Change,” Treehugger, June 9th, 2007; online

TWENTY + CHANGE

TWENTY + CHANGE

We are exhibiting Galley House, Small Fridges Make Good Cities, and our competition entry for the Czech National Library as part of the Twenty + Change exhibition. The show opens at the Gladstone Hotel Upper Galleries on Friday June 8 from 7-9pm and runs through July 8.

Twenty + Change is an exhibition of contemporary architecture, landscape, and urban design showcasing built, in-the-works, and speculative projects by twenty emerging design practices. Also featured in the exhibition are Superkul, Donald Chong Studio, Lateral Architecture, Gow Hastings Architects, and North Design …

Architecture and Ideas: Emerging Practices

Architecture and Ideas: Emerging Practices

Kelly Crossman, “WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON,” Architecture and Ideas: Emerging Practices, vol. 6 no.2, P. 122-133. …

Canadian Architect

Canadian Architect

One of our CNC milled pieces from the Topologies series lands on the cover of Canadian Architect this month. Also be sure to check out the back page which features Smoke Tray.

Chodikoff, Ian. “Smoke and Mirrors.” Canadian Architect June 2007: 50. …

Edgespace published in Globe and Mail

Edgespace published in Globe and Mail

Patricia Chisholm, “Fixing Toronto: Riverdale, it’s Time to Enjoy the View,” The Globe and Mail, May 26, 2007; M5. …

Edgespace featured in Globe and Mail video

Edgespace featured in Globe and Mail video

Watch the Globe and Mail video ‘Fixing Toronto’. Edgespace is featured as one of the ways that Toronto can be improved by urban transformations that engage the living city. …

Lawrence Tech University | Master Class Practitioner Series

Lawrence Tech University | Master Class Practitioner Series

Shane and Betsy begin teaching a ten week graduate level studio course this week at Lawrence Technological Institute in Southfield, MI. The Master Class Practitioner series has been previously led by William Massie, Nader Terani and Monica Ponce de Leon of Office dA, and Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis. It is an introduction to the graduate level masters program and serves as a vehicle to introduce students to a critical approach to architecture. Above, a final rendering of the Immigration Tower-Museum in New York’s Battery Park by Babak, David and Galina. …

Young Architects 8: Instability

Young Architects 8: Instability

PAP did a wonderful job on the publication that accompanies the Young Architects Award from the Architectural league of New York. It has just been published.

Konyk, Craig, and Anne Rieselbach. “WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON.” Instability: The Living, KBAS, WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON, PLY Architecture, MAD Office, Julio Salcedo. New York: Princeton Architectural, 2007. …

Small Fridges Make Good Cities featured on Treehugger

Small Fridges Make Good Cities featured on Treehugger

Lloyd Alter, “IDS07: Small Fridges Make Good Cities,” Treehugger, Feb 24, 2007; online

Small Fridges Make Good Cities in 2007 Interior Design Show

Small Fridges Make Good Cities in 2007 Interior Design Show

The 2007 Interior Design Show is being held at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, from February 22 – 25 2007. The theme this year is “Offspring 2007,” highlighting designers who have apprenticed with the best design firms in the country and have now set off on their own. Small Fridges Make Good Cities will be exhibited at the show, where each designer has been asked to design one of the show’s 400-square-foot Concept Spaces.  Other invited participants included Yvonne Ho and Jenny Lee, Ryan Martin and Amy Kent, and Lindsey Anacleto and Gerry Anacleto

WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON featured in Interior Design China

WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON featured in Interior Design China

Yao Jing, Helen. “Aesthetics of Common Life.” Interior Design China Feb. 2007: 48-49.

Konyk, Craig, and Anne Rieselbach. “WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON.” Instability: The Living, KBAS, WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON, PLY Architecture, MAD Office, Julio Salcedo. New York: Princeton Architectural, 2007. …

2007 SmartGeometry Education Summit

2007 SmartGeometry Education Summit

Shane is one of this year’s featured speakers at the 2007 SmartGeometry Education Summit held at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. …

Donald Chong in the Globe and Mail

Donald Chong in the Globe and Mail

Karen von Hahn, “Noticed: Design Progeny,” the Globe and Mail, December 9, 2006; L3 …

Synthetic Landscapes | Digital Exchange

Synthetic Landscapes | Digital Exchange

Shane contributes a paper to this year’s ACADIA Conference Proceedings.

Williamson, Shane. “Stock Space.” Synthetic Landscapes | Digital Exchange. Ed. Cory Clarke, Gregory Luhan, Phillip Anzalone, and Mark Cabrinha. University of Kentucky: Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), 2006. 546-47. …

Parametric Design Workshop at Subtle Technologies

Parametric Design Workshop at Subtle Technologies

Shane is conducting a workshop dedicated to the future of computer aided design as part of the Subtle Technologies 2006 Festival in Toronto. Using practical software tools and advanced rapid-prototyping systems, the themes of digital simulation and fabrication were explored respective of the interplay between design and computation. Topics included simulation, optimization, form finding, evaluation and genetic algorithms. The workshop was based upon Bentley’s Generative Components software platform. …

Responsive Architectures: Subtle Technologies

Responsive Architectures: Subtle Technologies

Williamson, Shane. “Stock Space.” Responsive Architectures: Subtle Technologies 2006. Ed. Philip Beesley, Sachiko Hirosue, Jim Ruxton, Marion Trankle, and Camille Turner. [Cambridge, Ont.]: Riverside Architectural, 2006. 152-57. …

WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON featured in Design Lines

WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON featured in Design Lines

Published twice a year, Designlines Toronto is brought to you by Azure, Canada’s leading magazine of architecture, design, and art.  It serves as a city and neighborhood guide to the best design sources Toronto has to offer.  Our digital design and fabrication work is featured in an interview with Elizabeth Pagliacolo.

Pagliacolo, Elizabeth. “New Wave.” Design Lines Toronto Fall 2006: 46-48. …

Azure Publishes Galley House

Azure Publishes Galley House

John Bentley Mays, “Tall Order,” Azure, July/August 2006; p. 64-67. …

DogTrot featured in University of Toronto Magazine

DogTrot featured in University of Toronto Magazine

Susan Pedwell, “Rooms with a Breeze’” University of Toronto Magazine 33, no. 4, Summer 2006, 12. …

Smoke Tray exhibited at Mercer Union

Smoke Tray exhibited at Mercer Union

Mercer Union’s “Stellar Living” is an exhibition and auction that celebrates 50 international artists, architects and designers and their visions of contemporary urban life.

Smoke Tray was designed and fabricated exclusively for the show. It was displayed at the preview exhibition held at Givens-Shaw Public School and sold quickly the night of the auction after a ferocious bidding war. …

DogTrot featured in Cottage Life

DogTrot featured in Cottage Life

Bozicovic, Alex and Carolyn Kennedy. “Build a Better Bunkie.” Cottage Life June 2006: 142. …

Stock Space profiled in Azure

Stock Space profiled in Azure

Pagliacolo, Elizabeth. “Material World: Digital Production Methods.” Azure, June 2006, 118. …

eSim 2006

eSim 2006

Shane Williamson was a keynote speaker at eSim 2006, the Tenth Annual International Building Performance Simulation Association Conference. This bi-annual conference was organized to bring together professionals, academics and students interested in building performance simulation issues and applications. It was held in Toronto, Ontario on May 4 and 5, 2006, at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design located within the downtown campus of the University of Toronto. …

Young Architects Exhibition at the Architecture League of New York

Young Architects Exhibition at the Architecture League of New York

Betsy and Shane traveled to New York City this week to install Door with Peephole and a custom slide viewer in the gallery space of the Municipal Art Society, located in the Villard Houses at 457 Madison Avenue. We are delighted to share the exhibition space with installations from our fellow winners and look forward to our lecture later this week. Please join us on April 27th at 6pm for the lecture and opening reception of the group exhibition. …

Donald Chong talks about Toronto Architecture in Globe and Mail

Donald Chong talks about Toronto Architecture in Globe and Mail

Lisa Rochon, “Building Blocks: Architecture was Something the City Used to Fear,” The Globe and Mail, April 15 2006; E5. …

DogTrot featured on Inhabitat

DogTrot featured on Inhabitat

DogTrot was featured on Inhabitat in March of 2006. The link is no longer active. …

Thresholds 31: Ephemera

Thresholds 31: Ephemera

Scalar is featured in the latest issue of Thresholds.

Shane Williamson, “Scalar,” Thresholds 31: Ephemera. Edited by Talia Dorsey. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006. (video, 4 min.) …

DogTrot featured on Treehugger

DogTrot featured on Treehugger

Lloyd Alter, “Northern Dogtrot Retreat – a Nice Place to Unfold,” Treehugger, March 25th, 2006; online

 

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DogTrot published in National Post

DogTrot published in National Post

Charles Mandel, “Architect Puts Cottage Back in the Box,” National Post Canada, March 25, 2006; A17. …

Profile in the Globe and Mail

Profile in the Globe and Mail

Rochon, Lisa. “Building the Future of Design.” The Globe and Mail. 20 March 2006, sec. R, p. 1-2. …

2006 Young Architects Forum

2006 Young Architects Forum

WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON are winners in the Architectural League of New York’s 25th annual Young Architects Forum Competition. Their work, along with that of the five other winners, will be featured in a book to be published by Princeton Architectural Press. An exhibition of the work will be open to the public on April 27th at the Urban Center Gallery. Shane and Betsy will lecture along with co-winners Yansong Ma and Yosuke Hayano of MAD Office at the Urban Center on the opening night of April 27th at 6:30 PM.

Founded in 1881, The Architectural League of New York is an independent forum for the …

Galley House’s Kitchen published in Canadian Interiors

Galley House’s Kitchen published in Canadian Interiors

Erin Donnelly, “Couture Kitchens,” Canadian Interiors, July/August 2005; p. 23. …

Interior Design Show Concept Space

Interior Design Show Concept Space

The 2005 Interior Design Show was held at the National Trade Centre, Exhibition Centre, Toronto, from February 10 – 13 2005. StockSpace, an installation designed and fabricated by WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON and a dedicated crew of master’s students at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, was commissioned for and exhibited at the Interior Design Show’s annual display of Concept Spaces. Other invited participants included Will Alsop Architects and Saucier Perrotte Architects. …

Fabrication Conference reviewed in Canadian Architect

Fabrication Conference reviewed in Canadian Architect

Douglas MacLeod, “Fabricating the Future,” Canadian Architect, vol. 50 no.1, January 2005; 32-3. …

Fabrication Conference reviewed in Architecture Week

Fabrication Conference reviewed in Architecture Week

http://www.architectureweek.com/2004/1215/tools_1-1.html

FABRICATION: A Conference Examining the Digital Practice of Architecture

FABRICATION: A Conference Examining the Digital Practice of Architecture

Shane Williamson co-chairs “FABRICATION: A Conference Examining the Digital Practice of Architecture,” the 23rd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Technology and Practice (TAP). The FABRICATION conference was held November 11-14, 2004, at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Waterloo and the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto. Workshops, tours and exhibits of new rapid-prototyping machinery and European building technologies …

Urban Waterways exhibited at the I-Space Gallery

Urban Waterways exhibited at the I-Space Gallery

Our proposal for Urban Waterways is on display with  the work of other finalists in the  Burnham Prize Competition are currently on exhibition at the I-Space Gallery in Chicago, IL. …

Door with Peephole exhibited at Mercer Union

Door with Peephole exhibited at Mercer Union

Mercer Union’s “Better Living” is an exhibition and auction that celebrates 50 international artists, architects and designers and their visions of contemporary urban life.

Door with Peephole was commissioned for this event and exhibited at the Mercer Union auction preview. …

“Speculative Conception…” in Canadian Architect

“Speculative Conception…” in Canadian Architect

Shane juries the 2004 Digital Media Awards sponsored by Canadian Architect. “Speculative Conception: Digital Media Awards 2004,” Canadian Architect, vol. 49, no. 6, June 2004; 19-25. …

2004 Burnham Prize Finalist

2004 Burnham Prize Finalist

WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON was a finalist in the 2004 Burnham Prize Competition, Urban Waterways: The Chicago River Project.

The Burnham Prize is a two-stage biennial competition sponsored by the Chicago Architectural Club, the winner of which is awarded a three month scholarship for study at the American Center in Rome. The program for the 2004 competition was for the design of three water taxi stops along the Chicago River from downtown south to Bridgeport. Jury members include Jesse Reiser, Nanako Umemoto and John Ronan. …

Site Unseen Book Launch

Site Unseen Book Launch

We are launching Site Unseen! Please join us on April 1, 2004 from 6-9 pm at Ballenford Books on Architecture in Toronto.  This event also marks the opening of the exhibition which will run through May 15th and features the  work of the research-based design studio from the University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design led by Brigitte Shim and Donald Chong.

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“Process and Individuation: Designing for controlled indeterminacy” at ACADIA

“Process and Individuation: Designing for controlled indeterminacy” at ACADIA

Shane Williamson, “Process and Individuation: Designing for controlled indeterminacy” In Connecting: Crossroads of Digital Discourse, Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA). Edited by Kevin Klinger. Mansfield, OH: Bookmasters Inc., 2003. 29-36. …

Site Unseen published in Canadian Architect

Site Unseen published in Canadian Architect

Gary Michael Dault, “Inverse City,” Canadian Architect, October 2004; p. 10-12. …

Pentagon Memorial published in Competitions Magazine

Pentagon Memorial published in Competitions Magazine

Frimmel Smith, “Remembrance as a Family Affair: The Pentagon Memorial Competition,” Competitions Magazine; vol. 13, no. 2, Summer 2003, 48-61. …

Donald Chong writes for Building Magazine

Donald Chong writes for Building Magazine

Donald Chong publishes ‘Reinforcing Concrete: Arguments for the Belief in Structure, or why Swiss Architecture may be More than Skin Deep,’ on pages 19-21 in Building magazine’s August/September 2003 Issue. …

2003 Toronto Urban Design Award

2003 Toronto Urban Design Award

Site Unseen has received the Visions and Master Plans Award in the 2003 Toronto Urban Design Awards.

The Visions and Master Plans Award honours unexecuted visions for the city, studies and master plans of high inspirational value with the potential for significant impact on Toronto’s development. Jury members include Pat Bollenberghe, Alex Krieger, Bruce Kuwabara and Lisa Rochon.

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Pentagon Memorial exhibited at the Urban Center Gallery

Pentagon Memorial exhibited at the Urban Center Gallery

The six finalists’ projects in the Pentagon Memorial Competition are currently on exhibition at the Urban Center Gallery in New York. The show is sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of New York and is held in conjunction with a public lecture and symposium moderated by Terrence Riley and Reed Kroloff. …

Canada Foundation for Innovation New Opportunities Grant

Canada Foundation for Innovation New Opportunities Grant

Shane Williamson is the principal investigator for a Digital Design and Research Production Facility grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) New Opportunities Fund and the Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT). …

Pentagon Memorial profiled in Architectural Record

Pentagon Memorial profiled in Architectural Record

Sokol, David. “Pentagon Memorial Competition Winner to be Named Soon.” Architectural Record, February 2003, 54. …

Pentagon Memorial published in National Post

Pentagon Memorial published in National Post

Lianne George, “They Didn’t Want Angels,” National Post Canada, January 13, 2003; AL1, AL4. …

Digital Boundaries Symposium and Lecture

Digital Boundaries Symposium and Lecture

Shane Williamson lectures tonight at Auburn University School of Architecture (Auburn, AL) as part of their 2003 Spring Lecture Series: Digital Boundaries Symposium.

Participants included Dennis Sheldon (Gehry Technologies), Hermann Zschiegner (Two-N), Jonas Coersmeier (Probehead), Dean DiSimone (KD Labs), Joseph Kosinski (KD Labs) and Marco Steimberg (Harvard). …

Pentagon Memorial published in New York Times

Pentagon Memorial published in New York Times

Fred Bernstein, “At the Pentagon, Visions of 184 Pieces for the Missing,” New York Times, December 22, 2002; p. 43. …

Pentagon Memorial published in The Globe and Mail

Pentagon Memorial published in The Globe and Mail

Lisa Rochon, “The Architecture of Grief,” The Globe and Mail, November 2, 2002; R13-14. …

Pentagon Memorial published in Savannah Morning News

Pentagon Memorial published in Savannah Morning News

Jennifer Rose Marino, “Building Solace,” Savannah Morning News, November 7, 2002. …

Pentagon Memorial profiled in Architecture

Pentagon Memorial profiled in Architecture

Cramer, Ned. “News.” Architecture Magazine, vol. 90, no. 9, September 2001, 17. …

Pentagon Memorial exhibited at the National Building Museum

Pentagon Memorial exhibited at the National Building Museum

“Pentagon Memorial Competition – Stage One Entry Display” opens on October 30 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. More than 80 of the 1200 entries submitted to the competition are on display at the Museum and the proposals by the six finalists will be featured. The exhibition runs through November 9, 2002. …

Pentagon Memorial published in Toronto Star

Pentagon Memorial published in Toronto Star

Jim Wilkes, “Remembrance Given Solid Form,” Toronto Star, October 22, 2002; B3. …

Pentagon Memorial published in National Post

Pentagon Memorial published in National Post

Tom Blackwell, “U of T Profs Finalists for 9/11 Monument,” National Post Canada, October 21, 2002; A1-2. …

Field Files published in On Site Review: Architecture and Sewing

Field Files published in On Site Review: Architecture and Sewing

Better, Hansy Luz. “The Laszlo Files.” On Site Review: Design at Work, vol.8, 2002, 17. …

Pentagon Memorial Competition Finalist

Pentagon Memorial Competition Finalist

WILLIAMSONWILLIAMSON are finalists in The Pentagon Memorial Competition, a two-stage, open international design competition for a memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.  More than 1,200 architects, artists, designers, school children, and members of the general public from around the world submitted concepts for consideration. Six finalists were chosen by a jury chaired by Reed Kroloff and Mark Robbins and including Terry Riley, Mary Miss, Walter Hood, and Gregg Pasquarelli. …

Visiting Professor at EPFL, Swizterland

Visiting Professor at EPFL, Swizterland

Donald was a visiting professor for a Masters Design Studio at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switerland, with Brigitte Shim during the summer semester of 2001/2002. …

[Re]Viewing the Tectonic: Architecture/Technology/Production

[Re]Viewing the Tectonic: Architecture/Technology/Production

Shane presented a paper titled “Of Digital Processes and Spatial Relations” at the recent 2000 ACSA: East Central Regional Conference at the University of Michigan.

Abstract: Geometry primers are almost unanimous in presenting the fundamental ideas of space as resting upon Euclidean concepts such as straight lines, angles, squares, circles, measurements, and the like. This view would appear to derive support from studies in perception of visual and tactile ‘gestalten’. On the other hand, abstract geometrical analysis tends to show that fundamental spatial concepts …

Field Files profiled in Praxis: Detail/Specificity in Architecture

Field Files profiled in Praxis: Detail/Specificity in Architecture

Yoon, Meejin. “Deceit/Fabrication.” Praxis, vol. 1, no. 1, April 2000, 18-19. …

Work in Progress | Pattern templates | Field Files

Work in Progress | Pattern templates | Field Files

Learning Maya

Learning Maya

Donald worked on Learning Maya with Bruce Darrell, Bob Gundu and Robert Magee at Alias|Wavefront.

“Learning Maya,” Toronto, Ontario: Alias|Wavefront, 1998. …

Donald Chong Profiled in Insite

Donald Chong Profiled in Insite

Pamela Young, “The Next Wave,” Insite Magazine on Architecture and Design, February 1996 …

The Presence of Mies

The Presence of Mies

Donald helped with the re-delineation of selected drawings and details of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Toronto-Dominion Centre for Detlef Mertins.

Detlef Mertins, “The Presence of Mies,” New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1994. …

Delirious New York

Delirious New York

Donald worked on the book design of Delirious New York with Nigel Smith and Rem Koolhaas.

Rem Koolhass, “Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan,” New York: Monacelli Press, 1994. …