BARBARA LILKER, Program Developer/Lead Architectural Educator and Project Manager Imagining My Sustainable Community
Barbara Lilker graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto in 1996. She is founding partner of the multidisciplinary design firm Lilker Hecht Design Studio, which concentrates on small-scale residential and commercial architecture. Since 2001 Barbara has developed and taught architecture programs to children of all ages as a faculty member of the Avenue Road Arts School, an outreach instructor for Vibe Arts and for various public and private schools in Toronto. Barbara’s focus has been to use architecture as a vehicle to integrate the arts, science and social studies objectives of the Ontario curriculum. Most recently Barbara co-developed and is an educator for No. 9 Contemporary Art and the Environment’s program: Imagining My Sustainable Community. This program, in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, teaches grade 7 and 8 students about sustainable urban design and architecture with a focus on enhancing eco-literacy. Barbara has taught the Imagining My Sustainable Community program to over 2000 Toronto students as well as in Chicago through a partnership with The Chicago Architecture Foundation and with the Hamilton Wentworth School Board. Barbara is a co-recipient of the 2018 Community Art Educator of the Year award from the Ontario Arts Education Association.
ELIZABETH LENELL DAVIES, Program Developer/Lead Architectural Educator Imagining My Sustainable Community
Elizabeth Lenell Davies received her Masters in Architecture from The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, California. Over 15 years, pursuing an interest in art and architecture, Elizabeth Lenell Davies assumed the role of designer for numerous Architecture and Design firms in Los Angeles, New York City, and Toronto. In 1995, she assisted the Director of ACE Gallery, LA/NYC with drawings and models for a Contemporary Art Museum in Bangkok, Thailand. Elizabeth then joined Rogers Marvel Architects in New York where she worked on retail, showroom, studio and furniture design for the client, Kate Spade. In 2003, Elizabeth joined Architects Alliance in Toronto on design work for The Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Yorkville. In 2010, Elizabeth joined her husband, Andrew Davies, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the non-profit Arts organization, No. 9 Contemporary Art & The Environment; and drawing upon the creative and interdisciplinary nature of the architecture education, Elizabeth co-developed ‘Imagining My Sustainable Community’ with Andrew Davies and Barb Lilker. Over eight years, through her work with No.9, Elizabeth, Barb, and Sandra have delivered the IMSC program to over 2500 grade seven through twelve students in Chicago, Toronto, Hamilton, and Kingston. The IMSC program is uniquely designed to incorporate grade 7/8 curriculum with a focus on enhancing eco-literacy, through the ‘lens’ of urban design, art, and architecture. As lead designer for No.9, Elizabeth is currently at work on developing No.9 Gardens. Alongside her work with No.9, Elizabeth is overseeing the construction of a house she designed for a friend on Fishers Island, New York.
SANDRA ISKANDAR, Lead Bilingual Architectural Educator Imagining My Sustainable Community
Sandra Iskander graduated from the School of Architecture at Carleton University in 2000 in Ottawa. Sandra is a community minded individual who enjoys blurring the lines between Art, Architecture and the Public Realm. As an educator, she strives to empower students to think like city builders. Through her workshops, Sandra encourages an open dialogue in the classroom to allow synergy and collaboration amongst students in order to promote ideas for constructing healthy communities. Native from Montreal, she is bilingual Lead Architectural Educator with No.9 Contemporary Art & The Environment; Arts Educator and with Inner City Angels in Toronto, Hamilton and Kingston. With Waterfront Toronto’s Underpass Park, Sandra has been instrumental for guiding public art design ideas and supporting the evolution of this rich urban context, otherwise termed as ‘designing future cities’. Sandra has recently founded her own architectural practice and has been commissioned as Professional Architect for Relive Nature Retreat, Clear Water Farm, No9 Gardens and private residences among other projects. Professionally, she is a licensed Architect and project manager, with accumulated experience, in the fields of Arts and Culture, Adaptive Re-Use, Heritage, Community and Sports. As Project Manager for the TO2015 Pan Am Games, she delivered 10 Capital Competition Venues.