BFA, MArch, MSc in Cities Founder and Executive Director of No.9
Andrew Davies received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen's University, a Masters in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a Masters of Science in Cities from the London School of Economics. Through his extensive career in the visual arts, first at MoMA and then as a public art consultant in Toronto, Davies has learned the power and influence that art and culture can have on our society. In 2006, he founded the charitable arts organization No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment in support of artists and their quest to bring awareness to pressing environmental issues. Under Davies direction, No.9 has produced and commissioned more than 30 public art installations in Toronto and delivered hands-on sustainable design education to over 3,000 students across Canada.
In 2018, No.9 launched Canada’s first Sustainability and Reconciliation Centre called No.9 Gardens. This alternative educational facility empowers students through creative hands-on learning to lead a revolution in building sustainable communities.
Davies has taught at Eyebeam Atelier in New York and at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. He has spoken at lectures, reviews and symposiums around the world including MIT Media Lab, Columbia University and MoMA. He served on the Educational Advisory Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario and currently sits on the Environmental Advisory Committee for the Toronto District School Board. He resides in Toronto with his wife, Elizabeth and their two children, Hanna and Rupert.
ELIZABETH LENELL DAVIES
Program Developer / Lead Architectural Educator Imagining My Sustainable Community
Elizabeth Lenell Davies received a Masters of Architecture from The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles, California (1995). Over fifteen years, pursuing an interest in art and architecture, Elizabeth assumed the role of a team designer for numerous architecture and design firms in Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto. She assisted the Director of ACE Gallery LA/NYC with drawings and models for a Contemporary Art Museum in Bangkok (1995-1997). She worked for Rogers Marvel Architects in NYC designing the head office for Kate Spade. (1997-1998). She joined Architects Alliance in Toronto on design work for The Four Seasons Hotel/Residences (2003-2007). Elizabeth has her own architectural practice. She designed a house on Fishers Island, NY and is currently co-designing a new Educational Centre for No.9 Gardens and a new Cultural and Language School in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Ontario.
Passionate for teaching, Elizabeth, her husband, Director of No.9, Andrew Davies and Barb Lilker co-developed Imagining My Sustainable Community (IMSC), a program that uniquely ties with grade 7-9 curriculum. Partnering with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Toronto District School Board, the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and several Independent schools, Elizabeth uses her experience and education in art and architecture to teach the next generation how to communicate ideas for positively transforming future communities through planning, design and presentation. Elizabeth is a co-recipient of the 2018 Community Art Educator of the Year award from the Ontario Arts Education Association.
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. 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 3000 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.
Lead Bilingual Architectural Educator Imagining My Sustainable Community
Sandra Iskandar graduated from the School of Architecture at Carleton University in 1999. 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 inclusive communities. As a bilingual Lead Architectural Educator with No.9 Contemporary Art & The Environment; Arts Educator with Inner City Angels in Toronto and Hamilton and her involvement with Waterfront Toronto’s Underpass Park, Sandra has been instrumental for guiding the design ideas and supporting the evolution of public realm in this rich urban context, otherwise termed as ‘designing future cities’.
Sandra has recently founded her own architectural practice Sandra Iskandar Architect and has been commissioned by Clear Water Farm for the design of a new Youth Engagement Centre with the intention of serving the local Georgina Community. Professionally, she is a licensed Architect and project managers, 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 that have greatly added to Ontario’s cultural legacy.
Sandra Tarantino, a resident of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts through Ontario College of Art and Design and participated in the off-campus Florence (Italy) program. She has also received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and Bachelor of Education, while continuing to actively participate in the artistic community as Founder and Director of C1 art space from 2004-10 and Cofounding Director of AWOL Gallery and Studios Co-operative from 1996-2012. She is a recipient of the Visual Artist Grant (2007, 2005, 2003), Exhibition Assistance Grant (2006, 2005) and Artist in Education Grant (2008-12) from the Ontario Arts Council. Her work is in private and corporate collections across Canada, U.S.A and Europe. She currently teaches visual arts at Avenue Road Arts School and brings programming to communities through her work with VIBE Arts organization. Tarantino’s artwork incorporates elements of both painting and sculptural modes through her shaped canvases and ceramic sculpture.