The second Niagara Biennial Design Awards program will take place in fall 2022. It includes a jury panel of five design experts, including one facilitator and four jurors.
For the 2022 program, a juror from the 2020 program will return as a facilitator. Gordon Stratford will bring his experience as a design expert, former juror and Niagara resident.
Gordon led the creative vision of HOK's multi-disciplinary Canadian design team from 1997 to 2017 as senior vice president and design principal. His design leadership is evidenced by a range of successful projects both nationally and globally.
Gordon is chair of the City of Toronto's Design Review Panel since its inception. He has also served on design excellence juries for the cities of Ottawa, Hamilton, Edmonton and in the Niagara region. He was recently jury chair for Toronto's Etobicoke Civic Centre international design competition.
Gordon was a guest design critic and presenter at the Toronto Metropolitan University and the University of Toronto. He is a frequent panelist at design symposiums. He is also a mentor in the Ontario Association of Architect's Internship in Architecture Programme.
Previously, she was the manager of Design Services, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. Prior to that, she was an urban designer with the City of Toronto. In that role, Sheila initiated innovative green infrastructure projects, and co-led the award-winning Green Streets Technical Guidelines. Prior to her work in the public sector, Sheila was a landscape architect with DTAH, where she worked on projects such as Evergreen Brick Works, and Waterfront Toronto's Water's Edge Promenade and Queen's Quay Boulevard East. Earlier in her career, she designed parks and civic spaces for the City of Waterloo, including green infrastructure and supporting environmental education at local schools.
Sheila initiated and co-founded two green infrastructure focused Indigenous employment and training programs: Earth Tending (Miziwe Biik), and Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag. Sheila teaches about planning and design at the Toronto Metropolitan University, where she also advises on Indigenous placemaking and special projects. She previously taught at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto.
Sheila sits on the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation Board of Directors and the Urban Water Research Centre Board of Advisors at the Toronto Metropolitan University. This includes advancing work on Indigenous water issues. She also sits on the Urban Minds Board of Advisors, which is a youth focused urban planning not-for-profit. In 2019, she received the G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award for her service to the Toronto Metropolitan University community. Sheila lives in Toronto with her family, and is of Mi'kmaq ancestry through her Acadian father.
Linda received a BFA (honours) at the University of Manitoba, an MFA at the University of Alberta, and a PhD at Cardiff School of Art and Design in Wales. She is currently the associate dean of fine and performing arts at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, faculty of humanities at Brock University, and professor in the visual art program. In addition to academic appointments at the University of Calgary and OCAD University, she has worked in gallery education, artist-run governance, arts outreach, and international development.
Carreiro's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Center for Books Arts in New York City, Harcourt House Gallery in Edmonton, Mallin Gallery in Kansas City, Truck Contemporary Art in Calgary, Cuesta College Gallery in San Luis Obispo, Limerick Printmakers Gallery in Ireland, Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary and Gallery 101 in Ottawa. She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions across Canada, the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Korea. Support for her work has generously been provided by Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Manitoba Arts Council, and through fellowships as a Massey Visiting Scholar in 2021, and the Calgary Institute for the Humanities.
Eldon's experience includes a broad range of projects related to urban design, intensification, master planning, community design, architectural control guidelines, community planning policy preparation, design concept development, visioning exercises, community engagement and public consultation. His experience also includes obtaining development approvals (subdivisions, condominiums, site plans, official plan and zoning bylaw amendments, consents and minor variances), project coordination and management, undertaking special studies and associated research, expert witness at the Ontario Land Tribunal, and presentations to committees, council, and the general public.
Eldon is a past council director for the Ontario Professional Planner’s Institute and a current member of the Design Industry Association of Toronto. Eldon has made numerous presentations on urban issues at various conferences and symposiums including Ontario Professional Planners Institute, Canadian Institute of Planners, Congress for the New Urbanism, CityAge, and various planning schools in Ontario. Eldon also sits on the design review panel for the City of Hamilton and the Town of Aurora.
Eric is an urban design industry leader and the president of the Council for Canadian Urbanism. He is a member of the Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel and the chair of the Brampton Design Review Panel Project.