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Crafting Space: Exploring the Role of the Arts in a Contemporary Architecture Practice

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join the Young Professionals and Creatives (YP&C) for an in-person lecture by award-winning designer, Kara Verbeek, in collaboration with the University of Toronto's Master of Museum Studies Student Association (MUSSA).

What role do the decorative arts, or more specifically, ‘craft’ play in the work of
a contemporary architecture practice? Utilizing historic vernacular and
traditional building techniques, elements of craft can be embedded within the
design and construction of a building itself. On the other hand, while architects
most often design spaces for habitation by people, the design can also be
centered on housing specific artifacts. Discussing the recent works of a local
office, architecture can be seen in relation to its ability to utilize, house, or
perhaps even become a form of art.

Tickets: Free entry for CSDA Members & UofT Students (with valid student ID), Non-Members and Ornamentum Subscribers $10


Kara Verbeek is a Toronto-based designer and educator currently working as an Associate Partner at LAMAS Architecture where she collaborates on various research, exhibition, and building design projects. Before returning to Toronto, Kara was a Junior Architect at OMA in Rotterdam. Combining architecture with her background in graphic design, she is passionate about the ways in which the two disciplines can work together to represent, communicate, and create space.

Image credits: LAMAS Architecture Ltd.


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