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OCADU launches Faculty of Design

Speaker Series with a talk by Paul Raff


(Toronto — October 5, 2010) OCAD University’s Faculty of Design launches its annual speaker series with a free public talk by architect Paul Raff on Thursday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Paul Raff is the founding principal of Paul Raff Studio. Born in Montreal, Canada, he spent much of his childhood in the Canadian prairies, to which he attributes his interest in landscape and atmosphere. He graduated with degrees in architecture and environmental studies from the University of Waterloo, and has worked in architectural firms in New York, Barcelona, and Hong Kong. He now lives in Toronto.

Raff's reputation for excellence was established at the outset of his career in 1993 with an award-winning design for Toronto's waterfront redevelopment. His architectural experience includes involvement in world-class projects such as the Barcelona Olympic Redevelopment, the Chinese Vice-President's House in Shanghai, and the Bluepoint residential resort in Thailand. His art experience includes temporary environmental installations and permanent sculptural works such as the new Regina Gateway commissioned by the City of Regina. In 2001, Raff became the youngest ever recipient of the Ontario Association of Architects' Allied Arts Award for lifetime achievement. In 2009, Raff was awarded the Allied Arts Medal by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Raff is a frequent guest professor and lecturer. In 2006, he represented Canada at a NAFTA-sponsored architects' lecture series at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In 2010, Raff lectured on Integrity-based Architecture at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto.

In his talk “Radical Situations,” Raff will discuss how situation-based creative strategies radically improve human performance in terms of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Absolute commitment to every project's unique situation within its total environment, has led to Paul Raff Studio's remarkable innovations and growing impact on local and global architecture and design.

Faculty of Design Speaker Series:
Paul Raff: “Radical Situations”

Thursday, October 21, 6:30 p.m.

OCAD University
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
www.ocad.ca | 416-977-6000

All are welcome to attend, and admission is free.

The Faculty of Design Speaker Series is generously supported by TD Bank Group, and continues on Friday, November 12 with the talk “How Architecture Shapes Behaviour” by architect Kim Herforth Nielsen of 3XN Architects, Denmark.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information, contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

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