Coffee Chats w/Reza Nik
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 3:00-4:00 PM
Location: CEAD, 115 McCaul St., 3rd Floor
Coffee Chats is a series of casual gatherings with the CEAD team with industry guests. Hosted in small intimate groups, these gatherings will provide a space for group conversations with practitioners who are interested in supporting OCAD U students and grads to offer mentorship, and share their professional insights and journey, while collectively creating a community.
Reza Nik is the founding director of SHEEEP - a licensed architect, artist and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Reza has a background in Art History and he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Teaching Stream at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. His research is focused on a deeper dialogue between the socio-political nuances of the urban context and playful experimentation. Disrupting the traditional architectural processes and institutions is at the forefront of his pedagogy and practice.
Prior to founding SHEEEP, Reza worked with experimental practices like Coop Himmelb(l)au in Vienna & the Living Architecture Systems Group led by Philip Beesley in Toronto. He has also worked with various more traditional architectural studios in Barcelona, Buenos Aires & Toronto along with design-build projects led by Sergio Palleroni in India and Argentina. The social impact of Architecture is something he has been investigating for over a decade.
Reza is also one of the founding members and the co-steward of the Toronto chapter of the Architecture Lobby, an organization advocating for labor rights for architectural workers and encouraging more critical discourse within the profession.
General themes for the talk:
• Finding work as an architect
• Designing for urban spaces
• The architecture industry & labour
• Finding community
This event will take place at the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (115 McCaul St, Level 3). This event will not be recorded to preserve the conversational nature of the series.
115 McCaul St is located at the corner of Dundas St and McCaul St on the southeast side. All levels of the building can be accessed via elevator or stairs. The building is wheelchair accessible. There are gendered washrooms on level 3 and gender-neutral private washrooms on levels 1 & 2.
Spots limited. RSVP Required
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