2018 SAA Conference & Annual General Meeting

MidSize: An Exploration of Architectural Opportunity in the Middle
May 3 – 5, 2018, Elk Ridge Resort

Your SAA Council would like to invite you to the SAA annual conference and the 2018 SAA Annual General Meeting at Elk Ridge Resort.

Register on-line today. Deadline for registration is April 25, 2018.

This year the SAA conference explores how mid-sized cities and their inherent qualities offer a platform for interesting, unusual, or specific models of architectural practice. Some definitions for mid-sized cities in the Canadian context have populations ranging from 50,000 to 500,000 residents, while other descriptors may include any urban centre under one million people, or even use the term “second (or third) tier”.

MidSize will explore the unique opportunities afforded us as designers in a mid-sized city and showcase the small centre as a springboard of potential rather than grounds for restraint.  MidSize asks “How is “local” architecture made?”; “How are we building community?”; “How do we make our mid-size cities?”; “Who benefits from this work and what does it inspire?”

A number of hotel rooms, cottages, and townhouses have been reserved and are ready for booking. To make your reservation, call Elk Ridge Resort at 306-663-4653 and tell them you are booking under the Saskatchewan Association of Architects block of rooms.

Conference Program of Events
All events will be held in the Wapiti Ballroom, Elk Ridge Resort 

Thursday, May 3

4:00 – 7:30 pmRegistration
7:30 – 7:45 pmWelcome to the 2018 SAA Conference
7:45 – 9:00 pmIntroduction to 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale Entry:
“Unceded: Voices of the Land” – Ray Gosselin and Jason Surkan
9:00 – 11:00 pmHospitality Suite

Friday, May 4

7:30 – 8:30 amBreakfast and Conference Registration
8:30 – 9:00 amWelcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 – 10:30 amKeynote Address – Roberto de Leon of de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop, Louisville Kentucky
10:30 – 11:00 amRefreshment/Coffee Break
11:00 am  – 12:00 pmMonica Adair of Acre Architects, Saint John New Brunswick
12:00 – 1:15 pmLunch
1:15 – 2:15 pmSylvia Cheuy of The Tamarack Institute, Caledon Ontario
2:15 – 2:35 pmRefreshment/Coffee Break
2:35 – 3:35 pmPeter Sampson and Liz Wreford of Public City Architecture, Winnipeg Manitoba
3:35 – 4:00 pmWhat’s happening in the middle? President’s Wrap Up
4:00 – 6:00 pm1:1 – Meet and Greet with the Speakers
7:00 – 9:00 pmDinner
9:00 pm – 11:00 pmHospitality Suite

Saturday, May 5

8:00 – 9:00 amBreakfast and Conference Registration
9:00 – 9:45 amMember Forum Session 1
9:45 – 10:15 amMember Forum Session 2
10:15 – 10:45 amRefreshment/Coffee Break
10:45 am – 11:45 pmMember Forum Session 3
11:45 am – 12:15 pmMember Forum Session 4
12:15 – 1:15 pmLunch
1:15 – 3:45 pmSaskatchewan Association of Architects Annual General Meeting (SAA AGM)
6:00 – 7:00 pmChampagne Reception
7:00 – 9:00 pmPresident’s Dinner
9:00 pm – 1:00 amHospitality Suite

Speaker Information:

Keynote Speaker: Roberto de Leon, Jr., de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop
Session Title: Explorations in an Adopted City

de Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop (DPAW) is a design studio based in Louisville, Kentucky. Ironically – and unintentionally – no one in the firm is from the city or the region. As such, the city of Louisville has been a living case study and test lab for the studio. Recently ranked by Business Insider as one of The Best 50 Cities To Live In America, Louisville is an evolving midsize city that is consistently confronted with the challenge of (re)defining itself. From this unique perspective as both an insider and outsider, Roberto de Leon, FAIA, a partner and co-founder of DPAW, will present a candid overview of the firm’s experiences in embracing a ‘foreign’ city. Through the studio’s work, Roberto will discuss issues that ask: What size is midsize? How does a city understand itself? Where does architecture have a voice? What is the potential for architecture in this unique context?

Speakers: Peter Sampson and Liz Wreford, Public City Architecture Inc.
Session Title: Public City Architecture

Peter and Liz will talk about how their individual practices merged, while presenting some of their most innovative projects that address architecture as the infrastructure of social engagement and the public realm.

Speaker: Monica Adair, Acre Architects
Session Title: Storied Architecture: Stories from the Fringe

Building a practice in a bilingual province without a school of architecture, where there are only 11 Architects under the age of 40, Acre Architects do not take the conventional order of things as a given. Based out of Saint John, New Brunswick, they see operating on the fringe of larger city centers as a fertile testing ground to tackle global questions, and to explore new models of practice without the barriers of preconceived ways forward. The format will be a series of short stories on how their practice is operating on the fringe.

Speaker: Sylvia Cheuy, Tamarack Institute
Session Title: How Community Engagement Helps Create Welcoming & Vibrant Mid-Sized Cities

This session will build a shared understanding of the role that authentic community engagement can play in the creation of welcoming and vibrant mid-sized cities. Themes to be explored include:
– Data on Canadians’ sense of belonging and its implications for our cities
– The case for why and how citizen leadership needs to be cultivated to keep cities dynamic
– The growing trend in Canadian municipalities to the creation of neighbourhood strategies
– The profiling of case studies and tools for effectively engaging community

1:1 Session: The profession of architecture is changing.  Across Canada and abroad, groups are taking action to improve EQUALITY, promote INCLUSIVITY, and encourage DIVERSITY in the architectural realm. So let’s talk ONE to ONE about these issues that impact all interns, architects and the profession of architecture in Saskatchewan. 1:1 was created to support architects and interns. By providing a forum for discussion, networking, mentorship and leadership, our aim is to promote and advocate for equality, inclusivity and diversity in the profession.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: