SAA Annual Conference

2019 SAA Conference – Saskatchewan Architecture: What’s Next?

The Saskatchewan Association of Architects invites you to the 2019 Conference and Annual General Meeting. The event takes place May 2 – 4 at the Double Tree Hilton in Regina.

This year’s conference is titled “Saskatchewan Architecture: What’s Next?” and will look at the future of the profession in respect to developing a national policy on architecture and the built environment. Countries around the world are adopting architectural policies to shape the future of architecture at a national level and enhance the public’s understanding of the importance of the built environment. Canada does not have such a policy, however, there is a national committee that has begun work to form one.

Saskatchewan brings a unique perspective on the profession of architecture within Canada. Saskatchewan’s extreme climate, relatively low population density, and extensive Indigenous heritage inform a regional perspective on sustainability and the environment, as well as integration with the Indigenous community.

“What’s Next?” will set the stage for the ongoing development of the national architecture policy and will explore different perspectives and opportunities in a Canada that needs more Saskatchewan.

Please join us in Regina, Saskatchewan May 2 – 4, 2019.

2019 SAA Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 2University of Regina College Avenue Campus, Multipurpose Room #139
7:00 - 7:15 pmWelcome to the 2019 SAA Conference
7:15 - 8:45 pmKeynote Speaker: Špela Videčnik, “Inspiring Limitations”
9:00 - 11:00 pmHospitality Suite
Friday, May 3DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre Regina
7:00 - 8:30 amBreakfast and Conference Registration
8:30 - 9:00 amWelcome and Opening Remarks
9:00 - 10:30 amSpeaker: Darryl Condon, “A Discussion On a Proposed Architecture Policy for Canada”
10:30 - 11:00 amRefreshment / Coffee Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pmSpeaker: Ali Nazari, “Demystifying the Black Box – Energy Modeling Processes and Best Practices”
12:00 - 1:15 pmLunch
1:15 - 2:15 pmSpeaker: David Fortin, “Beyond Recognition – Indigenous Possibilities for Architecture in Canada”
2:15 - 2:45 pmRefreshment / Coffee Break
2:45 - 4:15 pmPanel Discussion with Špela Videčnik, Darryl Condon, David Fortin, and Ali Nazari
4:15 - 4:30 pmPresident's Wrap Up
9:00 - 11:00 pmHospitality Suite
Saturday, May 4DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre Regina
8:00 - 9:00 amBreakfast and Conference Registration
9:00 am - 12:00 pmSAA Member Forum Sessions
12:00 - 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 - 3:30 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

2019 SAA Conference Approved Core Con Ed Hours

  • Keynote Speaker: Špela Videčnik, “Inspiring Limitations” – 1.5 hours
  • Speaker: Darryl Condon, “A Discussion On a Proposed Architecture Policy for Canada” – 1.5 hours
  • Speaker: Ali Nazari, “Demystifying the Black Box – Energy Modeling Processes and Best Practices” – 1 hour
  • Speaker: David Fortin, “Beyond Recognition – Indigenous Possibilities for Architecture in Canada” – 1 hour
  • Panel Discussion with Špela Videčnik, Darryl Condon, David Fortin, and Ali Nazari – 1.5 hours
  • SAA Member Forum – 3 hours
  • SAA AGM – 2.5 hours

SAA Annual Report

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Speaker Information

Keynote Speaker: Špela Videčnik

Session Title: Inspiring Limitations

Špela Videčnik and Rok Oman, both graduates from the Ljubljana School of Architecture and London’s Architectural Association, established OFIS arhitekti in 1996. Its international team is based in Ljubljana and Paris.

Since its creation, the practice has been investigating space relations in different scales and context. Their build work is represented by various programs from public, sport, cultural and religious buildings to single and multiple housing. Most of their work is the result of winning competitions, including their internationally completed construction of a student residence on Route des Petits Ponts in Paris and Football Stadium Bate Arena in Belarus.

Their academic research combines different interests and curiosities. They investigate European and local Slovenian identity in contemporary architectural language, which includes traditional knowledge of vernacular buildings into revitalisations, conversions and new build in Alpine Area. Through their research of Habitations in Extreme environments they build projects several alpine shelters and glass house in the desert.

They teach, run studios and workshops in various Schools for Architecture including Harvard Graduate School of Design, ENSA Paris Val de Seine and Faculty for Architecture in Ljubljana.


Speaker: Darryl Condon

Session Title: A Discussion On a Proposed Architecture Policy for Canada

Darryl Condon is interested in design that acts as a catalyst for positive social change. As Managing Principal at Vancouver based HCMA Architecture + Design, he has created successful public spaces including community centres, pools, recreation facilities, fire halls and libraries across Canada. His work has been recognized internationally for its innovation and design.

After 30 years of practice, Darryl is asking ‘what’s next’. His intent is to push, think and break away from preconceptions of conventional practice at every scale, to maximize the social impact and potential of projects and collaborations, while leaving lasting legacies in our communities.

Darryl is a registered Architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is a Past-President of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Darryl is the chair of the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) Future of Architecture committee, that is responsible for the initiative focused on developing an Architecture Policy for Canada.


Speaker: Ali Nazari

Session Title: Demystifying the Black Box – Energy Modeling Processes and Best Practices

Currently leading the energy modeling and sustainability teams as a Senior Principal at Integral Group, Ali is well versed in integrated design facilitation, sustainability and advanced building energy simulations. Widely regarded as a pioneer in his field, Ali has led sustainability designs for the first commercial Living Building Challenge project in Canada and the first certified LEED Platinum office in Vancouver. A natural leader with over 15 years of experience, he serves as the Vice Chair of the BC Chapter Leadership Board of CaGBC and is on the CaGBC’s Experienced Modellers List. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and is a recognized key speaker at many international energy modeling and sustainability conferences.


Speaker: David Fortin

Session Title: Beyond Recognition – Indigenous Possibilities for Architecture in Canada

David T. Fortin (PhD, OAA, MRAIC) is a registered architect, Associate Professor, and current Director of the Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture. Since 2005, he has taught design studio, history and theory, and developed a course titled Design for Climate Change. He has research interests in science-fiction and architecture and has published broadly on topics related to Indigenous architecture and Métis design thinking. In 2018 David acted as co-curator (with Gerald McMaster and Presenter Douglas Cardinal) of ‘UNCEDED: Voices of the Land’, Canada’s contribution to the Venice Biennale in Italy. He is also the Associate Director of the Maamwizing Research Institute at Laurentian University and is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario.


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