Monica Adair, MRAIC
Manon Asselin, MRAIC
Bryan Avery
George Baird, FRAIC
Peter Cardew, FRAIC
Barry Johns, FRAIC
Li Xiaodong

Professional Advisor: David M. Covo, FRAIC

Monica Adair


A Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Toronto, Monica Adair is the co-founder, with her partner Stephen Kopp, of the award-winning firm Acre Architects of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Wallpaper Magazine selected Acre Architects for its 2016 Architects’ Directory that profiles rising star and breakthrough practices from around the globe. 

In 2015, Monica received the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada’s Young Architect Award and was named one of the Women of the Year in Chatelaine Magazine’s 30 Canadians who rocked 2015. She is a recognized leader in New Brunswick through design, education, and community engagement, and has been the recipient of the prestigious Sheff Visiting Chair in Architecture at McGill University. 

Acre Architects is committed to expanding the role of contemporary architecture in Atlantic Canada, and the firm’s practice of “Storied Architecture” inspires people to live great stories.  

Twice named one of the top emerging design firms in Canada by Twenty + Change, Acre Architects was a member of "Team Canada" for the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture. The firm has reached a wider audience with its role in the television series Majumder Manor on the W Network and the CBC documentary City on Fire.


Manon Asselin


Manon Asselin is a principal at the Montreal-based architectural practice Atelier TAG and a professor at the University of Montreal School of Architecture. 

Asselin, along with her partner Katsuhiro Yamazaki, formed Atelier TAG in 1997. The studio seeks to create meaningful spaces by reinterpreting the civic function of architecture through the study of the sociocultural contexts within which a given program operates. The work is a quest for simplicity, where the built space, through the calculated play of light and materiality, embodies the physical, the cultural and the poetics of architecture. 

The office has won recognition for design excellence, including three Governor General’s medals, the prestigious Prix de Rome in architecture by the Canada Council for the Arts and the 2012 Emerging Voices from the Architectural League of New York.   

A professor at the University of Montreal since 2008, Asselin oversees core design studios and lectures on materiality, culture and constructive imaginaries.  


Bryan Avery (1944 - 2017)


Described by World Architecture Magazine as “London’s leading Futurist,” Bryan Avery studied architecture at De Montfort University and Essex University under Professors Joseph Rykwert and Dalibor Veseley. 

His best-known projects include the Museum of the Moving Image; the Bfi IMAX Cinema; the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA); the headquarters of BHP Billiton; the London Transport Museum; and the Repton School Theatre. 

Avery was a Design Panel member for Southwark and has been an adjudicator for the RIBA, WAN and Civic Trust Awards. His work has been widely published in the United Kingdom and abroad, and his many awards include a Chicago Athenaeum Award in 2010. His book Fragments of Wilderness City was published in 2011.  

In 2015, Avery was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire Medal) for his services to architecture and the Bene Merenti Medal of the Ion Mincu University School of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest. He died July 4, 2017.



George Baird


George Baird is Emeritus Professor of Architecture, and the former dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. He is the founding principal of the Toronto-based architecture and urban design firm Baird Sampson Neuert Architects. 

Baird is co-editor (with Charles Jencks) of Meaning in Architecture (1969), and (with Mark Lewis) of Queues, Rendezvous, Riots (1995). He is the author of Alvar Aalto (1969), The Space of Appearance (1995), Public Space; Cultural/Political Theory; Street Photography (2011) and Writings on Architecture and the City (2015).

Baird is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has been the recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Architecture and Design Award (1992), the da Vinci Medal of the Ontario Association of Architects (2000), and the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (2010). 

In 2011, Baird was awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Waterloo. In 2012, he was selected as the winner of the Topaz Medallion of the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, awarded annually to one individual across North America for excellence in architectural education. In 2016, he was invested in the Order of Canada.

Peter Cardew

Peter Cardew is the 2012 recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal and Principal of Peter Cardew Architects in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Cardew studied architecture at Kingston University in the United Kingdom and worked in Stuttgart, Germany before emigrating to Canada. He first practiced in Vancouver with Rhone and Iredale where he became a partner, before later establishing Peter Cardew Architects in 1980.

The firm's projects are based on a critical analysis of program from first principles, together with an objective questioning of accepted current precedents. Construction of the firm's work is the manifestation of architectural ideas expressed through a rigorous approach to detail and quality craftsmanship.

The quality and diversity of the work from the practice has been recognized in Canada and internationally through awards and exhibitions, and Cardew has lectured and taught throughout North and Central America, Asia, Europe, and Australia.

Barry Johns


Barry Johns is an architect in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 

He is an acknowledged expert in sustainable design and is currently serving his second, three-year term as Chancellor of the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is also the Director of Practice for the Alberta Association of Architects. 

Johns’ career began with Arthur Erickson in Vancouver, British Columbia. His private practice has evolved since 1981 to include a diverse architectural portfolio, teaching, lectures, exhibitions, juries, publications and an ongoing collaboration with many other architectural firms across Canada. 

He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 1995 and awarded an Honorary Fellowship with the American Institute of Architects in 2002. 

He believes in the making of places that are authentic to their location by respecting the local characteristics of site, culture and climate. This passion for a responsive and responsible architecture has so far yielded 85 national and international design awards, from several countries around the world. These include an Olympic Gold Medal for the Arts, the Governor General's Medal for Architecture and several competition-winning projects in Canada, Great Britain and China.


Li Xiaodong


Li Xiaodong graduated from the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University in 1984. He earned his Ph.D. at the School of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands between 1989-1993. 

He is a practicing architect, educator, and researcher on architecture. Li’s design ranges from interiors and architecture to urban spaces. His work has won both national and international awards: Liyuan Library was the winner of inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize in 2014; the culture category of the World Architecture Festival awards in Singapore in 2012; and the Architecture of Necessity awards in Sweden in 2013. 

His Bridge School in Fujian Province was the winner of 2009 Architectural Review (AR) Emerging Architecture Award and the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.  

Li’s Yuhu elementary school won the UNESCO Jury Award for Innovation, the EDRA's Great Places Awards (US), ARCASIA Gold Medal, the Business Week/Architectural Records China Awards for Best Public Building and was highly commended by the AR+D Awards (UK., 

Li also teaches architecture and has won prestigious international awards: RIBA Tutor prize (2000) and SARA Tutor’s Prize (2001) for his inspirational teaching at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore.  

Currently, he is the chair professor of the architecture program at the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is also a researcher. His publications in articles and books in both English and Chinese cover a range of interests, from cultural studies, history and theory of architecture to urban studies.  

Li was awarded Man of the Year in China (best designer) in 2011 by GQ magazine. In 2012, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the American Institute of Architects.


David M.Covo


David Covo is an Associate Professor of Architecture at McGill University and past Director of the School of Architecture. He is a Fellow of the RAIC, a member of the Order of Architects of Quebec and has maintained a private practice in Montreal since 1976.

His research has addressed representation, sustainable design, barrier-free design and housing, and he has been active in Mexico, China, Romania, South Korea and Singapore. Current projects explore campus architecture, the history of McGill College Avenue in Montreal, and the architecture of Arthur Erickson.

Covo was a member of the jury for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in 2005 and chaired the jury for the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in 2012. He served as Professional Advisor for the inaugural cycle of the Moriyama RAIC International Prize in 2014 and as jury chair for the Ontario Association of Architects Awards of Excellence in 2016.