Megan Torza

Megan is an architect whose professional development has been influenced by a strong personal interest in adaptive re-use, and the integration of contemporary architecture into historic urban fabric. Her approach is driven by the belief that architects are important servants of the public good, as demonstrated in a socially-minded, contextually-sensitive portfolio which includes two of Toronto’s most beloved destinations: the Artscape Wychwood Barns and the Evergreen Brick Works, both award-winning examples of sustainable community hubs for not-for-profit clients. Her current projects include Windmill Development’s Baker District Redevelopment in Guelph – a new mixed-use community following the One Planet Living sustainability framework, the new Niagara Falls Cultural Hub and Farmers’ Market – an integrated community facility for local food and arts, and Tommy Thompson Park Entrance – a new low-impact, ecologically sensitive park pavilion in Toronto.

Rethinking liveability in the design and development of multi-unit housing

Experts in sustainable architecture and development explore the main factors governing liveability and sustainability in multi-unit buildings today, including designing for wellness, alternatives to conventional development models, and the affordability of more sustainable approaches. Panelists include Alex Speigel, a principal of Windmill Developments who focus on low ecological footprint buildings and communities; Megan Torza, principle at DTAH leading a number of the firm’s sustainable developments; and Terri Peters, a PhD in sustainable housing and researcher on the human and social dimensions of green building; along with moderator Heather Dubbeldam, an architect and leading advocate for sustainable design. This panel discussion explores how Active House principles can be applied to the design and construction of multi-unit housing to reinforce human health and comfort, promoting wellbeing without negatively impacting the environment.