Toronto Urban Design Award 2021

Our Thermally Speaking project continues to garner recognition, this time with a Toronto Urban Design Award of Merit in the Elements category, 2021. This particular award is near and dear to us, with its ties to our city and the kind of civic action we care deeply about.

Read the full Jury Report here!

Thanks again to CityLightsTO and Mulvey Banani Lighting for their collaborative realization with us of this special installation.

September 15 2021

AZ Awarded

Our project Thermally Speaking was selected as both the winner and the People’s Choice in Azure Magazine’s 2021 AZ Awards in the category Design – Lighting Installations. Thermally Speaking was among the 22 winners selected from 1,209 submissions by our Azure’s international jury.

Special thanks to the CityLightsTO team, Mulvey Banani Lighting, Artspin, Nuit Blanche Toronto, as well as Patkau Architects and Kearns Mancini Architects for designing such an amazing building to play with!

July 13 2021

National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan

The public survey for the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan closes June 9th.

We’re honoured to be a part of this project with Adrian Stimson and the MBTW Group.

Team Stimson’s collective goal has been to imagine an enduring tribute to honour the commitment and sacrifice of Canadian Armed Forces, public servants and civilians in helping to rebuild Afghanistan.

This goal includes recognizing the support offered by families, friends, and communities in Canada and the people of Afghanistan.

Our hope through our design for ‘Home Base’ is that we have honoured Canada’s gratitude for the sacrifices made by Canadians who lost their lives or were injured. To examine and understand the mission, to create a place where all people can gather to learn, reflect, remember and heal.

June 7 2021


Christine was a invited as a featured guest speaker on the Architectural Education / Off the Record podcast. Hosted by Ryerson University Architectural Science Associate Professor Vincent Hui, the podcast provides a candid series of interviews on all things related to architectural education.

A preview: “Professor, Practitioner, Artist, and more recently, a newly-appointed Fellow of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, Christine Leu gives us a glimpse into her perspectives on design-builds to disastrous studio projects. In this episode shares some tips on how she expanded her career beyond practicing architecture into creative, public artwork and teaching.”

May 10 2021

RAIC EP | IRAC RP Interviews with Emerging Practitioners

Bringing this one out of the archives, a nice little video from when we were interviewed by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) way back in 2017.

This video features excerpts from interviews with emerging architectural and urban design professionals in which they discuss their experiences and approach to design practice. The video features: Steven Beites (Beites & Co.); Christine Leu and Alan Webb (LeuWebb); Ariane Cote-Belisle, Raphael Brissette, Maggie Cabana, and Olivier Lajeunesse-Travers (Microclimat); Maxim Bragoli (Pepiniere&Co); Mark Erickson and Matthew Kennedy (Studio North); Vanessa Fong [pictured above] (VFA and The Fold Collaborative Workspace).

April 8 2021