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


Podcasting

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



National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan

We’re honoured to be working with Adrian Stimson and the MBTW Group in developing a design proposal for the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan. Team Stimson would like to express our appreciation to Veterans Affairs Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the National Capital Commission and the Phase I jury for selecting our team for the shortlist for Phase II of this design competition.

We will honour and reflect upon the consultations with veterans, families and other stakeholders in our research, creative exploration and design process. The mission was and continues to be an important and complicated part of both Canada and Afghanistan’s history. Our hope is to create a monument that expresses 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.

August 25 2020


A Fellow of the RAIC

Christine Leu was named to the RAIC College of Fellows for 2020. The College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) bestows Fellowship to RAIC members in recognition of outstanding achievement. Christine joins Anne Cormier, Patricia Swanson, Dan McNeil, D’Arcy Arthurs and other architects from across Canada in this year’s cohort.

April 9 2020

Towards an Ethical Smart City

We had an opportunity to guide the talented students of the Institute Without Boundaries in the development of their exhibition ‘Playroom TO: Towards an Ethical Smart City’, part of the DesignTO Festival 2020. Examining the potential of ethical smart cities to solve global challenges, the exhibition invites guests to contribute their values and ideas in building innovative models for the future.

January 19 2020