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Design Award Presentation Series Webinar 1 | 2023 Student Showcase | Wednesday, 28 February | 12:00 – 1:30pm (EDT)


AIA Canada Society is proud to present the first webinar of the 2023 Design Award Presentation Series – Unveiling Excellence: AIA Design Award Winners 2023 Student Showcase

Join us on February 28, Noon – 1:30pm (EDT)

Credits: 1.5 AIA LU

AIA Provider: 100100113

Course No.: 2024AIACS01


Course Description:

Join us for an inspiring journey through the outstanding design achievements of the next generation in architecture. This Continuing Education course will feature the award-winning projects of Alex Romanov, Gabriel Garofalo, and Nour Abdelfattah, recipients of the prestigious American Institute of Architects (AIA) Canada Society Design Award for 2023. Gain unique insights into the creative processes, innovative solutions, and impactful contributions these emerging talents have made to the field of architecture. This course is designed to provide architects, designers, and industry professionals with a platform to explore groundbreaking ideas, cutting-edge designs, the future of architectural excellence and valuable insights into the future of architecture, as exemplified by the exceptional work of the student winners – Alex Romanov, Gabriel Garofalo, and Nour Abdelfattah.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze Innovative Design Approaches
  • Understand Sustainable Design Strategies
  • Evaluate Spatial and Aesthetic Considerations
  • Explore Technological Integration


AIA Canada Society is honored to have Dr. Brian Sinclair serve as the moderator for this event.

Dr. Brian R. Sinclair PhD DrHC FRAIC AIA (Intl Assoc) is an award-winning Professor of Architecture + Environmental Design, and former Dean, in the School of Architecture, Planning + Landscape (SAPL) at the University of Calgary, Canada. He is president of sinclairstudio inc., a consulting firm engaged in a diverse international array of research & design projects. His expertise, experience and engagement span the breadth from science and technologies to art and humanities. With a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity, integration and holism, Sinclair performs across a wide spectrum of roles, including educator, practitioner, scholar and administrator. Professional memberships include the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Fellowships in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research & Cybernetics (IIAS). Professor Sinclair has garnered numerous honors & accolades, including awards for Outstanding Achievements, Best Papers and Scholarly Contributions. Scholarship areas include professional practice, design methods, systems, open building & agile architecture, environmental psychology, international development, informal settlements, urban studies, sustainability, and the collision of science + spirit.

About the AIA Canada Society Awards Program

The AIA Canada Society chapter, looks to the future and envisions what the built environment of tomorrow will be like. Discovering and promoting new generations of architects, those who will build on the foundation of the masters and forge new paths of innovation and development, is a priority of the AIA Canada Society.  Our focus is to advance the appreciation of academic architectural ideas and promote and provide publicity to architecture students.



Alexander Romanov 

Project – the Bark Haus (Featured Image Above)

Centennial College, Toronto, ON

Alexander Romanov is a versatile professional with a background spanning biomedical sciences and architecture. After graduating with honors from Ryerson University, now the Toronto Metropolitan University, he explored healthcare through experiences in pediatric endocrinology and general surgery in Warsaw, Poland.

Driven by a passion for creativity and design, Alexander made a pivotal transition to the field of architecture. He honed his skills at Centennial College before earning a Masters of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University, where he delved deeper into architectural theory, design principles, and innovative methodologies.

Currently serving as an Intern Architect at Romanov Romanov Architects Inc., he shapes the firm’s diverse portfolio, from custom homes to townhouse developments and mixed-use projects, blending aesthetics with functionality to enrich communities and enhancing the built environment.


Gabriel Garofalo

Project – Digital Endemicity: Localized Characteristics for Architectural Fabrication

Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, ON

Gabriel Garofalo is an Intern Architect with the OAA and a recent graduate from Toronto Metropolitan University’s Master of Architecture program in 2023, where he received the RAIC Honour Roll Award. Prior to his graduate studies, Gabriel earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Science from TMU in 2021 where he embarked on a 16-month co-op internship before his final year. He is currently working at NEUF architects in Toronto where he is gaining experience designing and managing residential, commercial, and industrial architecture projects.  He attempts to incorporate his passion for technology, craft, and sustainable design into all his work, with an emphasis on enhancing our relationship with our local built environment.


Nour Abdelfattah

Project – The Dufferin Grove High School and Community Centre

Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, ON

Nour Abdelfattah is an architectural science student currently enrolled in the co-op program at Toronto Metropolitan University. Nour’s winning project represents the culmination and redevelopment of her 3rd year studio project this past year. Nour actively pursues her passion for architecture and continuously strives to enhance her skills and knowledge in the field.

February 28 2024


Date: February 28
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
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