Toronto architect, Janna Levitt, will speak in Architecture an Design Now at 6:00 pm in M1040

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

In 1991 Janna joined Dean Goodman to form Levitt Goodman Architects Ltd based in Toronto. Over the last ten
years 3 new partners have joined the firm as well as 3 associates and a staff of 22. Janna Levitt is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo.

After completing high school, Levitt attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for two years. She then
completed her first Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and Film Studies at the University of Toronto. She then commenced acquiring her Professional Bachelors Degree in Architecture, also at the University of Toronto.

In addition to her work as a practicing architect, Levitt participates in ‘theoretical’ architecture/art-based projects. These have included installations at the Eye Review Gallery, the Union Station Gallery, the ‘House/Home’ exhibition at the Photo Eclipse Gallery, the Stellar Living Exhibition at Mercer Union and, most recently, ‘Sacred Space’ at the new Architecture Gallery at Harbourfront Centre for the Arts. She is a member of Ontario’s Bee Keepers Association, having a keen interest in apiary culture.

The work of the firm Levitt Goodman is intentionally diverse, both in content and with respect to design
challenges/constraints, covering single-family to multi-unit residential buildings, interior renovations, institutional (libraries, galleries, post secondary schools) and, more recently, a growing specialty in sustainable design and perma culture. The firm also works collaboratively with a range of multi-media artists on installation-based works for art galleries.

The firm is widely published nationally and internationally and is recognized as a leading design firm through awards such as the Governor General’s Gold Medal for Excellence in Architecture, a RAIC Gold Medal for Innovation in Architecture, several Design Effectiveness awards, Canadian Architect, Ontario Association of Architects and Toronto Urban Design Awards. In 2010 the firm received a Best Of Year Interior Design award from the New York Interiors Magazine.

Janna is an active lecturer, critic, guest professor and jury member across the country. She was a member of the City of Toronto Public Art Commission between 2001 and 2007. Currently she is a member of the national Steering Committee of the RAIC for the Canadian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Janna also serves on the Professional Resource Committee of the Gallery TPW. Finally, Janna selected to join the founding committee of the Canadian arm of Cape Farewell, a British based foundation addressing climate change through the synthesis of art and science,