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Architekt Prof. Dr. Paul Floerke

​Paul Floerke completed his studies in architecture at the Leibniz University in Hanover, Germany. Professors Gerhart Laage and Eduardo Vargas guided his Ph.D. thesis, which focused on designing and constructing office buildings and spaces. As a practicing architect, he has considerable experience with the varied dynamics of residential, commercial, institutional and industrial design. He has had numerous opportunities as an architect, researcher, lecturer and speaker in Europe, North America and Asia. Paul Floerke is currently a professor at the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

Vivian Nyachira Kinuthia, B. Arch.Sc.

Vivian Kinuthia is a Bachelor of Architectural Science + Coop graduate from Ryerson University. In addition to her interest in wood architecture, Vivian has participated in competitions such as the international IceBreakers design-build competition and the NCC Urban Design Challenge 2020. Additionally, Vivian was actively engaged in the American Institute of Architecture Students, culminating in her role as Chapter President at Ryerson (2018-19).

Vivian's diverse experience acquired from having lived in 5 countries sparked her interested in the social, cultural, and political forces that have shaped built environments as well as the evolving role of architects/designers as advocates responding to the effects of complex environmental and social crises.

Michael Plummer, M. Arch.

Michael Plummer earned both his bachelor and master’s degree in architecture from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He successfully defended his thesis in May 2021, focusing his research on participation and new wood architecture. This research culminated in a design-build project that fostered meaningful participation using a prefabricated wood construction system. His project won the 2020 Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarship for wood related research from the Canadian Wood Council.

He’s currently in the process of being licensed to practice in the province, working as an Intern Architect at a small practice in Leslieville. His work experience primarily focuses on residential projects that range in scale and complexity.

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All participating architectural practices, designers, and graduate students

The Dean’s Pedagogical Innovation Fund at the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

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