Principal, Dubbeldam Design Architects
|Topics: Business, Eco|
|Interview Date: June-26-2012|
|Extraordinary Insights: "When you have your own business, specifically in the creative industry, it helps to have a clear vision and the perseverance to carry that through because you can get pulled it different directions. Stick to it and keep the focus."|
Heather Dubbeldam is a Toronto-based architect, and an advocate for architecture and design. Her award-winning architecture practice, Dubbeldam Design Architects, takes an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to the design of their projects.
As Co-Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA), Heather actively advocates to ensure architecture and urban design are key considerations in public discussions and processes that have impact on our built environment. Heather is also a Director of the Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC), a provincial not-for-profit, cross-disciplinary design think tank and research group. In addition, Heather has been leading a movement to expose and disseminate the new and innovative ideas of emerging Canadian design practices through her role as the Director of Twenty+Change, a national organization dedicated to promoting emerging Canadian designers working in architecture, landscape architecture and urban design who are pushing boundaries of their disciplines.
As well, she is also the co-editor and co-author of several architecture and design publications, including the award-winning Toronto Architecture Guide Map. Heather furthers her dedication to the profession as mentor to numerous intern architects and through her participation at student critiques at local schools of Architecture, and is a regular participant at urban forums, panel discussions and an occasional guest lecturer. (dubbeldamarchitects.com)