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The BTES Conference 2011
Ryerson University | University of Waterloo

August 4 - 7, 2011
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


co- hosted by:

Vincent Hui, Assistant Professor, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University
Terri Meyer Boake, Associate Director, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo

The BTES continues its series of conferences with the Toronto Conference. The purpose of the BTES Conference is to provide faculty and graduate students with an opportunity to share their teaching and research in an open forum that fosters collegiality, connections and an exchange of ideas.

Order the conference proceedings here.


If Architecture cannot exist in a vacuum, then what can be said of its pedagogy?

Architecture is the epitome of convergence.  Throughout history architecture has made manifest  the confluence of multiple disciplines, stakeholders, technologies, and materials that have intimately responded to its context.  From multidisciplinary innovations in material technologies to unconventional appropriation of tools for teaching, it is difficult to find disciplines that do not present some impact on contemporary architecture.   Where traditional models of architectural pedagogy have been reluctant to embrace this trend towards convergence, notable educators, practitioners, and students have emerged as vanguards of a contemporary  and holistic discipline.  To witness these convergences is to witness innovation.  As architecture continues to evolve, it becomes increasingly evident that in order to educate future generations of designers, the discrete model of dissemination will be replaced with one that embraces the confluence of multiple dimensions and facets.

This conference serves as a platform for educators, students, researchers, and professionals to explore, examine, and exhibit their work that continues this trajectory of convergence among various fields.


Ryerson University

Waterloo Architecture



In honor of the upcoming launch of "Understanding Steel Design: An Architectural Design Manual" by Terri Meyer Boake and Vincent Hui, the publisher Birkhauser Actar is extending a 30% discount on pre-orders of the release (due out November 2011) as well as any other Birkhauser titles ordered at the conference. Catalogues and order forms will be available at the conference.

Understanding Steel Construction

Click here for some sneak peeks at the contents!


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