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Roland Rom Colthoff
Founded by Roland Rom Colthoff in 2007, RAW has collaborative and irreverent
ethos. While RAW has designed new and striking mid rise buildings in many
communities across Canada, they have also created temporary art installations
and environments for special events.
Roland was born in Rotterdam in 1957 and was educated at Carleton University
and the Architectural Association, in England. In 2007 he founded RAW to
realize the full potential of his design vision (exemplified by CUBE lofts
and BMW Toronto) and to have a working culture that matched his professional
goals. Roland's design experience has typically included large urban
residential and mixed-use projects with complex public approvals processes
and significant design challenges. His corporate work extends to the
multiple-award-winning BMW Toronto showroom, which received a 2004 Award
of Excellence from the Ontario Association of Architects. His ongoing
passion for architecture has led to entries in a number of important
competitions (Absolute, Winnipeg Crossing, Edmonton Art Gallery) which have
garnered awards and honourable mentions. Roland has lectured and been a
guest critic at the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, Institute
Without Boundaries, and George Brown College. In recognition of his
contributions to design in Toronto, Roland was recently named to the
City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panels.
Ferris + Associates
Ferris + Associates
Ferris + Associates Inc. has developed a reputation for providing innovative
design solutions that have helped shape many of Ontario's most notable
landscape designs including Fallsview Casino Niagara, National Trade Centre,
and the Humber Bridge site. The firm has a proven track record for the
implementation of large-scale landscape architectural projects and are
committed to establishing and maintaining quality relationships with both
private and public sector clients. Inherent to the projects' success is
responding to client requirements and exploring cost effective methods
of implementation while maintaining integrity of design. We have demonstrated
superior competence in developing creative and innovative solutions to
meet the challenges presented by these projects while remaining sensitive
to the project objectives and budgets.
They have developed a strong working relationship with public art consultants
and artists in both the public and private realms. Some of these projects
include the National Trade Centre, Concord Cityplace, and the Prince Arthur
Condominium. Through past experience, the success of the process is dependent
on including the artists in the development team at an early stage of design
and working drawings. This facilitates that the installation is conceived
within the contextual relationship of the building and landscape. As the
majority of these installations have occurred in the publicly accessible
landscape, the relationship between artist and landscape architect is
often critical to the success of the installation.
Born and raised in Alberta, Ted migrated to Southern Ontario to graduate
from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in
1979. Since that time his portfolio has concentrated on large scale high
density urban residential developments. He has happily been the director
of the design studio at Ferris + Associates for the last twenty years.
Curio is an art and design disciplines communications consultancy practice
primarily deployed for the implementation of large, urban-scale public art
projects. Since 2007, Justin Ridgeway has worked on public art projects with
such artists as Vito Acconci, James Carpenter, Douglas Coupland,
Mark DiSuvero, Geoff McFetridge, Troika, James Turrell and United Visual
Artists. Now, as director of Curio, his clients include infrastructure
constructors, municipal agencies, public relations firms and media production
companies. He is presently the public art manager for Ottawa's new Light
Rail Transit system, Confederation Line, involving thirteen stations and
over nineteen artists.
Curio's curatorial focus is on developing permanent and transitional
artworks involving emerging interactive, digital, and other new media
that blur the boundary between architecture, art and design. Curio is
curious about the relationship between our architectural and cultural
landscapes, envisioning the places we inhabit as potential massive
museums or collective galleries for rare, unusual and intriguing objects.
Justin Ridgeway was raised on a farm outside Caledon, Ontario, Canada.
He has lived in Alberta's mountains and on Costa Rican beaches. He currently
divides his time between Toronto and New York City. Justin holds an Honours
Bachelor of Arts in cultural studies and critical theory and a Masters of
Landscape Architecture, both from the University of Toronto.