As the Executive Director of The Beach BIA, he is an advocate for local business with a passion for bringing beauty to the neighbourhood. With a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) from Toronto’s OCAD U, he holds a deep appreciation for art & design and a strong belief that art not only beautifies but builds communities. He is thrilled to be back on the Winter Stations jury for its 10th anniversary and excited he can play a small part in bringing some of the installations up to Queen St E to increase the footprint of the competition and impact it has within the community.
First elected in 2018 as one of the youngest members of Council, Brad represents Ward 19 (Beaches-East York) at Toronto City Hall. At City Hall, Brad serves as Vice-Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee, Chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Committee, and as a member of the CreateTO Board and the Toronto Arts Council. With experience as an urban planner, he has a passion for addressing local issues and working with local leaders to support community-led change. His priorities are to increase affordability and access to housing, make our streets safer, and revitalize Toronto’s main streets.
Aaron Hendershott is an architect at RAW Design and one of the founding members of Winter Stations. His work has been exhibited internationally and he is the recipient of the Toronto Urban Design Award and OAA award for his work in public art. His interests encompass digital design and fabrication, interactive and immersive environments, tiny homes, and unconventional urban spaces.
Nellie Jalalzadeh is an artist, designer, and public space researcher. She is a co-founder of ‘elsewhere’, an artist collective that brings together individual practices in painting, film, music and architecture. Elsewhere’s multimedia installations straddle cinema, sculpture and interactive theater and have amassed great public engagement. Their upcoming installation “the Case at Harbourfront” will be showcased by DesignTO at Harbourfront Centre in January 2024. Nellie’s work explores the interplay of narrative entanglement and embodied space. Her practice mines the overlaps of filmmaking and architecture to craft tailored processes for storytelling and placemaking. Her past research probes at the interface of public policy and public space through a lens of play. She has contributed to an array of projects from public sculpture to urban planning to miniature model-making. She was born in Tehran. She lives in Toronto.
Shaz Nasiri, a graduate with a Bachelor of Design from OCAD University and Master of architecture from the University of Toronto’s John A Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, is a multifaceted creative force. Currently serving as sessional faculty in design at OCAD University, and she is concurrently contributing to the architectural realm as an architectural designer and intern architect at Hariri Pontarini Architects. With a diverse background in sculpting and fashion design, Shaz’s artistic journey embodies a holistic approach, seamlessly integrating diverse artistic elements. In a dedicated pursuit of transforming critical conditions in our environment, society, and addressing cultural issues. Shaz’s portfolio encompasses thought-provoking pieces spanning sculptures, clothing, and furniture. Each creation is meticulously crafted to inspire challenging questions, fostering meaningful engagement with the audience.
Mateusz Nowacki is an architect with Montgomery Sisam Architects, contributing to the design and management of various works. Most recently, this includes the UofT Innis College Addition, Durham Modular Supportive Housing, and the CHEO 1Door4Care Integrated Treatment Centre. Previously, Mateusz gleaned experience with work on institutional buildings and bespoke residential design. Mateusz received his M.Arch from the University of Toronto. He is particularly interested in architecture’s role within domestic life, and continuously practices the study of transformative models in housing design, being awarded the Kuwabara-Jackman Thesis Gold Medal and AIA Henry Adams Award for his studies.