Baird, George

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Baird, George

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George Baird (b August 25, 1939, Toronto, Ont.), architect, critic, educator and author, graduated from the University of Toronto School of Architecture in 1962. He conducted postgraduate research at University College in London, England, before returning to Canada in 1967 to teach at the University of Toronto, where he served as acting chairman and chairman of the architecture program between 1983 and 1985, remaining as professor until 1993. In 1993 Baird left the University of Toronto to join the faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he was appointed G. Ware Travelstead professor of architecture in 1996 and where he taught design studio and architecture theory. He served as director of the MArch I (professional) and MArch II (post-professional) degree programs until 2004, returning to Toronto to become dean of the University of Toronto's faculty of architecture, landscape and design. Baird established his practice, George Baird Architect and Associates, in Toronto in 1972. In its early years Baird operated the firm as an important "teaching office," employing many of his University of Toronto students, including Bruce Kuwabara, Martin Kohn, Donald MacKay, Detlef Mertins, Barry Sampson and John van Nostrand, all of whom have subsequently distinguished themselves as practitioners and/or educators. In 1982 the office evolved into the partnership of Baird/Sampson Architects, and in 1998 became Baird Sampson Neuert Architects Inc.


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