Fonds F0041 - Baird Sampson Neuert fonds.
- 1970-1997 (Creation)
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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.
Barry Sampson was born in Oshawa, Ontario in 1948. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto in 1972 and later studied at the International Institute of Design (summer session) in London, England and at the Sorbonne in France. While living in Paris he worked with the firm of Deviller Chemetov Architects. After studying science at the University of Waterloo, Jon elected to pursue studies in architecture due to a profound interest in the social and environmental opportunities associated with sustainable design. In 1990 he graduated with High Distinction from the University of Toronto's architecture programme, finishing at the top of his class. His education at the University of Toronto included three semesters of joint studio work with the landscape architecture programme. He has received numerous scholarships, design and academic awards including the R.A.I.C. Gold Medal, the American Institute of Architects' Henry Adams Medal and the Lieutenant Governor's Medal. His architectural thesis was published by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In 1991 he was selected to exhibit design work at the 5th International Architectural Biennale of Venice. Significant Projects Include: St. Michael?s College, Toronto; St. Clair Public Library, Toronto; Edmonton City Hall Competition, Edmonton; Harbourfront/Spadina Quay, Toronto; Elliot Lake Auditorium for the Arts, Elliot Lake; North Portage Housing, Winnipeg; Mississauga City Centre, Mississauga; Cee-Phil Investments Ltd, Mississauga; Bay-Adelaide Park, Toronto; Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls.