In the search for meaning through the medium of architecture, we strive to implant our structures deeply into the soil of context. The phenomenological qualities of the climate – the rain, sleet, hail and snow – provide depth to our architectural narrative. The elements that shape the landscape shape our architecture in kind. Placed within the global context of a collective environmental awareness we believe that our regionally‐inspired architecture should evolve beyond its traditional role as a barrier against the natural elements, towards a more integrated model wherein these elements participate with and drive the form of the architecture itself. The workshop promotes the idea that any formal architectural solution should evolve from a deep connectedness, exhibiting a tightly‐knit symbiotic relationship between us and our environment.
Water will be our focus. Together, we will explore how basic strategies for diverting, mitigating and integrating water – in all its forms – can reshape our notions of how architectural form may develop through a close relationship to the natural world.
Omar Gandhi, Omar Gandhi Architect Inc.
Eric Stotts, Skin and Bones (Architect and Envelope Consultant)
Omar Gandhi Architect Inc. is a Halifax, Nova Scotia‐based studio which has become one of Canada’s leading young architecture studios. Since its inception in 2010, the studio has been the subject of dozens of articles in high‐profile publications and several notable online journals. The firm was recently named as one of the Top 20 Young Architectural Practices worldwide in Wallpaper* Magazine's annual Architects Directory. The firm is the 2014 recipient of the Canada Council for the Art's prestigious Prix de Rome for Professionals ‐ The $50,000 prize recognizes outstanding achievement in Canadian architecture and is awarded annually to a young architect or architectural firm to develop their skills and creative practice as well as work with specialists worldwide. Formally linked together under the theme of "Adaptations," the studio's projects begin with simple, local building typologies which are then sculpted by conditions and use. Eric Stotts: In September 2014, after eighteen years of experience with several internationally acclaimed firms, including the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Eric Stotts founded his own practice, Eric Stotts Architect, in Halifax. Eric is also a founding partner of Skin and Bones, an open‐source, ideas‐based company which seeks to bridge the conceptual and procedural gaps between the design and construction of high‐quality building envelopes and structures. Both Omar Gandhi and Eric Stotts are sessional instructors at Dalhousie University's School of Architecture and Planning in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Garrett Mosiman, Senior Research Fellow, UMN Center for Sustainable Building Research