2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
Margie Zeidler is the founder and President of Urbanspace Property Group whose projects include 401 Richmond and the Robertson Building at 215 Spadina. Originally trained as an architect, Margie believes that the “greenest building is the one that already exists” and has been championing building preservation as a ‘green’ practice for 20 years. Since 1994, she has transformed 401 Richmond from one ready for demolition to one housing a vibrant urban community that houses almost 150 artists and entrepreneurs plus unique value-add aspects like an arts enriched daycare, café, and award winning roof garden. Margie’s urban improvement efforts led her to co-found the Centre for Social Innovation, Jane’s Walk, the Centre for City Ecology, and the Urbanspace Gallery that is dedicated to local urban issues. She has also received the Jane Jacobs Prize, the Order of Ontario and Toronto’s Untitled Best Friend of the Arts Award.
Ken Greenberg is the former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto and is currently the Principal of Greenberg Consultants. For over thirty years, his work has focused on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, and neighbourhoods, as well as regional growth management, on-campus master planning, and new community planning. Ken has played a pivotal role on public and private assignments in urban settings throughout North America and Europe, from Montréal, New York, Boston and Detroit to Amsterdam, New York, Paris and San Juan, to name but a few. These projects have benefited from his advocacy and passion for restoring the vitality, relevance and sustainability of the public realm in urban life, and from his strategic, consensus-building approach that has led to coordinated planning and a renewed focus on urban design. Ken is the recipient of the 2010 American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for public design excellence and the author of Walking Home: the Life and Lessons of a City Builder.
Avi Friedman is an extensively trained architect, including studies in Italy, Israel, and finally Montreal where he received a doctorate from McGill University and continues as Professor. His research focuses on factors that influence the design and implementation of affordable and sustainable building practices at the unit and community levels. As principal of Avi Friedman Consultants, Inc., his work includes conversions of industrial buildings to residential, urban renewal, private residences, and community planning. He has consulted across North America on affordable housing initiatives. Avi has published extensively in academic and trade publications and authored a number of books, articles and papers on subjects ranging from construction technology to suburban planning and space management. He has received the Progressive Architecture Research Award, the J.-Armand-Bombardier Prize for Technological Innovation, the Manning Innovation Award of Distinction, the American Institute of Architects Education Honors, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Collaborative Practice Award, and the prestigious Creative Achievement Award. In 1999 he received the United Nations World Habitat Award; in 2010 Wallpaper magazine listed him one of 10 people “most likely to change the way we live”; in 2004 The Innovators television series referred to Avi as “the most influential housing innovator in the world.”