3 Canadian Women Architects Honoured At Green Building Festival


Winners to receive awards in front of hundreds of colleagues on October 8th in Toronto

For the first time in the history of the GreenBuilding Festival, all three 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winners are women and leading architects from Canada – Teresa Coady, Janna Levitt and Birgit Siber.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards acknowledge green building initiatives through advocacy, research, innovation and design excellence across a range of building types. “The awards signal exemplary devotion to the cause of greater sustainability in the built environment,” says Mike Singleton, Executive Director of Sustainable Buildings Canada, the non-profit that bestows the awards each year.


Teresa Coady headshot

Teresa Coady is internationally recognized for her innovative thinking and her leadership in sustainability and works closely with various agencies to create new policies and practices to benefit society. Ms. Coady was formerly the Chief Operating Officer, COO, of Kasian, an international design firm, and President and CEO of Bunting Coady B+H. Her first book, ‘Rebuilding the Planet, The 12 Principles of Conscious Construction’ will be distributed Spring 2020 by Random House.

Q: What does receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award mean to you?

A: All my life I have witnessed the goodwill and warm hearts of people in the construction industry, and this recognition ceremony is just one more example. In our age of accelerated busy-ness, it astounds me that there are so many generous people willing to take the time to celebrate others. We should all be inspired by those among us who care enough to support the outliers, and the change agents. I for one appreciate it more than you can know.



Janna Levitt headshot

Janna Levitt co-founded LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects). She believes buildings can serve as a connector between culture and people. Her projects often involve implementing transformative cultural and environmental agendas, developed with diverse group of collaborators and communities.

Q: What does receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award mean to you?

A: Receiving the SBC Lifetime Achievement Award is extremely gratifying.  Over the course of the last 25+ years that I’ve been practicing, there’s been a total sea change in the awareness of the design profession and the public regarding the importance of sustainable design and living.   LGA has always been a vocal exponent of designing small, designing well and designing beautiful buildings and in that respect, we had an immediate kinship with the SBC.  Its been gratifying to see how through their advocacy, the SBC and other like minded organizations has successfully raised the awareness about climate change and building, to the point that what was once a niche conversation has now become part of the general public’s consciousness.  


Birgit Siber headshot

Principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects, Birgit Siber led the design installation of the first large-scale living wall biofilter in Canada more than a decade ago at the University of Guelph Humber campus. Its success spawned dozens more in Diamond Schmitt projects in Canada and the U.S. She also spearheaded ecoMetrics, an energy-use benchmarking databank and analysis tool to highlight and inform strategies for energy-use reduction.

Q: What does receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award mean to you?

A: I am deeply moved to win the Lifetime Achievement award from Sustainable Buildings Canada. My efforts have always been based on teamwork and setting goals that strive to make architecture increasingly sustainable, for which The Green Building Festival has been a great source of inspiration. This award acknowledgement is shared with clients, colleagues and consultants I have had the privilege to work with over the years.

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Natalia Ortiz Moreno

Natalia Ortiz, student of Project Management Environmental (PME) program in Seneca Polytechnic, has an Environmental Engineering background completed at Universidad El Bosque in Colombia. She has always been involved in sustainability roles and projects that included Environmental Management Systems implementation, Water Treatment Systems’ design and operation, Hazardous and Conventional Waste management and minimization practices, as well as Ecosystem’s Conservation and Energy
Efficiency programs.

For the PME – Applied Project Management Course, Natalia developed a Green Roof Assessment Tool for Seneca Polytechnic’s Office of Sustainability, with the aim to provide green roof technology recommendations best suited to a particular scenario, taking into consideration multiple aspects of green roofs and buildings; infrastructure, design, materials, environmental factors, and costs, as well as the Toronto Municipal Code – Green Roof bylaw. Natalia also has a scientific journal publication as the main author of the project “Selection and sizing of industrial wastewater treatment units required at the
new maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) aircraft facility owned by Avianca S.A. in Rionegro Antioquia” in the El Bosque University Journal of Technology.

Natalia strongly believes there are several research topics left to be developed, and the importance of
working towards Sustainability from different backgrounds, knowledge, and cultures to build strong, productive, and resilient communities.
With the vision of growing cities and infrastructure along with nature, always preserving and respecting the ecosystems’ attributes and services, Natalia would like to keep researching and acquiring more experience in Sustainability roles.

Emily Smit

Emily is a second-year PhD student in Geography at the University of Toronto, and a co-operator of a small home renovation company, Magnus Home Improvements. Her research seeks to determine how single-family homes can quickly and best be retrofit to achieve Toronto’s emissions reductions targets – including net-zero by 2040 – as part of the TransformTO climate action plan. Specifically, she will assess the impact of municipal home energy reporting and disclosure programs, as well as produce recommendations for growing the retrofit labour force in ways that attend to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Further, her research seeks to understand how home retrofit activities can be regenerative and produce net-positive impacts for humans and the environment towards transformative, place-based sustainability. When not at her computer, Emily can be found cycling with her kids to and from school or making funky sounds on her analog synthesizer.

Bofa Udisi

Bofa is a sustainability professional with over seven years in the energy and environment industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Petroleum Studies from Novena University in Nigeria and graduate certificates in Energy Management and Environmental Project Management from Seneca College in Toronto. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Environment and Business degree. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Building Science program at Toronto Metropolitan University, researching whole-life carbon reduction in new construction and building renovations.

Bofa‘s work experience is primarily in the built environment, working in the private and public sectors in roles that involve structural and environmental assessment of building structures, HVAC engineering design and sales, and facilities management. Bofa is a member of several industry associations, such as the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the Project Management Institute (PMI). SBC’s bursary will go a long way in supporting Bofa‘s research and his desire to learn.