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Oskar Norelius

Oskar Norelius is an award-winning architect and partner at White, one of Scandinavia’s leading architecture firms. Oskar directs the international studio in the Stockholm office and is co-lead behind the recently inaugurated Sara Culture Centre in Skellefteå, a climate positive 20 storey mass timber. Oskar is frequently invited to international architecture competitions where high levels of sustainability and architecture is sought after. Oskar is currently co-lead for the Kimmel Quarter in Riga, including the transformation of a historic brewery into a cultural hub, and the new construction of 35.000 sqm offices in timber. Sara Kulturhus is a 28.000sqm development combining a library, two art galleries, six theatre stages and concert halls with a 200 room hotel. The 20-storey building is designed with a structure of Glue and Cross laminated timber. The innovative construction technique paired with a complex content and a situation right at the centre of town is a true challenge and have made the building a showcase for sustainable construction globally. The building was named best architecture 2021 by The Guardian and received the International Award for Wood Architecture 2022, The Special Prize at the International Urban Design Awards and a Bronze medal at the Holcim Awards 2021.

Outline

Sara Kulturhus is a 28.000sqm development combining a library, two art galleries, six theatre stages and concert halls with a 200 room hotel. The 20-storey building is designed with a structure of Glue and Cross laminated timber. The innovative construction technique paired with a complex content and a situation right at the centre of town is a true challenge, but the project highlights several advantages of building with timber. Key learning outcomes are: How the wood-based circular thinking/economic context of Skellefteå inspired the project. What strategies were successful to bring the building to reality and change the image of the city. What technical solutions were implemented in the project to overcome challenges such as acoustics, fire and construction economy in a high rise mixed use building. How the architecture, material choices and energy systems combine to make Sara Culture Centre a climate positive building.

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.