This book documents the ideas and work of notable Canadian architect Barry Sampson, who was Professor of Architecture at the University of Toronto for nearly thirty years, and an instrumental part of the evolution of Baird Sampson Neuert, a significant critical practice in Toronto that influenced the development of ideas in the city, throughout the region, and more widely.
The book investigates key ideas identified in Sampson’s 2019 Baird Lecture at the University of Toronto, reflecting on audience; Modernism and its legacies; architecture’s response to the environment and to human needs; architecture’s role in giving form to community; and the survival of critical practice in an age of technocracy. The publication also documents projects illustrative of Sampson’s approach to design, construction, and use – a school, a university building, and a cabin – with texts, drawings, and images. Further, it collects reflections on Sampson’s diverse roles in architecture – teacher, practitioner, advocate, environmentalist, mentor, client, and builder – from selected collaborators, including notable architects, structural and environmental engineers, and academic colleagues.
Brian Carter, a graduate of the University of Toronto and a registered architect in the UK, worked with Arup in London prior to being appointed Chair of Architecture at the University of Michigan. The author of books on contemporary architecture and curator of exhibitions on Eero Saarinen, Albert Kahn, Peter Rice, and Aires Mateus, he is currently Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Brian Carter is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
Annette W. LeCuyer trained at the Architectural Association and worked in London prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan. A Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, she is a contributor to architectural journals and author of books on architecture, technology, and design.
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