Café Capital: Towards Equity in Architecture

September 29 to October 2, 2022

Carleton University, Architecture Building and online


Free and open to all


CAFÉ Capital, hosted at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism (ASAU) from September 29 to October 2, is a four-day symposium of online and in-person discussions around the role of equity in architecture.


See schedule, speakers, and link for online registration below.

Titled Towards Equity in Architecture, the forum aims to unpack questions and deliberate actions toward diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in three interdependent areas of architectural education. These are teaching and learning, research and practice, and service and engagement from three co-dependent perspectives of educators, students, and communities. 


The event promises to be highly engaging and relevant, with student and faculty delegates from all 12 Canadian architecture schools and speakers and panelists from nearly all the schools. It also includes guest presenters from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and Dark Matter University. Opening and closing sessions will centre on Indigenous knowledge and reconciliation.


Keynote speakers and guests include Zoe Todd, Michael Etherington, Monique Manatch, David Fortin, Kendall A Nicholson, Amina Lalor, Shawn Bailey, and Jelisa Blumberg, along with presentations by delegates from Canadian schools of architecture.


The forum is a collaboration of Canada’s architecture schools, with a steering committee comprised of ASAU faculty members Assistant Professor Piper Bernbaum, Assistant Professor Jake Chakasim, Assistant Professor Natalia Escobar Castrillon, and Associate Professor Ozayr Saloojee. 


It is the last of the CAFÉ series, with previous events held at other architecture schools across Canada over the last three years.


The role of the CAFÉ (Canadian Architecture Forums on Education) is to bring representatives from Canadian schools of architecture together to assess methods of teaching, and re-frame goals for the education systems.


We invite students, faculty, alumni, and our broader community to join us for the CAFÉ Capital events and participate in these important and engaging discussions. 






REGISTRATION for all online events


CAFÉ Capital: Towards Equity in Architecture

Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2022

ONLINE & In-person


THURSDAY, Sept. 29 

6:00-7:30pm ET


Introduction & Opening talk: Zoe Todd, with Monique Manatch 

Freshwater fish futures, Indigenous sovereignty, and environmental kin studies – thinking with space + relationships”


FRIDAY, Sept 30

National Day of Truth & Reconciliation (no CAFÉ events)



9am to 5pm ET 



9:00 – Opening and Framing

Federica Goffi / Anne Bordeleau / Izabel Amaral / Lisa Landrum  

All topical sessions include panel discussions and conversations.


10:00 – Equity in Teaching & Learning

Piper Bernbaum / Jake Chakasim / Julia Jamrozik / Sara Jacobs


11:00 – Equity in Research & Practice 

Natalia Escobar Castrillón / Omeasoo Wahpasiw / Lisa Landrum / Emmanuelle van Rutten 


12:00 – Towards Equity in Service & Engagement

Vedanta Balbahadur / Jewel Amoah / Angela Gou / Josh Eckert / Tej Raja / Fiona Lim Tung




14:00 – Empowered & Empowering Representation – Where are my people? 

Kendall A. Nicholson / Catherine Hamel /Vivian Ton


14:30 – Challenges in and out of school – Dark Matter University

Jelisa Blumberg / Ozayr Saloojee / Temitope Akinsiku


15:00 – Inclusive spaces for Indigenous knowing – The Design Lodge

David Fortin / Jake Chakasim / Amina Lalor / Shawn Bailey / Robyn Adams


15:45 – Conversation Circles (and online ‘break-out rooms’)


16:30 – Sharing + Closing Reflections


SUNDAY, Oct. 2 

9:30am to 1pm ET

IN PERSON ONLY (limited availability)

Moving beyond Rhetoric Workshop with Indigenous Relations Consultant Michael Etherington

Closing Discussions & Next Steps