Williamson Chong Architects lecture

The Canadian firm discusses its work as part of the Emerging Voices lecture series.

August 18, 2014

Recorded on March 20, 2014.

Williamson Chong Architects was one of eight firms recognized by the 2014 Emerging Voices competition, which honors North American designers with distinct voices and significant bodies of realized work. The founders presented their work as part of the associated lecture series.

Founded in 2011 and led by Donald Chong, Betsy Williamson, and Shane Williamson, the Toronto-based firm prioritizes context, materials research, economies of construction, building performance, and client-based collaboration in their work, which ranges in scale from furniture to master planning.

This presentation discusses the significance of their Canadian context, advanced digital tools, and material investigations.

The firm’s use of leftover spaces to intensify the fabric in urban contexts and landscape integration in rural contexts, as well as an interest in strengthening community through design, are demonstrated in residential projects such as Galley House, Blantyre House, House in Frogs Hollow, and Grange Double Dwelling, as well as the master plan for the 441-acre Abbey Gardens site.


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