David T Fortin Architect and THE OPEN WORKSHOP

The first event of the 2024 Emerging Voices series.

March 7, 2024
12:00 p.m.

Left: David T Fortin Architect | Family Cabin Concept, Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation, 2019. Image credit: David T Fortin Architect Inc Right: THE OPEN WORKSHOP | The Center Won’t Hold, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Bronzeville, Chicago, IL, 2021. Image credit: Neeraj Bhatia

The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices program spotlights North American architects, landscape architects, and urban designers who have significant bodies of realized work and the potential to influence their field.

David Fortin founded David T Fortin Architect in Sudbury, Ontario in 2018. Now located in Cambridge, Ontario, the 100% Indigenous-owned firm believes that “well-designed spaces can strengthen our relations with each other and the Land in profound ways,” in its own words. Primarily working with Métis and First Nation clients across Canada, David T Fortin Architect produces a broad range of work grounded in Indigenous knowledge, from installations and advocacy initiatives to affordable and social housing projects.

Neeraj Bhatia founded THE OPEN WORKSHOP in 2013 in Toronto, Canada. Now based in San Francisco, the multidisciplinary practice produces a diverse range of research projects and built works that bridge speculative research and formal design. The studio investigates how architecture and urbanism can foster social, racial, environmental, and economic equity, engaging frequently with issues of housing justice and public space. Often created collaboratively with communities, institutions, and other designers, these projects both propose and represent what the firm describes as“a collective ethos of design and forms of exchange.”

The presentations will be followed by a conversation with Marie Law Adams. Adams is a founding partner of Landing Studio and an associate professor at Northeastern University’s School of Architecture. She was a member of the 2024 Emerging Voices jury.


Emerging Voices is generously supported by Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown. Support is also provided by the Next Generation Fund of The Architectural League, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Emerging Voices public events and features are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.