Aida Mas Baghaie is a Master of Environmental Studies (Planning) student at York University, where her research focuses on participatory processes to foster equity in housing and mobility networks. From 2014-2017, she worked as a Community Engagement Coordinator and Project Manager for several non-profit organizations across Canada. She brings experience with project coordination and community-based research to StudentDwellTO, and will contribute to focus group facilitation as well as data collection and analysis.
Jeremy Bowes’ research centres around sustainable living design approaches and dwellings, building on his architectural housing expertise, and systems design background. Key areas of research are minimal residential habitat design, sustainable prefabrication and material constructional system methods, and integrated living systems within the architectural, urban and rural ecologies. Current research activities focus around housing within the context of the city ecosystem, and he coordinates a research group called systemCITY, focused on navigating these complex urban ecosystem problems with systems thinking, design and visualization tools.
Amy Campbell is a fourth year student in the Bachelor’s of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. Her interest in planning occurred after living abroad, and being witness to the extreme divide in wealth that was present in many countries. Campbell is currently a field placement student with Kehilla Affordable Housing examining Section 37 negotiations, leading to recommendations on how the Official Plan can be amended to allow for additional affordable housing. Campbell brings to StudentDwellTO a rich knowledge of communications and research methods. Her interest in student and affordable housing manifests in her desire to break down of barriers currently in Toronto. Her background in working with a non-profit affordable housing agency alongside her strong interpersonal and communication skills will aid with the conduction of the focus groups and analysis of the results.
Tristan Laing is Toronto based graduate student in Master of Arts in Adult Education and Committee Development at OISE, University of Toronto, studying the history and present of student cooperative governance and participation at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He is a veteran co-operative leader and current President at Campus Co-operative Student Residences, as well as a current director of North American Students of Cooperation. He is also the founder and current President of the University of Toronto chapter of the student club "Students for Cooperation".
Dr. Shelagh McCartney is a licensed architect and urbanist who is an assistant professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University, whose expertise in design and development focus on urbanization and housing, with a strong community development focus. She believes that planning and architecture are byproducts of complex territorial networks. She has experience managing large teams of students, colleagues and stakeholders in the private, public and NGO sectors to complete complex projects together. Foundational to McCartney’s research is to challenge the way students approach communities and housing, and how they can influence change. Encouraging them to join the conversation, debate differing viewpoints, and be creative in critiquing systems for the purpose of evoking systematic change from within. She brings to StudentDwellTO her experience managing large research teams, comprised of many interdisciplinary stakeholders, to synthesize complex issues and complete large surveys and focus groups. McCartney uses Design Thinking to revolutionize project work by assisting members to directly approach complex problems head-on, innovate collaboratively, and create holistic, sustainable solutions with a user-centered focus.
Adrienne is an urbanist, strategist, and researcher. In her role at SHS Consulting, Adrienne leads human-centred design approaches to understanding the lived experiences of individuals facing housing affordability challenges. She spends her time facilitating conversations and developing strategies for business model innovation in the housing sector. Over the past five years, Adrienne has co-authored several research papers, housing strategies, and plans for all levels of government across Canada, non-profit housing providers, and community agencies aimed at creating systemic change in our housing and human services systems.
Master of Business Administration, with a specialization in marketing/ Punjab Agricultural University, India Bachelor of Science (Hons.), Agriculture/ Punjab Agricultural University, India Ashish Pillai is an MA candidate at OISE, University of Toronto and as a member of the StudentDwellTO team, he coordinates the data collection and analysis team. Pillai’s experience as a faculty in India and his experience of living in the student family housing at University of Toronto triggered his interest in issues around university student housing. His strong background in market research, quantitative and qualitative research methods will help in the data collection and analysis for StudentDwellTO. Pillai brings to StudentDwellTO knowledge of private sector participation in higher education. He contributes by bringing a balance between the social and the business aspects of student housing to the project.
Mauricio Quirós Pacheco is an Assistant Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. He was Researcher for the Office of the Director at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) from 2010 until 2014 and has practiced in America and Europe in offices including Stanley Saitowitz Office and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. He has been guest critic and juror for various universities and institutions, including Architecture for Humanity’s Crossing Borders competition and the International Open Competition for FUNDECOR Headquarters. He is Advisory Editor for Manifest Magazine, A Journal of American Architecture and Urbanism, and his writings have been published in journals such as Domus and San Rocco. Quirós brings to StudentDwellTO a breadth of housing and affordability research in relationship to urban development. He contributes design thinking and urban design expertise to the project.
Dr. Luisa Sotomayor is an assistant lecturer in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. She brings an urban policy and community planning lens to housing affordability problems. Her research and teaching focus is on urban inequalities, governance, urban politics and housing. Specifically, she is interested in how regimes of socio-spatial inequality consolidate in contemporary cities, and the potential of grass-roots activism, planning tools, and urban policy to address the urban divide. Before starting her PhD program, Luisa worked as a research officer and as a consultant for several institutions. She maintains a strong link to non-for-profit and community-based organizations in both Canada and Colombia on issues related to urban policy, poverty alleviation, affordable housing, youth unemployment and community development. She brings to StudentDwellTO her experience managing large research teams to complete large sets of qualitative data gathered through focus groups. Sotomayor is an experienced facilitator and contributes to the development of the questions and training of the peer student researcher facilitators. Her invaluable lense to examine the socio-spatial imbalances across the city adds depth to the project.
Kearon Roy Taylor is a Master of Architecture student at the University of Toronto. He comes to architecture from printmaking, new media, and artist-run gallery spaces. His architectural interests lie in housing, systems thinking, and the status of the public realm in relation to the new economy. Taylor brings knowledge of data visualization and techniques of representation to StudentDwellTO. He will contribute to making the data sets when initially combined and then the newly produced sets through StudentDwellTO are provocative, legible and available on the website.
Dr. Marcelo Vieta is an assistant professor in Adult Education and Community Development and in the Collaborative program in Workplace Learning and Social Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). He is a co-founder and an executive committee member of the Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW). Vieta researches and teaches on workplace and organizational learning and social change, alternative economic arrangements, the sociology of work, economic democracy, the social and solidarity economy, the philosophy of technology, and Critical Theory. Regionally, he specializes in Latin America, Canada, the US, and Italy. In recent years, Marcelo has been teaching, researching, and publishing on the historical conditions, the political economic contexts, and the lived experiences of the worker-recuperated enterprises of Argentina and Italy, as well as issues with youth and student housing and cooperative alternatives. Vieta brings to StudentDwellTO a deep interest in community-driven social change. He contributes to the project data gathering and research support via a sociological and political economic lens focused on identifying current challenges to student housing and innovative solutions to these challenges from the social economy.
Reva White is a born and raised Torontonian with a passion for urban planning and affordable housing design solutions. She is currently in the first year of the Masters of Environmental Studies with a specialization in Urban Planning program at York University. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Ryerson University in Urban and Regional Planning in 2014. After graduation, she worked at Toronto Community Housing on North America’s largest public housing revitalization, Regent Park, where her passion for urban issues and affordable housing deepened. She has experience in student housing affordability and has done research on the increasing privatization of student housing residences and the impacts that this has on affordability for students. Currently, her research focus lies in bringing affordable housing design solutions to Canada and has conducted research on the increasing privatization of student residences in Toronto. White brings experience in project coordination, land-use planning, data collection, and analysis of Toronto's affordable housing market to StudentDwellTO.