Craig Applegath speaker’s page

Craig Applegath speaker’s page

Award winning architect, urban designer, and a pioneer in the planning and design of regenerative buildings, urban resilience, and symbiotic cities, Craig is a principal and founding partner of DIALOG’s Toronto studio. Trained as a biologist and then as an architect and urban designer, Craig is passionate about finding design solutions that make sense in a world challenged by climate change and environmental deterioration. Most recently, Craig lead DIALOG’s design of the first certified Living Building Challenge project in Canada – the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship Education Centre. Currently, Craig is leading a team designing a hybrid-wood high-rise tower prototype.

Designing Our Future: Craig Applegath from Cainan Querido on Vimeo.

Currently on Craig’s Mind…

An algae bioreactor that transforms CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion into valuable biofuels and phytonutrients!

Like most of you, I have grown ever more worried about our chances of being able to meet the increasing challenges of climate change. Then, a year ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Martin, CEO of Pond Technologies Inc.. By the end of our lunch the hairs on the back of my neck were standing up and my heart was racing. I thought, “Oh my God, we now have a real solution to the cause of climate change!”

Read the entire story @ Symbiotic Cities Network

Speaking and Workshop Engagements

In addition to his full time Architecture Practice as a Principal in DIALOG’s Toronto studio, Craig is a regular speaker and facilitator at international conferences, seminars and workshops on the topic of symbiotic city planning, urban resilience, and eco-effective, regenerative building design. If you would like to have Craig speak or facilitate a workshop at your conference or event please contact him at ac.ngisedolaidnull@htagelppac.

Recent Speaking and Facilitation Engagements (updated June 2016):

Speaker at the International Living Future Conference, “A Road Map to Net-Zero Carbon for Campuses”, Portland, 2018

Key Note Speaker and Moderator at the Grey-to-Green Conference, “Lessons Learned from City-Building Scale Green Infrastructure Projects for Climate Change and Beyond”, Toronto, 2018

Key Note Speaker at the Ontario Association of Physical Plant Administrators (OAPPA), “A Road Map to Net-Zero Carbon for Campuses”, Toronto, 2018

Panel Speaker at the Canadian Association of Landscape Architects Conference, “Climate Change Adaptation: Challenges and Opportunities”, Toronto, 2018

Keynote Speaker at an internal policy conference of the Ontario Government, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, “Fighting Climate Change Through Public Policy: Ten Key Insights From The Trenches of the Planning and Design Sector”, Toronto, 2018

Eastern Region Association of (University) Physical Plant Administrators (ERAPPA) Conference, “Future-proofing Your Facilities: 4 Challenges and Opportunities”, Niagara Falls, 2017

Guest Lecturer at the University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture Design and Landscape Architecture, “The Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre”, Toronto, 2017

Guest Lecturer at the Willowbank School, “The Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre”, St. Catherines, 2017

SBE16 Toronto – Strengthening Symbiotic Flows: Valuing Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital, September 2016

Grey to Green Conference 2016 – Coming Full Circle: The Future of Living Architecture Design, June 2016

OAA Annual Conference 2016 – Creating a Regenerative Building – Restoring the Ecosystem, May 2016

OAA Annual Conference 2016 – 5 Important Trends that will change everything! May 2016

World Future Council: The City We Need is a Regenerative City in Prague, Czech Republic, March 2016

Keynote Speaker at the Build Ideas Conference, Toronto, 2015 – “5 Important Trends That Will Change Everything!”

Green Building Festival: “Strategies for Resilient Economies – Proving that resilience makes sense” in Toronto, Ontario, 2015

Future of Cities Forum: “The Built Environment of Regenerative Cities” in Beijing, China, 2015

Keynote conference speaker at Pathways 2 Sustainability Calgary, Calgary, June 2015

Keynote conference speaker at the Future of Cities Forum 2014: “IMAGINE Regenerative Urban Development” in Munich, Germany

Conference speaker at the AAA Continuing Education Conference in October 2014

Keynote conference speaker at the Grey to Green Conference in Toronto, August 2014

Conference speaker at the CaGBC National Conference in Toronto, June 2014

Conference speaker at the RAIC National Conference in Winnipeg, May 2014

Keynote speaker at the Sustainable Kingston Conference, Kingston, Ontario, May 2014

Conference speaker at ABX Boston Conference, Boston MA, November 2013

Keynote speaker at Minneapolis Green Energy Conference, Minneapolis, November 2014

Conference speaker at BuildEx Conference Calgary, Calgary, November 2013

Conference speaker at the Sustainable Buildings Canada Green Building Festival, October 2013.

Conference speaker at the CaGBC National Conference in Vancouver, June 2013

Conference Speaker at the International District Energy Association (IDEA), Miami, June 2013

Conference Speaker at the CaGBC Conference in Edmonton, March 2013

Speaker at the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture B.E.S.T. Lecture in Toronto, November 2012.

Keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), New Orleans 2012

Keynote speaker at Planning Institute of British Columbia Conference, Harris Springs, 2012

Conference Speaker at the Smart Cities Conference, Guangzhou, China, 2012

Conference Speaker at the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Annual Conference in St. Johns, NFD, 2012

Lecture at York University to the Environmental Studies, 2012

Keynote Speaker at the Greater Toronto Area Mayors’ Conference, 2011

Panel Speaker at the BUILDEX Conference in Vancouver, 2011

Keynote Speaker at the CAPS Conference at the University of Waterloo, 2011

Conference Speaker at the AIAS Conference in Toronto, 2010

Keynote Speaker at City of Edmonton “Way We Green” Speakers Series, City of Edmonton, 2010

Keynote Speaker at the IDEX / Green Building Festival in Toronto, 2009


Reviews of Craig’s past speaking engagements:

“Thank you so much for the inspiring and informative lecture this morning. You have indeed set the bar very high and you have framed most of the critical issues that I hope to explore during the course.” (Arlene Gould, York University Faculty of Graduate Studies, Environmental Studies Course Presentation)

“It was eye opening and inspiring.” (Austin McDowell, Toronto AIAS Conference)

“I found the presentation to be very organized and insightful. It has allowed me to think about the topic in a different way. In addition, it has given me a starting point to pursue ideals I believe are essential to the profession and our present environment.” (Sayiddah McCree, Toronto AIAS Conference)

“Very insightful and thought provoking. Would have enjoyed an entire course on the material.” (Jack Solomon, Toronto AIAS Conference)

“Intelligent knowledgable, well-researched thoughtful messages.” (Murray Frankel, Montreal)

“I appreciated your frankness and honesty in sharing with us visions of a difficult future – very refreshing and hopeful despite the sobering trajectory we all face. Thanks for risking to tell us an uncomfortable truth.” (Dundley Thompson, Winnipeg)

“Entertaining and energetic delivery. The message was well structured with an evoking and powerful message.” (Charles Lau, Toronto)

“This presentation was an excellent combination of well documented facts, clear and insightful graphs, and a passionate speaker who sees the problem and yet has hope for the future.” (James W. O’Neill, Houston)

“Well prepared, well delivered, and thanks for the summer reading list.” (Stephen Pope, Ottawa)

“Knowledgeable, clear, direct.” (Paul Roth, Toronto)

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