Craig Applegath speaker’s page

Craig Applegath speaker’s page

Craig Applegath is the founding principal of DIALOG’s Toronto Studio, and a passionate designer who believes in the power of built form to meaningfully improve the wellbeing of communities and the environment they are part of. Since graduating from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University with a Master of Architecture in Urban Design Craig has focused his energies on leading innovative planning and design projects that address the complex challenges facing our communities, as well as on his advocacy of sustainable building design and urban regeneration and symbiosis. Craig’s area of practice includes the master planning and design of institutional projects, including cultural and museum, post secondary education, and healthcare facilities, as well as the design of innovative industrial and manufacturing facilities.

Craig was a founding Board Member of Sustainable Buildings Canada, a Past President of the Ontario Association of Architects, and the current moderator
of SymbioticCities.net. Craig has lectured or taught at Harvard, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, as well as at many professional and sector related conferences around the world. In 2001 Craig was made a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for his contributions to the profession of architecture.

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):

  1. Keynote Speaker at the IDEX / Green Building Festival in Toronto, 2009
  2. Keynote Speaker at City of Edmonton “Way We Green” Speakers Series, City of Edmonton, 2010
  3. Conference Speaker at the AIAS Conference in Toronto, 2010
  4. Keynote Speaker at the CAPS Conference at the University of Waterloo, 2011
  5. Panel Speaker at the BUILDEX Conference in Vancouver, 2011
  6. Keynote Speaker at the Greater Toronto Area Mayors’ Conference, 2011
  7. Lecture at York University to the Environmental Studies, 2012
  8. Conference Speaker at the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Annual Conference in St. Johns, NFD, 2012
  9. Conference Speaker at the Smart Cities Conference, Guangzhou, China, 2012
  10. Keynote speaker at Planning Institute of British Columbia Conference, Harris Springs, 2012
  11. Keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), New Orleans 2012
  12. Speaker at the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture B.E.S.T. Lecture in Toronto, November 2012.
  13. Conference Speaker at the CaGBC Conference in Edmonton, March 2013
  14. Conference Speaker at the International District Energy Association (IDEA), Miami, June 2013
  15. Conference speaker at the CaGBC National Conference in Vancouver, June 2013
  16. Conference speaker at the Sustainable Buildings Canada Green Building Festival, October 2013.
  17. Conference speaker at BuildEx Conference Calgary, Calgary, November 2013
  18. Keynote speaker at Minneapolis Green Energy Conference, Minneapolis, November 2014
  19. Conference speaker at ABX Boston Conference, Boston MA, November 2013
  20. Keynote speaker at the Sustainable Kingston Conference, Kingston, Ontario, May 2014
  21. Conference speaker at the RAIC National Conference in Winnipeg, May 2014
  22. Conference speaker at the CaGBC National Conference in Toronto, June 2014
  23. Keynote conference speaker at the Grey to Green Conference in Toronto, August 2014
  24. Conference speaker at the AAA Continuing Education Conference in October 2014
  25. Keynote conference speaker at the Future of Cities Forum 2014: “IMAGINE Regenerative Urban Development” in Munich, Germany
  26. Keynote conference speaker at Pathways 2 Sustainability Calgary, Calgary, June 2015
  27. Future of Cities Forum: “The Built Environment of Regenerative Cities” in Beijing, China, 2015
  28. Green Building Festival: “Strategies for Resilient Economies – Proving that resilience makes sense” in Toronto, Ontario, 2015
  29. World Future Council: The City We Need is a Regenerative City in Prague, Czech Republic, March 2016
  30. OAA Annual Conference 2016 – 5 Important Trends that will change everything! May 2016
  31. OAA Annual Conference 2016 – Creating a Regenerative Building – Restoring the Ecosystem, May 2016
  32. Grey to Green Conference 2016 – Coming Full Circle: The Future of Living Architecture Design, June 2016
  33. SBE16 Toronto – Strengthening Symbiotic Flows: Valuing Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital, September 2016

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, May 2011)

“It was eye opening and inspiring.” (Austin McDowell, Toronto AIAS Conference, 2010)

“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, 2010)

“Very insightful and thought provoking. Would have enjoyed an entire course on the material.” (Jack Solomon, Toronto AIAS Conference, 2010)

“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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