Conference Committee:


Chair: Prof. Jana Macalik | Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Deborah Wang (Adjunct) |  Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Christophe Jivraj | Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Gillian McIntyre | Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Jonathan Hale | University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Dr. Laura Hanks | University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Suzanne MacLeod | University of Leicester, Leicester, UK

Dr. John Fraser | New Knowledge Organization, New York, USA

Prof. Jana Macalik | Jana Macalik is concerned with spatial communication and media integration, and since 1994 has been involved in cultural exhibition design and branding applications in communications and architecture. She has over 16 years of experience working as a designer for cultural institu­tions in Toronto as well as a designer for multi-disciplinary firms, including Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership in New York, and Perennial Inc. in Toronto and Aldrich Pears Associates in Vancouver. By exploring and interpreting narrative as the foundation for creative ideation, she has developed emotive, responsive spatial solutions to an array of diverse projects from commercial to cultural. Her research has developed into avenue of inquiry that allows for the physical and virtual environments to exist simultaneously. The act of spatial mapping and representation as an opportunity for information exchange and identity exhibition has been the inevitable outcome. As an Associate Professor, she holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.  Deborah Wang (Adjunct) | Deborah is an independent curator, designer and educator with a background in contemporary art and architecture. She is Creative Director of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival; a designer at superkul inc | architect; and adjunct faculty at Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design. Deborah is also a former co-curator of Come Up To My Room (2009-2012); a co-founder of FEAST Toronto; and occasionally makes work as one half of the collaborative Elsworthy Wang. Deborah Wang holds an Undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University (formerly the Ontario College of Art & Design). 
Christophe Jivraj | Christophe Jivraj was born in France and raised in Toronto, Canada. He received his Graduate degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University. He has exhibited throughout Canada with solo exhibitions at The Harcourt House in Edmonton and The New Gallery in Calgary and Skol Gallery in Montreal. His work has been written about in various publications including FFWD and See Magazine. Presently, he is completing a Graduate degree at Ryerson University in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management.   Gillian McIntyre |  Gillian McIntyre has a B.A. in Art and Art History (1994) and an M.A. in Museum Studies (1996) from the University of Toronto. Her Masters thesis explored the relationship between the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and so-called minority communities. McIntyre’s responsibilities as Adult Program Coordinator at the AGO include interpretive planning for the African gallery and provincial coordination for ArtsAccess. The ArtsAccess Project is a three-year community arts initiative designed to engage the public in a range of creative activities in four Ontario municipalities, including Toronto, Thunder Bay, Brantford/Six Nations and Kitchener-Waterloo. McIntyre also designs and coordinates the AGO’s public programs and human animation in the galleries. 
Dr. Jonathan Hale |  Dr Jonathan Hale is an architect, Associate Professor & Reader in Architectural Theory. He is Deputy Head of the Architecture + Urbanism Research Division, Coordinator of the Architectural Humanities Research Group (AHRG) and Course Director for the interdisciplinary MA in Architecture and Critical Theory. Research interests include: architectural theory and criticism; Phenomenology and the philosophy of technology; the relationship between architecture and the body; museums and architectural exhibitions. He has published books, chapters in books, refereed articles and conference papers in these areas and has obtained grants from the EPSRC, the Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, and the Arts Council. He is founder and Steering Group member of the international subject network: Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA); a member of the interdisciplinary Science Technology and Culture research group, hosted by the Dept of French; and the Merleau-Ponty Reading Group, a collaboration with the Dept of Philosophy. Dr. Laura Hanks | Dr. Laura Hanks is Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham, where she leads the Masters in Theory and Design, and Year 5 of the Diploma in Architecture programme. She graduated in Architecture from the University of Liverpool in 1995, and gained her doctorate in Architectural History and Theory from the University of Edinburgh in 2002. Laura’s research interests include contemporary museum and exhibition design, the architectural expression of identities, and issues of narrative space and place making. In 2011 she co-organised a conference, Narrative Space, which brought together an internationally diverse group of museum and heritage professionals, exhibition designers, architects and artists, with academics from a range of disciplines, and resulted in the edited volume, Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions (MacLeod, Hanks and Hale, Routledge, 2012). Notable among her other publications are Museum Builders II (John Wiley and Sons, 2004), and contributions to Architectural Design and ARQ
Suzanne MacLeod | Suzanne MacLeod is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. In 2007 she worked with a number of colleagues in the museum and design sector to develop Leicester’s first design Masterclass, ‘Design as Interpretation’. The second design Masterclass, ‘Creative Practices’ was held in Leicester in April 2008. These activities have also connected into a number of academic conferences she had convened including Creative Space in 2004 and Narrative Space in 2010 (in collaboration with the School of the Built Environment at the University of Nottingham). Her forthcoming book, Museum Architecture: A New Biography (2013) continues her publishing relationship with Routledge; having produced Reshaping Museum Space: architecture, design, exhibitions (MacLeod 2005) and Museum Making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions (Macleod, Hanks and Hale 2012).  Dr.John Fraser | Dr. Fraser, is a conservation psychologist, architect, and educator. His research focuses on how worldviews impact learning attitudes, motivations, and the ability to develop new knowledge in free-choice settings. Dr. Fraser is President and CEO for the New Knowledge Organization. He holds adjunct faculty positions at Hunter College of City University New York and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Dr. Fraser was the lead author on a study of American attitudes toward supporting children’s nature experiences for the Children & Nature Network. He has conducted pioneering research on how literature and poetry affect conservation thinking. He recently completed a study of the outcomes resulting from citizen science projects coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He has conducted many research projects, including a national study of American perceptions of bison conservation, a three-year national study on the perceived value of zoos and aquariums to America’s community of learners, and an evaluation of training programs for educators living in jaguar habitat Honduras and Guatemala. Dr. Fraser holds a Ph.D. from the Antioch University New England School of Environmental Studies.