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HBSA/OAA President's Dinner

October 5, 2015

The Ontario Association of Architects President Toon Dreessen will be visiting the HBSA for the annual President’s Dinner on Thursday October 15, 2015.

President Toon Dreessen will join us at the Hamilton club to share the OAA Council’s current priorities and initiatives.  President Dreessen is excited to hear about the HBSA’s current and ongoing events and of the society’s initiatives. Members are encouraged to open dialogue with the president about concerns facing HBSA members or of the practice of Architecture in general.

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PARK(ing) Day Hamilton - Sept 28th

September 11, 2015

This year the HBSA, supported by the City of Hamilton will be participating in PARK(ing) Day – a form of Tactical Urbanism.

Recognizing that a metered parking spot is an inexpensive short-term lease for a plot of precious urban real estate that, when occupied by a car increases traffic, results in wasted fuel and more pollution. Park(ing) Day challenges inhabitants worldwide recognize the need for new approaches to making the urban landscape, and realize that converting small segments of the automobile infrastructure-even temporarily-can alter the character of the city. From public parks to free health clinics, from art galleries to demonstration gardens, Park(ing) Day participants have claimed the metered parking space as a rich new territory for creative experimentation and activism. For more information on PARK(ing) Day see the website -

The HBSA will be utilizing two parking spaces, together, as close to the CBC on James Street as possible. Approximate address:

118 James St N
Hamilton, Ontario

So take an hour out of your work day on September 18th and enjoy the new park in a former parking space! 

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Hamilton Placemaking as a Driver for Economic Growth

September 1, 2015

The Ontario Association of Architects in participation with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce present Hamilton Placemaking as a Driver for Economic Growth.

The event runs during Supercrawl on the evening of September 11th and speakers include Jason Thorne, Steve Kulakowsky, Sonja Macdonald, Rob Zeidler, Richard Allen with Toon Dreesen and Keenan Loomis giving remarks. There is no fee to attend but space is limited so you are required to RSVP - or call 416-537-0954 

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are you experienced? - Art Gallery of Hamilton

August 31, 2015

The Art Gallery of Hamilton has a great new show called ‘are you experienced?’

Melissa Bennett, the Curator of Contemporary Art, is offering HBSA Members an exclusive, complimentary curatorial tour on October 1st, at 5:30 pm. Many of the exhibition artists are concerned with how people perceive the space around them, a topic that is quite fitting for our profession. In order to secure your space on this tour please email Chrissy Taylor at

After the tour the HBSA will be convening somewhere nearby for a drink and discussion.

For more information on the exhibit please visit the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s website:

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