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Ontario Association of Architects:
Sheena Sharp, B.E.S., M.Arch., OAA, MRAIC, President

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sheena Sharp, B.E.S., M.Arch., OAA, MRAIC
From The Globe and Mail

Sheena Sharp, B.E.S., M.Arch., OAA, FRAIC was elected to office on January 26, 2011 as the 94th president of Ontario Association of Architects (OAA).

Ms. Sharp was elected to OAA Council in 2006, and is part of a team that has led the organization in a transition to an updated licensing process, an increase in membership and greater responsiveness to issues current in the construction industry. Ms. Sharp hopes to continue this process though the associationís contributions to government policy on Energy, Heritage, Culture, Housing, Procurement and Building Safety regulations.

Ms. Sharp is a principal of Coolearth Architects inc. Toronto, Ontario, which focuses on environmentally sustainable design. Since forming in 2008, the practice has undertaken projects which achieve net-zero energy use. They have a project under consideration for LEED certification and have a Passive Solar project in the final stages of construction. Their specialty is integrated solutions for energy efficiency.

After receiving her Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba, Ms. Sharp attended the University of Washington, Seattle, where she completed her Masters of Architecture in 1987. In 1988, she joined Young + Wright Architects Inc. (currently IBI Group Architects), a well-established Toronto design firm, before starting her own practice in 2003.

Ms. Sharp has been an active volunteer in the architectural and building industry community having served on numerous OAA committees. She also served on the board of the Pro-Demnity Insurance Company (2010). She is a member of the Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) in Parry Sound, Canada Green Building Council, Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, and Chair of the REDAC Subcommittee, Community Development.

The Ontario Association of Architects is a self-regulating, self-governing profession under the Architects Act. The Association governs its members and regulates the practice of architecture in Ontario in order to serve the public interest as well as advocate for the profession. As part of its regulatory mandate, the Association delivers a wide range of programs and services to its members and the public.

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