Opening Keynote Speaker
Diarmuid Nash, Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects, AAA, BES, M.Arch., OAA(PP), AIBC, FRAIC(PP), HON AIA, HON FCARM
Thursday, October 18 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Setting the tone for the 2012 Conference, Mr. Nash will open with a keynote address entitled “Building the Destination Museum.” Drawing on his extensive background in designing innovative museum spaces, he will speak to the ideas and processes involved in planning a museum destination that engages visitor hearts and minds.
Mr. Nash joined Moriyama & Teshima in 1988 after working in Tokyo with Shimizu Corporation, Moriyama & Teshima's collaborator on the Canadian Embassy project. Mr. Nash's projects include the expansion to historic Havergal College in Toronto, the Toronto French School and the new Canadian War Museum. Earlier projects include the design of the Ministry of Natural Resources Building in
Peterborough, a customs facility at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. In addition, Moriyama & Teshima designed both the Waterloo Region Museum and the newly-opened Niagara Falls History Museum.
Born in Galway, Ireland and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mr. Nash holds a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences degree from the University of Manitoba. He is a past President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and he holds an Adjunct Associate
Professorship at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. He has held the positions of President of the Ontario Association of Architects and Chairman of the Committee of Canadian Architectural Councils.