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Christie Pearson is an artist, architect, writer, teacher and urban interventionist. Her book The Architecture of Bathing: Body, Landscape, Art is published by MIT and available October 2020.

Based in Toronto.
christie@christiepearson.ca

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Architecture

Through my twenty-year career as an architect, I have explored the connections between the personal and the political at every scale to build meaningful relationships between ourselves and our environment. I seek to connect design to bodies, landscapes and the arts whether working as educator or practitioner.

 

In my design work on numerous award-winning buildings and public spaces including libraries, community centres, art galleries, plazas, pools, and parks, I expand the role of the architect to build networks with artists, community members, and ecology.

 

At LGA Architectural Partners, winner of the 2019 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Architectural Firm Award, I was responsible for every phase of building, extended networks of consultants, resources, and client groups on many of the firm’s most lauded projects including Eva’s Phoenix, Center for Native Child and Family Wellbeing, and Kitchener Public Library between 2001-2014 (lga-ap.com).

 

From 1995-2000 I apprenticed at Oleson Worland Architects working on significant city-building projects including the Older Womens Network Co-operative, Yorkville Park (with Martha Schwartz and Ken Smith), North Toronto Community Center, Downsview Park (with Bruce Mau and OMA), Don Valley Brickworks, and the Dundas Square competition in Toronto.

 

I am a licensed practicing Architect and member of the Ontario Association of Architects with a Masters in Architecture from Cornell University, USA, and undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Architecture from the University of Waterloo, Canada. I work as a sole practitioner and as a consultant in collaboration with multi-disciplinary design collectives such as Team Project.

﹢ Architecture Archive

Bathurst Live Work
EVAS PHOENIX
Dundas Square
Trinity Community Centre
THE CENTRE FOR NATIVE CHILD AND FAMILY WELLBEING

Art

My artistic practice stems from a deep commitment to architectural education and to the enrichment, care and expanded use of public space. They involve curation, activism and creation, and aim to open up potentials for people to participate meaningfully in the making of their city, and share a creative, tactical urbanist re-framing of the spaces of everyday life.

 

Large-scale installations and events have focused on the temporary transformation of historic buildings and swimming pools to illuminate their underlying potential and historical function in the collective imagination of place. In an ongoing series of high-profile multidisciplinary urban projects I continue to seek out opportunities for creative intervention, and to identify and expand collective spheres of action and imagination.

 

My projects use architectural and urban planning historical research as the starting point of critique and creation, and grow into collaborations involving diverse artists including choreographers, composers, musicians, dancers, djs, visual artists, and poets.

 

My work has been supported by numerous research, presentation and project grants for travel, research and creation from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council.

Night Swim
Dry Bath
FEATHER BATH
Fire on the water
WADE
MUD BATH
SLIP
Ice Bath

Publications

The focus of my writing is public spaces as social and environmental catalysts. Critical reviews, essays, interviews and prose-poetry draw on multi-national travels and multi-disciplinary readings.

 

My writings on thinkers, artists and designers that advance critical and creative explorations in the public realm have been published by MIT’s Alphabet City series, OCADU Press, YYZ Books, C Magazine, Senses and Society, Spacing Magazine, and On Site.

 

I am a founding member, contributor and editor of the critical architectural publication series Scapegoat: Architecture / Landscape / Political Economy, where I conceptualized and co-edited the issues EROS (with Nasrin Himada) and NIGHT (with Will Straw). Scapegoat is an independent, not-for-profit, biannual journal founded in Toronto, Canada in 2010 to create a context for research and development of contemporary architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism, historical investigation, and theoretical inquiry.

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