BEAT // MIX with Global Furniture
Feb 16 2022
event: talk online

As part of 2022 DesignTO FestivalBEAT is excited for our first MIX of the year!

BEAT MIX is a platform to develop a series of relationships across Toronto’s Architecture and Design communities. BEAT is excited to host this event in collaboration with Global Furniture group – a company founded with the vision of manufacturing well-made office furniture at affordable prices.

The evening will feature four panelists who will meet in the virtual “main room” for a brief event introduction and event overview. Following this, there will be a series of breakout rooms where panelists will be paired together with a smaller audience for more intimate discussion on professional trajectories, impact of current world events on the profession, and field questions.  All guests and attendees will then meet back in the main room for concluding remarks and questions.

BEAT // MIX schedule:
6:30pm – Introduction  + Meet & Greet with Panelists
6:45pm – Break Out Session #1
7:05pm – Break Out Session #2
7:25pm – Break Out Session #3
7:45pm – Concluding Remarks + Q/A 

BEAT encourages interns, emerging practitioners and seasoned professional to join this interconnected community to share information, advice and opportunities.

Limited space available.

While this event is free to attend, a ticket for entry will be required. Tickets will be released at noon on February 1.


Brooke Anderson | NCIDQ, BID, ARIDO, IDC, LEED Green Associate
Senior Interior Designer, HOK

Brooke is a passionate designer who loves to connect with her peers and get exposed to new and exciting ideas. She has diverse experience working in an array of industries, including: workplace, hospitality and residential, as well as government, justice and healthcare. She is active in the design community currently as a member of the ARIDO Communications Committee.

Brooke is detail-oriented, well-versed technically and a strong communicator, enabling her to effectively lead teams of designers and sub-consultants to deliver projects successfully. She believes that recognizing other individual’s passions for interior design, architecture and engineering is a key component to creating strong teams that deliver exceptional projects.

Kellie Chin | OAA, M.Arch
Architect, Workshop

Kellie is an Architect at WORKSHOP with an interest towards promoting social responsibility and invigorating local communities. She has completed various buildings in Toronto as well as projects with Toronto’s Shelter, Support & Housing Administration, working on the new Rapid Housing Initiative, and 1000 Shelter Beds Project

With an interest in housing equity, she contributed to work published in the book House Divided and Azure Magazine. Most recently, she co-authored The Case for Compassionate Design in Housing Standards, an independent project to research the connection between health and housing published by Spacing.

Patricia Lussier | AAPQ
Landscape Architect, Associate, Design Principal, Lemay

Lemay associate Patricia Lussier has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and design leader, bringing a sensitivity to history and genius loci to each design. Commemoration and interpretation are at the heart of her concerns and her approach. Her wide-ranging experience in multidisciplinary projects and competitions of all scales enriches her overall vision at every project stage. She has always worked to refine her expertise in expressive signature development, both in terms of design narrative and specific compositional elements such as furniture, paving patterns and the use of materials and plants with a sense of identity.

Often a pioneer in her practice, Patricia Lussier has always had an interest in integrating sustainability in a simple, efficient and creative way. She is the winner of national and international awards, for such high-profile projects as Espace 67, Place des Montréalaises, Belvedere du Chemin-qui-Marche, Gatsby Condos and the Hypernature 066 contest in Montreal.

Deborah Wang | MFA, OAA, M.Arch
Architect, Artistic Director, Co-Director, DesignTO

Deborah Wang is a Taiwanese Canadian curator and architect based in Toronto, with a broad range of experience in contemporary art, design, and architecture that spans two decades. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from OCAD University, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo, where she was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Medal.

As artistic director of DesignTO, she co-leads the non-profit arts organization that produces Canada’s largest annual design festival, while curating numerous public programs and exhibitions both independently and for DesignTO. As a community leader and design expert, she has been interviewed by The Globe and Mail and Monocle Radio, and profiled in Azure Magazine. Alongside her curatorial work, Deborah practices architecture with award-winning firms.


Building Equality in Architecture – Toronto (BEAT), Brooke Anderson, Kellie Chin, Patricia Lussier, Deborah Wang



Who should visitors contact with questions regarding accessibility?
Vineetha Sivathasan
Venue: The Blueprint
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BEAT // MIX @ Drechsel Studio