Competition & Strategy Work


Temple of Light

Lisa consulted on the international media launch of the award-winning Baha’i Temple of South America by architect Siamak Hariri, Hariri Pontarini Architects. The temple of light opened mid-October, 2016 in the Andean foothills outside of Santiago, Chile.


Provoking New Conversations about Power and Design 

Working to catalyst fresh ideas for intelligent, human-sensitive architecture and design, Citylab promotes partnerships with those who have not typically been invited to the table such as women, indigenous peoples and new immigrants to Canada. Collaborations with First Nations peoples for the Canadian Canoe Museum are a given, from the architect selection committee, through conceptual and schematic design to working drawings. Consideration for original, provocative mural art within architecture, or artful public space are also given top priority by Citylab. 


Professional Advisor, International Design Competition 

For the renovation and expansion of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Lisa Rochon, Citylab, served as professional advisor to the international design competition to Dean of Law, Mayo Moran. Firms submitting design ideas for the Faculty’s new building project were instructed to take advantage of the law school’s prominent location by introducing new physical and visual connections with both Queen’s Park and Philosopher’s Walk, keeping in mind that the precinct should not be considered in isolation, but rather as part of an integrated campus system. The request was for innovative design approaches for the creation of a landmark institutional precinct that will accommodate and augment the faculty’s historic buildings, engage and inspire members of our community, reflect a commitment to leading-edge environmental sustainability and physical accessibility, and play an important part in the architecture of the city. Hariri Pontarini Architects were selected as the competition winners. 

Photography Credits (From top to bottom): Hariri Pontarini Architects, Agnes Wywrot