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On stage at the Art Gallery of Ontario in conversation with architect Frank Gehry and American architecture critic, Paul Goldberger.


Member, International Advisory Board

McEwen School of Architecture

Laurentian University, 2018 - 2021

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The International Advisory Board consists of external members who will provide high-level strategic advice to the Director relating to and ensuring the long-term goals and success of the School. Current board members include: Lisa Rochon, Marianne McKenna, Bruce Mau, Alfred Waugh, Cheryl and Rob McEwen, Dee Dee Taylor Hannah, Blaine Nichols, David Lickley, Rick Hansen and Jason McLennan. Goals for the McEwen School of Architecture in Sudbury, Canada include continuing to enhance the student experience, growing the student body to over 360 students, receiving the second stage of professional accreditation and securing more than 30 faculty and staff by September 2018. McEwen International Advisory Board members will provide insight, ideas and resources to assist the School in developing strategic initiatives to advance its mission in further establishing a unique, cutting-edge architecture program whose graduates will contribute to socio-economic and cultural development in the Northern latitudes across Canada and around the world.


Award Nominator, Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2019 Award Cycle

Award Nominators are a select group of individuals chosen for their profound understanding of today’s built environment and their history with the Award. Only those projects, which are submitted by
Nominators are presented to the Master Jury. Although any individual can submit a project directly to the Award office, these projects are considered only if they have the endorsement of an official Nominator.
The fourteenth cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture spans the three-year period from 2017 to 2019. To be eligible for the 2019 Award cycle, projects must have been completed between 1st January 2012 and
31st December 2017 and have been in use for at least one full year.


Grand Opening: Venice Biennale for Architecture

May 24, 2018
"Unceded" the All-Indigenous Pavilion representing Canada within the Arsenale, Venice, Italy


Prairie Design Awards

Design Juror, April 23 2018
Hosted by The Alberta Association of Architects, The Saskatchewan Association of Architects and The Manitoba Association of Architects.



Design Jury Chair, 2016, 2017, 2018
Lisa served as Design Jury Chair for Winter Stations international competition, which received approximately 250 submissions each year.  Winter Stations calls for reinventions of lifeguard stands along the eastern beaches in Toronto and, as temporary pop-ups, are installed for six weeks during the winter. for the international competitors short-listed for the Canadian Canoe Museum. 


Design Jury Chair, 2015
Lisa served as Chair of the Architect Selection Committee for the short-listed international competitors from Canada and abroad. The committee members included the Chief of Curve Lake First Nations, representatives from Parks Canada, the Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough City staff, and CCM board members. The winners, heneghan peng architects (Dublin) in joint venture with Kearns Mancini Architects (Toronto) were announced to the public early 2016. Their museum is a work of land-architecture, emerging from the sloped site, with a grand east facing elevation overlooking the Peterborough Lift Locks and the Trent Severn Waterway, both National Historic Sites.


Art Gallery of Ontario

In 2016, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Lisa was featured on stage in conversation with Frank Gehry and his biographer, American architecture critic, Paul Goldberger.
Video of that Conversation here


Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto

2013 - ongoing, Senior Fellow


Revell Helsinki Toronto

Lisa was a team organizer of “Revell Helsinki Toronto” held at Toronto City Hall in September 2010 and moderated the symposium, as well as interviewing Frank Gehry on stage as part of that event. 


Architecture in Public

 In December 2009, she spoke at “Architecture in Public,” a two-day workshop sponsored by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University.


Keynote Speaker

Various Events
She has delivered numerous keynotes, including “Toronto, the Global Supermarket”, “Supersizing the Vision” and “Reconstructing Devastated Cities”.