George Baird: A New Interpretation of the Architecture of Public Space

Preston H. Thomas Memorial Lecture Series, 2011

George Baird is emeritus professor and former dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. He is the founding principal of the Toronto-based architecture and urban design firm Baird Sampson Neuert Architects. Prior to becoming dean, Baird was the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of Architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He has published and lectured widely throughout most parts of the world. He is coeditor (with Charles Jencks) of Meaning in Architecture (1969), and (with Mark Lewis) of Queues Rendezvous, Riots (1995). He is author of Alvar Aalto (1969) and The Space of Appearance (1995). His latest book: Public Space: Cultural/Political Theory; Street Photography; An Interpretation by George Baird has just been published by SUN Publishers in Amsterdam. Baird's consulting firm, Baird Sampson Neuert is the winner of numerous design awards, including Canadian Architect Magazine awards over many years, and Governor General's Awards for Cloud Gardens Park in 1994, Erindale Hall on the campus of the University of Toronto–Mississauga in 2006, and the French River Visitor Centre in 2010. Baird is a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has been the recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Architecture and Design Award (1992), the da Vinci Medal of the Ontario Association of Architects (2000), and the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2010.

The Preston H. Thomas Memorial Lecture Series is funded through a gift from Ruth and Leonard B. Thomas in memory of their son, Preston.