Board of Architectural Advisors
Monica Kuhn is an architect in Toronto, whose small firm, established in 1994, specializes in single family residential, greenroof, and rooftop garden projects. Her residential projects range from additions and renovations, to new homes that attempt to fit into their neighbourhood context, while providing comfortable and contemporary interiors which suit the individual needs of her Clients. Monica is also a Permaculture instructor, and has written and lectured widely on urban greening and environmental design.
Chris McCormack is Principal of McCormack| DesignArc. He provides confident leadership and proven experience in architectural, retail, industrial and graphic design and leads the design team for the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club expansion; and has initiated design programs for Sobeys, Cineplex Odeon, GEM Theatres, Enwave, Atlantic Shopping Centres, and the design of several significant private residential projects.
Rick Merrill is a Partner with The Planning Partnership. Rick is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. He is trained as both an architect and a planner and has over 30 years of experience working with public and private sector clients. He is presently on the board of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.
Scott Weir (CAHP) is an Associate at E.R.A Architects Inc. and holds a Masters degree in Architecture. His architectural work has ranged from overseeing restoration projects like the Carlu (2004 winner of the OAA Award for Architectural Excellence), to master plans for complex sites such as the Ojibway Club at Pointe au Baril, to new design and adaptive reuse projects. An interest in cultural theory and North American urbanism has led to his being published in a variety of architectural periodicals and university guest lectures. Scott has been with the E.R.A. since 2000 and actively tests the theories and methods underpinning architecture through hands-on participation in his own construction and conservation projects. An avid bibliophile and writer, he contributes a column on architectural history and conservation for the National Post.
Jim Muldoon moved to Cabbagetown in 2008 from Lake Forest, Illinois, on the North Shore outside of Chicago. He is Senior Fellow with the Center for Global Change and Governance at Rutgers University, Newark, and a scholar of international affairs with research interests in multilateral diplomacy, international organizations, and global governance. His publications include The Architecture of Global Governance: An Introduction to the Study of International Organizations (Westview Press, 2003) and Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today, Second Edition (Westview Press, 2005) and he is working on a new textbook – The New Dynamics of Multilateralism – from his Cabbagetown townhouse on Aberdeen Ave.
Margaret McBurney is a designer and social and architectural historian who has, with Mary Byers, published six books, including Tavern in the Town: Early Inns and Taverns of Ontario and The Governor’s Road: Early Buildings and Families from Mississauga to London. They have also published numerous articles in The Globe and Mail, Leisure Ways, Ontario Living, and Century Home. McBurney is also editor of the Ontario Heritage Connection’s website. She served as president of the Arts and Letters Club from 1998 to 2000 and lives in Toronto.
Rick Hall is Toronto born and bred, and moved to Cabbagetown in 2003, after long admiring its pretty streets and human scale. He has a Ph.D. in communications and government policy/regulatory making process, and owns RICK HALL PR, which provides PR and a wide-range of communications services to the high-tech, financial and professional services sectors. He acquired his love for old homes and buildings when living in a Grade-II listed house in London UK, while on secondment from the Canadian federal government.
Rollo Myers has lived in Cabbagetown since 1970 and has renovated three historic houses, receiving the Toronto Historical Board’s Award of Merit. He is Manager of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, and has just ended his second (and maximum) term as the Heritage Canada Foundation’s Governor for Ontario. Rollo was awarded the Jane Jacob’s Prize for his efforts to restore the site of the Upper Canada’s First Parliament Buildings to public ownership. Appointed by Toronto City Council to the Task Force to Bring Back the Don, the Toronto Historical Board, and The War of 1812 Commemoration Committee. Rollo is a founding member of the Friends of Fort York, the West Don Lands Committee and the Citizens for the Old Town.
Peggy Kurtin was a resident of Cabbagetown for over 25 years, and a president of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association. In 1995 Peggy started researching the heritage of Cabbagetown and founded the Advisory Committee. She met with many historical groups throughout Toronto to explain how to research their areas and lobby for designation. Peggy earned a Masters degree in Architectural History, and served with the Toronto Historical Association and the Ontario Conservation Board.