Information about past events such as seminars, interviews and panel discussions is posted here.

Keynote: "MAKING - the Future of Architecture" Canadian Architectural Certification Board, National Conference, Sept. 27, 2014, St-Sauveur, Quebec

Ubud, Bali.  Completed Manuscript, Historic Novel, Sept. 2013 - July, 2014

July 2013: Appointed Senior Fellow, Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto, July 2013

July 2013: Resigned City Space Column and post of Architecture Critic (2000 - 2013), The Globe and Mail, Toronto, July 2013

Design Jury Member: Smart City Competition, OCAD University, Toronto, June, 2013

Design Jury Member: Union Station Revitalization: Walks and Gardens Trust Commemoration Public Art Project, Toronto, June, 2013

Television Debate Participant: The Agenda with Steve Paikin, April, 2013

Invited Critic, Portes Ouvertes Design, Montreal, May. 2013

Moderator, "Dutch Urbanism, Canadian Urbanism: Sustainable City Building."

Jury member, Scotiabank Ecoliving Awards.  

Keynote Speaker, "Built Environment and Health," Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Guest Speaker, "Roads, the New Public"

Guest Speaker, Lisa Rochon reads from her essay 'AIR' and is interviewed by John Knetchel. AIR (Alphabet City, MIT Press.)

Guest Speaker, Lisa Rochon presents "Toronto, Global Supermarket", Architecture for Humanity, The Blueprint Series:  Perspective.

Guest Speaker, Lisa Rochon speaks on "Reconstructing Devastated Cities" to launch a 4-day design charrette on the rebuilding of Lota, Chile following the 2010 earthquake and closures of mines.  

Keynote Speaker, "What Makes a Great City?"  

Guest Speaker, "The Impact of Finnish Architecture on Canadian Design", Symposium on Finland, Canadian Journalism Program at Massey College in U of T

Guest Speaker, "Healing Violent Cities", Canadian Federation of University Women, Toronto,

Commissioning Editor for Alphabet City, MIT Press. She contributed a photo-essay to "Trash" (2007) (see below), and is creating a short, speculative photo-essay for the upcoming "Air" (2010).

  • You can read more about Alphabet City here.
  • Lisa's photo-essay "Streets of Trash" is available here as a PDF document

Jury Member for the 2010 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal and Archirectural Firm Award.

  • Read about the RAIC Gold Medal Award here
  • Read about the RAIC Architectural Firm Award here

Participated in "Architecture in Public", a conference of critics and cultural producers sponsored by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University.

Jury Member for the 2010 Festival International de jardins/ International Garden Festival, Jardins de Métis / Reford Garden international design competition (2010), a landscape design event,which has attracted 300 submissions from around the world.  

  • Read about the Festival and the current competition here

Interviewed by the CBC's Helen Mann on the National

The Interview, TVO's Saturday Night at the Movies (The Fountainhead (1949) / Manhattan (1979))

Guest Speaker, the Forty Minute Forum, St. Clement’s Church

Guest Speaker, CREW Canada (Commercial Real Estate for Women)

Jury Member, Bike Stand competition, Ontario College of Art and Design. 

Jury Member, Design Excellence Jury, 2009 OAA Annual Design Awards. 

Guest Speaker, Canadian Visual Culture, Ontario College of Art & Design

Art Gallery of Ontario Transformation. In connection with the opening of the transformed AGO, Lisa Rochon has made a number of media appearences, and given interviews.

Jury Member, June Callwood Park design competition

  • June Callwood Park is a new park on the Central Waterfront at the foot of the historic Fort York area of Toronto; please click here for more information.

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP): SCUP–43 Discover! Global Perspectives, Local Strategies

Interviewed Perry Chapman, author “An Ethic of Place” and principal at Sasaki Associates, who will receive the 2008 SCUP Founder's (Casey) Award.

Presenter during the SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Planning, Excellence in Landscape Architecture, and Excellence in Architecture Awards

Lecturer, Arts and Letters Club

Panelist, “Framing Art within Architecture”

Jury Member, on the AMD Open Architecture Challenge, an open, international competition organized by Architects for Humanity.  Spring, 2008. 

Presenter, “NORTH” Salon du Livre

Moderator, “New Models for Better Living,” a roundtable discussion

Jury Member, Society of College and University Planning/ American Institute of Architects' Committee on Architecture for Education Excellence in 2008 Planning and Design Awards Program

Panel Member on TVO's The Agenda.

Panelist, "Imagining a Toronto Museum for the Waterfront"

Architext Design Charette

Lisa Rochon interviews Phyllis Lambert, Reel Artists Film Festival, Canadian Art Foundation, Toronto

  • Hear the interview here (the actual interview starts at 5:00 minutes into the audiocast)

Juror, Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture, National Annual Awards

Keynote Speech, Ontario Library Association Super Conference,

  • Lisa Rochon believes that Canada's public libraries tend to be patrons of excellent architecture. In this extraordinary session, she describes the best across Canada with particular emphasis on the extraordinary buildings that have emerged in Ontario.

Here and New, CBC Radio

Q, CBC Radio

Is there a Toronto Aesthetic? City of Toronto's Festival of Architecture and Design

Lisa Rochon, panel discussion member, The Ordinary Amazing Symposium: The Cultural Value of Modernist Architecture

Department of Landscape Architecture, Cornell University

Lisa Rochon, Featured Speaker, The University Club of Toronto

Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto

Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto

Lisa Rochon, Keynote, "Deliverance: How Sculpted Landscapes are transforming Urban Wastelands"

"La Nouvelle Vague: L'architecture canadienne au 21e siecle"

International Architectural Roundtable 2006

Toronto, Renaissance City: The Rebirth of the Library

Lisa Rochon and Mark Kingwell, in conversation

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

The Spectacular City

Exhilarating, Soulful, Hurtin' Design - Why Architecture Moves Me

The Legacy of Jane Jacobs

Remarkable Collisions - how contemporary design can animate historic architecture3

    Wrecking the Place: Ruin, Reclamation, and Trash in Toronto: A conversation between Pierre Bélanger and Lisa Rochon

    “The Shifting Face of Toronto”

    Achitecture as Spectacle: A Panel Discussion

    • Listen as Lisa Rochon, Michael Awad, Christian Giroux and Daniel Young debate and explore the phenomenon of architecture as spectacle in a discussion from the Art Gallery of Ontario, May 1, 2006 (Click here to go to the AGO website)

    On Light, and the Art of Seeing (with an introduction by Tom Payne of KPMB Architects)

    Edmonton – and why architecture matters

    Finnish Design Conference

    DX - Design Exchange, Architecture Jury, 2006

    There Goes the Neighbourhood (on gentrification)

    A Manifesto for Toronto

    Animating the Laneways in Gastown

    Reinventing the City through Public Space: Toronto, Seattle and Cairo

    The Legacy of Ron Thom and Canada’s Civil Society

    On Toronto, a lecture series

    ‘Up North, Where Canada’s Architecture Meets the Land’

    Jury Member, Toronto Community Foundation’s Arts on Track