Lisa Rochon is a jury member on the AMD Open Architecture Challenge, an open, international competition organized by Architects for Humanity (Spring 2008)

  • For the past year Architecture for Humanity has been hosting an international open design competition to develop technology facilities for three local NGOs located in Ecuador, Kenya and Nepal. The submission period has ended and 260 designs from around the world have now been received. 
  • Lisa is helping to review the Slums Information Development and Resource Centers (SIDAREC) design challenge in Nairobi, Kenya. The challenge is to empower the youth of Mukuru Kwa Njenga, an informal slum settlement of 250,000, to connect with other youth and create positive change in their community by building a technology media lab and library.
  • SIDAREC already runs 99.9 Ghetto FM, a youth radio station, and is looking to expand its reach across Nairobi.
  • For more information about the Open Architecture Challenge, you can visit their web site here, or watch an excellent, seven minute video here

Lisa Rochon has once again been nominated for a National Newspaper Award in the Arts and Entertainment category for stories on architecture

  • This is the third straight year that Lisa has been nominated for an NNA; she won the award on both previous occasions.
  • This year The Globe and Mail has earned 15 nominations, receiving the highest number among Canadian news organizations.

Lisa Rochon is the design consultant for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law expansion project 

  • The design competition for the expansion project was won by Hariri Pontarini Architects, with Siamak Hariri as lead architect.

Lisa Rochon has contributed a major essay to New York's Municipal Art Society's collection of essays on Jane Jacobs

  • The Municipal Art Society (MAS) of New York, through sponsorship from the Rockefeller Foundation, has launched an exhibition, book and city-wide programming to highlight the relevance of activist and author Jane Jacobs. 
  • MAS will publish "Block by Block: Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York," a collection of essays that elaborate on Jacobs's relevance today.
  • The publication will include a major essay by Lisa Rochon on the work and significance of Jane Jacobs within the context of Toronto. 
  • The book is co-published with Princeton Architectural Press. For more information about the book, please click here

In 2007, Lisa Rochon served as the professional advisor for the redevelopment of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, a project led by Dean Mayo Moran

  • Three firms from Canada were short-listed to submit master plans for reconnecting the historic Faculty of Law to its unique site, while conceptualizing a sensitive, contemporary addition to the existing faculty.   
  • The competing firms are: Saucier Perrotte architectes, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and Hariri Pontarini Architects. 

Lisa Rochon of The Globe and Mail has won a National Newspaper Award for the second straight year in Arts and Entertainment

  • Lisa has won her second straight National Newspaper Award for her architectural writing (May 11 2007)
  • Click here or on the Awards button to for more information

Up North shortlisted for 2006 Edna Staebler Award

  • Up North was shortlisted for the 2006 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, announced October 19, 2006. Administered by Wilfred Laurier University, the award supports and encourages a beginning Canadian writer publishing a work with national significance.
  • Click here or on the Awards button to for more information

City has its architectural gems but the big boxes are gaining

  • Read Alan Kellogg's article in the Edmonton Journal about Lisa's visit to Edmonton, where she addressed a forum sponsored by the Made in Edmonton design organization (February 5 2006) (Click here)

On the Road with Rochon

  • Read this interview with Lisa Rochon by Ian Chodikoff in Canadian Architect (March 2006) (Click here)

Review of Up North

  • Read Alex Bozikovic's review of Up North in Quill & Quire, December 2005 (Click here)

Other recent media coverage includes:

  • Up North, book excerpt, The Globe and Mail, Saturday, October 22, 2005
  • Lisa Rochon as guest host with Matt Galloway, CBC Radio, 4 – 6 show
  • Interview with Eleanor Wachtel, The Arts Tonight, CBC Radio
  • Interview with Marsha Lederman for documentary on superstar architects, The World at 6, CBC Radio, February 18, 2006
  • Author profile and book feature by Christina Gillies, Calgary Herald
  • Structural damage: Lisa Rochon wants us to stop worshipping at the altar of mediocrity. Christa O’Keefe (See Magazine) writes about Lisa Rochon in a preview of Why Canadian Architetcure Matters, a lecture at the Media, Art and Design Exposed Society of Edmonton (MADE). 2 Febrary 2006