Design a new concept of small-scale architecture
We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 1st prize winners of our “Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge” competition – Tristan Van Leur and Samantha Eby from Canada!
Samantha Eby and Tristan Van Leur from Canada
Samantha Eby is an intern architect in Toronto. She holds a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo. She is the current winner of the Canada Council for the Arts – Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners.
Tristan van Leur is a licensed architect in Toronto. He holds a master’s degree in Architecture and a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo.
Tristan and Samantha look for design opportunities that explore new typologies of architecture through challenging existing conventions. Currently, our research is focused on housing and its models of finance, construction methodologies, and zoning/planning restrictions. We are working on a guidebook to collective financed housing, and a self-build multi-generational cabin that explores building methods for unskilled labor.
We believe housing is a right, not a commodity. As architects, we need to do more to advocate for this.
We seek out very specific opportunities that allow us to test our latest thoughts and push our theoretical propositions forward. This competition was in line with our current research and spoke to topics that we feel are important for architects to explore. As this one was right in our backyard, we used it to test some new ideas we've been developing.
Don't enter competitions for the sake of entering. Be deliberate with what you choose. Only pursue opportunities that allow you to push your work forward. It should not be about winning.
Have your say on accessible architecture, why it’s important, and how it needs to be improved in the homes of the future.