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Michael Sørensen

With almost 70% of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, it is more essential now than ever that we ensure urban centers provide safe, inclusive, and accessible green and public spaces for everyone. But, how can we ensure that our cities are characterized by a high degree of social responsibility – not only in relation to materials and production, but also in regards to community-creating spaces?

Michael Sørensen, Partner and Lead Design Architect at Henning Larsen, discusses inclusive architecture, followed by a panel discussion focusing on the rising importance of providing universal access to urban centers.

With Janet Rosenberg and Trina Moyan. Moderated by Alex Bozikovic.

Michael Sørensen (Denmark) joined Henning Larsen in 2006 and was appointed partner in 2016. His extensive international profile includes design direction of projects in Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the United States and Canada, including the Etobicoke Civic Centre in Toronto. Michael is an expert in educational, civic, and commercial buildings and their landscapes, and has expertise in strategically creating open and inviting designs that become attractive urban destinations and encourage interaction between civic officials and citizens.

Janet Rosenberg is the Founding Principal of Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc. For over thirty-five years Janet has led the design and implementation of innovative and award-winning public and private realm landscapes across Canada. Janet is a Fellow of both the American Society of Landscape Architects and Canadian Society of Landscape Architects and has been recognized with the OALA's Pinnacle Award for Landscape Architectural Excellence and the Governor General of Canada Confederation Medal.
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Alex Bozikovic is The Globe and Mail’s architecture critic. He is an author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide (McClelland and Stewart, 2017). He has won a National Magazine Award and has also written for publications such as Azure, Dwell, Spacing and Wallpaper.
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Trina Moyan is Plains Cree from the Frog Lake First Nation in Northern Alberta in Treaty Six medicine chest territory. She has committed her life’s work to the advancement of Indigenous peoples as a journalist, writer, documentary and video producer, business owner and community activist. An advocate for Indigenous storytelling, she has produced programs for the CBC and APTN, and is a story-guide for First Story, presenting Toronto’s Indigenous history. Trina is an independent consultant specializing in building relationships between the mainstream and the urban Indigenous community, and is working to create an Indigenous district with the Toronto Indigenous Business Association. Her life is inspired by her Nehiyaw culture and spirituality, the resilience of Indigenous peoples, her two sons, and especially her mother Jeanne – a residential school survivor.

In partnership with
Danish Consulate General in TorontoHenning Larsen TORP Incorporated Republic of Fritz Hansen

Panel: Preparing for an Urban Future – The Importance of Inclusive Architecture


Advance registration includes an invitation to the reception hosted by the Danish Consulate General in Toronto following the event, with welcome remarks by the Danish ambassador to Canada H.E. Thomas Winkler followed by a short presentation by the iconic Danish furniture design company Fritz Hansen.

Doors: 7pm