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Chen Cohen & Eladia Smoke at Banff Session 2022: Centennial College A-Building Project

April 29, 2022

A cascade of terraces and stairs rising up through the Hall provide a generous, bright, and dynamic setting for students and visitors.

Chen Cohen, DIALOG Partner and interior designer, and Eladia Smoke, Founder and principal architect at Smoke Architecture, will present “Two-Eyed Seeing: Centennial College A-Building Project” at Banff Session 2022 hosted by the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) on May 6.

Two-Eyed Seeing: Centennial College A-Building Project

“Two-Eyed Seeing” is a Mi’kmaq concept of observing the world through both an Indigenous and Western lens. For Centennial College’s A-Building Expansion project, DIALOG and Smoke Architecture turned to Two-Eyed Seeing in shaping the conversations and design of this award-winning project.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how Indigenous principles were transformed to contemporary applications in the design of this project.
  2. Hear about the engagement process that was undertaken by the design team and how that meaningful engagement helped inform the project’s programming, planning and design.
  3. Learn about the synergies between Indigenous traditions and practices, and Universal Design principles have significant synergies in the way architects and designers approach equitable and inclusive environments.
  4. Learn how an academic institution’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation has forged a path forward for various institutions, architects and designers in forming a critical path in viewing sustainability, inclusivity and Indigeneity as wholly interconnected ideas.


About Banff Session 2022

Since 1956 the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) has hosted a conference that brings speakers from around the globe to share ideas, innovation and ingenuity.

Banff Session 2022 will explore ADAPTATION.

How can we harness the power of design to reimagine the built environment and solve problems in an ever-changing world?

  • The ways cities and designers can adapt to climate change
  • How to be adaptive in order to create sustainable buildings
  • Adaptive re-use of existing, under utilized spaces
  • Adaptation of homes and offices in a post-COVID-19 world
  • Adapt design thinking to incorporate indigenous modalities
  • How to be adaptive with new and prospective building and energy codes
  • Designing and creating buildings that adapt to their environments and their inhabitants
  • Adapting our practices to new and emerging technologies