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Halifax, NS B3L 2W6

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Community and Green Initiatives: Taking Entrepreneurial Risks in Architecture
This talk features award winning architect and partner at Solterre Design, Jennifer Corson, speaking on the opportunities which arise out of taking risks in an architectural career and in practice. Jennifer will focus on her architectural work in both Canada and Ghana, Africa, and how other entrepreneurial ventures have complemented her commitment to community building and sustainable design.

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Following the presentation there will be a discussion session focusing on opportunities which have arisen from different kinds of risks we take, whether calculated or not, in the management of our practices and design projects.


Begin at 6:30pm for Tour of Solterre Design, 3008 Oxford Street, Suite 202. Then at 7pm join us at neighbouring Jaza Energy, 6437 Cork Street

Light refreshments will be provided by Solterre following the Talk and Discussion Session.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

About Jennifer Corson

Jennifer Corson, a Westerner, landed in the Maritimes over 30 years ago to complete her Masters of Architecture from Dalhousie University. In 1992 she and partner Keith Robertson’s mutual love for green design and construction provided the direction and pace for their mid-size integrated firm Solterre Design. Jennifer also carries the role of ‘green developer’ on various land development projects such as ‘Finntigh Mara’, ‘3 Pastures on Second Peninsula’ and ‘Oxford & Cork’. Her environmental enthusiasm was also the creative inspiration for a nationally-aired television program ‘The Resourceful Renovator’. As a follow-up to the sixty-five episode tv series, Jennifer also wrote a book, ‘The Resourceful Renovator’, co-published by Chelsea Green Press and Key Porter Books.

In addition to Solterre, Jennifer is the president of Renovators Resource Inc., an architectural salvage and dismantling business in Halifax, which was established in 1994, a year after Solterre Design was founded.

Jennifer and Keith have created ‘Solterre Build for Ghana’ program in 2014 which is a non-profit coalition working in the Ashanti Region in Ghana. To date they have built a rammed earth library, a number of waterless latrines, a solar lighting program, and are funding a high school initiative, helping Ghanaian students continue their secondary education.

Jennifer has spoken at numerous events promoting "green design" and recycling building materials to various events across North America. She also won the Business Development Bank's Young Entrepreneur Award, was featured as Canada's Top 100 in MacLean's and was Regional Winner in the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Her work has also been recognized for achievements in sustainability from the Canadian Agreement for Sustainable Economic Development, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia’s Design Awards, Environment Canada, National Research Council of Canada and CMHC.

Jen and Keith have two kids, Clay (18) and Lil (15), who have become seasoned renovators and Ghanaian travellers -- both are not planning a career in anything to do with architecture.

About Solterre Design

Solterre's philosophy is simple: great green architecture meeting the client's needs.

Solterre achieves this by understanding the particular effects of natural resources, materials and energy on the built environment, and by incorporating good design principles while keeping economy in mind.

Solterre has project expertise in energy efficient and off-grid projects, energy retrofits, Passive House (Passivehaus) design and LEED certification. Architectural design experience includes mid-size commercial, residential and multi-unit residential, and small educational. Solterre’s green consulting service (the most experienced in Atlantic Canada) covers every type of building program, including educational, long-term care, large commercial, multi-unit residential and defence.

Ultimately, Solterre aims to build better instead of bigger -- by incorporating design features that make smaller spaces more adaptable, aesthetically-pleasing, economic and environmentally beneficial.


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