Keynote: Bill Pechet

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Dying.dialogues is a symposium on death, dying, and design and is part of the Dying. event series running in conjunction with DesignTO

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*** Keynote Event moved to two-day symposium! Tickets on sale now.

Bill Pechet Ba, Bfa, Barch, Director of Pechet Studio will be presenting Little Spirits with discussion.

Little Spirits memorial garden is designed to honour the loss of infants, both pre- and post-term. It is the first of its kind in North America.

A variety of commemorative elements provide for a range of needs. Little concrete houses, wind notes of wood veneer, tiny copper bells, and polished basalt spirit stones, all contribute to a peaceful and meditative environment for those who have lost their little ones.

A ceremony pavilion constructed of corten steel echoes the colours and shapes of arbutus bark found on the site. The polished concrete and bronze altar is inspired by the shape of a heart. The rounded edges are designed to offer a comforting, maternal anchor during funeral ceremonies. This tiny village will eventually memorialize over 3,000 children. This project was completed in collaboration with Daly Landscape Architecture.

Located in Saanich, BC, Canada.

Bill Pechet, received degrees in Geography and Visual Arts from the University of Victoria, followed by a professional degree in Architecture in 1987 from the University of British Columbia School of Architecture. Through the interdisciplinary design office of PECHET Studio, he has been designing cemetery and memorial projects for over 25 years in Western Canada, the US, and Asia. In addition to his leadership in the studio, Bill has been a faculty member at the University of BC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture since 2000. Bill is a frequent lecturer on issues of the built urban environment and the critical role that public space can play in the development of healthy and vibrant cities.

This keynote will be apart of Dying.dialogues, a two-day symposium on design for end of life beginning Friday, January 29th, 2021.

Over the past two years, the Dying. series has attracted over 5000 attendees, 26 speakers, including 4 opening and keynote speakers in the disciplines of design and healthcare, and 29 exhibiting artists and designers. In its third year, Dying. will continue to offer an opportunity to creatively engage in conversation about fragility, death, dying, loss, grief through the lens of art and design.

This keynote event will be held virtually. We reserve the right to modify dates, times, or delivery methods as required.

Photos may be taken at the event and used to promote the dying series in the future. If you would not like to be photographed please let the organizers know on the day of the event.

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