M.Arch, B.S, OAA, MRAIC, PRIX DE ROME, LEED™ AP
Taymoore Balbaa is the recipient of 2 major national awards, the Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners and the Young Architect Award (awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the RAIC respectively). He received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Waterloo and won the 2004 RAIC Medal for his graduate thesis. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from Waterloo, and also studied architecture at Universitá Gabrielle D’Annunzio in Pescara, Italy.
A licensed architect in Canada (OAA) and in the European Union with the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE), he co-founded Atelier3AM in 2010, and is developing a body of work that includes libraries, housing, temporary structures, cultural centres, and projects of urban revitalization. Prior to this he worked in the offices of Menis Arquitectos (Tenerife, Spain), KPMB Architects (Toronto, ON), Massimiliano Fuksas (Rome, Italy), HLW International (New York, NY) and, in 1998, assisted on the Parthenon Restoration Project (Athens, Greece).
At both Graduate and Undergraduate levels, Taymoore has taught at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design (University of Toronto), and at Ryerson University’s Dept. of Architectural Science, and has lectured at universities in Berlin, Toronto, Napoli, Tunis, Istanbul, Halifax, Sardegna, and Ottawa. In 2012 he was appointed Assistant Professor at Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design.
MAJOR AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS
2011 | Young Architect Award (Architecture Canada/RAIC)
Inaugural annual award recognizing "excellence in design, leadership and/or service to the profession"
2005 | Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners (Canada Council for the Arts)
Worked with the sculptural properties of poured concrete (collaborating with Architect Fernando Menis) while researching the impact of modern materials on the building traditions of Andalucia, Mali, Morocco, and finally Egypt, where the legacy of Hassan Fathy was traced and documented.
2006-2010 | Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grants
2010 (Istanbul, Turkey): To present ideas at the ENHR 2010 Conference on "Urban Dynamics and Housing Change" and to study threats to Istanbul's architectural heritage for the 'Istanbul SOS' campaign.
2007 (Tunisia): To study the traditional Berber architecture of Southern Tunisia, and present at the "Regional Architecture and Identity in the Age of Globalization" conference.
2006 (Greece & Egypt): To conduct research on recent sacred architecture, including a design study for a new mosque in central Athens (presented to the Greek Ministry of Education & Religion).