Alana graduated with a Master of Architecture degree and an Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree from the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture. She has studied and worked in Rome, Mexico City, Victoria, and London and brings a range of experience and knowledge from abroad to the ERA team.
Her thesis, entitled, “On the Verge: Activating Public Space in the Periphery” examines the verge—the concrete sidewalks and grassy strips that dominate the suburban landscape. The thesis focuses specifically on the intersection of Jane Street and Finch Avenue West in North York, Toronto where the emergence of informal social events creates temporary public spaces. The thesis draws upon these public acts as an opportunity to increase the social and ecological capacity of the common sidewalk, making it more than just a place to wait for the bus. Alana’s strong interest in the thesis topic has expanded to include collaborative exhibitions and publications, which focus on how everyday experiences might be used to generate a rich public realm.
At ERA, Alana’s projects explore the opportunities in which the city’s heritage can enrich the built form of the city.
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