Access Awards 2011
Cheryl Giraudy is a practicing architect, teacher and academic administrator with over twenty five years of consulting experience in building design, facilities planning and building assessment. Over the last decade, she has been teaching in the Environmental Design program at OCADU including courses for professional practice, spatial planning, and mythologies and symbolism in design.
More recently, Cheryl has been leading academic planning & policy and studio facilities management for the Faculty of Design, as one of two Associate Deans in Design. Ms Giraudy has just been appointed Co-Chair of the Accessibility Committee at OCAD University with the mandate to ensure inclusive and accessible practices to meet requisite AODA standards. Other accomplishments include helping to establish a Design Research Centre and build capacity for Smart Materials research at the undergraduate level.
Ms Giraudy recently lead a team of students, alumni, architectural researchers and community advisors on a collaborative research project to investigate Wayfinding in the social housing context. The major undertaking between OCADU and Toronto Community Housing Corporation engaged resident participants and advisors in investigating how complexes such as Moss Park Residential towers could adapt to a more human centred and supported experience. Report of the research project will be published in Fall, 2011.
Concurrent with academic administration and teaching, Ms. Giraudy has contributed to various Ontario architectural committees, competition juries, and volunteer activities. She continues to enjoy painting and integrated art and design practices during studio sessions at Gibralter Point Centre for the Arts on the Toronto Islands.
Sinclair Park Community Centre
Harold Funk Architect
Barber House Restoration
Bridgman Collaborative Architecture
West Broadway Neighbourhood Centre
(City of Winnipeg)
PSA Studio Architects
St Amant Residential Accessible Housing
Windsor Park United Church
Special Recognition Awards for 2011
Gail Finkel - Accessibility Consultant
Gail Finkel’s career is based on principles of universal design: that an environment needs to enable people to be comfortable and participate to the best of their ability. Along with writing about the topic of universal design and advocating for accessible facilities, Gail contributed to drafting the Winnipeg Universal Design Policy. This policy was adopted in 2001 and has set the tone for the way the City of Winnipeg’s information, properties and services are accessed. Gail has also worked to redevelop and update a section of the Manitoba Building Code to reflect today’s accessibility practices.
Dave Wardop - Director of Winnipeg Transit
Dave Wardrop has been instrumental in incorporating universal design features into buses, bus stations, signage, driver sensitivity training, web-sites and the new southwest corridor Bus Rapid Transit. The new low floor buses could become a reality for the entire fleet within a few years. LED displays inside the bus and at stops and audio announcements have been wellreceived by the community for the ways it helps persons with vision or hearing impairments travel with greater freedom and confidence. The changes for which Dave has advocated over many years have enhanced safety and made using Winnipeg Transit easier for a wide variety of users including seniors, and parents with strollers as well as the disabled community.