Past GTA Events

ARIDO GTA Chapter 17th Annual Golf Tournament


Date: Thursday, May 30th, 2019
Location: Richmond Hill Golf Club, 8755 Bathurst Street, Richmond Hill, ON

Many thanks to all our sponsors!

ARIDO GTA Chapter - Annual General Meeting + CEUs + Focused Tours


Location: Herman Miller Showroom, 462 Wellington St W #400, Toronto, ON M5V 1E3

This year’s GTA AGM will take place at the Herman Miller Showroom, which is undergoing an update and will feature new product for our introduction of Focused Tours! With your RSVP, you have the option to arrive early to be guided through the new showroom layout and see the latest on Herman Miller’s Workplace and Education geared solutions.

Date & Time: Thursday, April 11th, 2019, 4 PM to 9 PM

4:00PM -5:15PM – Focused Tours – Choose between Workplace OR Education [mandatory RSVP]
5:15PM – 6:00PM – Registration + Refreshments + Networking
6:00PM – 6:45PM – Annual General Meeting
6:45PM – 6:55PM – break
6:55PM – 7:55PM – CEU No. 1 – Accessible Design in Ontario – The OBC and Beyond
7:55PM – 8:05PM – break
8:05PM – 9:05PM – CEU No. 2 – Herman Miller CEU ‘New Metrics of Place’

Attendees, please advise of any food allergies or sensitivities during registration. CLICK HERE to register.

CEU No. 1 - Accessible Design in Ontario – The OBC and Beyond

Ontario’s plan is to make the province more accessible by 2025. As a Building Code and Accessibility Consultant, the team at Jensen Hughes is focused on understanding and interpreting these requirements and how they apply to new and existing buildings throughout the province. This CEU provides an overview of the accessibility requirements applicable in Ontario, with a focus on those items critical to interior designers such as washroom design and the application of the accessibility codes and standards in building retrofit. The presentation will focus on the Ontario Building Code requirements, as well as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act as it relates to the built-environment.

CEU No. 2 - New Metrics of Place

Traditional workplaces don’t support the way people actually work today. To find out what kind of workplace designs do, Herman Miller is studying progressive work environments around the world. This CEU summarizes the findings of that research so far, including six emerging patterns of use and associated metrics that organizations can draw on to create, measure, and manage high-performing work environments that empower people to do their best work.

CLICK HERE to register.

GTA CEU Day at Haworth

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
Location: Haworth Showroom in downtown Toronto - 55 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5C 1E9

Included in $15 fee:

  • Light morning refreshments along with coffee, tea and juice will be provided during registration.
  • Lunch
  • CEU (proof of attendance)
  • Haworth Showroom – access to newly re-designed showroom floor between CEUs, and representatives to answer any questions

9:30am – 10:00am: registration and light refreshments
10:00am – 11:00am: 1st CEU (1 point General)
11:00am – 11:15am: break
11:15am – 12:15pm: 2nd CEU (1 point General)
12:15pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm: 3rd CEU (1 point General)

CEU Course Descriptions

A) CEU ‘A’ - Trends Influencing the Future of Workplace
The way we work is changing rapidly. This course will focus on the dynamic role of work and its effects on the workplace. Examining what drives that change and discovering how the workplace is impacted provides critical insights and understanding in preparing for, and aligning with the office of the future.

B) CEU ‘B’ – Affordances : Characteristics of Space that Encourage Certain Behaviors
Affordances are the characteristics of a space that encourage certain behaviours. This course presents the physical, emotional and cognitive affordances that every worker must have to do their work and the role of the workplace in providing them. Affordances that are related to emotional, physical and cognitive behaviours.

C) CEU ‘C’ – Acoustics : Speech Privacy for Open Office Environments
Speech privacy is among the greatest concern for people working in open office environments. However, organizations continue to strive to create workspaces that enable both collaborative work and focus work. This course will review the principles of acoustics as a science, how to use key design tools for office interiors, and will describe the key factors which define the user experience of speech privacy.

Please note this CEU Day is fully booked.


GTA Chapter Presents Gutterball!
Gutterball Poster

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
doors open at 5:30 PM, event runs 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Join the GTA Chapter for their 2019 Gutterball bowling elimination tournament! Sign your team up to compete in the tournament, or simply come out to cheer on your peers!

Networking and a selection of snacks and refreshments will get you to the top of your game! Proceeds benefit the GTA Chapter Student Scholarship.

The Ballroom, 145 John Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2E4
Cheering and Networking Tickets - $35 per person
Team Sponsorship - $1,000 for a team. (Minimum 4 participants, Maximum 8)

Sold out!

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GTA Mix & Mingle


With IDS Toronto 2019 and DesignTO underway, January is certainly a month of design in the city. What better time to celebrate, and meet your fellow Interior Designers and Architects at the annual TSA and ARIDO GTA Mix & Mingle!

Join the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) and the ARIDO GTA Chapter for a fun night of mingling and networking.Meet your fellow design professionals at an informal event specifically catered for you. There will be cocktails and hors-d'oeuvres - not to mention amazing people to meet!

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Haworth Showroom, 55 University Ave, Toronto, M5C 1E9
Members: $10 - (Use promo code from email invitation) Non-Members: $40

ARIDO GTA Chapter CEU Day at Steelcase (featuring 3 HSW CEU credits!) - Saturday November 10th, 2018

Location: Steelcase, 200 King Street West, Suite 2400, Toronto, ON, M5H 3T4


9:30am – 10:00am: registration and light refreshments

10:00am – 11:00am: Privacy Crisis CEU (1 point HSW)

11:00am – 11:15am: break

11:15am – 12:15pm: Fitwel CEU (1 point HSW)

12:15pm – 1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm-2:00pm: 3rd CEU Acoustics CEU (1 point HSW)

1)    Privacy Crisis: Workplace Privacy  - presented by Julia McLean, Steelcase

Space design and collaborative work, especially in North America, have made it possible for organizations to optimize their real estate and speed innovation. At the same time, these fast-growing trends have been compromised to individual work and worker privacy. Mobile devices have given rise to the phenomenon of mobile work, offering many employees an option to work almost anywhere – a freedom that they didn’t have before. However, alternative work settings are often either too isolating or too public, and they lack the technology access and other amenities that give workers what they want and need for sustained, productive work. Meanwhile, the proliferation of data, particularly new information technology, is making privacy invasion easier and that’s been exacerbating concerns and increasing awareness of privacy as a precious resource under threat. When it comes to solving for employee engagement in today’s world, place matters – a great deal.

Julia Mclean, Steelcase
Julia McLean is a Workplace Consultant with Steelcase.  With a background in interior design, she focuses on supporting the design community with research from Steelcase and supporting their projects with product insights. She has been with Steelcase for 5 years and in that time has worked on great projects like Scotiabank Digital Factory, SunLife Innovation Centre, MLSE, Samsung, Choice Properties and many more.
2)    Fitwel Ambassador Training – IDCEC Course # 106480 – presented by Kathy Smythe, Steelcase
An educational workshop that provides attendees with a 60- minute Fitwel Ambassador training, introducing the rationale and evidence used to develop Fitwel and its high-impact strategies that link workplace design and operations to improved occupant health outcomes. The course teaches participants how to prepare for the Fitwel exam and how to use the Fitwel digital interface used for project certification. In the process, participants will become design and health experts, walking away with a clear understanding of how to integrate Fitwel strategies within diverse building projects. Fitwel Ambassadors are multidisciplinary leaders who usher their companies and clients through the Fitwel Certification process.

Kathy Smythe, Steelcase
Kathy joined Steelcase in 1990 as a workplace consultant and has held various roles during her tenure. With a keen focus on wellness, personalization and ergonomics , she provides extensive knowledge about healthy, integrated work environments and brings resources and information to her clients through training, observations and applied solutions. Kathy is a high energy and creative sales professional with Steelcase Canada, responsible for solutions that focus on the wellbeing of employees.

3)    Acoustics – Speech Privacy and Sound Masking in Modern Architecture – IDCEC Course # 106108 – presented by Nicholas Koeppe, Steelcase
This course will increase the student’s understanding of the principles behind speech privacy. Students will learn the fundamentals of how speech privacy is achieved and what metrics are used to measure speech privacy. Participants will also learn what role sound masking systems play within the context of speech privacy.

Nicolas Koeppe
Educated at Carleton University, Nicolas received a bachelor degree in Industrial Design. He understands space, scale and furniture. Well connected and a self proclaimed furniture junkie, Nicolas is a great resource in understanding requirements and searching for the best solutions. Nicolas joined Steelcase in early 2017, after spending 5 years with POI Business Interiors. A technical thinker with lens on research application, Nicolas brings to the team 18+ years of industry, manufacture and dealer knowledge.

A special thanks to our sponsor, Steelcase.