About Us

The Editorial Committee of The Right Angle is composed of the members of the Board of the Built Environment Open Forum

We are all architects (or retired architects) who have devoted considerable time and energy to professional associations – provincial, national and international. Some of us have served as presidents and advisors to these associations and have received awards for our efforts. We have done this because we believe very strongly in the ability of the architectural profession to find solutions to some of the world’s stickiest problems.

Our Committee and Board include the following people:

Chair: Ian Ellingham PhD, FRAIC
Secretary/Director: David Craddock, BArch, BSci (Bus. Admin.), (Hon.) RAIA; Hon. AIA, FRAIC
Treasurer/Director: Bill Birdsell OAA, FRAIC
Editor/Director: Gordon S. Grice OAA, FRAIC
Directors: Alex Temporale OAA, FRAIC
Christopher Moise OAA, MRAIC
Herbert Klassen OAA
Vivian Lo Hon. BSc, MArch, MRAIC
Special Consultant: Stephen Pope OAA, FRAIC
Chair: Ian Ellingham PhD, FRAIC

Ian trained as an architect at Carleton University in Ottawa. His special interest is human behaviour, which can be seen through his study of history, marketing and management.

Attending nine schools before university made him suspicious of the messages in each: the “truth” could vary from school to school. This meant that his sense of truth and reality became relative. In architecture school, he was thus unable to simply accept what was presented as absolute truth. For him, education has been a long exploration and included an undergraduate year at the Architectural Association in the UK, studying with architect-revolutionary Brian Anson, and working as a developer. Ian subsequently undertook graduate studies in Business and Land Economy, and, ultimately, a doctorate in architectural and urban studies, in which he integrated material from various disciplines. He has maintained strong connections in the academic world through a Cambridge (UK) research group, where he is particularly interested in decision-making and human response to the built environment, and supervises Masters and PhD students at Cambridge University.

Extracurricularly, he has a high level of focus on his nuclear family and close friends. He enjoys music, playing clarinet in community bands, sometimes with his younger son, including the Nu Klezmer Orchestra. Also, as is common with other architects, including several in the BEOF group, he sails. He has always lived in pre-World War II houses in urban neighbourhoods. His current house, designed by the noted architects, Nicholson and Macbeth, in the 1920s, is one block from the main street in St. Catharines and overlooks a forest.

 I believe that a number of objectives will make The Right Angle different from most media. What I expect is that it will create a marketplace for ideas and a voice for people who are seeking a better understanding of reality – perhaps even some sort of truth.

Editor-in-Chief/Director: Gordon S. Grice OAA, FRAIC

Gordon has always had many interests. He chose to study architecture because it offered a broad education: math, sciences, art, history, etc. Also, someone told him that architects get to travel. As it turned out, it was all true. The education was quite extensive, since architecture is connected to so many other areas of study. After graduating and qualifying as an architect, Gordon promptly moved to the West Indies, where he took time to consider how he might spend the rest of his career.

The result of this rumination was a succession – more accurately an accumulation – of careers. These began with architectural illustration (he is still a senior adviser to the American Society of Architectural Illustrators), and progressed to writing and editing (he has published over two dozen books and 82 issues of an architectural quarterly), and then to creative direction with FORREC, a Toronto entertainment design firm.

Gordon is still an architect, and he still interested in many things, which currently include research, pubic speaking, books (reading and writing), badminton, paddling and rowing. He lives in west-end Toronto, close to the water, with his wife, two children and two cats. He is hard at work on a book, tentatively titled “What Theme Parks Have Taught Me About Architecture.”

My greatest aspiration for The Right Angle is that it will help people to think about the things that really matter in architecture, and that they won’t be shy about discussing them. I also hope that it will help people understand that architecture isn’t just about heroic forms against the skyline, or important award-winning buildings; it’s really about creating the spaces and environments that we all occupy, every day.