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Design Conversation Series Featuring Brigitte Shim &
Howard Sutcliffe

Liljestrand Foundation is pleased to announce its inaugural Design Conversation Series.  Conceived and organized in accordance with the mission and vision of the Foundation and curated by Liljestrand Foundation Board Member Dean Sakamoto, FAIA, the series will bring world-class designers and design thinkers to share their expertise in an informal and intimate setting.

The Design Conversation Series features designers and critics from the fields of urbanism, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial, graphic and exhibition design who have made a global impact through their work.

We invite you to join us for the first lecture in the series - an evening of conversation with renowned Toronto based architects, Brigitte Shim, Hon. FAIA, and Howard Sutcliffe, Hon. FAIA, of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. The event will take place on Thursday, July 12th, at 5:30pm.

Ms. Shim and Mr. Sutcliffe will lead a conversation about their design philosophy and share examples of their work. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with them throughout this informal discussion and cocktail event at the inspired setting of the Liljestrand House. 

Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe are principals of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects based in Toronto, Canada. Ms. Shim is a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, and has held numerous visiting professorships at institutions such as Yale University and Harvard University.

Shim-Sutcliffe’s projects have won local, national and international recognition and awards. Their built work has been exhibited internationally and has been published globally. They have been honored with fourteen Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada along with an American Institute of Architects National Honour Award.

Completed work includes The Integral House, Corkin Gallery, Weathering Steel House, Muskoka Boathouse, Craven Road House and Studio, Ravine Guest House, Laneway House, House on Hurricane Lake, and Garden Pavilion and Reflecting Pool. Each project responds to its specific site conditions, and seeks to investigate new relationships between exterior and interior. Shim-Sutcliffe are currently working on two innovative projects on the island of Oahu in the early stages of construction.


A Repair Made Possible Thanks to a Generous Donation

Thanks to a generous donation from John Ike and his New York architecture firm, Ike Kligerman Barkley, we have made a very important repair at Liljestrand House.  The steel brackets of the bench and rail system on the main deck have been replaced. These had corroded so severely that we would not allow people to sit on the bench. With the help of a skilled craftsman, the original drawings, and the Ike donation, all brackets have been fabricated of stainless steel and replaced. Commenting on
photos, John said, “It looks amazing!!! Just like it used to.” Thank you again to John and his firm.

The images below show the concept sketch of the bench and rail system, the architectural drawing, and the deck before and after.

Additional Repairs

We have made additional repairs and improvements. A railing has been erected on the deck near the kitchen. It mimics the railing on the main deck but is partially hidden in the plant border. The frames of the copper screens below the Diamond Head windows in the living room have been repaired. Over the years the screens had taken on a beautiful green patina and the repairs were done carefully to preserve the original screens. The kitchen door that had suffered from sixty-plus years of use has been replaced and the interior doors between the entry area and the bedroom corridor that had been ripped from their hinges in a wind storm have been repaired.

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