Heather Dubbeldam

Heather Dubbeldam is a fourth generation architect and the principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design. Heather is known as a leading advocate for sustainable design and the betterment of our built environment. Through her practice and ongoing research in both Canada and Scandinavia, Heather has become an advocate for more progressive design and planning that exemplifies best practices in social and environmental and social sustainability, climate-positive developments, and urban resilience. She is regularly invited to speak as a thought leader on the subject at schools of architecture, industry events and national conferences. As part of her commitment to bring positive change to sustainable practices in Canada, Heather is also disseminating her studio’s research through a blog, public presentations, and dialogue with policy makers on how to integrate these more innovative approaches into the Canadian mindset.

Heather is known for exacting standards in the design, detailing and execution of her firm’s projects, her integrity in business, and her dedication to volunteer and leadership work in the profession. She is a registered architect with the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC), a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC), a LEED and WELL Accredited Professional (LEED AP & WELL AP) and a member of the Canada Green Building Council.

Outside of her practice, Heather is known as an advocate for the profession and is active on many boards including as an executive member and past Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, an organization that advocates to ensure architecture and urban design are key considerations in public discussions and processes that have impact on our built environment; Director of Twenty + Change, a national organization dedicated to exposing the innovative ideas of emerging Canadian architects; past Vice-Chair of the Design Industry Advisory Committee, a provincial not-for-profit, cross-disciplinary design think tank and research group; and the Chair of the Advisory Board of BEAT (Building Equality in Architecture Toronto), amongst other boards and volunteer organizations. Heather regularly gives her time to mentoring young professionals and students. She is the co-editor and author of several architecture publications, including the Toronto Architecture Guide Map and four publications in the Twenty + Change series. Heather is regularly invited to participate on professional and awards juries and as a guest critic at schools of architecture across Canada.