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Steven Beites is an Assistant Professor at the Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture and Principal of Studio Kimiis, an award-winning design/fabrication studio working at the intersection of art and architecture. Steven has held positions at the Department of Architectural Science and School of Interior Design at the Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) as well as the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. His work has led to recurring workshops and guest critic invitations at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, SCAPE Landscape Architecture, etc. as well as an appointment as Associate Director in the inaugural year of TMU’s Design Fabrication Zone.
Steven’s research explores the integration of emergent design, robotics and materials as a means to investigate the role of digital technologies towards design/fabrication innovation, and to inspire conversations on the broader issues of architecture, culture and technology. Through his funded research and teaching efforts, his work attempts to radically rethink how we design and build homes in order to unlock new territories in delivering adequate and affordable housing. His research is cross-disciplinary, working alongside robotic engineering and architectural research units in the development of automated technologies as an alternative framework for construction, novel prefab and modular assemblies, bio-based materials and circular, low-carbon construction, in virtue of decarbonizing our built environment.
As a practitioner, Steven has extensive experience with government-awarded and institutional projects delivering high-quality contemporary design that is supported by a strong historical and cultural framework. The practice has been the successful recipient of numerous national and international competitions culminating in a series of high-profile commissions across Canada.
|2021 – Present||New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration Grant: Human-Robot Interaction and Collaboration as a Catalyst for Creative Economy, Community Outreach and Emerging Design-Build Solutions in Ontario’s North|
|2020 – Present||SSHRC: Insight Development Grant (Research Creation): Architecture, Neuroscience and Technology: An Investigation into the Experiential Dimensions of the Built Environment|
|2019 – Present||Industry Grant: Northern Platform: Digital fabrication and robotic methodologies specific to in-situ construction processes.|
|2023||Robotically Printed Assemblies – Exhibition: Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery|
|2023||Cable Driven Parallel Robots for in-situ construction|
|2023||Experiential Dimensions of the Built Environment|
|2023||Studio Kimiis: New Market, ON: “PostMark Hotel”|
|2022-23||Studio Kimiis: Block 15 King’s Landing, City of Toronto, ON|
|2021||Studio Kimiis: Toronto, ON: “Insignia Pavilion” Hotel X|
|2019||Studio Kimiis: Toronto, ON: “Droplet Pavilion”|