ARÁNZAZU GONZÁLEZ BERNARDO + MICHAEL NORMAN FOHRING / TORONTO
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ARÁNZAZU GONZÁLEZ BERNARDO completed her M.Arch degree and was granted her professional architectural license at the Escola Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in La Coruña, Spain in 2012, with a specialty in Design and Composition. Her final dissertation project, a multi-unit housing and activity centre, explored themes of modularity, communal living, and the interrelationship between land and built form, and was featured in the Spanish publication Arte y Cidade: Unha Mirada Sobre Outras Actividades Creativas, along with several of her other academic projects.
Before the founding of ODAMI, Aránzazu worked at architectural, structural engineering, and interior design offices in Spain, Austria, Montréal, and Toronto, cultivating a well-rounded approach to design which is both highly technical and artistic. While over this period Aránzazu developed a specialty in residential design, she was also on project teams for numerous large-scale corporate and commercial projects in countries across Europe and North America, including the winning entries for the Andreas Hofer Platz Competition in Austria and the 50 Hertz Headquarters Competition in Germany.
MICHAEL NORMAN FOHRING completed his B.Sc.Arch and M.Arch degrees at McGill University in Montréal, where he was named to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Honour Roll, and was awarded several prizes, including the Dr. Soo Kim Lan Prize, the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal, and the A.F. Dunlop Traveling Scholarship. For his M.Arch thesis, Michael was also awarded the RAIC Student Medal for outstanding final design project, and was nominated for the Canadian Architect Student Excellence Award.
Prior to co-founding ODAMI, Michael worked at architecture offices in Austria, Montréal, and Toronto, including Atelier Thomas Pucher, Thomas Balaban Architectes, and Batay-Csorba Architects. Here, he was responsible for two award-winning projects: a mid-rise commercial building in Liberty Village which won a Canadian Architect Award of Merit in 2016 and a Progressive Architecture Honourable Mention in 2018, as well as a retail space which won Canadian Interiors Project of the Year in 2018.
In addition to his work with ODAMI, Michael is a Part-Time Faculty Member at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture, and has participated in design reviews at institutions in Canada and the United States.