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The benefits of that training went far beyond the ability to make convincing napkin
sketches and renderings. Drawing is about observing and recording - essential skills
in visualization and design. It fostered our creativity and brought artistry to our design
work. On the flip side, I discovered that architectural education is the best foundation
for an artist. A painting, after all, is a design exercise - it's about the arrangement of
shapes, lines and colour to achieve tension and balance, interest and beauty. Now
that I have begun to teach art workshops I see how much the students could benefit
from design training.
There is a long tradition of architects bridging the gap between art and architecture,
working with a foot in both fields simultaneously. We all find our niche somewhere
along the art-architecture spectrum. For some, the two interests merge. These are the
architects who incorporate art installations into their designs or produce imaginative
renderings for design competitions. For me, the two careers paths have evolved separately: architect by day, artist by night. As an intern and junior architect, my office work
was more technical than creative. In the evenings, I delved into painting, print-making
and sculpture to satisfy my creative drive. As my architectural career morphed into
project management and I had even fewer opportunities to use my design skills, my
art career flourished. For the past several years I've worked as a project manager for
the City of Kingston while painting in my spare time. As I became adept at managing
larger and more complex projects, my paintings also got bigger and more complex.
From the outside, these may appear to be unrelated and even conflicting endeavours
but to me, the synergy is clear. My best paintings emerge when I'm thinking like a
designer, and my best work in the office comes when I think creatively.
Finally, this year, I have come full circle; with gallery representation in Toronto, Ottawa
and Kingston and a thirty-year architectural career behind me, I'm surrendering my
architect's seal to become a full-time artist. It's been a long and satisfying journey,
and I could not have become the artist I am any other way.
DEBRA KRAKOW is an Ontario artist and architect. She is represented by Muse Gallery in Toronto,
Koyman Galleries in Ottawa and Studio 22 in Kingston.

ART, ARCHITECTURE AND THE CITY -
SYMBIOSIS THROUGH PUBLIC ART
by LIGIA SAATGIAN, B.SC.ARCH, B.SC.E.ENG, OAA

here is no better dialogue about art and the built environment than when
public art is discussed.
Although they are intended as places to appreciate art, museums and galleries tend to isolate it within their walls, in spaces where the art experience
is selectively presented to a specially trained audience, the initiated few.
Great effort is currently directed at creating more inclusive environments, but these
institutions still maintain an air of elitism and no longer represent the optimal site for
a publicly shared art experience.
When freed from the indoor galleries, art is able to transcend the limits of authorized and specialized conversation, instead, revealing its potential to surprise and
engage, to provoke and disrupt, to respond and unite, to seize and glorify, to inquire
and transform. In public squares, on streets, built into architectural structures, along
transit lines, by rivers, or in parks and gardens, art engages in a dialogue with the
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Message from the Board
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