Steven Beites

Steven Beites

Assistant Professor

School of Architecture
Science, Engineering and Architecture

Biography

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. Over the last 5 years, Steven has held Adjunct Professor positions at the Department of Architectural Science and School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto 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 as well as an appointment as Associate Director in the inaugural year of Ryerson’s Design Fabrication Zone; an initiative that aims to advance the students’ experience in digital tools and technologies.

Steven’s work explores the integration of emergent design and robotic technologies to deliver projects that are culturally engaging and innovative in methodology and material process. As a second generation Canadian, born in Northern Ontario with roots in Northern Portugal, his interest lies in the potential application of emergent technologies to the socio-economic and cultural development in northern geographies. His current research speaks to the vernacular of the region, merging local materials and traditional methods of making with advanced manufacturing processes, computational strategies and simulation environments 

As a practitioner, Steven employs the latest CNC and robotic technologies to deliver contemporary work that is supported by a strong historical and cultural framework. His practice has been the successful recipient of 11 national and international competitions culminating in a series of high-profile commissions across Canada. With emphasis placed on preservation, each project pays homage to history and culture via the integration of new processes, functions and aesthetics.  


Education


Academic Appointments


On The Web


Research

Digital Fabrication and Computation

Robotic and Emergent Construction Technologies 

Material Systems 

Design Computation

LowCarbon Building Solutions 

Advanced Manufacturing 

Design Optimization

Simulation

Awards

2017: Canadian Society of Landscape Architects // National Award of Excellence // Collaboration on the
EXTRACTION Exhibition // Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

2017: Azure Magazine // Winner of 2017 Social Good Category // Collaboration on the
EXTRACTION Exhibition // Venice Architecture Biennale 2016

2017: Concord Park Place // Toronto, ON // International Competition: Awarded Project// *In Progress

2016: Markham’s Veteran Square // Markham, ON // International Competition: Shortlisted Finalist

2016: Rogers Place Arena // Edmonton, Alberta // International Competition: Shortlisted Finalist

2015: Hotel X // Toronto, ON // International Competition: Awarded Project // *In Progress

2015: TTC Woodbine Station // Toronto, ON // 

2015: Confederation Line Art Program // Ottawa, ON // National Competition: Shortlisted Finalist

2015: Stanley Greene Neighbourhood // Downsview Park Inc // International Competition: Shortlisted Finalist

2014: Riel Park // City of St. Albert, AB // National Competition // Shortlisted Finalist

2014: Main Street // City of Ottawa, ON // National Competition // Shortlisted Finalist

2014: Quintet Development // City of Richmond, BC // National Competition // Shortlisted Finalist

2014// Forensic Sciences and Coroners Court Public Art Project // TORONTO, ON // National Competition: Awarded Project // *In Progress

2013// Cranbrooke Village // TORONTO, ON // National Competition: Shortlisted Finalist

2013 // Kipling Acres Long-Term Care Facility Public Art Competition // TORONTO, ON // National Competition: Shortlisted Finalist

2012 // National Capital Commission // Ottawa, ON // National Competition - Awarded Project

2012 // The Canadian Winter Sport Institute (Winsport) // Calgary, Alberta // National Competition - Awarded Project

2011-15 // Captured Crescendo, Mount Royal University Conservatory // Calgary, AB // National Competition - Awarded Project

2011 // Embedded History // City of Thunder Bay // Thunder Bay, ON // National Competition - Awarded Project

2011 // Space Moire // City of Kitchener // National Competition - Awarded Project

2011 // Kingsway Folley - Kingsway LRT Station // Edmonton AB // National Competition: Shortlisted Finalist

2011 // Borden Park (in collaboration with Denegri Bessai Studio) // Edmonton, AB // Citation Award

Teaching

Design Studio 6: Northern Building Studio II (ARCH 3515) Jan 2017
School of Architecture, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON

Design Studio 5: Northern Building Studio (ARCH 3505) Sept 2016
School of Architecture, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON

Architectural Communications (ARCH 4526) Sept 2016
School of Architecture, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON

AR8103 Studio in Collaborative Practice (MArch 1 Studio) Jan 2015
Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University

ASC 734 / AR8209: Advanced Digital Design Jan 2015 - 2016
Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University

IDE 310 – Advanced Portfolio Presentation Sept 2014 
School of Interior Design, Ryerson University

IDE 510 – Advanced 3D Visualization Sept 2015-16
School of Interior Design, Ryerson University

IDE 500/501 Digital Fabrication Jan 2014 - 2016
School of Interior Design, Ryerson University

ARC 285 Digital Manufacturing 2014 - 2016
School of Architecture, University of Waterloo

AR8229: Emerging Technologies Seminar Sept 2013 - 2016
Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University

Publications

PEER REVIEWED CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
Urban Syncopation, ACSA 105th Annual Meeting: Brooklyn says, “Move to Detroit”, 2017.
Waterloo University, ACADIA 2013: Adaptive Architecture. Paper: Morphological Behavior of Shape Memory Polymers Towards a Deployable, Adaptive Architecture.
Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, ICAMA2013, Paper: Morphological Behavior of Shape Memory Polymers Towards a Deployable, Adaptive Architecture
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF AUTHORED PUBLICATIONS
Beites, Steven. Morphological Behavior of Shape Memory Polymers Towards a Deployable, Adaptive Architecture. ACADIA 2013: Adaptive Architecture.
Beites, Steven. Material-Driven Design Approach, Landscape Record 2016 No.2: Digital Fabrication, 115-117.
Beites, Steven. Jetee, Landscape Record 2016 No.2: Digital Fabrication, 57-59.
PUBLICATIONS, SELECTED ARTICLES, ESSAYS AND REVIEWS
Ralston Saul, John. The city and the spirit garden: Prince Arthur’s Landing, Thunder Bay. The City of Thunder Bay; 1st edition , 2014.
Winter 2013, Public Art Review Magazine, January 7th, 2014
Dec/Jan 2010, MARK Magazine #29, Temporary Structure, Beites + Joakim, “Pausis”, Sukkah City.
Come Up To My Room turns 10, NOW Magazine | January 24-31, 2013 | VOL 32 NO 21