Lisa Rapoport is a founding partner of PLANT Architect Inc. with 30 years of experience. She is widely known for her strong conceptual vision and rigorous approach to the practice of institutional and residential architecture and urban design, and for her work in exploring the relationship between architecture, landscape, and the public realm. Born and raised in Montreal, she graduated in 1988 from the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture. She co-founded PLANT in 1994, and has led many of the studio’s award-winning projects, including the Dublin Grounds of Remembrance (which received an EDRA Great Places Award and a CSLA National Honour Award), the Kew Garden, and Liza’s Garden at the Royal Ontario Museum. Lisa was PLANT’s partner-in-charge on the ground plane design and the document production phase of the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture-winning Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization. Recently she was PLANT’s partner-in-charge on the Junction Craft Brewery which garnered an Ontario Conservacy Award, and she heads the design team for With Words as their Actions, a public artwork for Lyon Station, on Ottawa’s new Confederation Line LRT transit corridor.
Lisa presently teaches at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, and served as adjunct professor for 10 years at the Waterloo School of Architecture. She has co-led studios at U of T and at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and has been a visiting critic at many other schools. In 2012, Lisa was awarded the Team Alumni Achievement Medal from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo.