SHEEEP is licensed with the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA).
SHEEEP is exploring other ways of practicing Architecture.
SHEEEP is committed to social and environmental justice.
SHEEEP is committed to building more equitable and just cities.
SHEEEP is collaborative and does not believe in being a lone design wolf.
SHEEEP is committed to meaningful community engagement.
SHEEEP is research-based, process-based, non-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary.
SHEEEP is playful.
SHEEEP is a laboratory.
SHEEEP is focused on designing a better world.
SHEEEP is cautiously hopeful.
SHEEEP is led by Reza Nik, an Iranian-Canadian architect, artist and educator based in Toronto, Canada. Reza has a background in art history and he is currently an Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. His research is focused on a deeper dialogue between the socio-political nuances of the urban context and playful experimentation - as researched through his course Guided Distractions. Disrupting the traditional architectural processes is at the forefront of his pedagogy and practice.
Reza is also one of the founding members of the Toronto chapter of the Architecture Lobby, an organization advocating for labor rights for architectural workers and encouraging more critical discourse within the profession.
You can read an interview with Designlines Magazine here.
You can read his short story in Azure Magazine about Urban Inequity here.
You can read an article about his pedagogical research here, here, or here.
Kasra Foroutan, Farhan Dhanani, Sam Shahsavani, Edwin Agyei, Minah Lee, Ghazal Elmizadeh