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June Komisar


June Komisar is a registered architect in Massachusetts and an Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson.  She holds an M.Arch. (Yale) and a doctorate in architecture, specializing in history and theory (Michigan).  Recently, she has been introducing urban agriculture issues into the architectural curriculum: June recently taught the courses "Designing the Productive City: Architecture and Urban Agriculture," and the graduate design studio called the "Post-Carbon Communities Studio."

She is also a mentor for thesis students working with food issues in their design projects.  These thesis projects have included an urban farm, a slow food cooking school, a greenhouse and market complex under an elevated highway, and a cooperative housing complex with a community garden.  She is a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council and a co-curator for the exhibit Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture (www.ryerson.ca/carrotcity).  She is also a board member of ICOMOS Canada ESC, and on the Scientific Committee od the 2nd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable development - HERITAGE 2010, sponsored by the Greenlines Institute.


Recent Publications:

Nasr, J., Komisar, J. & Gorgolewski, MT.  (2009).  Designing for Food and Agriculture: Recent Explorations at Ryerson University. Open House International, 34(2).


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