Pat Hanson
Toronto, Ontario
Talk Title
Small Public Projects and Urban Water
Thursday, April 22, 2021
6:00 pm


Pat Hanson is the founding partner of gh3*, a practice based on a paradigm that explores the overlap of architecture, landscape and sustainability. A versatile designer and a strong visual communicator with proven executive skills, she has contributed design leadership to the firms at which she was a partner.

Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool

Over a 30-year career, Pat has strategically overseen and monitored numerous architecture, urbanism, and planning projects which have involved complex programs and extensive public consultation processes, and which bridge beyond architecture into urban design and landscape.

Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool – pool entry and surface materials

Born and educated in the prairie provinces of Canada, Pat moved to Toronto upon graduation, gaining early experience in the firm A.J. Diamond and Associates. The ability to mentor and direct the work of a young, enthusiastic staff has been key to Pat’s accomplishments and success in international competitions.

Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool – hydrobotanic view

Pat has lectured on the work of gh3* throughout North America and Europe. She maintains a strong commitment to architectural education and has served as an adjunct studio professor at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo since 1991.

Borden Park Natural Swimming Pool – interior views

Pat is presently a senior adviser for BEAT (Building Equality in Architecture Toronto) and was a founding member of the Women’s Architectural League. She was inducted into the RAIC College of Fellows, named a WLI champion by the Urban Land Institute, and recognized by the International arcVision Prize for Women and Architecture.


Would you rather have the ability to fly or be invisible?
I’d rather be able to fly

What class did you enjoy most in high school?

Do you get a flu shot?

What talent would you most like to have?
To sing