Sheena Sharp is a founder and the principal architect at Coolearth Architecture inc., an architectural practice that designs buildings for an emissions-free future. Current projects include a 155 unit condominium designed to the Passive House low-energy building standard, a net zero 55 unit rental housing project, a net zero childcare, a super insulated hospice, and numerous homes.
She has learned that, in order to meet our 1.5 deg global warming limits, new building design must be rooted in a collective plan to transform our energy systems and manufacturing industries. A transition that must be understood and widely supported by Ontarians.
She co-chairs a volunteer project of the Toronto 2030 District, a coalition of building owners, operators, architects, engineers, suppliers, builders and community groups, which is mapping a path for downtown Toronto’s buildings to be GHG emissions free by 2050. Their first paper explores options for the energy transition.
She has served as President of the Ontario Association of Architects for two years, and was instrumental in the net-zero renovation of their headquarters building in Toronto.
Sheena holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington. She is a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.