Fionn Byrne, Director
Fionn Byrne is a graduate of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Toronto, where he also completed his Bachelor of Physical Education and Health in 2006. Born in Mapoteng, Lesotho and based in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Byrne’s research and design interest depart from the convergence of technology and ecology; how velocity and information can contribute to biological productivity and success.
Kyle Xuekun Yang, Director
2013 - 2015
2011 - 2015
2011 - 2014
2010 - 2011
2008 - 2009
2007 - 2008
Master of Landscape Architecture
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design,
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Thesis: Operation ‘Hello Eden’: Preemptive Ecology (Advisor: Liat Margolis)
Bachelor of Physical Education and Health
Faculty of Physical Education and Health, University of St. Michael’s College,
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Professional Experience/ Academic Practice
Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow and Lecturer in Landscape Architecture
Harvard University - Graduate School of Design
University of Toronto - Daniel's Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design
Core Design Studio (MLA), Option Studio (MLA), Core Course (MLA), Thesis advisor (MLA)
University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, Cambridge
Core Design Studio (BArch), Option Studio (BArch), Research Seminar (MArch)
Professional Experience/ Professional Practice
Office of Pedonic Operations (OPO)
Director. Toronto, ON
Landscape Design Professional. Toronto, ON
Associate. Toronto, ON
Winner of the 2010 Prix de Rome in Architecture - Emerging Practitioner.
Winner of the 2011 Holcim Award. North America Gold Medal Winner.
Benj Art Landscape Architecture & Contractors
Intern – Design and Build. Owen Sounds, ON
Parc Downsview Park
Landscape Laborer. Toronto, ON
Honors and Awards
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Maeder-York Family Fellowship in Landscape Studies 2014,
First Runner Up, Moral Ecology.
LACF (Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation), 2013 Grant Recipient, Primed: Oil Sands.
Jardins de Metis International Garden Festival, 15th Edition, Juried Finalist, Oil Sand.
Green Line Ideas Competition, Juried Finalist, Power Up / Power Down.
2012 AIM (Architects in Mission) International Design Competition, Competition Winner -
Sustainable Development Award, Eco System.
Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, 2011 North America Gold Medal Winner,
$100,000 Grand Prize, Arctic Food Web (with Lateral Office. Project Leader).
Slant Landscape Awards, Juried Finalist, Breaking the Bank.
Harbourfront Centre, “Reclamation in Progress,” REWILD: Architecture Defines a New Landscape, (Toronto ON): Jan – Jun 2015.
Nevada Museum of Art, “The Active Layer,” (with Lateral Office. Project Leader, Design and Installation), Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions, (Reno NV): Aug 2011.
Gallatin Labowitz Gallery, New York University, “Next North,” (with Lateral Office. Project Leader),
(New York NY): May 2011.
Design at Riverside, Cambridge Gallery, “Next North” and “The Active Layer,” (with Lateral Office.
Project Leader, Design and Installation), (Waterloo ON): Jan 2011.
GTAA Exhibition Site No.9, “The Active Layer: A Phase Change Landscape,” (with Lateral Office.
Project Leader, Design and Installation), (Toronto ON): Dec 2010.
Extension Gallery for Architecture, “The Active Layer,” (with Lateral Office. Project Leader,
Design and Installation), (Chicago IL): Oct 2010.
Byrne, Fionn, “Operation: ‘Early Breakfast’,” in Maya Przybylski & Lola Sheppard (eds) At Extremes: Bracket 3, (New York: Actar, 2015): Forthcoming.
“Climate Supremacy - an interview with Mr. Byrne,” in Ground 21: Politics, Landscape Architect Quarterly, OALA (Spring, 2013): 16 - 19.
Byrne, Fionn, “Operation: ‘Hello Eden’,” in Neeraj Bhatih & Lola Sheppard (eds) Goes Soft: Bracket 2, (New York: Actar, 2013): 122 – 129.
InfraNet Lab / Lateral Office. “Next North” in Pamphlet Architecture 30: Coupling: Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism (with Lateral Office. Project Leader), Princeton Architectural Press
(January 3, 2011): 57-65.
Twenty + Change 03: Emerging Canadian Design Practices
Ed. Heather Duddeldam & Lola Sheppard. Toronto, ON: Riverside Architectural Press, 2011
University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, Re:Post 2015 symposium.
Studio X NYC, New York, Lecture: Operation ‘Hello Eden’.
University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, Faculty Lecture Series, Lecture: ENMOD.
TDSB, Central Technical School – Lecture: Why Landscape Architecture?