Sybil Wa is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP and Senior Associate at Diamond Schmitt Architects in New York City. Her interest in exploring the role of design for communities has developed through her advocacy and contributions to a broad portfolio including public art and parks, housing, academic campuses, and performing arts centers including David Geffen Hall at the Lincoln Center and the new Mariinsky
Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sybil delights equally in conceptualization and construction and has experiences in all phases of project delivery.
Sybil is originally from Canada where her advocacy on urban issues has been a professional and personal focus. As a design review panel member for North America’s second largest housing provider, the TCHC, and as an advisory roundtable member for Ryerson University City Building Institute, working to explore opportunities and solutions in high-density environments continues to be a priority.
For the City of Toronto, she has been a presenter and panelist at the Symposium on Tall Buildings, the Chief Planner Roundtable on Planning Cities for Families, the Growing UP Workshop on Family Housing Guidelines, and the Forum: What
Makes for a Clean and Beautiful City?
Her efforts have been highlighted by Canada’s national newspapers, television and radio. In addition, she has written a series of op-ed pieces published by The Toronto Star including “Shaping Your Growing City”, “All Solutions Should Be Beautiful”, and “No Space for Families in Downtown.”