Filiz Klassen is an artist/researcher, with an extensive background in architecture, and is an Associate Professor at Ryerson University in the Faculty of Communication and Design. Her primary focus in the last several years has been her project Malleable Matter: Material Innovations in Architecture that involves developing prototypes in the creation of building skins that respond to weather elements. She has presented aspects of this work at international conferences in Boras (Sweden), Singapore, London, New York, Istanbul, Eindhoven, Delft, and nationally in Banff and Toronto. Her articles on material innovations and responsive built environments have been included in the book Mobile Nation (Riverside Press, 2008), as well as academic and professional journals. In addition, she created and directed ‘Weathering Architecture’, a performance that was staged as part of Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH: Emerging Performance Projects in 2008. The Snow, Rain, Light, Wind: Weathering Architecture exhibition and the publication of her book of the same title are the culmination of this project.
Ms. Klassen is the recipient of a research/creation grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) and funding from Ryerson University, as well as several corporate gifts in kind which have enabled her to pursue the research for and the realization of this Malleable Matter: Material Innovation in Architecture project.