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Our Next Speaker

549th Meeting

13 April 2021

Kathleen Tipton


In the North architecture in its broadest sense reflects an environment peripheral to the centres of civilisation to the south. Kathleen Tipton will present a range of structures - with and without architects - from Finland, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut; the latest from the other pole, and a brief note on the history of log cabins in North America. She will touch upon quality of light, Indigenous client culture and tradition, and unique requirements during construction.

Kathleen Tipton was born in Toronto and graduated from Ryerson’s School of Interior Design in 1985. Her thesis centred on a proposal for the design and construction of a scientific resource centre near Radstock Bay on Devon Island, Nunavut. In 1986, Kathleen moved to Helsinki to work with various architectural firms. In 1995 she co-founded Arkos Arkkitehdit, a multidisciplinary design cooperative. In Helsinki, Kathleen also pursued academic studies in a number of fields. After returning to Canada, Kathleen joined the Canadian Armed Forces, and embarked on aircrew training with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2005. Since 2010, she has served in various capacities in the Logistics branch of the RCAF. In 2015, Kathleen was posted to Detachment Yukon and served as JTFN Liaison Officer within the Canadian Joint Operations Command, and received the Canadian Forces’ Decoration (CD). In 2018 she was awarded the Commissioner’s Commendation for her service as military aide-de-camp to the Commissioner of Yukon. Currently, Captain Kathleen Tipton continues to serve in Ottawa with the CAF Transition Group, and as President of The Arctic Circle.

The meeting will be hosted by Prof. Chris Burn (Carleton University) on Zoom, beginning at 7:45 pm. It will be open to all members who pre-register. Registration is free, but an intention to attend must be indicated before 5 pm on April 13 by sending an email to: Please provide your name in the text of the email. You will receive, by email, login instructions for Zoom, which will be an internet address for you to paste in your browser. On the night, you will be placed in a waiting room and admitted if your details have been received. We will not admit the general public in order to minimize the chances of sabotage. It is important that the managing host of the meeting should be able to recognize your name when you log in.

This meeting will be the last of The Arctic Circle’s 2020-21 season. Regrettably, due to the pandemic, there will be no Annual Dinner in April. We will reconvene in October, by which time, we fervently hope, some degree of normality will have returned to life.


Thomas Frisch


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