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BEA Prairies is pleased to announce its next talk in the City Builders Speaker Series featuring Grant LaBossiere, Joseph Orobia, and Paulo Castillo of Winnipeg-based architecture firm Architects at Play. Join us to hear them discuss their latest work and the importance of play in their practice!


Tuesday, April 23 at 7pm

Prairie Architects (101-139 Market Avenue)


Free tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beap-city-builders-speaker-series-architects-at-play-tickets-60265068442?aff=web

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Architects At Play is an architecture firm based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Founded by three award-winning designers: Grant LaBossiere, Joseph Orobia, and Paulo Castillo, “Play”, as they affectionately call themselves, offers the full breadth of architectural services and design consultation. Play empowers people to come to creative solutions by engaging in exploration and making.  It is in our nature to be playful, and they believe playfulness gets us to better creative solutions. 


Even before they began their practice, Grant, Jo, and Paulo believed that they could make a difference, not just through architecture, but also by getting involved in the Winnipeg community. Play is a mentor for the Seven Oaks and Maples MET Schools as well as Murdoch MacKay's sTEAM program. These programs focus on student-centered education where students are actively invested in their learning and are challenged to pursue their interests by a supportive community of educators and professionals. It is through their partnership with these programs that Play introduces students to design education, mindfulness, and creative thinking. Through their 5-Minute LEGO® Design Challenge and Empathy Challenge, Play tasks students to learn the importance of time management, the impact of limited resources, the benefit of having help, and the importance of play in the creative process. Through these challenges, Play finds that students become engaged, which leads to discovery and creative problem solving. 


How do you “play” architecture? How do we re-discover childhood? How do we empower people to be creative? These are just some of the questions that Architects At Play asks themselves everyday.

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us last night for the latest talk in our City Builders Speaker Series, this time with Destiny Seymour, Interior Designer and owner of Indigo Arrows! Destiny presented her latest work, talked about her design process and spoke about the importance of indigenous cultural representation in her work. Thanks to Destiny for providing us with an amazing glimpse into her work and life!


We hope you can all join us for our next talk featuring Synonym Art Consultant on Tuesday, May 7th at the Lantern Gallery. See you there!




BEA Prairies invites Destiny Seymour, an Anishinaabe interior designer based in Winnipeg to discuss her latest work, including designing artisan textiles for interiors that respectfully reflects local Manitoban Indigenous peoples and their history. Destiny is co-founder of Woven Collaborative, an Indigenous led design studio that takes a critical look at the representation of Indigenous cultures within spaces. Their design mission is to respectfully reflect local Indigenous cultures & identity within architectural forms, interior spaces, furniture, and textiles. Their design process acknowledges community engagement, inclusiveness, and collaboration when creating new works.

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Destiny Seymour is an Anishinaabe interior designer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Destiny graduated with her Masters in Interior Design from the University of Manitoba. She worked at Prairie Architects Inc. in Winnipeg for over 10 years as their interior designer before starting her own design business in 2016. Destiny started designing artisan textiles for interiors that respectfully reflects local Manitoban Indigenous peoples and their history after struggling to find materials that she could incorporate into design projects. Her company, Indigo Arrows, now offers a range of table linens, pillows, and blankets that showcase patterns from local Indigenous pottery and bone tools that date from 400 to over 3000 years old. For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples in Manitoba created beautiful patterns to adorn their pottery and host of bone tools. Most of these surviving pieces are held in museums now. Using a variety of materials & mediums, Destiny is reviving these ancient patterns to provoke thought, bridge gaps, inspire and empower.


Destiny formed Woven Collaborative, an Indigenous led design studio with fellow designer Mamie Griffith. Their design practice takes a critical look at the representation of Indigenous cultures within spaces. Their design mission is to respectfully reflect local Indigenous cultures & identity within architectural forms, interior spaces, furniture, and textiles. Their design process acknowledges community engagement, inclusiveness, and collaboration when creating new works.