The Site Magazine is an independent journal that addresses diverse issues pertaining to our built environment. Through a range of writing types, design projects, and visual formats, each issue advocates for a critical consideration of the layered relations of our built environment posed from varied perspectives, including the cultural, political, formal, social, and ecological.
Founded in 2015, The Site Magazine is a collaborative, dynamic project driven by a shared commitment and passion for fostering debate as a way of progressing community and practice.
We are particularly interested in offering an interdisciplinary platform to explore the agency of designers and aligned professionals in bringing change, advocacy, and engagement beyond the limits of art and design. We encourage debates that engage the politics, cultural relevance, and social implications of the work that we do, and that confront issues of equality and representation.
We publish thematic issues twice a year. Each issue has both a print and digital form, allowing for a range expressive formats and a nuanced dialogue across both outlets. Along with The Site Magazine, we host public events—including roundtable discussions, exhibitions, and talks—to expand the discussions of each issue to a broader audience. Issues are grouped within series that are defined by a broader perspective.
Series 1, containing volumes 35–40, explores a range of scales and frameworks for understanding our built environment through the themes of Borders, Vernaculars, Future Legacies, Feminisms, Foundations/Disruptions, and Devices. This series continues the enumeration of On Site Review, making The Site Magazine the latest iteration of Canada’s longest running, independent journal for architecture and urbanism.
2018 // NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS
GOLD MEDAL: MAGAZINE GRAND PRIX / MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
GOLD MEDAL: BEST MAGAZINE ART & LITERARY
SILVER MEDAL: BEST EDITORIAL PACKAGE
“The Site Magazine impresses readers with the consistency of its content and design. Though highly specialized, this audacious magazine captures the essence of contemporary publishing through a conceptual approach that illuminates our time in an intelligent, deep and original way. The result is a great reader experience on every page, one that is truly deserving of the Magazine Grand Prix.”
— The National Magazine Awards Jury
2017 // CANADIAN MAGAZINE AWARDS
GRAND PRIX: ART DIRECTION
“In its inaugural issue — exploring the concept of Borders — this publication provides a fascinating glimpse at painting the ordinary as extraordinary. It is filled with stunning photos, which add to the depth and colour of the stories presented — and to the imagination of its readers.”
— The Canadian Magazine Awards Jury
Nicky Bruun-Meyer (Publisher/Co-Founder) is an Architect, photographer, and writer based in Toronto. With a background in both Communications and Architecture, she has been involved in a number of design initiatives related to public space, the temporary nature of spaces, and community engagement.
Miriam Ho (Editor in Chief/Co-Founder) is a writer, editor, installation artist and architectural designer based in Toronto. She also writes fiction and narrative essays. She previously worked for internationally renowned architects Philip Beesley and Shigeru Ban.
Ruth Jones (Editor in Chief/Co-Founder) is a Toronto-based writer and editor. She holds a PhD in French and Francophone Studies from UCLA, with research focusing on literary subjectivity, perception, and urban space. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Canadian Architect, and Quebec Studies.
Aisling O’Carroll (Editor in Chief/Co-Founder) is a Landscape Architect and Architect, involved in practice, research, and teaching, currently based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work is currently focused on the relations between culture, landscape, infrastructure and ecology.
Michael Taylor (Publisher/Co-Founder) is an Architect and consultant in Zurich. He has studied at The Architectural Association, UBC, and The Queen's School of Business. His work focuses on strategy in business and design.
Carey van der Zalm (Creative Director/Co-Founder) is an Architect, AAA, graphic designer, and architectural healer. In addition to designing and publishing several books and magazines, Carey is trained in traditional Algonquin Shamanic healing and has made it her practice to integrate architecture with healing.
Cristina Craiu (Designer) is an Intern Architect, AIBC, living and working in Vancouver, Canada. Her interest in design has lead her to contribute to a variety of projects ranging from architecture to exhibition and graphic design.
Tatum Dooley (Contributing Editor) is a writer, editor, and curator based in Toronto . Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Lapham's Quarterly, the Globe and Mail, and the Walrus.
Ania Molenda (Advisor/Co-Founder) is an independent Rotterdam-based researcher and curator. She is a founder and editor-in-chief of Amateur Cities and a member of Rotterdam’s Culture Council 2017-2020. Ania publishes on architecture in various periodicals and academic journals.
Matthew Neville (Contributing Editor) is a licensed professional planner in Canada, who writes and edits for architecture and urbanism publications, with a focus on academic editing for non-native English writers writing on big issues in big cities.
Amrit Phull (Contributing Editor) is an architectural designer and writer based in Toronto. Her previous work in Eastern James Bay Cree Territory informs her current research on empathic design and Indigenous place-making within Canadian urban centres.
John Sadar (Contributing Editor) has worked in private practice with various firms in Finland, Slovenia, Canada, and the United States, and is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary design studio little wonder.